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Should churches pay tax?
Many churches provide a benefit only to their
, unlike most charities.
Some religions, such as the Jehovah's Witnesses, refuse to help non-believers.
A benefit to church followers is still a charitable benefit, so churches should still be eligible for the same exemptions as normal charities.
Religious organisations tend to offer services broadly, often with no religious requirement - in many American cities, the
majority of beds
for homeless people are offered by faith-based organisations.
Many charities offer services only to specific groups or demographics, for example
. This is targeted social support, not discrimination, and it does not make their charitable work less valid.
The great majority of religions are open to and in fact actively seek new members, meaning that their scope of membership is not discriminatory.