Freedom of religion, and freedom FROM religion of course need to go together.
And the right to criticize these religions and cults openly is essential.
Believe it, if this forum was not a proven protected space, as many cults have failed to shut it down [www.culteducation.com
SGI-USA would move to censor it and take it down, like SGI has done with other websites.
SGI-USA would have this thread removed if they could, they just know they can't.
It would be nice to remove the tax-loopholes which seems to be the entire driving force behind all of these cults/religions, including SGI.
They exist, because using the tax loopholes, its running a business without paying any tax.
Like the Scientology founder said, you want to get rich, start your own religion.
So all these sects, like SGI and countless others, just become a huge cash-washing cesspool.
They can take money and assets, and escape any taxation or regulation, and hide behind it being a "religion".
If the tax laws were changed, and "religions" paid tax like any other business, probably 80% of these new age cults would vanish, as the financial incentive would be lost.
Imagine if SGI-USA had to pay proper taxes on all those billions, and if all the paperwork had to be filed.
Sure, many corrupt public corporations exist, but they are dwarfed by the corrupt religious corps operating in secret, like SGI.
No one knows where SGI's money goes. Its all concealed.
Its all controlled from Ikeda's chair, whoever is sitting in it now.
Would be great to end the tax-exemptions for all all these sects and cults in the USA.
Every clever crook who wants to get rich as quick as possible, opens up some type of new agey religious corporation, as you can live like a king, and pay no tax, no capital gains, no regulations, no nothing. Its the perfect business arena for every clever crook.