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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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Fine? You must be joking! Nothing short of their losing their tax exempt status should do. I'm sick of religious organizations using unlimited tax free dollars to impose their beliefs onto the rest of us. If they lost tax exempt status maybe that would restore some balance to our political process? No, but a good beginning!

Why not just take away everyone's free speech and be done with it!

Am I the only one not reading this with a rapid foaming mouth?

They previously disclosed that 190,000 in non-monetary donations (ie employee travel expenses, wages, lodging, food, but not direct donations).

Then on a closer audit they find that some expenses were not reported, 40k. And it's a big brewhaha?

I'm 100% certain few of us could live up to the scrutiny of detailed audit. But whatever the case, we're talking about 40k worth of labor expenses that the lds church incurred and informed the commission about a couple weeks late after their initial on-time filing, but did not directly donate and thinking that means something.
. I would even assume the lds church could have a legal grounds to petition the fine, but that would cost 5000 bucks just to call up their lawyers and ask about it, so why not pay the fine.

This is really strange that people would feel so vindicated by this

The major problem with "gay rights" is that these individuals still have ALL the same rights as everybody else. If a self-identified (or society-identified) "gay" man wishes to marry a woman, he can...just like every other man. Sexuality is behavior, not a physical characteristic, like race. "Sexual orientation" is merely a social construct. It is not a thing...it is not an organ of the body...it does not exist in the empirical world and sexual psychophysiology is shaped largely by experience, the environment, and reinforcement.

The time has come to TAX the churches as the businesses that they are.....

IANAL, but if the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is incorporated as a 501c3 tax-exempt organization, then this action strikes me as prima facie evidence that the church has violated tax law with respect to political activity by 501c3 organizations and should have its tax exemption revoked. It probably also should have back taxes assessed for the period during which it was providing this assistance.

Stop taxing churches. There should be separation of church and state according to the constitution. I am taxed on all of my donations to church over 10%. I am pleased to have you constitution, freedom, and pursuit of happiness lovers on my side.

For those of you who want to tax churches I say get organized and fight for it. The uprising against you will eliminate the taxes churches are currently charged. Keep it up. I admire you for your political courage.

So they're being fined for not reporting the TIME employees spent on the campaign...not for hiding actual monetary contributions? Grasping at straws I see. Well worth the fee in my opinion. Prop. 8 represents the will of the people. Get over it.

"... 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.

Posted by: Zac

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Zac - how do you define a sexual identity as a minority? The gay community is represented by people from every race, every nationality, and every social condition.

How do you identify a gay person?

It is interesting as I read the comments about Prop 8 that it is easy to identify those who are opposed - their language is on a significant scale filled with more personal attacks and anger than the opposing view.

Certainly, there are many people who don't believe in a specific faith. Certainly there are people who believe in their own faith or no God based faith at all. But there is a HUGE group of people who do. You can simply count the number of temples, churches, and synagogues in your community to see that.

The greatest strength of our country at large, and by inference living in any state, is our ability to express our opinions so freely. I continue to wait for the gay leader who steps forward and says enough. I have family that was seriously split on this issue, strong arguments on both sides, and yet the only thing we AGREE ON, is that in the aftermath, we don't know anyone who NO on Prop 8 whose business was picketed, who house was vandalized, whose name was put on a sign in their neighborhood proclaiming them to be a bigot.

It is easy to see who is who in the lack of tolerance for those who don't agree (with a gay lifestyle). Read the comments and you'll see I am right.

Anger, it does a cause bad.

Freedom of political speech not found here.
Freedom of religion prohibited here
The state Fair Political Practices Commission is a clear and present danger to civil rights, and yet has been found to protect the uncivil left;<)

I can believe how many people think, two man marrying each other or two women humping each is other is right? It's like telling Jesus that the bible is wrong...Gay people sucks hard, they do.... they like that stuff...hahaha. Anyway, next they want to marry their pet dogs, cats, birds and so forth. If they allow this, kids would be expose to this, which is so wrong. My little cousin which is six, saw two men kissing each other. He told me that he felt sick. Man, I really don't want my kids see, gay stuff like this.

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