If Jehovah's Witnesses only benefit their own believers, why are they subsidized as a charity? - 2019-03-26
Lloyd Evans has a really interesting new piece today at the website of Britain's National Secular Society. And while the tax exempt or charity status of churches in the UK and the US are not exactly the same, we think our American readers can benefit from reading some of the questions Lloyd raises in this really well done article.
The concept that any non-profit organization shouldn't have to pay taxes is that such an organization benefits society as a whole in ways that takes some of the burden off of government. But if a church serves only its own believers, how, Lloyd asks, does that fit the idea of a "charity" that benefits the population at large?
"The work of Watch Tower benefits nobody unless you consider (1) being religious or (2) being a Jehovah's Witness to be advantageous. And that's if we take Watch Tower's disingenuous statement about 'promoting religious worship' at face value," he says.