Stop subsidizing hate: California’s Proposition 8 Proves We Need To Tax Churches NOW!
California’s Proposition 8 Proves We Need To Tax Churches NOW!
Ever since it was revealed that Mozilla’s former CEO Brendan Eich donated $1,000 toward California’s anti-gay Proposition 8 in 2008, conservatives have been pushing the claim that Eich’s information was illegally leaked.
Of course, those people seem to have forgotten that the L.A. Times obtained a full list–perfectly legal under California law–of people and organizations that donated over $100 toward the support or opposition of Proposition 8.
Since so many “Christians” claim that God hates people being fabulous, we decided to look into church support for and against–and, unfortunately, the bigots were right.
While there was a good deal of faith-based opposition to the Prop 8, we found that churches overwhelmingly opposed marriage equality. In fact, instead of helping to feed the hungry, house the homeless, or do anything useful MANY churches took much of the tax-free money they enjoy and dumped it into something that they consider important–ensuring that two people who love one another can not enjoy the same benefits afforded to opposite-sex couples.
This is a list of churches that contributed between $100 and $1,000,000 (no one donated that much) to hate:
In total, churches donated over $300,000 toward opposing equality for everyone–something entirely in conflict with Jesus’ message of love and acceptance–quite a bit of money for organizations that repeatedly ask their congregations to donate money to help the church.
We question why these churches are able to dump boatloads of cash into politics, anyway. According to the IRS,
“To be tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, an organization must be organized and operated exclusively for exempt purposes set forth in section 501(c)(3), and none of its earnings may inure to any private shareholder or individual. In addition, it may not be an action organization, i.e., it may not attempt to influence legislation as a substantial part of its activities and it may not participate in any campaign activity for or against political candidates.
Organizations described in section 501(c)(3) are commonly referred to as charitable organizations. Organizations described in section 501(c)(3), other than testing for public safety organizations, are eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions in accordance with Code section 170.”
The headquarters of the Catholic fraternal organization Knights of Columbus, many chapters of which have lost tax exempt status, donated $1,000,000 toward bigotry.
It’s about time that we stop allowing religious organizations to pose as charitable organizations while they attempt to trample on the rights of others. We need a change.
Religious tax exemptions cost taxpayers $71,000,000,000 per year. If churches were truly interested in the welfare of the people, they would voluntarily contribute to society.
Think about the good we could do for the poor, the sick, the hungry, the suffering–if we only had another $71 BILLION to work with.
Let’s stop subsidizing hate.
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