Bill Maher: “Why, in heaven’s name, don’t we tax religion?”

"Almost a quarter of us are being forced to subsidise a myth that we're not buying into."

16 June 2020

Real Time with Bill Maher: New Rule – Tax the Churches (HBO)

Real Time host Bill Maher has made the case that churches should pay their fair share of taxes.

The Huffington Post reports:

Bill Maher is angry as hell about the way religious institutions are, or more accurately aren’t, taxed in the U.S.

The “Real Time with Bill Maher” host vented his frustration over their tax-free status on Friday night, and issued a call for action to all American citizens.

“Now that it’s April 15,” he said, “all U.S. taxpayers must call out all the deadbeats who ride for free — which includes giant corporations like GM and United Airlines, which this year are going to pay no taxes.”

As photographs of temples and churches appeared on the screen beside him, he added, “But the list should also include this place, and this one, and this one, and this one, and this one….”

Maher also noted that 22 percent of Americans have no religious affiliation. “Almost a quarter of us are being forced to subsidise a myth that we’re not buying into. Why am I subsidising their Sunday morning hobby? They don’t subsidise mine,” Maher complained.

He pointed out that there are 300,000 religious congregations in the U.S. that pay no taxes and they own $600-billion in property.

Watch the video below.

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1 COMMENT

  1. So Bill, start a “religion’ for us atheists. It may be 50 years since the SCOUS heard a case on taxing religious organizations, but it’s also packed with more maniacal conservatives than it’s ever contained before. Some group would surely challenge the formation of such a religion, which would force legal examination of the defintion of a “religious organization”.

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