The Herald reports:
The petition, on Change.org, sprung up after the self-appointed Bishop’s Sunday sermon in which he told his congregation the earth “convulses under the weight of certain human sin”.
The petition, set up by Aaron Smithson with a single signature, has now attracted more than 15,000 supporters.
“With the recent news from the self-appointed “Bishop” Brian Tamaki that gays were to blame for the earthquake in Kaikoura, I call upon John Key and the New Zealand Government to classify Destiny Church as a hate group and strip them of their tax free status,” Smithson said on Change.org.
But my view is that no religion should have special tax status under the law. A religious group should be treated the same as an other NGO or aspiring charity. If they qualifies as charitable then they should gain the tax benefits of being a charity but there shouldn’t be special extra legislative benefits such as tax free land.