Chorley Mormon temple’s council tax blow

Chorley Citizen: The Mormon Temple, Chorley, which belongs to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints The Mormon Temple, Chorley, which belongs to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

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 longstanding 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 rates 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 that the church would respect the court's decision.

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9:16pm Mon 17 Mar 14

2exclaim says...

If people in Chorley knew what took place in the Mormon Temple in Chorley, they would be shocked.
Members of the Mormon church require a Temple Recommend, which is basically an admission card signed by two church leaders at 2 separate interviews.
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 their 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, is under investigation at a London Court.
The Mormon Temple is a building where only qualified members can enter. The public are not allowed entry, therefore the church are required to pay property taxes on the building.
If people in Chorley knew what took place in the Mormon Temple in Chorley, they would be shocked. Members of the Mormon church require a Temple Recommend, which is basically an admission card signed by two church leaders at 2 separate interviews. 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 their 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, is under investigation at a London Court. The Mormon Temple is a building where only qualified members can enter. The public are not allowed entry, therefore the church are required to pay property taxes on the building. 2exclaim
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6:03am Tue 18 Mar 14

carlosbyu says...

2exclaim: thanks for sharing your own personal opinion about what takes place in Mormon temples like the one in Chorley.

You said"

"If people in Chorley knew what took place in the Mormon Temple in Chorley, they would be shocked."

I say:
If people in Chorley knew what takes place in the Mormon Temple in Chorley, they would know that they are the most beautiful religious rites and ceremonies what takes place in there and they would like to be part of that..

Then. you talked of the temple recommend to be an admission card and "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"

What you don't say is that "those Mormon rules and laws" are God's 10 Commandments as stated in the Holy Bible, including the payment of Tithing which was commanded by God in the Old Testament.

Then you added:

"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."

This is not exactly true. We change to white clothes BEFORE, we go to our ceremonies, not during. Actually the first thing we do after entering into the Temple is to go to the locker rooms with private cubicles where we exchange our clothes and wear all white, for men: pants, shirts, socks, tie, shoes all white and for women, white long dresses that touches the floor, with sleeves to the wrists and the dress covers the woman up to her neck. Also, the locker room for men is located ALWAYS in the opposite side of the temple where the locker rooms for women are. After dressing up in white clothes we go to attend to our ceremonies.

Then you added:

"During the Temple Endowment Ceremony, they make secret Oaths kneeling with raised hands at altars, and swear lifetime allegiance to the church."

Not exactly true. During the Temple Endowment Ceremony we make sacred Oaths, not secret Oaths, by sacred oaths we promise God to be faithful and obedient to God's words as revealed in the Holy Scriptures.

Then you added:

"This systematic indoctrination of members, under the threat of a vengeful Mormon God, instills total obedience by the member to the church"

To teach doctrine is not necessarily "indoctrination" All churches of each denomination teaches biblical doctrines to their members. The Mormon temple is not different in that regard.

Doctrines are taught but never "under the threat of a vengeful Mormon God". Actually according to the Official Mormon Canon the "Mormon God" extends salvation to everyone either temple goers, Mormons and non-Mormons, they all will be saved in different degrees of Salvation. Hell is only reserved for Satan, his spirit angels and a few others who personally rejected any kind of salvation offered to them by the Lord Jesus Christ. How can this "Mormon God" be a vengeful God? Obviously you speak of things you don't know.

Then, you added:

"and of course their continual paying of 10% of their annual income to the church leaders in Salt Lake City."

The leaders in Salt Lake City do not support themselves with the tithing sent to Salt Lake City. Tithing funds are assigned for the construction and maintenance of temples worldwide, and in the case of the Chorley Temple, property tax on the Chorley Temple will be also paid with Tithing money coming from Salt Lake City. In other words, the Tithing money sent to Salt Lake City will be back to the UK to pay temple maintenance and property taxes for both Temples in the UK territory.

Then, you continue:

"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, is under investigation at a London Court."

Obviously, your wrong conclusions come from your misinformation about the Mormon Church. On the other hand, the demand at a London Court is a legal absurdity that soon will be dropped or dismissed. No church can legally prove to any court in any country that Adam and Eve lived in the Garden of Eden. To demand any religious leader to prove that biblical events were true in a court of law is a legal absurdity in any case.

Finally you add:

"The Mormon Temple is a building where only qualified members can enter."

What you don't say is that anyone can qualify to enter into the Mormon Temple if he/she wishes. The only two requirements are:

1) to be a member of the Church and the Mormon Church invites everyone to become a member by baptism by immersion after a true repentance and

2) To keep God's commandment as taught in the Holy Scriptures.

Anyways, 2exclaim, thanks for sharing your own personal opinions about the Mormon church, but I am sorry to say that even though they are respectable ones, you are not necessarily right.
2exclaim: thanks for sharing your own personal opinion about what takes place in Mormon temples like the one in Chorley. You said" "If people in Chorley knew what took place in the Mormon Temple in Chorley, they would be shocked." I say: If people in Chorley knew what takes place in the Mormon Temple in Chorley, they would know that they are the most beautiful religious rites and ceremonies what takes place in there and they would like to be part of that.. Then. you talked of the temple recommend to be an admission card and "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" What you don't say is that "those Mormon rules and laws" are God's 10 Commandments as stated in the Holy Bible, including the payment of Tithing which was commanded by God in the Old Testament. Then you added: "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." This is not exactly true. We change to white clothes BEFORE, we go to our ceremonies, not during. Actually the first thing we do after entering into the Temple is to go to the locker rooms with private cubicles where we exchange our clothes and wear all white, for men: pants, shirts, socks, tie, shoes all white and for women, white long dresses that touches the floor, with sleeves to the wrists and the dress covers the woman up to her neck. Also, the locker room for men is located ALWAYS in the opposite side of the temple where the locker rooms for women are. After dressing up in white clothes we go to attend to our ceremonies. Then you added: "During the Temple Endowment Ceremony, they make secret Oaths kneeling with raised hands at altars, and swear lifetime allegiance to the church." Not exactly true. During the Temple Endowment Ceremony we make sacred Oaths, not secret Oaths, by sacred oaths we promise God to be faithful and obedient to God's words as revealed in the Holy Scriptures. Then you added: "This systematic indoctrination of members, under the threat of a vengeful Mormon God, instills total obedience by the member to the church" To teach doctrine is not necessarily "indoctrination" All churches of each denomination teaches biblical doctrines to their members. The Mormon temple is not different in that regard. Doctrines are taught but never "under the threat of a vengeful Mormon God". Actually according to the Official Mormon Canon the "Mormon God" extends salvation to everyone either temple goers, Mormons and non-Mormons, they all will be saved in different degrees of Salvation. Hell is only reserved for Satan, his spirit angels and a few others who personally rejected any kind of salvation offered to them by the Lord Jesus Christ. How can this "Mormon God" be a vengeful God? Obviously you speak of things you don't know. Then, you added: "and of course their continual paying of 10% of their annual income to the church leaders in Salt Lake City." The leaders in Salt Lake City do not support themselves with the tithing sent to Salt Lake City. Tithing funds are assigned for the construction and maintenance of temples worldwide, and in the case of the Chorley Temple, property tax on the Chorley Temple will be also paid with Tithing money coming from Salt Lake City. In other words, the Tithing money sent to Salt Lake City will be back to the UK to pay temple maintenance and property taxes for both Temples in the UK territory. Then, you continue: "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, is under investigation at a London Court." Obviously, your wrong conclusions come from your misinformation about the Mormon Church. On the other hand, the demand at a London Court is a legal absurdity that soon will be dropped or dismissed. No church can legally prove to any court in any country that Adam and Eve lived in the Garden of Eden. To demand any religious leader to prove that biblical events were true in a court of law is a legal absurdity in any case. Finally you add: "The Mormon Temple is a building where only qualified members can enter." What you don't say is that anyone can qualify to enter into the Mormon Temple if he/she wishes. The only two requirements are: 1) to be a member of the Church and the Mormon Church invites everyone to become a member by baptism by immersion after a true repentance and 2) To keep God's commandment as taught in the Holy Scriptures. Anyways, 2exclaim, thanks for sharing your own personal opinions about the Mormon church, but I am sorry to say that even though they are respectable ones, you are not necessarily right. carlosbyu
  • Score: -3

8:01pm Tue 18 Mar 14

2exclaim says...

Being a member for over 30 years and being forced by Mormon priesthood leaders, to attend to my duties in the temple on many occasions, I know all about the Temple ceremonies.

The temple endowment ceremony includes strict obedience to temple Oaths and strict obedience to certain laws.
One of them is the Mormon law of Consecration.

With all temple participants standing with raised arms, dressed in their long white robes, with sashes, hats and green aprons, they promise to give everything they have, even their own lives if necessary to the Mormon church.
They raise their arms above their head in a prayer circle and chant words to their temple god.

They approach a large white veiled curtain with holes. They each stand at the veil, and grasp hands with a temple worker on the other side of the veil through the holes, and repeat coded phrases.
This allows the participants to walk through the gaps in the veiled curtain and walk into a Celestial Room that represents Mormon heaven.

According to Mormon scriptures, members who attend to these temple duties, will enter heaven, and there can become Gods and Goddesses forever.
The rest of the non-Mormon human race will become their servants.

They even keep these disturbing temple ceremonies from their own children.
When their children reach the age of 18, they force them to go to the temple, without them having prior knowledge of the damaging and repetitive nature of the constant demand of temple worship by their church leaders.

The psychological abuse of repetitive demands and obedience through secretive Oaths and Laws at Mormon temple altars need public awareness.
These disturbing temple ceremonies take place daily every two hours in the Preston Temple.

All the members MUST pay 10% of their annual income (Tithing) to the church to get into the Temples and do these essential Ordinances.
All new members had commited to paying Tithing initially before their baptism.
They then attend two interviews with church leaders for a temple recommend (Admission card), where they answer strict qualification questions. One is that they must be paying their full Tithing to the church. If not, they are NOT allowed entry to the temple. Nothing more than sychological and systematic financial blackmail.

The member attends another tithing settlement interview with a church leader at the end of the financial year. The member is shown his church financial statement and he must confirm he is a FULL 10% Tithe payer. If he is not, his/her temple admission card is taken from them by the leader. They cannot then attend to their ESSENTIAL Temple duties.

This is the reality of the clandestine behaviour of secretive Mormon temple worship and its emotional blackmail of the member's money.

This demand for money from their brainwashed members for essential temple blessings is why the Mormon Church is facing Court action in London,
under the UK fraud Act 2006.
Fraud is fraud.
Being a member for over 30 years and being forced by Mormon priesthood leaders, to attend to my duties in the temple on many occasions, I know all about the Temple ceremonies. The temple endowment ceremony includes strict obedience to temple Oaths and strict obedience to certain laws. One of them is the Mormon law of Consecration. With all temple participants standing with raised arms, dressed in their long white robes, with sashes, hats and green aprons, they promise to give everything they have, even their own lives if necessary to the Mormon church. They raise their arms above their head in a prayer circle and chant words to their temple god. They approach a large white veiled curtain with holes. They each stand at the veil, and grasp hands with a temple worker on the other side of the veil through the holes, and repeat coded phrases. This allows the participants to walk through the gaps in the veiled curtain and walk into a Celestial Room that represents Mormon heaven. According to Mormon scriptures, members who attend to these temple duties, will enter heaven, and there can become Gods and Goddesses forever. The rest of the non-Mormon human race will become their servants. They even keep these disturbing temple ceremonies from their own children. When their children reach the age of 18, they force them to go to the temple, without them having prior knowledge of the damaging and repetitive nature of the constant demand of temple worship by their church leaders. The psychological abuse of repetitive demands and obedience through secretive Oaths and Laws at Mormon temple altars need public awareness. These disturbing temple ceremonies take place daily every two hours in the Preston Temple. All the members MUST pay 10% of their annual income (Tithing) to the church to get into the Temples and do these essential Ordinances. All new members had commited to paying Tithing initially before their baptism. They then attend two interviews with church leaders for a temple recommend (Admission card), where they answer strict qualification questions. One is that they must be paying their full Tithing to the church. If not, they are NOT allowed entry to the temple. Nothing more than sychological and systematic financial blackmail. The member attends another tithing settlement interview with a church leader at the end of the financial year. The member is shown his church financial statement and he must confirm he is a FULL 10% Tithe payer. If he is not, his/her temple admission card is taken from them by the leader. They cannot then attend to their ESSENTIAL Temple duties. This is the reality of the clandestine behaviour of secretive Mormon temple worship and its emotional blackmail of the member's money. This demand for money from their brainwashed members for essential temple blessings is why the Mormon Church is facing Court action in London, under the UK fraud Act 2006. Fraud is fraud. 2exclaim
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