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Running head: THE SCIENCE OF MORALITY1The Science of Morality:An Ethical Look at Non-Profit Tax ExemptionsBradford K. CambraAmerican Military University
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THE SCIENCE OF MORALITY2The Science of Morality:An Ethical Look at Non-Profit Tax ExemptionsThe right to peaceful assembly, including freedom of expression and speech, are values that place American democracy ahead of other nations. Under the first amendment of the UnitedStates constitution, peaceful assembly, freedom of speech and expression are rights afforded to every American. The first amendment to the U.S. Constitution states that “congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble,and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” [Con91]. This amendment is interpreted to mean that the freedom of speech and assembly is the right to express any opinions without censorship or restraint by the federal government. However, with these rights come many groups and organizations that seek to exercise their constitutional rights by asserting conservative political ideologies that conflict with the traditional American values. In a few instances, there are known radical racist organizations who have been granted tax-exemptions, including tax deductions to individuals who contribute to such organizations. The ethical quandary of whether or not it is right or wrong for radical racist organizations to qualify as a nonprofit organizations or their eligibility to qualify to receive tax exemptions have been a topic of discussion over the past several years. DiscussionIn August 2017, a far-right organization staged a demonstration in Charlottesville, Virginia, known as the “Unite the Right rally”, shocking many Americans with its open embrace of white supremacist, white nationalist and neo-Nazi ideologies. The rally was organized in opposition to the removal of a confederate statue and quickly escalated to radical demonstrations,
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THE SCIENCE OF MORALITY3leading to the death of a counter protester, two Virginia state troopers and countless injuries. These events sparked a passionate national discussion on how to best deal with radical organizations whose agenda asserts racist ideologies. Included in the discussions is the ethical and moral quandaries of whether or not hate groups should be afforded tax-exemptions for contributions made to nonprofit organizations under Title 26, United States Code, 501(c)(3), including individual contributions to such nonprofit organizations. Upon approval by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), federal income tax-exemptions are granted to organizations that operate under the terms of section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Under the rules of law, specific conditions must be met in order to qualify as a nonprofit organizations, ultimately granting tax exemptions to organizations who
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