Centre for Inquiry

Centre for Inquiry

April 23, 2010 12:00 ET

BC City Takes Hard Look at Religious Tax Status

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - April 23, 2010) - The Centre for Inquiry, Canada's leading organization advancing church-state separation, applauds Gibson, BC, for reviewing laws on tax exemption for religious organizations unless they demonstrate community benefit.

"We advocate a review of Canadian law that allows churches to claim charity status for missionary or evangelizing activities," said CFI's National Director Justin Trottier.

"Churches that do legitimate charity work are deserving of tax exemption under other categories. It is simply a cash grab from the tax payer when churches claim charity status for proselytizing," said CFI Vancouver Director Ethan Clow.

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