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Kirby: The truth about Mormon tithing



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I called church headquarters and talked to the one person willing to go on the record. It may have been a janitor. I forgot his name. Here’s what he said.

The church does not sue anyone for tithing. The church does not garnish anyone’s wages. There is no payroll deduction process for paying tithing. Home teachers do not come to your house and muscle it out of you.

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It works this way everywhere. Whether it’s church, Greenpeace, the ACLU, Cats in Space or March of Dimes, the entire idea behind voluntary contributions is that they’re, well, voluntary.

I can’t think of a better way to get me to stop paying tithing than to try to make me pay it.

Robert Kirby can be reached at rkirby@sltrib.com or facebook.com/stillnotpatbagley.




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