Religion: Churches & Taxes

U. S. churches own about $4,000,000,000 of the $19,000,000,000 of U. S. tax-exempt property. In every State, either constitutionally or by statute, exemption is granted on property used for religious purposes; in many States church property of all kinds is exempt. Among liberals, this exemption, in effect a subsidy, is an abhorrent reminder of oldtime domination of the State by the Church. Nevertheless, the movement toward taxing churches has made little headway. In fact, the trend ran in the other direction last Nov. 3, when the voters of Colorado amended the State...

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