Ben Carson appeared on the fifth episode of EWTN News’ “Candidate Conversations 2016” last Sunday. He strongly endorsed the First Amendment Defense Act, which is great news for voters concerned about protecting religious liberty.
But then he did something else, too. And honestly, I’m not quite sure what to make of it. You can view the whole exchange below:
After endorsing the First Amendment Defense Act and talking about the importance of religion, Carson went on to discuss his tax plan:
Well, you know, I have a good idea I believe, and that is a tax plan where you have a flat tax and no deductions and no exemptions, and therefore, churches won’t have to worry about tax deductions because there won’t be any…
…But people will have a lot more money in their pockets and they will be, I believe, much more charitable under those circumstances. People have to remember that, before 1913 when we put the federal income tax in place, churches in this country were thriving. Charitable institutions in this country were thriving. I believe they will continue to thrive if we get rid of the tax exemptions and I think they will once again become those powerful voices of conscience which are so essential. If we let those voices be extinguished because of the systems we have put in place, it is going to be an everlasting tragedy, not only for this country but for the world.
That sure sounds like a plan to eliminate the tax-exempt status for churches and charities, forcing these non-profit organizations to pay corporate taxes on good will donations, effectively ending their charitable operations as we know it. Continue Reading