reply to post by cutbothways
I still fail to see just exactly what it is that you are trying to prove with this thread. The thread is about the fact that the freemasons don't pat
taxes. I read that and i don't understand what your problem is with that fact, they're organization is a non-profit organization. There are a great
number of organizations in this country that are tax exempt, while working at a well known home improvement store i saw all kinds of people making tax
exempt purchases. Did you know that PTA's are tax exempt ?
The organization is tax exempt, not the members they must pay individual taxes on thier earnings. Anyone that works for a tax exempt organization and
receives a paycheck must in turn pay income taxes on that paycheck. So i see no problem there.
You said that they do not pay taxes on things like members donations. There is no reason to if it is not a profit, which i doubt that it is as the
members donations more than likely go toward utility bills and upkeep of the lodges.I see no problem there.
You seem to think that there is something wrong with them purchasing a book, why? Are they not allowed to seek knowledge ? As i understand it this
book will be in a library that non members can see (please correct me if i'm wrong), so is it maybe then that you do not want anyone to see what's
in this book? Are you of the opinion that free masons have no right to seek knowledge, or do you wish to prevent the public as a whole from seeking
Now i see that you seem to be implying that the freemasons are in some way responsible for our country's massive deficit. Please tell me just how
exactly the freemasons tax exempt status effects our national debt, because i can't see it. We have such a high debt because our goverment mishandles
our money.Are you aware of how much money our goverment gives away in foriegn aide, wastes on bogus wars,etc ? Do you know how much they pay for a
screw, or a toilet seat ? Are you aware of the fact that we spend between $50 million and $60. million a year in interest alone on the money that we
BORROW to give to Israel in aide every year?
You would do much better to investigate the real reasons that our country has such an enormous debt instead of trying to blame it on a tax exempt
organization. I have read this whole thread and i still fail to see just exactly what it is that you are trying to prove. You keep posting all these
excerpts from other sites, but i still haven't seen anything that proves to me that they are doing anything wrong.
Quite honestly it seems as though i have done nothing but waste my time reading this thread as i have gained no knowledge or insight into anything.
The only thing that i seemed to have gained any insight into is that it appears that you have some kind of problems with the freemasons. It's like
you have a vendeta against them and are simply looking for anything at all to bad mouth them, wether it is true or not as i have not seen one piece of
substantiated evidence. Your thread imo doesn't read like someone trying to enlighten people , it reads more like a whiney child in the playground
making a fuss because someone wouldn't share thier cupcake with him at lunch.
If the purpose of your thread is actually to bring to light some wrong doings by the freemasons then i would really like to see some kind of
intelligent, substantiated proof. It your purpose is only to try and make them look bad, it's not working, at least not with me in fact it's having
the opposite effect.
As far as charities being nothing but a rich mans tax write off, in a lot of cases you're right, but if you donate to a charity you will get the same
tax write off. I am no different than you when i go to work i have the same 20-30 % deducted from my paycheck for taxes, but i'm not going to put the
blame on an organization like the freemasons because they're tax exempt, i'll put the blame where it really lies with our goverment.
If you look at my avatar you'll see that i have no masonic symbolism, unless a broken angel is a masonic symbol. I also do not have a latin name, so
no i am not a supporter of the free masons. I also am not related to, nor do i personally know any masons, well at least not to my knowleddge. I'm
just a member that has yet to see any valid proof of wrong doings by them in this thread.