In 1894, churches and church related institutions were given unofficial tax-exempt status. This was around the same time that the US Supreme Court declared America to be a Christian nation. Eventually, the 501(C) non-profit tax-exempt status was made official.
In 1954, the Johnson Amendment was added to the code, which restricted any 501(C) non-profit from endorsing or opposing political candidates. The free-speech restricting amendment was the work of then Sen. Lyndon B. Johnson (D-TX), who was a flaming socialist in Democrat clothing. His purpose was to stop churches from interfering with the elections of liberal Democrats, including churches who opposed his elections.
In the past President Donald Trump has openly opposed the Johnson Amendment, saying it is a violation of the First Amendment right of free speech.
Rumors are circulating that Trump was going to do away with this non-profit tax-exemption for churches, until it was clarified that he was singling out the Church of Scientology.
(Constitution.com) – When it comes to organized religion, one of the biggest pet peeves of the ultra-liberal left seems to be the tax exempt status shared by religions around the nation, regardless of their creed, age, or population.
Of course, this is still America, a nation discovered and then founded on the principle of freedom, with liberty and religious expression sharing a symbiotic relationship within the confines of our all-powerful Constitution. The left can whine all they want, but religion must remain a widely inclusive label for organizations of faith, lest we wish to risk damaging the entirety of our national identity and freedom.
From the most orthodox of Christian beliefs, all the way to the worshipers of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, (known as “Pastafarians”), churches and organized religions all share one bountiful economic distinction as well: They don’t pay any taxes…
As much as I believe the Church of Scientology to be nothing more than a cult, I disagree with revoking their tax-exempt status. Once the government revokes the tax exempt status from any so-called religious institution because of what they believe, that opens the door for any church to lose their status. If for political reasons, that goes against their First Amendment right to free speech. Either way, this will only open a slippery can of worms that could affect every church and religious institution in America.