It's a simple concept.
Money corrupts. Most faiths even preach so. Religious owned businesses are subsidised by the taxpayer and given an unfair competative advantage. Thats protectionsim pure and simple.
Now i'm not suggesting we remove alltogether tax exemptions from churches. Or prevent them from doing charity work.
But how's this for a simple concept?
If its donations going to ceremonial buildings and ceremonial implements thats purely religious in function and not taxed.
If it's something sold or bought that's business and should be taxed.
Surely thats fair?
And regarding discrimination laws and exemptions a simple line can be drawn too.
If its for admission to, participation in and running of ceremonies and for ceremonial buildings and the beaureacracy directly pertaining to ceremony they can discriminate however they want. But in all charity works and in all businesses these should not be able to discriminate. If a religion wants to be a business all bussiness laws should apply without exception. If a charity then all charity laws should apply.
Surely thats fair too?
It's time to stop the unfair subsidising of businesses by the taxpayer purely because the owner of shops, printers, food companies or whatever else is a religous organisation. That immaterial to the freedom of religion and it's contrary to free trade and fair business practices!
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