In their article, Research Report: How Secular Humanists (and Everyone Else) Subsidize Religion in the United States, they make the case for why religion should not be subsidized:
For those individuals who argue that religions should receive subsidies because of their charitable work, there is an easy solution for that problem. If religions want to engage in charitable work, they should separate religious activities and finances from their charitable activities and finances. The charities run by religions could be tax-exempt, but the religious organizations would be treated like civic leagues or sports clubs or any other volunteer organization that exists for entertainment or the benefit of its members. Those groups are not tax-exempt and are not subsidized by the government.The authors note that since it is unlikely the subsidies for religion will be ended anytime soon they call for increased tax write-offs for all "entertainment" expenses. What do you think?
hat/tip to Joe.My.God