Comments on: Insight: U.S. donors like Romney made Mormon church wealthy http://blogs.reuters.com/faithworld/2012/08/13/insight-u-s-donors-like-romney-made-mormon-church-wealthy/ Religion, faith and ethics Sat, 23 Apr 2016 23:25:07 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: Ubruni http://blogs.reuters.com/faithworld/2012/08/13/insight-u-s-donors-like-romney-made-mormon-church-wealthy/comment-page-1/#comment-56100 Mon, 13 Aug 2012 20:31:56 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/faithworld/?p=26284#comment-56100 Sigh.

Let me count the ways I dislike this article:

1.Reuters posted it over a Sunday and immediately closed it to comments before Monday. I guess that’s one way to keep the trolls quiet, but you’re also protecting your link-bait article from being called out on what it is.

2.”If the Mormon Church were a business”…nice job assuming the thing you so transparently wish to prove. A church isn’t a business, no matter how you paint it. It’s not “wealthy” (the money doesn’t inure to anyone – who’s getting rich?), and there are no shareholders to require transparency – because as long as they’re obeying the law and acting ethically, who’s to say what the organization should or shouldn’t do with the funds it has accumulated?

3.”They would call for less spending on real estate and more on charitable causes to improve membership growth”. The real estate purchases are to meet the needs of a growing membership — you have it backward. And the claims about charitable cause expenditures have already been documented in the Bloomberg article and also thoroughly debunked in the subsequent discussions and rebuttals of the article.

Forgive a Mormon for feeling snarky, but these articles are like weeds: one pops up and generates good discussion (and a good amount of corrections and rebuttals). Then the news agencies, seeing that the public attention has been turned to the topic, spin out hundreds of riffs and regurgitations of the original article — thus perpetuating stereotypes and quelling discussion through brute force.

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/86555 8980/LDS-Church-explains-financial-histo ry-philosophy.html

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