Why religions shouldn’t be tax-exempt

Research Report: How Secular Humanists (and Everyone Else) Subsidize Religion in the United States

 

Just a quote: “We recognize that there is a lot of variation in how much religions engage in charitable work, and we don’t want to discourage religions from doing so. However, comparing their charitable giving to the performance of secular charities is informative. The American Red Cross spends 92.1 percent of its revenue directly addressing the physical needs of those it intends to help; only 7.9 percent is spent on ‘operating expenses. If you use a generous 50 percent cutoff for indicating whether an institution is primarily a charitable organization or not (that is, they spend more than 50 percent of revenue on charitable work addressing physical needs), we doubt there is a single religion in the world that would actually qualify as a charitable organization.

 

The problem, of course, is that they call their proselitism “charity” and get away with it. I’m willing to bet this is much worse in Brazil.

 

(H/T to Pharyngula)

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