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There are serious doubts about the eligibility of the group, formally called the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification, as a religious corporation. Many say the government should file with a court for procedures to disband (the Unification Church) under the Religious Corporations Act.

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Jun Azumi, parliamentary affairs chief of the main opposition Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan, urging the government to take action to disband the religious group known as the Unification Church.

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Let's make this church disappear because they are bringing too much bad press and drawing attention to our other nefarious activities.

We cannot get our brown envelopes if everyone is looking.

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Most religions bilk their followers for money and attempt to obtain political support. So it isn't really any different to others.

However, this was an organisation that originated in South Korea and appears to have fostered links with a number of Japanese politicians.

Given the often iffy relations between the two nations, it would be interesting to know whether the Japanese security services had been monitoring it and any influence it was obtaining in the Diet, before it hit the headlines.

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There are serious doubts about the eligibility of the group, formally called the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification, as a religious corporation. Many say the government should file with a court for procedures to disband (the Unification Church) under the Religious Corporations Act.

Don't forget Happy Science which also has a political party. Now, that would make things start to get interesting.

All-in-all, make all religious groups, shrines and temples pay taxes. (would love to know how much Yasukuni Jinja is making, seeing all the bigwigs parading there).

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lol. Has anyone noticed how quiet ruling-party-partner Komeito has been through all this? Komeito, the political wing of the undisputed king of pressure-cult-masquerading-as-psuedo-religion, aka, Soka Gakkai and its "venerable dear leader Ikeda Sensei".

Komeito sit in government, keeping the LDP in power for over a decade, while everyone (media included) look the other way...

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Please revoke the "non-profit religious institution status" of UC, Soka Gakkai, Happy Science and the other religious "cults" as well.

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CDPJ doesn't have to ask the government as any parties elected can take actions to disband evil cults unless they are only playing political chess

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I would say its not a good idea because this would only set a precedence for the government to take away perhaps other freedoms that people afford.

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In economic terms, 'religion' is a 'product or service' and should not be exempted in ANY way from the fiscal responsibilities levied upon other products and services. If there were ONE version of 'G-d', 'Creator', 'Great Spirit' (et alia) common to all Humans, it could be argued that, perhaps, taxing 'G-d' were a presumptuous behavior. But, there are thousands of highly competitive belief systems amongst us Humans all vying for the Dollars, Yen, Rubles, Dinars, of those they can convince or program into believing their version that we so obviously see that 'religion' is really a 'market' and should be no more exempt from supporting the society in which it prospers than any other 'market'. Because the KNOWLEDGE of this Universe that we have gained in the last few centuries, still primitive as it is, shows us unarguably that any CREATOR of this ENORMOUS place we are in is so much greater than ANY extant 'religion' can now accommodate, but that this KNOWLEDGE is so poorly distributed amongst us as to be functionally nonexistent to the collective Human mind, 'religion' as we know it today is clearly a 'fantasy' sold to the otherwise hopeless who cling to it as to a straw in a maelstrom. This 'fantasy', whatever its details, is a PRODUCT, an historical 'pyramid scheme' and, if one bans one, then ALL should be given the same treatment or it is, in fact, 'religious discrimination'.

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