Why don't JWs get classified as a Cult instead of a Religion under the Law?

by cognac 20 Replies latest jw friends

  • cognac

    I mean, can't any shmuck say they are a religion, then get all these tax breaks while at the same time tell people to murder, commit suicide, etc?

  • wasblind

    Good question Cognac

  • Fernando

    I have come to conclude that all religions are cults, albeit to varying degrees.

    Therein lies the real problem.

    As Bill Maher observed: "religion is a bureaucracy between man and God".

  • Phizzy

    I don't see what difference it makes to the "Law" how you classify them, unless it is illegal in your country to run a cult ?

    If they break the Law they are accountable, cult or not.

    What I would like to see though is more Public awareness of their true nature, a Real Estate Company that uses all the cult methods whilst posing as a religion,

    and claiming all the benefits of a religion i.e Tax exemption.

  • jgnat

    As a test case, I looked up a truly wacky cult, the Yogic Fliers, intent on bringing World Peace.

    They are on the IRS's charitable organization list:

    20-0817485United States Peace GovernmentVedic CityIAUnited StatesPC

    The United States does not classify cults. Some countries do, like Russia and France.

  • jgnat

    Yeah, Phizzy, like "donations" for the acquiring of books and DVD's.

  • cognac

    Cults should be illegal by law. Lets make this simple. If you attempt to force the following via excommunication or otherwise, you are a cult:

    1. To commit murder

    2. To commit suicide

    3. To forego life saving medical treatment (which is basically murder)

  • wasblind

    That's the same thing Jim Jones and the Branch Davidians did

    The Jehovah's Witnesses cause people to commit suicide through in

    their religious beliefs also

  • RubaDub
    Re: Why don't JWs get classified as a Cult instead of a Religion under the Law?

    If you check out their original application to be incorporated, Russell checked the "Religion" box instead of "Cult" on the form.

    Rub a Dub

  • LV101

    It's all because of the freedom the country was founded on and this one was/is a biggee and the court's won't touch it/go there. It doesn't matter what they do/how they do it. It's wrong and makes me crazy. It makes me crazy and the wrongs that are perpetrated against humans is a tragedy. But that's the way it is ---- reality. They've got the law on their side from the get go. It's radically wrong.

    There's no such thing as justice.


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