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Should the churches pay taxes?

 |  Peter H. Wood  | 

Should the churches (religion) be separated from our government? Are we a theocracy or a democracy? By that I mean are we a country free of superstition (secular)? From our M.Ps’ public actions, it is shown that the state facilitates religious use of tax money.

Churches don’t pay taxes because in the past, they were the only public welfare groups. They saved the government money. Now this wealth is spent on growing land ownership and indoctrination by the organised churches. Certainly, it is not publicised.

Another sign of this corruption is prayer (Maori or English) and the fact that the King, our country’s nominal Head, is also the head of the English Anglican Church.

Our schools were started by the first settlers and they had come from a place where the problems of mixing church and state were obvious. So, one of the first laws they made was the Education Act which made schooling compulsory, free and secular (free of religion).  This has become adulterated by certain government members using  the flawed concept that competition will increase the quality of education. The taxpayer now pays for equalising public schools, the Catholic, Anglican and Presbyterian schooling system and other private schools including and Islamic school (for girls only).

We need to ask Scott Simpson, where he stands on this? Can he tell us how much tax goes to support the unilateral promotion of each group’s religious curriculum?

If this government hopes to ‘save’ tax dollars; here are two incomes that foster divisiveness.

Should the churches (religion) be separated from our government? Are we a theocracy or a democracy? By that I mean are we a country free of superstition (secular)? From our M.Ps’ public actions, it is shown that the state facilitates religious use of tax money.

Churches don’t pay taxes because in the past, they were the only public welfare groups. They saved the government money. Now this wealth is spent on growing land ownership and indoctrination by the organised churches. Certainly, it is not publicised.

Another sign of this corruption is prayer (Maori or English) and the fact that the King, our country’s nominal Head, is also the head of the English Anglican Church.

Our schools were started by the first settlers and they had come from a place where the problems of mixing church and state were obvious. So, one of the first laws they made was the Education Act which made schooling compulsory, free and secular (free of religion).  This has become adulterated by certain government members using  the flawed concept that competition will increase the quality of education. The taxpayer now pays for equalising public schools, the Catholic, Anglican and Presbyterian schooling system and other private schools including and Islamic school (for girls only).

We need to ask Scott Simpson, where he stands on this? Can he tell us how much tax goes to support the unilateral promotion of each group’s religious curriculum?

If this government hopes to ‘save’ tax dollars; here are two incomes that foster divisiveness.


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