You have probably heard the arguments by secularists against tax exemptions for religious groups. However, Australian Senator Nick Xenophon is arguing that cults should have their tax exempt status pulled, as reported in ReligionNewsBlog article “Cults thrive on tax-free status, senator says”.
Would pulling their tax-free status really work, though? I suspect that it would at most slow them down.
I know someone, who says he is a Christian, who argues that churches should not be tax exempt. He views it as a way for the government to control what churches do and say.
Indeed, some churches have been threatened, even in the US, with pulling their 501(c)(3) status due to sermons which cross some sort of political line. While Canadian religious groups can obtain tax exemption as well, there have been individuals brought before and censored by quasi-legal boards that are outside the judicial system.
So, let’s hear your thoughts. Is 501(c)(3) tax exemption inviting the world’s system into our churches? Is it giving the government too large of a hammer to control pastors and groups? At what point should the idea be rejected?