Saturday, October 06, 2012
It depends on what we consider charity. 75% of that $4 million went to the Mormon Church. The Mormon Church spends less than 1% of it's income on charity outside it's church. Tithing in my opinion is not charity. It is supporting one's church often accomplished by not so subtle arm twisting.
Counting tithing as charity has always rubbed me the wrong way. Many churches demand a certain percentage of their members income. I hear in the Mormon Church it is 10%. Any money required to belong to an organization should not be called charity. It could still be considered a tax deduction, but in no way should tithing be considered charity. Romney gets no points from me for including payments to his church.
The Mormon Church spends over 99% of their income on issues they have a direct interest in. They are a business disguised as religion. The LDS has spent millions across the country defeating Gay Marriage initiatives. They have funneled countless millions into the coffers of politicians (read Mitt Romney) they feel share their narrow view of how Life should be. The Mormon Church is not interested in the concerns of anyone outside their church. But they are certainly interested in controlling how non-Mormons live their lives.
No better example exists of how out of control organized religion has become than the Church of the Latter Day Saints.