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Saturday, December 16, 2017

Should the Mormon Church Pay taxes?
Presidential Candidate Fred Karger investigates Mormon Fraud

Should LDS Inc. Pay taxes?

U.S. Presidential candidate, Fred Karger, already successful in exposing Mormon Fraud on multiple levels resulting in the successful prosecution of the Mormon "Church" for election fraud, believes they should.

In March of this year (2017) Larry Decker, of the Washington based Secular Coalition for America, and Fred Karger, of the California based Rights Equal Rights organization, personally delivered a complaint against the Mormon Church to Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, and U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions. The complaint cites evidence in the form of a leaked video exposing what is widely believed to be specific violations of the Logan Act and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act by officials of the Mormon Church.

In a full page Huffington Post article Fred Karger presents a brief introduction to the discussion of taxing the Mormon "Church".

Citing Pope Francis' controversial statements about the taxation of certain Churches, Karger contends that the LDS "Church" is more a multinational business conglomerate than a Church, and as such, should pay taxes on all its income.

Karger, who filed a sworn complaint against the Mormon "Church" for election fraud in 2008, was instrumental in bringing an investigation by the California Fair Political Practices Commission resulting in a guilty plea by the Church on multiple counts of election fraud.

Karger contends that, "The Mormon Church’s massive global business holdings are run as tax-free enterprises owned outright by the Church." Karger continues, "The Mormon Church does not have to file a 990 IRS tax return like other charities, because of the religious exemption. There is absolutely no transparency from the Mormon Church."

The California Non-profit organization, Rights Equal Rights, founded by Karger, is spearheading a national campaign for the assistance of private parties sharing "Mormon Tips" to uncover and expose the massive business holdings and any related tax fraud by the Mormon Church.

The Rights Equal Rights website also features a "Dishonor Role" exposing the names and related corporate interests of major donors to the illegitimate Proposition 8 Campaign in California. The group advocates boycotting the businesses of the named organizations, identified on the list. Neither Park Romney, nor Friends of Park Romney endorse this boycott. We do, however, support the disclosure of the identities of the supporters.

We believe a boycott subscribes to the same spirit of exclusionary politics that the Proposition 8 Campaign proposed. By way of example, we rather think the LGBT community would make a more effective statement by making group pilgrimages in rainbow t-shirts to enjoy chicken sandwiches at Chic-Fil-A, than by boycotting the business. Perhaps leaving "Get Well" cards would be a nice added touch. Chic-Fil-A is not on this donor list, but commonly associated with opposition to Gay Marriage.

The social delusions behind the Proposition 8 campaign, while contagious in a philosophical sense, are not communicable diseases. Just psychological issues. Exposure to the reality of the peaceful nature of the LGBT community might be the best medicine for the social hostilities against them, born of ignorance supported by religious fervor.

Our View

While Karger's campaign is an interesting development in the world of the Mormon "Church", Friends of Park Romney takes no position on whether this "Church" should be taxed, other than to say that we support existing tax exemptions for legitimate churches. We also support IRS provisions for the taxation of unrelated business income.

We are unaware of specific instances where the Mormon "Church" fails to pay unrelated business income taxes. That question has not been a matter of focus for our issues with the Mormon "Church".

Where organizations professing to be churches are found not to be legitimately worthy of such a claim, the necessity for a campaign to deny their tax exemptions does not occur to us to be warranted. The IRS is not likely to fail to act accordingly.

The question (or issue) for us about the Mormon Church is not whether it should be taxed, but whether it actually qualifies as a legitimate Church. Our contention that it is, fundamentally, a fraud, has yet to be proven satisfactorily in an appropriate venue for the IRS to respond. Until that is the case, it strikes us that the common interests of affected citizens are best served by investigations directly relevant to that question, and refinement of the tax codes to address certain behavioral aspects of organizations professing to be churches.

We do not share the view, held by many, that the plausibility of the basis for an organization's claims to be a "church" or a "religion" should be given a complete pass by the authorities granting such exemptions. Certainly, great care should be afforded to avoid trampling on legitimately divergent beliefs. However, the time is long overdue in America, to seriously re-examine what we do and do not accept to qualify for the special privileges afforded religions.

Any organization that professes that the murder, physical abuse, or other illegitimate discrimination against non believers (this is not intended as a specific reference to Mormonism) simply for being non believers or advocating non belief should not, in our view, qualify for special consideration or special privileges on the grounds of being a "church", or a "religion", no matter that it might qualify in other ways.

Any organization whose published scriptures, doctrines, or pronouncements advocate criminal activity as a legitimate religious practice by its own adopted standards is a criminal organization. For the criminality of an organization to be overlooked, simply on the basis of it's claim to be a "church" or a religion", is an element of cultural contradiction in America that is the actual root of much evil that goes unchecked. The philosophical oversights of our public institutions, including the judiciary and the legislative branches of our government, are evidenced by failure to address such obvious inequities in a reasonable way.

The interests of the American public suffer far greater offenses occasioned by our own institutional oversights than from any other outside influence.

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