Leave churches alone

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EDITOR — I need to register my shock and disapproval at government’s alleged ploy to tax churches.

Need I remind you that they are not businesses but places of worship? The mere thought of government officials targeting churches is vexatious and disturbing because it translates to religious persecution.

I know that people who have never been to church think they are lucrative enterprises but on the contrary believers rarely contribute in tithes and offerings in church.

The man of God needs to have businesses on the side sponsoring his activities and projects.

The money he makes is barely enough for everything because fund-raisers are only made to supplement the paltry collections he would have made.

Some church pastors are so poor, believers and well wishers have to give them second-hand clothes and groceries.

I remember being friends with a certain pastor whose wife had to go to Norton to buy and sell fish at the market. The family was so frustrated the pastor always had to preach against stinginess.

The emphasis he placed on the “blessing that comes through giving” shows the extent to which he suffered.

Imagine Zimra now approaching a person in that scenario to tax him. I assume that government has been misled by utterances published in your paper about prophet Eubert Angel’s wealth.

I think if he really is that wealthy it is on account of his own personal dealing and may not involve the church.

As a result targeting churches would be irrational.

My advice to government is that they should focus on the diamond industry.

I am sure if there is a certain level of accountability on how the proceeds from the diamond mines are used the nation’s economy will benefit immensely.

More over we have tourism facilities that can also rack in the much-needed revenue.

Government can also invest in agriculture which is presumed to be the backbone of our economy.

Targeting churches brings the image of this country into disrepute.

It is by far the most desperate measure I have ever heard of before or since.

I read in you paper that they are likely to target bigger churches which have people who occasionally donate to the churches or give to charity.

I am curious to know the yardstick by which they determine the size of a church.

It is very difficult to establish  the size of a church because at any one time it is filled by visitors, passersby and guests.

I hope everything that has been said about government pertaining to the subject under discussion is untrue but should it be true, then they need to reconsider.

D Muwoni,

Harare

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