Mormon temple in Chorley must pay tax

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JUDGES in Strasbourg have ruled that a Mormon temple, which is not open to the public, must pay council tax.

Leaders at the Mormon Temple in Chorley have claimed during a long-standing legal case that previous rulings were a breach of its human rights.

The temple, which belongs to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, is already eligible for an 80 per cent rate reduction due to its charitable status.

The European Court of Human Rights ruled that denying the full rate exemption did not violate the worshippers’ rights to show their religious beliefs.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints was told in 2005 it was not exempt from business rates because it is not providing a public service.

However, the case was appealed to the European court as Mormon leaders claimed they were being discriminated against.

At Chorley, congregational services are attended by, on average, 950 people a week.

The ceremonies held at the temple carry profound theological significance to Mormons, who believe as a tenet of their faith that only the worthy may be admitted.

Only the most devout members of the applicant church, who hold a current ‘recommend’, are entitled to enter.

The Strasbourg judges agreed with a 2005 House of Lords that the tax should be imposed.

In the ruling the court said that the exemption law was to benefit religious buildings which provided a service to the general public, which the Chorley Temple did not.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has around 190,000 members in the UK.

The Chorley temple is one of two in the country, the other one being on the outskirts of London.

A spokesman for the Mormon faith said the church would respect the court’s decision.

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10:03am Wed 12 Mar 14

downtown dave says...

"The ceremonies held at the temple carry profound theological significance to Mormons, who believe as a tenet of their faith that only the worthy may be admitted. "

"In Christ and through faith in Christ I may approach God with freedom and confidence."

Jesus alone makes me worthy, not my works. Jesus alone is my confidence.

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"The ceremonies held at the temple carry profound theological significance to Mormons, who believe as a tenet of their faith that only the worthy may be admitted. " "In Christ and through faith in Christ I may approach God with freedom and confidence." Jesus alone makes me worthy, not my works. Jesus alone is my confidence. http://downtownminis tries.blogspot.com/ downtown dave
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2:02pm Thu 13 Mar 14

2exclaim says...

If people in Chorley knew what took place in the Mormon Temple in Chorley, they would be horrified.
Mormons require a Temple Recommend, which is basically an admission card signed at two separate interviews by two church leaders.
To get this special Card, the member must be obedient to all Mormon rules and laws, including the continual payment of Tithing, which is 10% of all their annual income into the church.
When they pass these qualification stages, they can enter the Temple.
When inside, the members take off their clothing and change into long white robes during the temple ceremonies.
During the Temple Endowment Ceremony, they make secret Oaths kneeling with raised hands at altars, and swear lifetime allegiance to the church.
They promise to give everything they possess, even their own lives if necessary, to the Mormon Church.
This systematic indoctrination of members, under the threat of a vengeful Mormon God, instills total obedience by the member to the church, and of course the continual paying of 10% of their annual income to the church leaders in Salt Lake City.
That is the reality of current Mormon Rituals in the Chorley Temple and this is why the demand for paying money (tithing) into the church for temple advancement, may need investigation.
The Mormon Temple is a building where only qualified members can enter. The public are not allowed entry, therefore the church must pay property taxes on the building.
If people in Chorley knew what took place in the Mormon Temple in Chorley, they would be horrified. Mormons require a Temple Recommend, which is basically an admission card signed at two separate interviews by two church leaders. To get this special Card, the member must be obedient to all Mormon rules and laws, including the continual payment of Tithing, which is 10% of all their annual income into the church. When they pass these qualification stages, they can enter the Temple. When inside, the members take off their clothing and change into long white robes during the temple ceremonies. During the Temple Endowment Ceremony, they make secret Oaths kneeling with raised hands at altars, and swear lifetime allegiance to the church. They promise to give everything they possess, even their own lives if necessary, to the Mormon Church. This systematic indoctrination of members, under the threat of a vengeful Mormon God, instills total obedience by the member to the church, and of course the continual paying of 10% of their annual income to the church leaders in Salt Lake City. That is the reality of current Mormon Rituals in the Chorley Temple and this is why the demand for paying money (tithing) into the church for temple advancement, may need investigation. The Mormon Temple is a building where only qualified members can enter. The public are not allowed entry, therefore the church must pay property taxes on the building. 2exclaim
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