Economic impact of religion: New report says it's worth more than Google, Apple and Amazon combined

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  • Thid Barker Victor, ID
    Sept. 19, 2016 2:21 p.m.

    @ Ranch: "This is why religion should be taxed". Do you mean Muslims, Buddahist, et al or only Christians?

  • summarizer andrews afb, MD
    Sept. 19, 2016 10:56 a.m.

    It is funny how many ridicule and criticize religions for setting up religious business.

    Many of those same people are perfectly alright with using government forces to compel people to do stuff that is contrary to their religious beliefs and thereby force people out of business.

    It is then all that surprising that more and more religious businesses are popping up after all the PC sewage that has come about in the last decade?

    Are people not going to look for loopholes and other things when you've made it harder for them to do business by your intolerant views?

  • summarizer andrews afb, MD
    Sept. 19, 2016 10:38 a.m.

    @Marxist @Hutterite

    "So what you're saying, and what this piece implies at least in part is: the cure for what ails us economically is more religion. I'm not buying it."

    Not what I got out of it but whatever.

    "I wrote a post earlier; in summary, many of the big money players in the industry are con artists."

    If you don't agree with them then name call?

    "The freedom which religion got out of it was coincidental and often plays out contrary to the personal freedoms that actually support the greatness of our society and nation."

    So what your saying is the religion only contracts freedom and doesn't offer freedom?

    If that indeed is what you are saying then I wonder what alcoholics and drug addicts would say to that idea? Many of whom have used religion to get free from addiction.

  • TA1 Alexandria, VA
    Sept. 19, 2016 10:23 a.m.

    All property owners should be taxed including religious institutions because they use / require a portion of the common community infrastructure to operate. There is no reason that I as a homeowner should pay more to support a non-profit institution than a for profit insitution which pays taxes. In many respects - this is not so much about "Religious Liberty" as it is about being fair and leveling the playing field for all in the community.

  • Ranch Here, UT
    Sept. 19, 2016 6:42 a.m.

    This is why religion should be taxed.

  • Publius nota bene Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 18, 2016 10:31 p.m.

    I guess I always thought that Jesus was about spiritual things and not the crass material ones like money and weath. I wonder what he would think about this announcement.

  • UtahTroutStalker draper, UT
    Sept. 18, 2016 10:46 a.m.

    I believe in religious freedom, but I see no reason why religious institutions be they large or small should be exempt from property taxes.

    Sure let people's giving to them be tax deductible. Allow people to practice as they wish so long as they do not impinge upon the rights of others.

    It is time to face the truth America. Religion is big business and they don't pay their fair share in taxes. Giving away some food/water and used clothing should not give any religious group a free ride.

  • Thid Barker Victor, ID
    Sept. 17, 2016 11:27 p.m.

    Not suprising the world hates anything Christian. Jesus explained this nearly 2000 years ago;" If ye were of the world, the world would love his own; but because ye are not of the world...therefore the world hateth you." John 15:19 kjv No matter what wonderful service a church provides, the worldy left will be intolerant of it!

  • Tolstoy salt lake, UT
    Sept. 17, 2016 9:26 p.m.

    So is anyone really surprised that modern religion is big business? It stopped being about faith a billion dollars ago.

  • BelieveInAmerica St George, UT
    Sept. 17, 2016 6:03 p.m.

    @Hope & Faith

    And Jesus taught we could provide all of that, not with money, but with Faith.

    He also taught that it would be easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to get into heaven.

    Contemplate that.

    Are these Christian religions truly following in His footsteps?

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Sept. 17, 2016 11:42 a.m.

    L&L...
    Freedoms like freedom of choice and conscience are indeed heavily responsible for the success of the nation. The freedom which religion got out of it was coincidental and often plays out contrary to the personal freedoms that actually support the greatness of our society and nation.
    Tell the children of their personal freedoms. They're no less valid of religion isn't involved.

  • Ralph Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 17, 2016 11:11 a.m.

    ".....but as a teacher of middle schoolers I know that telling them what to think is about the only way to help them."

    And that, kids, is religion in a nutshell.
    Thank you Light & Liberty, a misnomer if there ever was one.

  • Light and Liberty St. George/Washington, UT
    Sept. 15, 2016 8:44 a.m.

    This article, and some of the posts, miss the point by vast margins of clear thinking and analysis. It is inarguable that America has produced more wealth over the course of the past two hundred years to dwarf 2nd place by such a margin to make the comparison laughable. So, the next question is "why?", something that one could argue, but to argue is to only open yourself to such open faced stares that to continue would only be met with more laughter and eventually pity for those arguing. To state the obvious is almost disgusting, but as a teacher of middle schoolers I know that telling them what to think is about the only way to help them. It is religious freedom! Period! End of story! Take that away and economies sink by such a scale as to make any thinking person blush! Religious freedom underscores the absolute need for people to make a choice; thus follows free market economies that raise the standard of living and holds people responsible for their choices, something that Totalitarian governments, Communist, and Socialists countries fail to recognize on a massive scale.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Sept. 15, 2016 7:20 a.m.

    I wrote a post earlier; in summary, many of the big money players in the industry are con artists.

  • marxist Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 15, 2016 12:17 a.m.

    @Hope and Faith "Restricting religious freedom will damage society in countless ways that you just can't measure by the simple numbers. You have to look at everyone who's benefited from such charity and their input back into the same economy."

    So what you're saying, and what this piece implies at least in part is: the cure for what ails us economically is more religion. I'm not buying it.

    French economist Piketty asserts when the rate of return on capital exceeds the rate of growth in GDP, increasing inequality is the result. And he believes inequality in the 21st Century will only increase because of this. Religion does not affect this tendency.

    I could add some Marxian analysis to Piketty's but space is not sufficient.

    Religion is nice, but it dwindles in the face of economic forces.

  • Hope & Faith give us strength Utah County, UT
    Sept. 14, 2016 6:09 p.m.

    From the religious devout has stemmed...

    * Blankets
    * Food
    * Water
    * Medical Supplies
    * Emotional Support
    * Education
    * Tools

    ...and countless more efforts.

    Those who discriminate against those who express religious beliefs & opinions often miss a key point here. We constantly hear of the actions of one or a few to judge the many. I offer this suggestion in return. There is no logic in calculating the effectiveness of an exam based on students who dropped out or based on students who cheat or abuse the rules of the exam. You judge the exam's value based on it's effectiveness by those who adhere to it's methodology.

    Anyone fully living the tenants of the LDS Faith have these traits:

    * Kindness whether in political talk or in private
    * Love for all mankind
    * Helping those in need and serving regularly in charitable efforts
    * Responsible stewardship over Earth's resources

    Restricting religious freedom will damage society in countless ways that you just can't measure by the simple numbers. You have to look at everyone who's benefited from such charity and their input back into the same economy.