If you are an American citizen, please visit http://wh.gov/tFK and sign the "Protect Millions of Americans from Dangerous Orgs: Modify USC Title 26 § 501 Tax Exemption Requirements" petition that I created on June 1, 2012 on the White House website. I assume that only Americans can sign this petition, but I do not know. It takes about 2 minutes to register and sign the petition. 150 signatures are needed before this petition becomes live and searchable on "We the People" webpage. 25,000 people must sign the petition before June 31, 2012 for the White House staff to review it.
If you would like to learn more about this petition, how to remain anonymous and sign the petition, and reasons to sign the petition, please visit the Facebook page for the White House petition at http://on.fb.me/wh-petition. The Facebook page contains a timeline with a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) box that is pinned to the top of the timeline, several videos about organizations that I would consider dangerous orgs, and links to other informative websites.
Hopefully, this petition is very clear that if an organization wants the privilege of being exempt from paying taxes that it must promote to its members and/or employees that they are free to believe as they want and to speak freely without fearing retribution from the organization or from other members and/or employees. If enough members, employees, former members, and/or former employees file valid complaints with the IRS, then the IRS would suspend an organization’s tax exempt status for not less than 3 years. According to IRS Publication 557 and 1828, the IRS maintains basic guidelines to determine whether an organization meets the religious purposes test of section 501(c)(3) “that the practices and rituals associated with the organization’s religious belief or creed are not illegal or contrary to clearly defined public policy”. Any law that would be inspired by this petition would only add one more requirement for tax exempt organizations to follow.
Although signing the White House petition is one step in a long process to motivate Congress to pass a bill and for the President to sign a bill into a law, much more is needed than signing the White House petition. In the coming weeks I plan to write letters to the President, senators, representatives, other organizations, and websites to promote this petition and for Congress to create a bill(s). The more Americans that write letters to the president, their senators, and their representatives about this issue: the more likely that a law will be enacted.
There are many ways that JWN members can help to collect 25,000 signatures before June 31, 2012. If you are a Facebook member, you can “Like” the Facebook page http://on.fb.me/wh-petition and the White House petition ( http://wh.gov/tFK ). You can send emails to non-JW friends and family with links to the Facebook page ( http://on.fb.me/wh-petition ) and the White House petition page ( http://wh.gov/tFK ). You can send anonymous emails to JW friends and family. If you want to forward an email to JWs (i.e., use the WTBTS’s induced fear against the WTBTS), PM me and I will be glad to send you email that you can forward to JW friends and family to “warn” them about the White House petition. You can post a comment to this thread that you signed the petition and why you signed the petition to keep this thread in the top of the active list of threads. You can post a comment to this thread that you signed the petition and why you signed the petition to keep this thread in the top of the active list of threads.
This is my second attempt to promote signing a petition to protect Americans from dangerous orgs (or cults according to Steve Hassan). I learned a lot from my first attempt, and hopefully my second attempt will be more successful. FYI, the following threads tried to promote the 1 st attempt for a White House petition:
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