Recently, reports have come out that President Trump wants to remove the tax exempt status for the Church of Scientology. It is reported that a long time friend of the Trump family and a person who works in the administration contacted Leah Remini and informed her that the president wanted to remove the exemption. The Church of Scientology was founded in 1953 by L. Ron Hubbard, but did not get tax exempt status until 1993, after a long battle with the IRS. It is worth noting that only the IRS can make the decision on whether or not to remove the tax exempt status from a church. It would be illegal if an administration pressured the IRS to do it. Still, it is worth asking the question: Should the IRS remove the tax exempt status of the Church of Scientology?
People who would like the exemption removed argue that the Church of Scientology does not deserve to have it. Many see Scientology as a cult, not a church. They contend that the Church of Scientology has repeatedly violated the rules of the exemption by using their funds to investigate people they don’t like, or to push their own political agenda. Some people see Scientology as a criminal organization, not a church. Many people feel that something has to be done to rein in the leaders of the Church of Scientology, and that removing the exemption would be a good start.
Those who don’t want the church to lose its exemption see this as a very dangerous idea. They feel that the government should not have the power to give special treatment to whatever religion they feel like. If the people let the president do this to the Church of Scientology, then what will stop him from doing it to Muslims or Jews? They feel that all churches must be treated equally by the government or we will be on our way to a christian theocracy in this country.
CNN explaining what Scientology is:
Should the government remove the Church of Scientology’s tax exempt status? Is Scientology more a cult than a church? Or, is removing the tax exempt status a dangerous step to take?
Yes, end Scientology’s tax exemption
Those who would like to see the exemption removed say that Scientology is not a church and, therefore, doesn’t deserve it. They feel that the Church of Scientology acts more like a crime organization than a church.
Tax-exempt organizations have rules they need to follow to maintain their exemption. Scientology is in gross violation of their IRS agreement. Church funds can’t be used on PI’s to harass critics and follow the Church leader’s father.
— Chris Elston (@christophelston) November 10, 2017
Scientology is a cult and should never have been tax exempt.
— Mystique (@MystiqueIII) November 10, 2017
Wow, Trump's actually done something I agree with. I hope the 'church' of scientology loses its ridiculous tax exempt status, which they got by hounding and harassing anyway. As per.
— Mark Thomas (@Honest_Father) November 10, 2017
It’s perfectly constitutional. There is no constitutional entitlement to tax exemption – even faith-based advocacy organizations acknowledge that. It tends to be an easy way to prevent entanglement but it’s not required. Also note that Scientology was taxed until like 1993.
— Margin City Life (@schirdotax) November 10, 2017
No, do not end Scientology’s tax exemption
People who don’t want to see the exemption removed say the government cannot favor one religion over another. They feel that, if they take this step, we are on our way to a christian theocracy in this country.
Now #Trump gets to decide which religion he approves of and therefore qualifies for tax-exempt status, where does this stop? Which other religion is next in Trump’s autocratic world? pic.twitter.com/PTnUeBAJco
— PKNI (@pkni) November 10, 2017
I hate Scientology as much as the next sane person, but you can't give governmental preference to certain religions and discourage others.
— Nic Barkdull (@NicBarkdull) November 10, 2017
I don't share the Scientology beliefs, but in this country EVERY church has the same rights. This would be unconstitutional & against the core values of our country.
— zvrk31 (@zvrk31) November 10, 2017
ALL non-Christian churches/places/communities of worship should be scared: Trump thinks Scientology should lose its tax-exempt status | TheHill https://t.co/drZ55E2vHf
— Servelan (@Servelan) November 10, 2017
Should the government remove the Church of Scientology’s tax exempt status?