I'm not crazy about churches paying no taxes. But on the other hand, what could happen if they were not exempt from taxes?Xxxrayted, you seem to be in a difficult spot. You want to justify the deductions for children on federal income taxes, but the only way you can do it is by trying to shift the argument to local property taxes (which don't have tax deductions for children.)
But, if you rather talk about property taxes, how do you feel about churches being exempt from them? Many churches own large tracts of land, but pay no property taxes (even though they use the services those taxes support.)
Just as you complain about paying property taxes for schools that you don't use, why should people that do not attend church be forced to subsidize those that do through tax exemptions for church property?
That would allow the church to preach about anything they desire. Religion is still influential with a lot of people. They could be telling their parishioners that the Democrats party is the party of demons since they promote the murder of babies and strive to take God out of society outside of church and home. They may target Republicans who don't believe in government helping out the poor, or that Republicans are evil because they support wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Who knows?
Whatever political agenda the church decides on could mean serious problems for politicians and/or parties. Of course anybody taking away such tax exemptions would be looked at as attacking religion, so you can't put the toothpaste back in the tube.