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Mormon Church to be fined by state political commission over Proposition 8

The state Fair Political Practices Commission is expected to fine the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for not properly reporting about $37,000 worth of contributions to pass California's ban on same-sex marriages.

The commission will fine the Salt Lake City-based church $5,538 for failing to report the numerous contributions. The fine comes in response to a complaint filed in November 2008 by Fred Karger, a gay-rights activist and co-founder of Californians Against Hate, who accused the Mormon Church of failing to report the value of the work it did to support Proposition 8.

"The investigation revealed that the church unintentionally failed to file daily reports detailing approximately $37,000 in non-monetary contributions," a statement on the church's website read. "The amount of contributions not reported represented the cost of staff time spent by church employees on activities to help the Yes on 8 committee during the final two weeks of the election."

The church said it cooperated in the investigation and expected the matter to be resolved this week.

Roman Porter, executive director of the political practices commission, said a determination to adopt that proposed fine will be considered Thursday when the commission meets.

-- Ruben Vives

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I couldn't be more pleased. Now, take on the Catholic Church and the Evangelicals that poured money in to California to promote this hate and bigotry!!!

Doesn't matter and the votes in favor of Prop 8 by the citizens won't change because of this.


To Jet Black - The Mormons have the right to believe anything they want. But NO religion - NO majority vote - has the right to decide who has rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution. "Pursuit of Happiness" is described in the Declaration of Independence by Thomas Jefferson as an "Unalienable Right."

Tax the churches. All of them. Now.

Why not prohibit them from contributing to political causes for a few decades?

Good, now let's take away the tax exempt status of all churches since they like to get involved in setting policies, California will be out of debt real soon.

Will worth the fine, some peaple think they can change the true meaning of marrage because of sex life,Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders 10nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. 11And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.rriage because of there sex life.

A mere pittance when compared to the exorbitant wealth of the Mormon Empire.

Our investigators need to be a lot more diligent, in fact they've barely started.

$37k represents a tiny fraction of out-of-state agitator, subversive and saboteur slush finds brought to bear against California in recent elections. And, as bad as it was, not only with regard to Proposition 8. Mormonism's extremist wing is still hard at it today on other hot button issues.

It appears that some of you have forgotten that the NO ON 8 group blamed the African American Church and community for their failed efforts to pass Prop 8.

Now we find out that the Mormon Church for the most part was behind the financing of the opposition. An apology would be nice however ego and pride will not allow such a progressive move.

"The investigation revealed that the church unintentionally failed to file daily reports detailing approximately $37,000 in non-monetary contributions,"

22 Million spend in support of this Proposition and $37,000 in unreported "staff time". Big Deal
Some people just hate it when people with a religious belief stand up for what they believe.

That's not a fine, they can get that on one Sunday morning by telling their sheep god needs 5 grand. Let's make it 500 million shall we? They can afford it

Great. Now it's time to start investigating churches for tax evasion. If they get involved in politics trying to push their religious issues, they should be subject to state and federal taxes like everyone else.

Ha! As if $37K mattered in the election or $5K mattered to the church. I love how all the homosexuals think "got ya".

Get over prop 8. Gay's will have the state right to marry soon enough. Blame Mormon's all you want but THE PEOPLE OF CALIFORNIA voted to have this passed. If you are going to hate anyone spend your time on the majority that disagree with you, not the minority you will never change.

Jazz, you must not've paid much attention to this issue if you think Mormon involvement comes as a suprise to anyone. A major protest in West LA started and ended in front of a Mormon temple, for crying out loud! I don't know what you think merits an apology. Merely mentioning that the black vote tended to be for 8, and commenting on the possible irony of that vote to take rights from another minority, is hardly some grievous slander.

The churches are sheltered from taxes as long as they avoid politics.

As the Mormon church is heavily involved in politics, and the new archbishop for LA already started talking immigration politics (as does the leaving archbishop) it is time to revoke their tax shelter status because they do not fill the basic requirements.

Its a pity that the majority has to constantly defend itself against a hateful minority that is bent on subsuming all people to their ideals. Can't the gays just do their things & leave the straight people out of it? That's what Prop 8 was about anyway--gay people forcing straight people to propagate the homosexual agenda. Hope it continues to stand.

I am amazed at the number of people who thing religious groups were in the middle of a political issue. Did it ever occur to you that maybe some have been trying to get the government to wade into religious issues such as marriage. Religions were doing weddings well before CA or even the USA even appeared. Any apology should be from any state trying get into religious issues and telling them what the religions should do.

It's a sour grapes prosecution by those who despise the Prop 8 victory to preserve traditional marriage.

The reason why the "scientists" lept on the evolution theory is because the idea of God interfered with our immorality. We don't want to be responsible for any mistakes, bad choices and behaviour. We don't want to be told what to do, how to do it. We all fall short of the glory of God and we will all have to stand before God. Think about how God looks at sin. If you stole ANYTHING whether it was a candy as a child or as ENRON did from their shareholders. Have you ever lied? of, course, we all have. Have you ever lusted after anyone? By our own admission, that makes us a lying thief and an adulterer at heart. Now, God is reconciling us back to Him through Jesus who paid for our sins when He died on the cross, but when He rose again He showed us that He defeated death and through Him we can have eternal life. If we reject that free offer, we condemn ourselves to hell because God will not allow sin in Heaven. God does not condemn us, we condemn ourselves because we think we can do a better job without Him, so He gives us the right to choose where we want to spend eternity. What some people consider as an unforgiving God or a merciless God, He is a loving God and wants a personal relationship with us all, His creation. He didn't send Jesus to earth to condemn us but that through Him we may be saved. When you think of when we were the furthest away from God, the 20th century was when all the wars that killed millions, and we are still sacrificing babies in the name of "Choice". Ever notice how all the people who are pro-choice are still alive? and were not chosen by their parents to abort them?

$5,538 is not a fine. It is a luxury tax. Raise the price of oppressive government intrusion from $37,000 to $42,538, and it's still a bargain for the bigots at the LDS.

Why is it that when ever anyone expresses their view or feelings or support it is hateful, rascist, discriminatory etc? I have the right to say that I do not support same sex marriage and I have the right to vote one way or the other. If the majority of citizens are against it then deal with it and change your lifestyle dont try to change ours. It could be said that your opinions are bigoted, hateful and slanderous about the church and against those of us who are against same sex marriage. Homosexuality is still punishable by death in most countries so be happy with what you have.

Is there a public record of who contributed and how much in opposition to Proposition 8? How does this total contributory effort compare to the contribution made by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

I always appreciate news organizations that strive to offer balanced coverage, that is present views both for and against given issues. I hope you will strive more diligently to rise to this standard.

Phillip C. Smith

To Be Fined or Not To Be Fined.....That is the question?
Please just report the news and cease the Speculation!

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