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Letter: Women should pay less tithing since they have less authority

Published April 11, 2014 1:01 am
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For all of those within the LDS Church who are incensed by the idea of women demanding equal rights and priesthood ordination within the organization, perhaps the argument should be framed in a different light that may resonate with more conservative values ("Mormon women again turned away from priesthood meeting," Tribune, April 5).

The church should ordain women and confer upon them leadership, organizational and decision-making powers, or the church should decline receiving tithing money from them. Women in the church are being taxed without due representation — they pay an equal tithe as men but have no official power or voice in how the money is distributed and the organization run.

The church also prefers that women make the home their priority while men reside in the workforce, so the tithing revenue generated from female income should only be a nominal loss to church coffers, right?

If it is the will of God and the divine organization of the church that women should not shoulder the great responsibility of the priesthood and leading the organization, it follows that women should not have the same membership fees. One should get what she pays for.

Martha Tinker

San Francisco

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