Should religions that shun former members be penalized or have their charity sta

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  1. Athlyn Green profile image95
    Athlyn Greenposted 2 years ago

    Should religions that shun former members be penalized or have their charity status revoked?

    Many high-control groups and cults rake in millions, while claiming to be a charities, but if they don't do any real philanthropic outreach to the impoverished and instead build sleek compounds that they later sell for a profit, and if they shun any who later decide to leave, should they be penalized for harming instead of helping people? Should their charity status be revoked, since they are using this status to escape the tax man while inflicting lasting harm?

  2. Ericdierker profile image47
    Ericdierkerposted 2 years ago

    This is an interesting secular question. Almost all charities are non-profit organizations. Not all non-profit organizations are charities. Your cultish groups do not need to be benefiting the public in general and yet they could still have non-profit status depending on how their finances are set up. I think there are many small churches that just are not big enough to spend monies helping the poor and needy outside their congregation. Many do not do fund raising other than collection plates that simple pay for the staff to run things. No one takes a profit just reasonable salaries.
    Your lasting harm concept is undoubtedly true to you. But ultimately it is a value judgement. The government does not get into that. Many Atheists believe all religion is harmful to everyone. And they would do away with religious non-profits entirely. That is not going to happen.
    Shuning sure seems like a wicked practice but it always intrigues me, why someone would quit a cult and not want to be shuned by them. What is the possible harm?
    Interesting question.

  3. bradmasterOCcal profile image39
    bradmasterOCcalposted 2 years ago

    If these religions shun any in their group, it is not the job of the government to remedy that. The people in that religion are the only one that can do something, or should at least do something.

    It is a religion, man made, as God doesn't run it, people do.

    1. LoisRyan13903 profile image81
      LoisRyan13903posted 2 years agoin reply to this

      As somebody else mentioned, the Amish shun individuals for a wide variety of reasons.  Not sure which other religious groups do this.  Maybe some religious cults do this-probably the kool-aid drinkers did this

  4. tamarawilhite profile image92
    tamarawilhiteposted 2 years ago

    Muslims are killing people who convert away from Islam. Are you going to ban that religion?

    Religious groups like the Amish shun people, which is emotionally painful, but you can move on with your life.

    And if you want to talk about "should we prosecute shunning groups?", how do you address Social Justice Warriors who seek to not only shun those who don't agree in lock step to a long laundry list of ideas but seek to cost them their jobs and social reputation online for it? The Amish and cults may shun you, but they don't try to make life impossible for you in the outside world - but liberal radicals are.


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