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Should churches pay tax?
Religions that do not provide any social benefit (that function as tax shelters) should have their tax exemption removed specifically because they are not actually religions. Real religions do not deserve to be punished for the abuses of the few.
Tax exempt status should not be automatic. The operations, aspirations and beneficiaries should be examined initially and periodically reviewed for each entity, and tax exempt status awarded on a case-by-case basis.
It is very difficult to differentiate legally between "socially beneficial" religions and ones that do not provide any social benefit. This is because it is very easy for any group to do a minimal amount of charitable activity or religious ceremony and claim that they are legitimate.
All genuine religious groups, regardless of whether they carry out material charitable work such as running soup kitchens, are providing a philanthropic social service.