Atheists Want To Repeal Church Tax Break

February 18, 2010 at 2:05 am Leave a comment

From UPI

WASHINGTON, Feb. 16 (UPI) — A tax-exemption for clergy members who live in free housing provided by churches violates the U.S. Constitution, an atheist group says in a lawsuit.

The Freedom from Religion Foundation, based in Wisconsin, has filed a court challenge to the exemption, arguing it discriminates against other non-profit organizations, The (Nashville) Tennessean reported. The tax break applies to clergy living rent-free in church housing, who do not have to pay income tax on the foregone rent, and to ministers who do not live in church housing and can deduct their housing expenses.

“We think the law is rotten at the core,” said Annie Laurie Gaylor, the foundation’s co-president. “It is not constitutional, it is not fair, and it is not necessary.”

Dan Busby, who runs the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability, acknowledges the law can be abused. But he told The Tennessean he believes it makes up for some of the financial disadvantages of being a minister, especially the many clergy who are considered self-employed.

Busby said he does not expect the foundation’s lawsuit to make any changes since Congress responded to similar litigation in 2002 with legislation to keep the housing tax exemption.

Personally, I find this challenge to the law to be unfair. Religious organizations help people to deal with life on life’s terms and provide for the social welfare in this country.

Many churches and other faith-based social welfare organizations run on shoe-strong budgets. Forcing them to submit to a tax just because they disagree with the concept of “New Atheists” would impact the church’s financial condition. While I might agree with “New Atheists” on issues on science, I really disagree with this group on trying to rid of the tax-exemption for the church.

A church is not a “for-profit” business and the purpose of a church is to serve the spiritual needs of the congreation. It is not designed to make a profit for its shareholders which is a primary purpose of a for-profit corporation. Therefore, I see no reason for Congress to repeal the tax-exemption for churches when the primary purpose of churches is help us to obtain spiritual fufillment and for some people  provides  spiritual salvation or enlightment.


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