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Should churches pay tax?
The services that churches provide are very much public - the Catholic Church, for example, provides
a massive amount of social services
to the general public in a broad range of categories.
These programmes benefit everyone, not just their direct recipients, because they save the government, and thus the taxpayer, huge amounts of money.
The Catholic Church is the
single charitable organization in the United States.
It would be fair to allow tax-exemption for activities related to provision of social services but not to the Church as a whole.
Those services are used to achieve Church's goals usually by promoting a certain lifestyle model. One cannot say that they come without strings attached i.e. services and teaching are bundled together.