Did you know
The churches own 81 billion dollars worth of tax-free property
in Texas alone?
Just in the medium sized city of Austin, Texas, church owned
tax-exempt property is valued at $352,657,000?
The holdings of the Roman Catholic Church alone exceed the
total assets of the five largest American corporations (General
Motors, Exxon, Ford, Mobil and Texaco)?
The Protestants all combined own nearly as much?
The Internal Revenue Service reports that the cash donations to
churches annually are at least 19 billion dollars? (This doesn't
include profits from businesses, property renewals, wills, stock
holdings, bond holdings, retirement centers, or lease-back
The churches in America, on the average, own 20 percent of all
privately owned land in every state in the union? (When 20
percent of the land is removed from the tax base, the individual
land or homeowner must make up the difference.)
In 1992, donations (reported to the IRS) to religious institutions
totaled 2 percent of the Gross National Product?
The federal government under various programs of assistance, is
spending 50 billion dollars a year in both direct cash grants and
tax relief for religious purposes?
The taxes collected would be more than enough to end the recession,
upgrade the life of every American, and allow us to have better
services, schools and medical care. We could wipe out the homeless
problem by providing facilities for a person to clean up, re-group, and
re-train, and return to a productive life. Until this blatantly
unconstitutional tax-exempt law is corrected, there is no separation of
church and state.
For more information write:
LASH (Louisville Area Secular Humanists)
P.O. Box 91453, Louisville, KY 40291-0453
Call Dial-A-Freethought at (502) 363-3500
Louisville Freethought BBS (502) 635-0204