Posts Tagged ‘IRS’

What’s the adage born out of a biblical parable, “Those who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.”

Well, someone should have told that to the Robert Schuller clan, party of one… bitter, old man:

Attendance at last week's service? Maybe?

Attendance at last week's service? Maybe?

And now, as if that harangue of family counseling wasn’t enough, comes this story from the AP stating the three-decade old ministry is now $65 million IN DEBT!

The church is in financial turmoil: It plans to sell more than $65 million worth of its Orange County property to pay off debt. Revenue dropped by nearly $5 million last year, according to a recent letter from the elder Schuller to elite donors. In the letter, Schuller Sr. implored the Eagle’s Club members — who supply 30 percent of the church’s revenue — for donations and hinted that the show might go off the air without their support. “The final months of 2008 were devastating for our ministry,” the 82-year-old pastor wrote.

What’s so pathetic about this family affair gone awry is the people who have been faithful to this man’s vision and his ministry know what’s really going on beyond the rouse of blaming the economy and revolving preachers du jour in that glass house:

“They have not been forthcoming at all,” said John Dewart, an insurance agent from New Jersey who’s watched for 30 years. “Why can’t a father and son work together for the glory of God? That’s my big question.”

Good question. I mean you would think being preachers, they would have appreciated the example put forth by that God guy and his son, um, Jesus? I’m just sayin’ maybe they’ll figure it out before their former elite donorser, the economy hurls huge boulders at their crib in Garden Grove, Calif.

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It turns out there is a reason why Thomas Weeks and his sorry excuse for a reality show has never really gotten off the ground on the air – fool has no money!

And now we witness how the mighty nasty have fallen, thanks to this story from Atlanta’s WSB TV. It turns out the man who began his 15 minutes by making Juanita Bynum’s face a pinata, has been turned out himself and booted into the street – bow tie and all. Nice.

Sheriff’s deputies carried out the eviction while a church convocation was in progress at Weeks’ Global Destiny Ministries, with congregation members by his side [editor’s license].

“They have been told to leave the property,” said Stacey Bourbonnais, with the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office. “We will secure the building, inventory the property, then sell up to the judgment amount.” Documents filed in state court in Gwinnett County showed Weeks and the church owe $511,842 to the owners of the buildings.

I’m sorry. Did you say this dolt owes the state half-a-million dollars?! Meanwhile, he touts fiscal responsibility to God?! But in a particular typical and slimy fashion, Weeks has a spin for this debacle and a source to blame:

We’re not the only church going through this financial situation,” Weeks said. “At one point, it cost $450,000 a month to run the operation. We resized it to about $110,000 monthly,” he said. “We had several pledges coming in the next couple of days and unfortunately they didn’t arrive so we could go ahead and pay the last of what we needed to pay to stop the process,” he said.

I’m sorry. The sounds of this nation sobbing drowning out your pleas of pity. Did you say all of this mess was someone else’s fault and the fact your pledges didn’t come in? Well, that’s uh, sweet.

And if you didn’t get your fill of laughter from this bow-tied twit, we have this masonry on the Wall, and Exhibit B from appreciated blog of HiScrivener’s, “Character Corner“:

COUGH… sorry… I just choked on my… COUGH… rosary.

Well, you read it correctly. This just in from the Vatican – the Democrats are evidently agents of extinction. You know, in case you didn’t know that.

Raymond Burke, who was named prefect of the Vatican’s Supreme Court of the Apostolic Signature in June, told the Italian Catholic newspaper Avvenire that the U.S. Democratic Party risked “transforming itself definitively into a party of death for its decisions on bioethical issues.”

Ah, well. Here we go. Republicans were the same silk robe while carrying a sickle with its boney hands because they “sent our boys overseas to Iraq.” Come on. Let’s hear it. I’ll be over here kicking my feet up.

But before you crawl upon your soapbox, keep reading. This affront is about ABORTION, not the war… and you tell me, when would you prefer to kill? In a foreign land or in-utero?! Oh, did I say that out loud? Burke, take it away:

Burke said pro-life Democrats were “rare” and that it saddened him that the party [specifically Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi] that helped “our immigrant parents and grandparents” prosper in America had changed so much over the years.

Anyone see what’s really wrong with this picture? The Vatican is NO DIFFERENT here than the fraudulent pastors who decide they want to stick it to the IRS and tell their congregations in whom they should vote.

MEMO to any Mountebank in this position: In looking through all my theology books, I don’t recall reading anything during the Schisms or any Ecumencial Council that it’s the Vatican’s place to stick its gem-encrusted nose in politics. Maybe I’m wrong? I need to go back to CCD, I guess.

So, uh, I can’t wait to see the IRS enforce its tax-exempt revocations on the Holy See. News at 11.

For 54 years, the IRS has been sticking their noses in to some place where dimwitted pastors think they don’t belong – their pulpits. You see, if a pastor says from the pulpit, “Vote for so-and-so,” he is in violation of being non-profit.

Why? Because “faith-based organizations” are supposed to say focused on faith, NOT politics. There’s a concept, eh?

And now, these five long decades later, these dunderheads are fighting back the only way they know how – with their mouths.

The ministers haven’t announced their preferences, although Senator John McCain is expected to be favored. Senator Barack Obama has blurred church-state lines in promising more subsidies for social programs run by religious-based groups. But Mr. McCain has gone much farther, proclaiming America to be “a Christian nation.”

A (tax-exempt) consortium of Christian lawyers that presses conservative causes — the Alliance Defense Fund — has organized the ministers’ protest as Pulpit Freedom Sunday. They argue that the tax code restricts their right to be “talking to their congregations about biblical issues related to candidates and elections.”

MEMO to the Fraudulent Shepherds looking to sheathe the flock: How is telling your sheep who to vote for a “biblical issue”? Unless your indulgent pulpiteering is a shroud for your inept research on political issues, a need to lord over your sheep and your Napoleonic complex finger to the world.

Answer? It’s nowhere close and you are a complete sorry excuse for a pastor. If you really think you are helping God by proselytizing a person on election day, rather than an issue, think again. God needs you to direct people in the ways of the Lord, not in the ways of the political paraphenalia you get in the mail.

So, stand up and speak up, because losing your tax-exempt status is the last thing of which you should be concerned. You could lose your self-respect. And there is no metal detector in the world that will help you locate where that is buried.

One of the first things you learn as a new Christian is that you get to join a new family in Christ, kinda like that whole adoption thing only with much better benefits.

Well, there are legalists and then there is this tool. Meet Richard L. Mellor – citizen of heaven.

An Iowa man has been identified for claiming a $240,009 refund of all the taxes he has paid, contending the IRS has no jurisdiction over him because the U.S. is a “fictional entity” and he is a “citizen of heaven.”

That’s rich. Dude has a hankering to keep his cash, so he pulls this, “I heard in church we are NOT OF THIS WORLD” statement to get out of “rendering unto Caesar”.

Talk about a persnickety conflict of interest. Well, good luck with that, earthling.