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Should the government remove the Church of Scientology’s tax exempt status?

Screenshot from CNN's YouTube video: What is Scientology?

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:

The Issue

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.

https://twitter.com/christophelston/status/928884755482865664

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.

https://twitter.com/NicBarkdull/status/928869481891246080

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