Take tax exemption away from churches

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionRe Jan. 2 letter, “Let churches have freedom of speech”: Wallace Hughes recently pointed out that a church may lose its tax-exempt status if it engages in politically colored speech and held that this amounts to denial of the church’s freedom of speech. It appears to me that a church, as a non-profit, is entitled to First Amendment rights under the legal fiction of personhood, making the question one of tax vulnerability, not freedom of speech. One approach would be to remove the general tax-exempt status for churches, perhaps exempting substantive temporal aid to the public service. This approach might be more nearly fair for all taxpayers and would not require analysis of church speech.John HersheyCharltonMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsPolice: Schenectady woman tried to take car in Clifton Park hours after arrest, release in prior the…Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homeslast_img

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