Friday, August 23, 2013
Slate: We Should Be Taxing Churches, by Matthew Yglesias:
Amelia Thomson-Deveaux has a great piece about religious groups that are trying to remove restrictions on church-based electioneering.
She suggests that rather than gutting the rules, there's a simple fix,
"Religious leaders who want the liberty to endorse candidates can give
up their churches’ tax deduction."
I would go one further. Let's tax churches! All of them, in a
non-discriminatory way that doesn't consider faith or creed or level of
political engagement. There's simply no good reason to be giving large
tax subsidies to the Church of Scientology or the Diocese of San Diego
or Temple Rodef Shalom in Virginia or the John Wesley African Methodist
Episcopal Zion church around the corner from me. Whichever faith you
think is the one true faith, it's undeniable that the majority of this
church-spending is going to support false doctrines. Under the
circumstances, tax subsidies for religion are highly inefficient.
(Hat Tip: Ann Murphy.)