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Ground Zero Mosque may get public financing

Discussion in 'BBS Hangout: Debate & Discussion' started by tallanvor, Aug 27, 2010.

  1. tallanvor

    tallanvor Contributing Member

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    I personally don't believe any government should be giving tax breaks to any religion. How do you pro-Mosque folks feel about this?
     
  2. vlaurelio

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    are they getting breaks that other churches are not getting? if not then STFU!
     
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    I'm no expert on tax code, but I'm assuming the reason they're getting a "tax break" has nothing to do with it being a religious center. And if it does, then I'm sure churches, synagogues, etc. get the same treatment.
     
  4. thadeus

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    I agree that no religion anywhere in this country should enjoy tax breaks.

    But if they're all getting them, then it's no big deal if the Burlington Coat Factory Mosque gets some too.
     
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    I agree with that.
     
  6. Qball

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    Yep, if I could trade in the NY Mosque not being built if all religious institutions be taxed as any other institutions get taxed, I would do it. :p
     
  7. DonnyMost

    DonnyMost be kind. be brave.

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    Bingo.
     
  8. Steve_Francis_rules

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    Spot on.
     
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    i think pretty much any non-for-profit institution is eligible for tax breaks.
     
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    Just out of curiosity, what is the argument against tax breaks for religious institutions? Does it have something to do with possible corruption?
     
  11. Steve_Francis_rules

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    For one thing, religious institutions are often pushing political agendas.
     
  12. thadeus

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    As Steve_Francis_rules, many religious institutions that get sizable tax breaks also use their power to influence elections - for example, the majority of the money, advertising, and pro-prop8s in California came from the Mormon church, and that money proved decisive in overturning the decision to let homosexuals marry.
     
  13. Dairy Ashford

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    I think you should ask the "pro-Constitution" people first.
     
  14. tallanvor

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    Because it's not the a government's job to provide benefits to any business (a religion is a business). I have never seen any difference between a church making money (thus profit) to build another church in the town over, and McDonald's doing the same thing. Anyone know how the government (federal or state) defines these two as different?
     
  15. Sweet Lou 4 2

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    i think you need to look up the definition of "non-profit"
     
  16. tallanvor

    tallanvor Contributing Member

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    Why is a church considered "non-profit"? It attempts to make excess money to build a new church and spread it's message.
     
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    I think you need to take an introductory level econ class and read the definitions in the margin...
     
  18. Rashmon

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    Tax the churches.
     
  19. tallanvor

    tallanvor Contributing Member

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    I would say the same to you. How much worth do you think the catholic church has in property. couple billion? Yet they are "non-profit" unlike McDonald's?
     
  20. JCDenton

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    Time to start taxing the hell out of unions then.
     

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