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Should churches pay tax?
Religion anchors thinking to the age where its texts were written. In most cases this is the
, a time of rampant superstition, ignorance, inequality, racism, misogyny, and violence.
Religion at large is detrimental to human progress. It perpetuates ignorance, non-reason, and perhaps worst of all overpopulation. Subsidizing it is therefore contrary to humanity's long-term survival and prosperity.
Many beliefs and norms propagated by churches do not align with modern views, and these should not be endorsed by providing a tax break.
Religion at a large scale is not adaptive and actively discourages critical thinking so any moral guidance provided by religion can be largely out of step with modern knowledge and research. The sexual health issues are a clear example of this.
Texts about morality do not need to be interpreted literally in order to still be influential. For example, Aristotelian ethics are still hugely influential, even though Aristotle held numerous problematic ethical beliefs.
It is simply not true to assert that religious organisations are necessarily bigoted or regressive. Groups such as the Quakers were at the forefront of the movement for the
abolition of slavery
were integral to the civil rights movement in the US.
These texts are often vague and can be interpreted in ways that are progressive or empowering.