Believe me, I understand EXACTLY where you are going with your arguments. I have had NO trouble comprehending them. I feel that you are, however, ignoring the larger issue and concentrating on details that in my opinion are irrelevant.
As you have told me, you care nothing about my opinion. You are here, instead, to help us "see" the important things. Have I stated this correctly?
Each of my questions on this thread are for purposes of highlighting a critical point that
appears to be ill-considered in someone’s conclusion or else is a request for clarification.
When direct facts had already been likewise ill-considered then I proceeded to another
mode to stir thinking about a detail that, to me, is/was critical to resolution. If there is
something specific you have in mind let me know. I will be glad to redress it.
I interpret the above quote to mean that whereas others' opinions are of no import to you, your opinions must be of import to us. Not so.
This thread has revolved around the Society's filing a brief in support of Jimmy Swaggart's Ministry in order to support their own tax-exempt status.
Your questions have, for the most part, revolved around whether or not we feel it was illegal or improper for them to do so. Of course it wasn't illegal, and it was also a very smart move on their part to safeguard their income.
My point is, and has been all along, that the Society has for years condemned other organizations for seeking material riches. They have decried beautiful cathedrals and elegant churches. They have claimed to be above all this.
And yet, when it comes down to a matter of taxes on the selling of literature (and like or not, we have always sold literature), the procedure is tweaked just sufficiently enough to scuttle past the tax laws.
Good business....certainly. But for an organization that purports to strive for the highest ethical standards and which purports to be willing, nay eager, to pay whatever is rightfully due the government, this is a very sorry showing.
I definitely agree with all your points, Friend. They are all true. However, that doesn't change the fact that I dislike what has been done, and I consider it sleazy.