Tax Exemption for Churches: An American Value, a Social Imperative

Tax Exemption for Churches: An American Value, a Social Imperative

Some Americans seem to think that churches are merely large buildings that, after about noon on Sunday, lock their doors and occupy space for the balance of the week.

This misperception could prove quite costly in the wake of the Supreme Court's finding of a constitutional "right" to same-sex marriage. Already, some are calling for the ending of tax exempt status for churches, religious-affiliated schools of all kinds, and non-profits in general if they do not actively make accommodations for same-sex partners.

Not only would this loss be an act of political aggression against religious entities, but it would adversely affect untold millions of lives by shrinking countless church ministries to those with profound and urgent needs.

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