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Don’t overturn churches’ tax-exempt status

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Democrats in 2020 are running to tax churches to pay for Medicare for All. They consider churches bigoted and benefiting from a tax-exempt status.

In 1894, the federal income tax exemption on churches was proclaimed, but unofficially, churches were tax-exempt since the country’s founding. There is a reason for this — to keep the government out of church finances and to uphold the separation of church and state.

Democrats argue that the government cannot afford to allow churches to be tax-exempt. They want the billions of dollars they can get every year from property taxes on buildings and parsonages. Yet, this would be violating the First Amendment. Churches do not campaign in politics. They are struggling to survive. If churches misuse money, they will lose their tax-exempt status.

It amounts to double taxation if churches are taxed. The members already pay taxes on everything. They donate to food closets and do missionary work to help people around the world. Worshiping God is a small part of what we do. If Democrats want to tax churches, they must be fair and vote to tax all nonprofits.

For thousands of years, people have searched for freedom. It is found in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Jesus came to free us from sin, death and anything that enslaves us, and that would include the government. The threat to liberty is the erosion of the institutions designed to protect it like the church.

The Gospel of Jesus Christ spells freedom. It is a plan for how to live your life so should you choose, and a framework to guide you. Churches do not make sales. Donations and charity are not income.

The best way to protect our churches is to elect conservative Republicans as judges. There is one Republican on the N.C. Supreme Court, and the rest are Democrats. We need strict Constitutionalist judges in order to keep our churches tax-exempt. President Trump continues to keep his word and appoint them! See 2 Corinthians 3:17 “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.”

Elizabeth Temple

Smithfield

Editor’s Note: Former Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke said in October that churches opposing same-sex marriage should face the loss of their tax exemption. Other candidates including Elizabeth Warren and Pete Buttigieg have signaled disagreement with that position. O’Rourke dropped out of the race on Nov. 1.

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