Tax the Church: Bill Maher makes a powerful case for ending the tax exempt status for religious institutions.
Maher ended Friday’s edition of Real Time by calling for fairness, arguing that the U.S. should crack down on not only corporations that get away without paying any taxes, but also religious institutions.
Maher began by noting:
Now that it’s April 15, all U.S. taxpayers must call out the deadbeats who ride for free, which includes giant corporations like GM and United Airlines, which this year are going to pay no taxes.
Then, Maher showed photos of churches and temples, declaring that they, too, should pay taxes.
Maher went on to ask:
Why, in heaven’s name, don’t we tax religion? A sexist, homophobic magic act that’s been used to justify everything from genital mutilation to genocide. You want to raise the tax on tobacco so kids don’t get cancer, OK. But let’s put one on Sunday school so they don’t get stupid.
Maher also noted that religious participation in the US has declined to the point that 22 percent of Americans now identify as atheists or agnostic before opining:
Almost a quarter of us are being forced to subsidize a myth that we’re not buying into. Why am I subsidizing their Sunday morning hobby? They don’t subsidize mine (showing a picture of himself and a friend sharing a bong).
Bottom line: Maher’s right. We should tax the church. There is no reason why the non-religious should subsidize religious superstition.
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