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  •  thing is, you don't necessarily have to pay $.01 (0+ / 0-)

    to belong to a religion.  period.

    It seems curiosity has killed the cat that had my tongue.

    by Murphoney on Sat May 05, 2012 at 08:01:45 AM PDT

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    •  In the Mormon faith (2+ / 0-)
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      you must be a member in good standing to attend temple.

      And to be a member in good standing you must pay the tithe.

      The Mormon church's financial growth has been fueled by "sacred taxation" -- tithing. To be of good standing, all Mormons must tithe, or give 10 percent of their gross income to the church. The Ostlings' research concluded that annual tithing revenue, as of the mid-1990s, was likely between $4.25 and $5.3 billion.

      Not all Mormons tithe, but tithing is a requirement of keeping a temple recommend allowing Mormons to enter the temple, and the percentage of members who pay tithing is very high, probably well over 60 percent.

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      •  w/ 60% participation, the Mormon faith doesn't (0+ / 0-)

        expel 40% of its members on any sort of regular basis.

        Regardless of the available bells and whistles, the VIP passes and gold stars, not all Mormons pay anything yet they remain Mormons.

        It seems curiosity has killed the cat that had my tongue.

        by Murphoney on Sat May 05, 2012 at 12:27:38 PM PDT

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