Should the Mormon Church be tax exempt?

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13 Responses to Should the Mormon Church be tax exempt?

  1. Cele says:

    Absolutely not. I say they fail to maintain their Exempt status through their violation of four of the tax exempt conditions set by the goverment through the IRS.

    their net earnings may not inure to any private shareholder or individual,

    they must not provide a substantial benefit to private interests,

    they must not devote a substantial part of their activities to attempting to influence legislation,

    Maybe even more, I suppose this one is subject to interpretation. The others are pretty cut and dry.

    the organization’s purposes and activities may not be illegal or violate fundamental public policy.
    they must not participate in, or intervene in, any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for public office, and

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  2. azteclady says:

    Natalie, since the serious topics are still open, check this clip out. What do you think?

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  3. Curt says:

    November 9th, 2008 at 10:44 am

    Absolutely not. I say they fail to maintain their Exempt status through their violation of four of the tax exempt conditions set by the goverment through the IRS.

    their net earnings may not inure to any private shareholder or individual,

    they must not provide a substantial benefit to private interests,

    they must not devote a substantial part of their activities to attempting to influence legislation,

    Maybe even more, I suppose this one is subject to interpretation. The others are pretty cut and dry.

    the organization’s purposes and activities may not be illegal or violate fundamental public policy.
    they must not participate in, or intervene in, any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for public office, and

    This is not true. The mormon church did not put any money into Proposition 8. They encouraged there members to do the same thing that those on the other side did. They encouraged their people to exercise their freedom to vote by donating their time and money to encourage others to vote how they wanted to vote.

    Did you not do that with the presidential candidate that you supported? Did you not do the same thing mormons did for Prop 8 against Prop 8? So why are we being singled out as bigots when we simply exercised our god given right to vote?

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  4. Curt says:

    Furthermore. Where on earth did you hear that the net earnings of the church go to a private shareholder or individual?

    Mormons believe and follow the same organization that existed in the ancient church of Christ. We believe in and have no paid clergy.

    Please, if we are sincerely here to talk about tolerance, let us check our facts.

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  5. Natalie says:

    Curt, PLEASE if we are to talk about ANYTHING, let us check our facts. The Mormon Church most certainly DID donate MILLIONS to ensure that gays do not have the right to marry, and furthermore, they have OWNED up to it.

    And as an individual, you can support a president, but as a TAX EXEMPT organization, specifically a church, you CANNOT. There simply is no comparison. Tolerance is as tolerance does. Tolerance does not include stripping a good part of the population of the same rights which YOU take for granted.

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  6. Curt says:

    When did you start hating the church so badly? What happened in your life to cause this?

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  7. Cele says:

    Curt, why does recognizing the truth equate to hating something? Yes, I’ve heard it said, “The truth hurts,” but take my word for it, I think there are several churches in America who have 1) agendas of hate 2) substantial political payoffs
    3) Fund lobbies 4) Promote their own political and personal agendas. Not just the Mormon church, but the Mormon Church is the subject and topic at hand.

    So Curt, why do you think the Mormon Church should be exempt? And why do you believe they didn’t pay a dime, let alone millions on the Measure 8 campaign?

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  8. azteclady says:

    Natalie, Cele, please ladies! Don’t confuse Curt with facts.

    😉

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  9. K*tty says:

    Curt, when did YOU stop using your brain? What happened in your life to cause this? If as you say, “We believe in and have no paid clergy”, I must take issue. Let me just address the money for the Prophet. Who pays for his clothes, food, utilities, first class plane rides, million dollar dwelling………….? And don’t insult me by saying he uses his own money. A bishop may not be paid, but I am telling you some of the general authorities are and you can write and ask them. Step carefully down from the high horse.

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  10. If they want to play in politics, they can give up their tax-free status. Here’s a cartoon about the Church’s interference in politics: http://patriotboy.blogspot.com/2008/11/angel-moroni-on-prop-8.html

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  11. SamD says:

    Does anyone maintain an up to date list of Mormon controlled businesses?

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  12. Garrick says:

    It’s a nice post. Too bad 501 (c) (3) is blatantly unconstitutional. And boycotting Mormon-owned businesses is stupid. Mormons don’t have a hive mind; many, including myself, gave time and money to fight prop 8.

    As I said before, 501 (c) (3) is unconstitutional, so I would actually welcome a case, so we could finally get it banned by the S.C.

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  13. Natalie says:

    Um, Garrick, here at Trapped we’re big on backing up your statements, so I would like to hear why you think 501 (c) 3 is unconstitutional. Just an FYI, I’m no lawyer, so I’m not saying you are WRONG, just want to hear WHY you say it is unconstitutional.

    As for boycotting Mormon-owned businesses being useless, I agree. I think this is a waste of time, and not an effective way of getting your message across. It is important to realize that not ALL Mormons are behind Proposition 8. and in fact, this is a big division point for the Church. Maybe not “Moses parting the Red Sea” big, but still BIG.

    Oh, and welcome Garrick!

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