And Why Aren’t They Losing Their Tax Exempt Status?

7 May

All Gussied Up to Prevent Marriage Equality

Oh you Malicious Madcap Mormons.  Some of you may have heard that the homophobic bigot Peter Vidmar has resigned Friday from the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC).  Vidmar is reported to have resigned because of the media attention he was getting around his anti-gay involvement.  Vidmar, a Mormon, made a $2,000 donation for the successful 2008 Prop 8 (Prop Hate) ballot initiative in California defining marriage as between a man and a woman.  Vidmar also participated in several demonstrations supporting Prop Hate, saying:

It’s good for our society to have a traditional definition of marriage.

And where did this enlightened Vidmar receive instruction on how to become a bigot?  Yes, that fun-loving Mormon Church.  Vidmar reports:

The Church wanted to take a stand on the issue, and they invited their members to take a stand, I chose to be involved.

Apparently the USOC had no problem with Vidmar holding his own personal beliefs but he did cross a line when he became an activist against marriage equality.

The question I have is when do churches, such as the Mormon Church that spent over $200,000 dollars on Prop 8 lose their tax exempt status and just finally become the political activist group they are?  The Catholic Church also needs to lose their tax exempt status, as they too were big financial backers of Prop 8 and lest we forget the Knights of Columbus, in their beautiful frocks, and their $1 million dollar donation to prevent marriage equality. With all of that money going to prevent marriage equality, I can only assume that a marriage between a man and a woman must be exceedingly fragile. Click here to read the full story on the bigot Vidmar.

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8 Responses to “And Why Aren’t They Losing Their Tax Exempt Status?”

  1. Jennifer May 7, 2011 at 7:54 am #

    I don’t know why, but they should, especially as they strong-armed, not ‘encouraged’ their members to participate. Church meetings became political rallies, they preached hate from the pulpit, and donated church funds to organize a specific political, anti-civil rights move. Of course, this isn’t their first go round, they did the same with the Equal Rights Amendment years ago, under the guise that if women could work outside the home with equal protection, the “American Family” would be destroyed. They ‘rallied the troops’ and marched in the streets – and no one raised an eyebrow.
    Let’s not forget that these religious institutions are very, very, very wealthy businesses with a lot of influence and power at the highest levels.

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt May 7, 2011 at 7:59 am #

      Thank you for these fantastic comments that corroborate my thesis that these religious/political organizations should lose their tax exempt status!

  2. jenny May 7, 2011 at 8:02 am #

    i’d like to see divorce statistics on those groups…and domestic violence stats, too.

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt May 7, 2011 at 8:16 am #

      VEry nice point, Jenny. I will see if I can get some statistics.

      • Jennifer May 7, 2011 at 8:48 am #

        Mormons tend to have very low divorce rates, less a reflection of unhappy marriages (I know *many*), but because of the incredibly taboo against divorce in Mormon culture. I believe that DV and abuse, they’re on par with the national average. However, they often fail to recognize non-violent forms of abuse and still maintain a ‘blame the victim’ mentality. I cite two refrences here, one is a book entitled “The Miracle of Forgiveness” by late President/Prophet Spencer Kimbell in which he highlights the indelible mark left on (female, from the pronouns) victims of rape/incest and their role:

        Also far-reaching is the effect of loss of chastity. Once given or taken or stolen it can never be regained. Even in forced contact such as rape or incest, the injured one is greatly outraged. If she has not cooperated and contributed to the foul deed, she is of course in a more favorable position. There is no condemnation where there is absolutely no voluntary participation. It is better to die in defending one’s virtue than to live having lost it without a struggle.”

        and the next is an article from the 1982 Ensign (Mormon Church Magazine) on the topic of abuse:

        “The victim must do all in his or her power to stop the abuse. Most often, the victim is innocent because of being disabled by fear or the power or authority of the offender. At some point in time, however, the Lord may prompt a victim to recognize a degree of responsibility for abuse. Your priesthood leader will help assess your responsibility so that, if needed, it can be addressed. Otherwise the seeds of guilt will remain and sprout into bitter fruit. Yet no matter what degree of responsibility, from absolutely none to increasing consent, the healing power of the atonement of Jesus Christ can provide a complete cure.”

        These are both official church publications, one by the authority of the “Prophet, Seer, & Revelator.”

      • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt May 7, 2011 at 8:55 am #

        That is some NASTY misogyny! I believe it is also true that if a woman is not married to a man, she has no way of getting into heaven, according to Mormon doctrine.

  3. Jennifer May 7, 2011 at 8:57 am #

    That was true in the days of polygamy, but due to the numbers mismatch, I believe that there is now an accepted belief that an unmarried woman can be married in the after life and thus enter the Celestial Kingdom. It is true that her husband must escort her across the veil – thus his wife’s entry to the highest honors of heaven are due to his whims.

    And people wonder why I had issues with the church as a child.. :/

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