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Since some of the materials which describe the $cientology cult could be considered to be copywritten materials, I have censored myself and The Skeptic Tank by deleting any and all possible text files which describes the cult's hidden mythologies. I have elected to quote just a bit of the questionable text according to the "Fair Use" legal findings afforded to those who report. - Fredric L. Rice, The Skeptic Tank, 09/Sep/95 -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=- From!!hookup!swrinde!!!news.blkbox.COM!usenet Wed Jul 19 09:29:04 1995 Path:!!hookup!swrinde!!!news.blkbox.COM!usenet From: (Ken Williams) Newsgroups: alt.religion.scientology,,,misc.taxes, Subject: Re: The Noose is Tightening on CoS (was Big Suprise - 79K) (LONG) Date: Sun, 16 Jul 1995 23:48:49 GMT Organization: The Black Box, Houston, Tx (713) 480-2686 Lines: 58 Distribution: inet Message-ID: <3uc965$> References: <3u4mk8$> <3u6qu6$> NNTP-Posting-Host: X-Newsreader: Forte Agent .99.82 Xref: alt.religion.scientology:76093 misc.taxes:18832 (Jeffrey Maass) wrote: >R. Urban ( wrote: >: (Jon Noring) wrote: >: (sniP) >: This is not intended to start a flame war, but you need to have more >: tolerance for beliefs that are different than your own, particularly >: those that are shared by minorities. (In case you are wondering, I was >: born and raised a Catholic.) And, if we don't protect the religious >: freedom of the minority, then the religious freedom of the majority will >: eventually be jeapordized. >: Regardless of whether or not you agree with your neighbor's choice of >: religion, if you are hell bent on destroying it, sooner or later the rest >: will suffer like domino's falling. >: If you and your gang succeed in getting the IRS to tax minority >: religions, then that makes me wonder how long it'll be before the IRS >: goes after the rest of the religions. The assets alone of the Catholic >You say that like it's a bad thing! >Sorry, religion is just another business that should be taxed. Doing >otherwise encourages and supports it, in violation of the Establishment >Clause. >Tax them all equally, and the IRS can get out of the business of defining >what is a "valid" religion. >"Religion: Virtual Reality Without The Computer." >-- >Jeff Maass NW of Columbus Ohio Amateur Radio K8ND >USPSA/IPSC # L-1192 NROI/CRO I think the reason so many prople want to see CofS taxed is because they don't operate like any other organization that claims to be a religion that I know of. Any other religion tries to bring people into the fold. In any other religion most if not all of the religion's teachings are accessible with or without a donation. In fact it is one of the tenets of christian religions that you can't charge for religious teachings. I'll grant that sometimes the pressure for a donation is pretty intense. Scientology OTOH does not provide any of their teachings without a fixed charge. From what I've heard the charges are pretty high. To me this sounds more like a business than a religion. Kind of like a training school claiming to be a religion and therefore not taxed. They even offer free samples (personality tests). This impression is based on fairly sketchy eveidence and rebuttals are welcome. Ken Williams PGP Available On Request


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