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Do churches have a moral obligation to refuse donations from klan members?

Or skinheads, or members of any other racist/terrorist organization? This is a S/O of the latest "we hate muslims" question about the mosque in Manhattan. If a mosque can be declared a bad thing because of the chance that one individual who contributes to it (and they are screening as much as they can to keep extremists from donating) is an extremist, doesn't that also impune any church that takes money from the klan or similar organization members, making that church just as "evil" as it would make the mosque? And finally, if they do have a moral obligation, why don't they? (and feel free to extend that to donations from adulterers, Sunday only believers, and anyone else who does not behave in the manner best suiting the reputation of the church)

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NotPanicking

Asked by NotPanicking at 3:57 PM on Jul. 26, 2010 in Religious Debate

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  • People are ridiculous. To analyze and do back stories on everyone/everything is stupid and costly. The point of donating to ANY foundation is to help people.

    You can't help people if you're too busy condemning them.
    Deathlilly

    Answer by Deathlilly at 4:00 PM on Jul. 26, 2010

  • most klan members have their own church
    DeeMarie87

    Answer by DeeMarie87 at 4:02 PM on Jul. 26, 2010

  • No one is perfect. No one worships like they should all the time, no one is a perfect picture of what their beliefs say they should be. People who do wrong should be punished and people who do not shouldn't be. I don't hate Catholics because some priests molested children, like I don't hate Muslims for some Muslims kill people because they see it as a way to better themselves. I don't understand, however, why a religion would encourage people to kill others, or why people kill others in the name of their God, or higher power. Explain that to me. Why kill others? Why encourage others to kill others just to make yourself have a better after life? I don't understand
    HuskerMommy08

    Answer by HuskerMommy08 at 4:03 PM on Jul. 26, 2010

  • money is money is money is money

    Like any clergy is going to turn it away.
    MamaK88

    Answer by MamaK88 at 4:25 PM on Jul. 26, 2010

  • i think any organization has a moral obligation to refuse donations from any other organization whose main purpose is contrary to what the first organization teaches. does that mean they do it, of course not. but if i found out that a group i belonged to was receiving donations from a known Klan member i would let the other members know and then stop associating w/ that group.

    also, racism and terrorism are a far cry from pew-warmers and adulterers.
    okmanders

    Answer by okmanders at 4:44 PM on Jul. 26, 2010

  • also, racism and terrorism are a far cry from pew-warmers and adulterers.

    According to some women around here, adultery is the worst sin of all, and racism and bigotry don't even come close.
    NotPanicking

    Comment by NotPanicking (original poster) at 5:32 PM on Jul. 26, 2010

  • No, I don't think they do... Donations to churches shouldn't go to fund those types of things, but what someone does in their personal life should not limit their ability to donate to whatever cause they want to...
    And if they were to do so, where would it stop? First no donations from hate group members, then no donations from gays, then no donations from criminals, divorcees, strippers... the list goes on and on... Before you know it only the perfect would have the ability to donate... What would that lead to? Well, no money. And while I don't necessarily agree with what many of these churches do with their money, even I can't deny that they do good for many people...
    So what if the donations come from a hate group? If they are being put to good use, that should be all that matters...
    SabrinaMBowen

    Answer by SabrinaMBowen at 5:43 PM on Jul. 26, 2010

  • well said, sabrina!
    in other words, there's a little black spot on the sun today..and it blackened the whole world (church)? not hardly. JMO
    dullscissors

    Answer by dullscissors at 7:39 PM on Jul. 26, 2010

  • "According to some women around here, adultery is the worst sin of all, and racism and bigotry don't even come close."

    they can think that if they want...doesnt make them right ;)
    okmanders

    Answer by okmanders at 7:42 PM on Jul. 26, 2010

  • I don't think they should except it seeing as how it goes against every thing they believe.
    hot-mama86

    Answer by hot-mama86 at 8:47 PM on Jul. 26, 2010

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