Valeri V. Cordón, an elder in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, gave a speech in which he encouraged parents to allow their children to starve before they consider not paying their tithe to the church.
During his address at the Mormon’s biannual General Conference, Cordón told a story from his childhood in which he worked in his father factory during his school vacations.
“The first question my father always asked after I received my salary was, ‘What are you going to do with your money?’” he recalled. “I know the answer and responded, ‘Pay my tithing and save for my mission.’”
He later explained that after a civil war in his homeland of Guatemala, his father often couldn’t afford to buy food for his family after paying his church tithes.
“One day, during those difficult times, I heard my parents discussing whether they should pay tithing or buy food for the children,” he told the audience. “On Sunday, I followed my father to see what he was going to do. After our Church meetings, I saw him take an envelope and put his tithing in it. That was only part of the lesson. The question that remained for me was: what we were going to eat!”
The Mormon church earns $7 Billion dollars (tax-free) per year from mandatory tithing. No person is allowed to be a member without agreeing to pay 10 percent of their income to the church.
Unlike many others, this idiot may have a good excuse for his mental illness, malnutrition as a child can cause a host of problems in adulthood. But damn, this is still some fucked up shit.