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Message from the President

Our website has been setup on a secure server since July 2019. Due to factors beyond our control, our growth has been slow and we are still just getting started on the road towards our objectives.

Societal laws are currently supporting and favouring the religion industry over other charitable organizations—especially when it comes to taxes. The church has had special status within the law regarding taxes since Christianity was declared the official religion of the state of the Roman Empire in 380 AD. Since then, many acts of law have provided churches (defined as “places of worship”) exemption from property taxes as well as giving them other monetary advantages. One such act is the “Charitable Uses Act of 1601” in England—which forms the bases of church privileges within the law of many countries of today. The status quo should no longer remain this way.

Any organization that is involved in the “advancement of religion” has special tax exemptions within the law. This may have been appropriate at the time, but now with all the scientific advancements over the many years, it certainly is not. We would prefer to see this misguided funding go towards a myriad of social causes including family planning and climate change control.

Imagine if the countless organizations that are accomplishing meaningful good in the world were to be supported by the same tax advantages that churches are receiving. Belief in a god and wanting to do good for the world are mutually exclusive concepts, yet currently, to be defined as a registered charity, an organization must be associated with worshipping a deity.

Historically, each country identified with only one religion and the schooling of children involved the exposure to only that one religion. Then as the ethnicity of countries blended, schools became increasingly secular. Also, the scientific method was taught in public schools. As the years went by, fewer and fewer children were indoctrinated into their parent’s religion. As a result of these changes, most people today do not identify with a specific religion.

One specific area of change that we would like to see is concerning property taxes. You may not view property tax exemptions as significant in your life, but they are. Every taxpayer is affected by them, whether you own property or not. Basically, everything you buy is affected by property taxes. Property taxes pay for the roads leading to the property, the sidewalks, the streetlamps, etc. The more a business pays in property taxes, the more that money must be considered in the cost of the goods or services provided by the business.

So, if churches don’t have to pay for their share of property taxes, that means that everyone else must make up for it. That means that even though you may not subscribe to any specific religious theology, you are paying extra for them to “advance their religion”.

Our first efforts towards our objectives will be to expose to the public the amount of public funds being redirected to churches some of which is being used in a manner counter to the social needs of the world.

Please join us in our efforts in any way appropriate for you.

We have a lot of learning to do in the area of how laws are changed. If you have any ideas on how we achieve the discontinuance of church tax exemptions within your country or jurisdiction, please write to us.

David Bedford
Voters Without Religion Association

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