Originally Posted by edinatlanta
The churches actually do have a good reason to be tax exempt. First and foremost it allows free practice of religion to flourish. The state does not have any authority to regulate beliefs and smaller faiths are allowed to practice without the burden of taxes.
You've missed a pretty damn important point though, haven't you? Why is religion special? Why should it flourish? How is this a good thing? It's superstitious nonsense! How on earth is it a good thing to make people stupid? How is it a good thing to deter people from proper scientific education, telling them a man lived to be 900, and that the world is just thousands of years old?!
Moreover, churches and places of worship are, tautologically, non-profits. Hence, they should be given the same tax status as non profits (your own biases against religions notwithstanding, and frankly, aren't worth even worth addressing).
I think my points are entirely worth addressing. There's no reason in the world that you can give me to prove one religion over another. They're all based on "just believing anyway", aka faith. Religion does not deserve tax-free status when it breaks the separation of church and state. When it tries to put its religion in the science class, when it rallies against civil rights, disallowing gay couples to marry. It's a hateful, arrogant and ignorant message, dressed up as love for the sake of being "saved".