No Tax Exemptions for Witches, Says the Helms Amendment.

Two American members of Congress back in 1985, Senator Jesse Helms of North Carolina and Robert Walker of Pennsylvania put forth an amendment to outlaw religious tax exempt status for Witchcraft, Wicca and Pagan churches and organizations.                     

Since Witchcraft uses a system of beliefs and rituals derived from pre-Christian Celtic and Welsh traditions and have labelled it Witchcraft, it should have tax-exempt status, wouldn't you think, since Witchcraft is sincere in its beliefs and does not break any laws.

Few Wicca and Pagan groups have ever applied for this tax-exempt status, and operate on tight budgets. 

The Bill was opposed by the American Civil Liberties Union citing; 

"If a person is praying for horrible things and sticking pins into voodoo dolls, that is not the kind of religion that should be supported by a tax exemption."  

It never survived to be incorporated into the sweeping tax-reform legislation passed in 1986 and was called; 

"The crudest example of First Amendment infringement," by the ACLU.

The issue became known as the "Helms Amendment, and holds up today."

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