Should tithing count as 'charitable giving'?
from The Christian Post
GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney was recently criticized for counting the 16.5 percent of his family's income as charitable giving, because the bulk of the estimated $7 million either went to the Mormon Church in the form of tithes or to charities affiliated with the church. This has begged the questions: Is it "charitable giving" when the faithful donate or tithe to their churches; and should a church even be considered a "charity" if it is not directly aiding the poor or doing similar work?
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