Religion: Church Taxes

Of the $20,000,000,000 worth of U. S. property exempt from taxation, nearly one quarter is owned by churches. Custom has sanctified this exemption, which stems from the time when Church and State were one. When they separated (Massachusetts had a State-supported Church until 1833), it was assumed that church property was devoted to public good. But currently more and more churchmen are beginning to question.their right to accept what amounts to a State subsidy for 210,924 U. S. church buildings.

Last December in Manhattan, Rabbi Stephen Samuel Wise, Bishop Francis John McConnell and...

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