Over the last five years, I have read lots of threads complaining about the WTBTS, but few threads about becoming involved to help JWs to critically think for themselves so that they can decide whether to stay, change the WTBTS, or fade. I'm curious if anyone is willing to write to their political representatives like I did today?
Before someone writes that the bill that I wrote would infringe on rights of either the Establishment or Free Excercise clause of the U.S. Constitution, I already checked with a lawyer and she said that the concept sounds promising. The bill would have to be carefully written not to infringe on an individual's rights. I believe that I have done that, because the bill regulates what an organization and its representatives can do and not how an individual thinks or acts with their own free will.
If anyone is interested in reading the bill or forwarding it to their representatives or knowledgeable attorneys, please PM me with your email address. The bill is less than 25 pages long written in 14 pitch with double-spacing and approximately 2 inch margins.
Honorable Congressional Representative:
I respectfully ask that you introduce a bill in the 114th Congress by the end of February 2015 to revise the Tax Code to require that tax-exempt organizations protect children from sexual abuse instead of protecting and enabling pedophiles.
If you are interested, please write me and I will send you the rough draft of a bill with the following:
1. Insert a new sub-section in 26 U.S. Code § 501 to describe the criteria and process to suspend an organization's tax-exempt status, and would allow the IRS to charge all tax-exempt a nominal an annual fee (may be $10 to $50) to fund the effort. Applicable tax-exempt organizations would be required to ensure that applicable adults pass a criminal background check and complete sexual abuse awareness training, to promote to members and employees to report suspected violent felonies to local law enforcement, to prohibit using undue influence on members and employees, and to prohibit promoting bigotry, prejudice, and incite hatred and civil unrest.
2. Amend 26 U.S. Code § 6033 to require that all tax-exempt organizations, including religious organizations that are currently exempt, to file annual reports and adds additional requirements about what to include in the annual reports.
3. Amend 26 U.S. Code § 6104 to require the Treasury to provide free access to applications for tax-exemption and annual reports through the internet. The Treasury would be prohibited from releasing personal contact information (not business contact information) through the internet.
4. Create Section 520 to allow taxing of funds transferred from/to non-compliant organizations to reduce funding to such organizations.
The bill I wrote is a rough draft so it does need attorneys with Tax Code, legislative writing, or Constitutional Law experience to review and revise it. I estimate that the bill is currently 85% completed.
This bill may have additional benefits that would help to prevent undue influence from being used to create fanatical individuals that blindly follow orders from an organization's leaders/representatives (i.e., People's Temple/Jim Jones, Heaven's Gate, and ISIS).
Members from the U.K., Canada, Australia, and other countries could probably create similar bills to change Charity or tax laws in their country.
Peace be with you and everyone, who you love,