Richard Dawkins Calls Church's Tax-Exempt Status a 'Disgrace'
Renowned atheist Richard Dawkins has called the tax-exempt status given to churches a "disgrace," and has insisted that atheists and the non-religious are just as generous and good as religious people.
"Incidentally, because churches are automatically classified as charities for taxation purposes is a disgrace," Dawkins recently wrote in an op-ed for The Washington Post.
"Nobody denies that some churches do charitable work. But that doesn't mean that any organization should automatically qualify for tax-free status simply by calling itself a church. Each church organization separately should make the case that it does charitable work, just as anybody else has to when seeking tax exemption," he added....
jacob wrote: no such person as an athiest.The evidence for God overwhelming.Look around!
And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:
I see atheists all the time. Many of them profess adherence to doctrinal orthodoxy and some are in the Christian ministry. If you think about it for a few minutes you will probably know some of them. But in their willful, persistant, unrepentant sin they show themselves at heart to be athiests.
All our times have come, Here but now they're gone. Seasons don't fear the reaper, Nor do the wind, the sun or the rain... We can be like they are.
Hank, you just hit on the problem of "tenure in mortmain" q.v., The Perils of Popery a very lengthy commentary on the history of this problem can be found at, Statues of Mortain. Too many para-church and faux churches are already getting tax breaks. Long running tax exemptions for church properties are not a disgrace but rather a danger to a secular state.
susan powers wrote: Our Lord paid HIS taxes.. we are to be conformed to his image..lest we be found obeying another head than our precious Lord Jesus.Sadly this time the natural man has written something the Christian who should see but is blinded sees not.
The Church already pays their taxes before they meet. Why should they be taxed again because they meet?
Our Lord paid HIS taxes.. we are to be conformed to his image..lest we be found obeying another head than our precious Lord Jesus.Sadly this time the natural man has written something the Christian who should see but is blinded sees not.
Richard Dawkins wrote: I would hypothesize that the difference in giving between the religion and nonreligious is negligible if you only count donations to pure charity and discount donations to atheist advocacy organizations, or to churches (including tithes) and 'charities' that unscrupulously use their resources to proselytize rather than bestow real charitable benefits,...
from the article, isn't it irritating when an atheist is correct?
Martin Luther wrote: ...God will sanction my good intentions and reward me with everlasting life. For is He not a merciful and generous Father who gives good things even to the unworthy and ungrateful? How much more will He grant unto me everlasting life as a due payment in return for my many good deeds and merits." This is the religion of reason. This is the natural religion of the world.... "There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God." ( Rom 3:11 .) Hence, there is really no difference between a Jew, a Mohammedan, and any other old or new heretic. There may be a difference of persons, places, rites, religions, ceremonies, but as far as their fundamental beliefs are concerned they are all alike.
separation of church and state!....separation of church and state!...separation of church and state!!! The world tells the church to stay out of politics and uses the catch phrase above. Yet, the world is quick to jump into the church's business. Yet at the same time when churches began incorporating, etc they willingly put themselves under the rule of the state.
Why people listen to a biologist with no formal training in theology or philosophy sing his acrimonious song is beyond me. Just because Dickie's mum spared the rod far more than she should have, we have to listen to his whining against religion. Or maybe it was because they chose someone else to be the altar boy. In any case he seems to be better at playing with the lab rats than making rational arguments.
Tax breaks are neither a right nor a gift from God, and they have been severely misused:
R.L. Dabney wrote: When the Reformation came, the men who could think saw that this tenure in mortmain had been the fatal thing. Knox, the wisest of them, saw clearly that if a religious reformation was to succeed in Scotland the ecclesiastical corporations must be destroyed. They were destroyed, their whole property alienated to the secular nobles or to the State (the remnant which Knox secured for religious education);... When our American commonwealths were founded, statesmen and divines understood...that no corporate tenure in mortmain, either spiritual or secular, is compatible with the liberty of the people and the continuance of constitutional government.