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Should churches pay tax?
Many beliefs and norms propagated by churches do not align with modern views, and these should not be endorsed by providing a tax break.
The Catholic Church in the US takes a strong position that
The Catholic Church in the US maintains a strong position
homosexuality and same-sex marriage.
The Catholic Church in the US is a vociferous advocate against
, both of which are heavily politicised issues.
Granting tax breaks to churches is not an all-or-nothing proposition. The state could only grant tax breaks to churches that espouse modern, socially progressive views.
Using legal means to punish groups whose views are conservative is an ineffective way of bringing about social change.
The state does not restrict the freedom of speech of non-religious conservative organisations by denying them tax-exempt status, and it should not do so for churches.
"Modern views" is a subjective criterion. The state should not define what a "modern view" is.