I think I am in the stark minority, but I believe SOME of the chosen flock who have global ministries need a jet to get around and avoid flying coach.
The Saints are freakishly worse than paparazzi! I have seen a big named preacher get off a plane (one I was consulting), and get mobbed by the throngs of folk who believed just because we were on the red eye that this minister was the only one who didn’t need to catch a healing for sleep deprivation.
That said, when you – O’ Preacher of the Friendly Skies – use said learjet for hunting expeditions, hanging out with your favorite political candidate (seen pictured here on a retreat, I believe), vacations to your second home and wine tastings halfway around the world, you need to hand over those keys because after all, I helped pay for that jet… not you.
So, as I was reading the Fort Worth [Texas] Star-Telegram, you can imagine my chagrin when I saw this story about Kenneth Copeland and his precious air limousine being dubbed NOT tax-exempt by the Tarrant County Appraisal District.
Jeffery D. Law, Tarrant chief appraiser, said the jet was denied tax exemption because the ministry failed to disclose salaries of directors as an application requires. Law said the ministry, based in Newark, northwest of Fort Worth, will protest the denial at a hearing Monday morning. “The application requires that they submit to us a list of salaries,” Law said. “They have not given it to us, and as a result we have denied their exemption.”
You like apples, Kenneth? Because those are some Granny Smiths for your tail right there.
You have – in your supreme arrogance – stated this plane has only been used for “the performing of the organization’s religious functions.” However, because you are feeling cagey about how much you pay your family… er, executives, that jet has been dubbed “commercial.”
How’s that for irony?!