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View Diary: "Tithe" Me 10% of Your Income Yearly, & I Will Build a "Religious" Empire, Too! (23 comments)

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  •  My Question Is: (1+ / 0-)
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    Occam was an optimist

    are they taking the ten percent they demand from their members year after year, and investing that money in these businesses?

    if yes, there's something wrong here

    ARE the "church" members stockholders, getting some sort of return?

    "A civilization which does not provide young people with a way to earn a living is pretty poor". Eleanor Roosevelt

    by Superpole on Tue Jul 17, 2012 at 12:08:03 PM PDT

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    •  Even Mormons are asking questions (1+ / 0-)
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      Since there is no accountability for how much is coming in or how it's being spent. But they do have substantial operaing expenses - the big temples, the international mission work, the geneaolgy work they do, and financial assistance to their own membership (few Mormons end up on food stamps or welfare). The article did raise quite an uproar in Mormon circles, and led to the posting of a statement on their finances.

      Tithing funds are used to support five key areas of activity:
      •Providing buildings or places of worship for members around the world. We have thousands of such buildings and continue to open more, sometimes several in a week.
      •Providing education programs, including support for our universities and our seminary and institute programs.
      •Supporting the Church’s worldwide missionary program.
      •Building and operating nearly 140 temples around the world and the administration of the world’s largest family history program.
      •Supporting the Church’s welfare programs and humanitarian aid, which serve people around the world — both members of the Church as well as those who are not members.

      from a bright young conservative: “I’m watching my first GOP debate…and WE SOUND LIKE CRAZY PEOPLE!!!!”

      by Catte Nappe on Tue Jul 17, 2012 at 12:27:46 PM PDT

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