2 janvier 2017

Ce que nous coûtent les religions

Les religions ne sont pas seulement toxiques psychologiquement, intellectuellement et culturellement. Elles nous coûtent également une véritable fortune:

(...) According to a University of Tampa study, not taxing churches is taking an estimated $71 billion from our economy every year, and this fact remains largely unquestioned.

The general argument over why churches do not pay taxes goes like this: If there is a separation of church and state, then the state (or fed) has no right to collect money from the church. In exchange, churches cannot use their clout to influence politics. While this would seem to make for cozy bedfellows, it’s impossible to believe that none of the 335,000 congregations in the United States are using their resources for political purposes, especially when just last week the Kansas governor called for a 'Day of Salvation' in his state. 

(...) As noted in the Tampa study, churches fall into the category of ‘charitable’ entities. This is often a stretch. The researchers calculated the Mormon church, for example, spends roughly .7% of its annual income on charity. Their study of 271 congregations found an average of 71% of revenues going to ‘operating expenses,’ while help to the poor is somewhere within the remaining 29%. Compare this to the American Red Cross, which uses 92.1% of revenues for physical assistance and just 7.9% on operating expenses. The authors also note that 

Wal-Mart, for instance, gives about $1.75 billion in food aid to charities each year, or twenty-eight times all of the money allotted for charity by the United Methodist Church and almost double what the LDS Church has given in the last twenty-five years

(...) The most important distinction the study makes, however, is the difference between physical and spiritual assistance. There’s an Internet meme of a pair of white adults handing bibles to African children, while the children ask how they can eat them. Prayers may make those praying feel good about themselves, but do nothing to eradicate poverty or feed the meek. I’m not sure what glitch in human psychology allows us to confuse the two, but the longer we do, the less actual assistance we can offer. 

(...) Church leaders have every right to express their opinions and help craft legislation while influencing public sentiment, so long as they play by the same rules as those they preach to. We have to understand the difference between real help and the imagined rules of gods. The world does not need more bigotry masquerading as spirituality. It needs actual charity, the kind that does not demand a reward. Taxing churches is one step in that direction.

2 commentaires:

Kevin Macarry a dit...

Comment L'Eglise peut vous couter une fortune? vous ne la financez pas avec vos impots à ce que je sache?et puisque les églises ont l'interdiction d'affichez de la pub parce que ça "gache" la vue alors faut bien trouver un moyen de financer l'entretien.

Prof Solitaire a dit...

Le "coût" est en fait l'argent perdu parce qu'elles ne paient pas d'impôt et, si je ne m'abuse, pas de taxes foncières.

Il y a des pubs religieuses ici. L'Église catho place un gigantesque panneau à la sortie du pont Jacques-Cartier à chaque année pour sa levée de fonds annuelle...