Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Televangelists (HBO)

Aug 17, 2015

U.S. tax law allows television preachers to get away with almost anything. We know this from personal experience.

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6 comments on “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Televangelists (HBO)

  • Brilliant analysis. I commend to the viewers. If I did this, as a citizen, I would be locked up for criminal False Pretences and jailed. Add the name religion, and you can fleece the sheeples with immunity.



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  • Wealth is a sign of gods favor.

    And donations result in wealth coming back to you.

    Also known as “seed faith“. You view a donation as a seed you put in the soil and the money will return to you alike the fruits of the earth. In practice this is a simple chain letter system. In some countries this is forbidden by law: enter link description here

    Sounds quite similar to believe in the “trickle down economy”.

    But at least, you can safely donate to the church of “Our Lady of Perpetual (tax) Extemtion” http://www.ourladyofperpetualexemption.com/donate.html



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  • Please keep going at this!
    The Church of Scientology awaits your extraordinary and astute analysis, with sparklers. Many believe they owed a billion in back taxes, then sued their way to exemption.



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  • Joel
    Aug 26, 2015 at 12:08 pm

    Please keep going at this!
    The Church of Scientology awaits your extraordinary and astute analysis, with sparklers.

    On Monday night in England, Channel 5 had an hours programme called, “Inside Scientology and Escaping the Witnesses”, featuring ex-members showing how these cults turn lives upside down, entrap, isolate, and exploit people mentally and financially!

    The only comment from those organisations was – as you would expect, – denials without any credible answers.



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    NearlyNakedApe says:

    Many believe they owed a billion in back taxes, then sued their way to exemption.

    This is not a belief, it’s a fact. Alex Gibney made a brilliant HBO documentary on Scientology entitled “Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief”. It’s an absolute must-see. It includes many witness accounts, the most damning of which are from one of the former top executive officers of the organization, Marty Rathburn.

    The Church of Scientology did in fact owe millions in back taxes because they didn’t have official church status and the IRS resisted granting it to them for years because they simply didn’t fit the criteria. They were drowning in debt at the time so they decided to play the big bluff.

    All the individual churches of Scientology over America mobilized to launch a whopping 5000 lawsuits against the IRS in what was essentially designed as a huge game of chicken. The lawsuits would have been a crushing financial burden to both parties but the Church was essentially broke so the IRS could have legally stalled them pushing the Church to bankrupcy…

    But instead, the IRS’ top officials met in private with Scientology’s top brass, money changed hands and the lawsuits magically went away. A few weeks or months later, in 1993, Scientology was officially recognized as a religion by the IRS and granted tax-exempt status. US government corruption at its best, second only to Citizens United IMHO.



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