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Money making religionists

This article looks at how people use religion to make money at the expense of those least able to give to them.

Also touches on the inability of agencies to stop this theft and protect the poor.

 

https://www.bbc.com/news/stories-47675301

 

 

Televangelist Todd Coontz has a well-worn routine: he dresses in a suit, pulls out a Bible and urges viewers to pledge a very specific amount of money. "Don't delay, don't delay," he urges, calmly but emphatically.

It sounds simple, absurdly so, but Coontz knows his audience extremely well. He broadcasts on Christian cable channels, often late into the night, drawing in viewers who lack financial literacy and are desperate for change.

"I understand the laws that govern insurance, stocks and bonds and all that is involved with Wall Street," he once said, looking directly into the camera. "God has called me… as a financial deliverer."

Crucially, he always refers to the money as a "seed" - a $273 seed, a $333 seed, a "turnaround" seed, depending on the broadcast. If viewers "plant" one, the amount will come back to them, multiplied, he says. It is an investment in their faith and their future.

 

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Re: Money making religionists

Jesus warned of many false prophets. Beware. Especially when they want to separate you from your money. If you want to give "seed money" give it directly to someone you know is in need.

Senior Contributor

Re: Money making religionists

Is that like those making money on foundations?

Guess what Canuck, I'd be happy to see each and every one of them locked up for fraud. Can you say that?

Senior Contributor

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Deo confidimus...everyone else, however, must submit to independent audits, forensic accounting methods, public disclosure of books, and if necessary, vigorous federal & state prosecutors and investigators. Otherwise, not a dime to a single one of the Elmer Gantrys of the world.

 

Needless to say, if you are a practicing Roman Catholic these days, you already knew this...ehh?

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Re: Money making religionists

I see another religionist has tripped over his own words or maybe he is in the closet.........

 

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/christian-home-destroyed-flood-tony-perkins-natura...

 

A flood has destroyed the home of a Christian lobbyist who preached that God sends natural disasters to punish gays.

President of the controversial Christian group Family Research Council, Tony Perkins, described a deluge of “near biblical proportions” hitting his Louisiana home. 

 

During a broadcast on the group’s radio station, he told how he and his family had fled in a canoe.

Senior Advisor

Re: Money making religionists

Haven't seen where he has called for throwing gays from roof tops.

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Re: Money making religionists


@r3020 wrote:

Jesus warned of many false prophets. Beware. Especially when they want to separate you from your money. If you want to give "seed money" give it directly to someone you know is in need.


Oh the irony.  False prophets???? Does trump fall into that category?