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Church tax exemption is hotly debated. Although several countries require church members to pay a tax, many consider churches as tax-exempt. In discussions related to this policy, a nation’s perception of religious freedom and the common good is pivotal. Does the tax-exempt status of churches protect or violate these values?

Yes, churches should pay taxes Show more Show less

The tax-exempt status of churches threatens religious freedom and the common good by sowing the seeds of injustices.
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Tax-exemption of churches violates religious freedom

In a society that values freedom of religion, churches' special treatment from the government is unacceptable.
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Context

The Argument

By exempting churches from taxes, the government forces its citizens to make up for these institutions' lack of monetary support in their personal tax payments. In this way, it forces citizens to support religious institutions, thereby violating their religious freedom. The churches receive favorable treatment through their tax-exempt status, indicating the government's bias toward religious institutions. With these points in mind, many argue that the church tax exemption violates the religious freedom ideals of modern liberal societies.[1][2]

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Framing

Premises

[P1] As churches do not pay their fair share of taxes, individual citizens are forced to make up for this by supplementing them through their own taxes. [P2] This is a contravention of their religious freedoms.

Rejecting the premises

Proponents

Further Reading

References

  1. https://www.law.cornell.edu/constitution/first_amendment
  2. https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/law-and-courts/civil-rights/human-rights/what-rights-are-protected-under-the-human-rights-act/your-right-to-freedom-of-religion-and-belief/

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