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?
Why don't JWs get classified as a Cult instead of a Religion under the Law?
Good question Cognac
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".
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.
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:
20-0817485 United States Peace Government Vedic City IA United States PC
The United States does not classify cults. Some countries do, like Russia and France.
Yeah, Phizzy, like "donations" for the acquiring of books and DVD's.
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)
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
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
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.