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Trump Looking to Revoke Religious Tax Exemptions, Say Inside Sources

When it comes to organized religion, one of the biggest pet peeves of the ultra-liberal left seems to be the tax exempt status shared by religions around the nation, regardless of their creed, age, or population.

Of course, this is still America, a nation discovered and then founded on the principle of freedom, with liberty and religious expression sharing a symbiotic relationship within the confines of our all-powerful Constitution.  The left can whine all they want, but religion must remain a widely inclusive label for organizations of faith, lest we wish to risk damaging the entirety of our national identity and freedom.

From the most orthodox of Christian beliefs, all the way to the worshipers of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, (known as “Pastafarians”), churches and organized religions all share one bountiful economic distinction as well:  They don’t pay any taxes.

This legs and fiscal reality has come under fire in recent years, as wealth disparity has been an incredibly hot topic in liberal circles thanks to the work of Bernie Sanders and other communists-in-democratic clothing.  Multimillionaire preachers are often trotted out by the liberal media in order to provide examples of what they believe is a rampant abuse of the tax scheme itself, highlighting the opulence of some of America’s most commercialized megachurches.

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The faithful understand that this isn’t necessarily an accurate representation of their own faith, but are savvy enough to leave the prosperous pastors alone, lest they should be lumped in with them.

Now it seems as though President Trump is looking to possibly upset that delicate balance by singling out one religion for a possible revocation of their tax exempt status, thanks to the work of television actress-turned-activist Leah Remini.

“President Trump has thrown his support behind removing the Church of Scientology’s tax-exempt status, according to a Huffington Post report.

“Twitter messages from a Trump family friend and top official at the Department of Housing and Urban Development claim that Trump and his family ‘couldn’t agree more’ that the church should lose its tax-exempt status.

 “‘From The moment I saw your series I told President Trump & his family we needed to revoke their tax exempt status. They couldn’t agree more, but please don’t publicize that yet,’ Lynne Patton wrote to actress Leah Remini in the messages obtained by HuffPost. ‘This is going to get done in the next 4 years or I’ll die trying. Knock on wood!’
“Patton is a longtime friend and business associate of the Trump family who has worked with the Trumps since 2009. Last year, she spoke in support of Trump at the Republican National Convention in June.”
Not everyone is on board, understandably, and the opposition to the move isn’t only coming from the Scientologists.
“For the White House or any administration official to try and influence who the IRS targets, for whatever reason, is wrong and could result in a violation of the law,” said Larry Noble, a former general counsel of the Federal Election Commission. “The IRS must make these decisions independently without any influence by the White House or administration officials.”
Certainly, any attempt to revoke the tax exempt status of scientologists will likely result in a prolonged legal battle, given the religion’s history of dragging anyone and everyone into court for the mere act of disparaging the religion publicly.

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