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*************************************************************** AMERICAN ATHEISTS, Inc. Southwest Office P O Box 3684 Tucson, AZ 85722-3684 Dial-An-Atheist: (602) 623-3861 PRESS RELEASE For immediate release March 7, 1994 **************************************************************** ATHEISTS REJECT INTERFAITH COUNCIL DEMANDS AS "HYPOCRISY" RELEASE DOCUMENT SHOWING $176 MILLION IN RELIGIOUS TAX-EXEMPT HOLDINGS FOR PIMA COUNTY The Arizona Representative of AMERICAN ATHEISTS today criticized demands by the Pima County Interfaith Council for multi-million dollar social programs as "hypocritical and burdensome to taxpayers," in lieu of religious tax exemptions in Pima County. AMERICAN ATHEISTS also released a county document (enclosed) indicating that there is over $175 million ($28 million assessed value) in church-owned properties just on the 1992 county tax rolls. The obtained document is dated May 28, 1993. Conrad Goeringer of AMERICAN ATHEISTS charged the Interfaith Council with "shaking down elected officials, and ultimately the taxpayers, to fund programs, while the churches remain tax exempt." He noted: "We doubt that the political agenda of this religious Council includes putting its properties on the tax rolls to take some of the pressure off of taxpayers." Mr. Goeringer also cited studies done by AMERICAN ATHEISTS indicating that the average American taxpayer must spend over $160 more per year on taxes because religions are tax exempt. "That figure is based only on the *known*, public record, as is the case here in Pima County. It soars when you include stock dividends, rentals, gifts, and other enterprises operated by religious corporations." Goeringer suggested that Interfaith Council members voluntarily place their holdings on the tax rolls, and make a full disclosure of their earnings in order to fund the social programs they insist others pay for. *********************************************************************** * * * American Atheists website: http://www.atheists.org * * PO Box 140195 FTP: ftp://ftp.atheists.org * * Austin, TX 78714-0195 * * Voice: (512) 458-1244 Dial-THE-ATHEIST: * * FAX: (512) 467-9525 (512) 458-5731 * * * * Atheist Viewpoint TV: avtv@atheists.org * * Info on American Atheists: info@atheists.org, * * & American Atheist Press include your name and mailing address * * AANEWS -Free subscription: aanews-request@listserv.atheists.org * * and put "info aanews" in message body * * * * This text may be freely downloaded, reprinted, and/other * * otherwise redistributed, provided appropriate point of * * origin credit is given to American Atheists. * * * ***********************************************************************

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