One Thing You Missed: Why Churches are Tax-Exempt - Russell Moore


One Thing You Missed: Why Churches are Tax-Exempt

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Last week, Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke argued during a televised town hall event that churches and other religious institutions should be stripped of their tax-exempt status if they fail to accept and affirm same-sex marriage. Honestly, I was reluctant even to address the issue in light of his comments because they were almost entirely irrelevant. Not only did I strongly disagree with former Congressman O’Rourke’s remarks, but so did the frontrunners in the Democratic primary as well as the Constitution of the United States. But even though the tax-exempt status of religious organizations is not presently under threat, I think we do need to know why tax-exemption exists and why it matters.

On Churches and Tax-Exemption

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About Russell Moore

Russell Moore is president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, the moral and public policy agency 
of the nation’s largest Protestant denomination.