Texas atheists want to Tax Churches to save schools

Texas is in trouble. They are having a budget crisis, and like every other moronic state in the union, they’re mulling over reducing teacher salaries and generally decreasing the quality of their education. I liken it to a sinking ship throwing their precious cargo overboard rather than actually plugging the hole. They seem to have no concept of what actually stimulating an economy is all about, but luckily a group of atheist picketers have the right idea. They’re asking the state to grow some balls and tax the over 190 megachurches in the state:

“If just the 1% most profitable megachurches and televangelists in Texas paid just 1% of the amount of tax they’d have to pay if they were taxed like the for-profits they are, we could not only avoid laying off teachers and closing schools, we could hire more teachers, and build more schools,” he says. “We don’t expect this wild idea to fly anytime soon. It’s not a new idea, but it needs to be stated again and again. Religion earns it.”

It would be awesome if churches would finally start contributing to society rather than bamboozling its citizens. Imagine the delicious irony of these institutions actually promoting education rather than stifling it (not sure if it actually qualifies as irony, but just go with it).

This being Texas, it has about as much chance of success as Sus domestica spontaneously achieving lift…

Comments (9)

  • avatar

    Homeoquackery

    Clearly they’re wrong. Subsidizing churches is much more important than paying for school education.

    I wonder how much those megachurches do absorb in terms of subsidies, anyways.

  • avatar

    Alex

    And there was me thinking that ‘Texas atheist’ was an oxymoron.

  • avatar

    robin

    Yeah, there are quite a few atheists in Texas, actually.

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    Pluto

    Perhaps legislation could get passed that only taxes churches with a certain income to member ratio.

    I’d tax em all, but there are plenty of religious folk who are upset by the tax abuse of the megachurches, so something might get done by framing it that way :O

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    Nathan

    “Imagine the delicious irony of these institutions actually promoting education rather than stiffling it(not sure if it actually qualifies as irony, but just go with it).”

    I’m assuming that at this point you’re choosing to ignore (for poetic effect) the contribution that religious organisations (ie churches) have made to educating the populace in the last few hundred years, rather than just ignorant.

    How many universities in the world were originally funded and constructed by churches? How many schools?

    Unless you’re only talking about megachurches ala Joel Osteen. Then this might be ok.

  • avatar

    Homeoquackery

    Nathan,

    That’s easy enough to get around. Make churches accountable for their expenses like everybody else, and have contributions to education deductible.

  • avatar

    Joe Dioxon

    But if you tax the churches all are holy people will ‘Go Galt’and however will we survive then?

  • avatar

    Joe Dixon

    I can’t believe I just misspelled my own name.

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    Nathan

    Homeoquackery,

    I’m all for taxing churches properly – so long as it’s taken into account that people are giving money to the church that has already been taxed – in order to support a cause they believe in. It would be pretty easy for a lot of that stuff to go off the books – ie giving to overseas missions might be moved to direct giving rather than going through the church as a central agency… money made off profit raising activities (like selling merchandise and stuff) should definitely be taxed…

    My point was, and remains, that suggesting it would be ironic for the church to be supporting education is ignoring history.

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