The letter "Tax churches like any other business" (April 16) offers the idea that churches should be taxed as profit-making. After several decades of pastoring churches, I sure missed something. Those year-end accounts of every penny spent didn't show any profits. If the balance was much above zero, someone would assert that we weren't in it for profit and a motion would be passed to give it to some worthwhile cause. I didn't say anything because I didn't know that we were supposed to make a profit!
I have a couple dozen year-end financial reports and would welcome the writer to come by my house anytime so we can find out how someone hid the profits. And to top it all off, they continue to do things based on "ancient ignorance," like start hospitals and schools (where they teach writing so we can submit these letters to the editor).
The taxes on the small balances churches accrue would perhaps fill a pothole or two. It would be better to take up an offering for the hungry and homeless. Oh, seems churches in our community do this regularly. There go their profits.
REV. DAVE WARNER
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