Religion: A dirty business

Is there a more successful business model than organised religion? For a few thousand years, the various Christian faiths have grown incredibly wealthy through fear and guilt. For thousands of years, each time a Priest, a Vicar, a Minister or a Pastor has given a service, there’s been a collection. When you imagine that Christianity consists of roughly 2.5 billion followers, which is one third of the population of the world, who buy Bibles, donate to the Church, and provide televangelists with financial support in the hope that god will protect them, as that nice man with the pearly white teeth on the TV says he will if you give me money, then the Church will use any method to continue the cash flow. I used to work with a Mormon girl, and she was expected to present her church with a portion of her salary every month, as it was her duty.

Why is praying to a god not enough, that they have to ask for money, and considering the land that the churches own, and their tax exemption, they’ve got a nerve asking for money. When religious preachers are travelling by private jet to spread the gospel, then there’s something seriously wrong, when people are starving to death in Africa. Where exactly is the distribution of wealth, when you’ve got preachers like Kenneth Copeland who are worth $850,000,000? Or Ken Ham, who runs the Answers in Genesis foundation, that has a donation button at the top of their website, yet he’s worth $55,000,000, and the land his theme park the ARK Encounter, and his Creation museum sits on is worth $48,000,000. And all of this wealth from being disingenuous, and preying on the gullible.


I’m not for one second claiming that religious foundations don’t help the people in need, but some of the wealthier preachers who reside in the public eye are getting richer and richer, whilst genuine hard working people are suffering every day with health care bills, and cost of living. You also have to bear in mind that the wealth surrounding the churches, especially the Catholic Church is outrageous. Yes, they put money into hospitals, and into education, but large parts of their wealth is unaccounted for as they don’t have any inland revenue to answer to, as they essentially have charity status and don’t pay tax, but this is where it gets interesting; the Catholic Church has spent millions opposing same-sex marriage, but also spent millions to defend and attempt to cover up Priests who sexually abused children, and Nuns. Every time the debate about same-sex marriage comes up in predominantly Catholic states in America, they put forward money to the opposition to attempt to prevent the bill from being passed. How is this morally right, to use money that’s exempt from tax, to use against people that go against the rules of their religion, but at the same time protect sex offending priests?

But it doesn’t end there. There have been several high profile accusations that the Catholic Church has been in allegiance with the Mafia, and the most notorious case was involving God’s banker, Paul Marcinkus, who was president of the Vatican bank for 18 years from 1971. He was allegedly involved in the murder of Pope John Paul I and the collapse of the fraudulent Banco Ambrosiano who had debts of over 1 billion dollars.

The death of John Paul I happened just 33 days after taking on his position, and he was poisoned by cyanide in his sleep. Anthony Raimondi, the nephew of the of the notorious mafia boss, Lucky Luciano, and cousin to Paul Marcinkus, was called to assist in the execution of the Pope as he was claimed to be about to expose a multi-billion dollar fraud conspiracy within the Catholic Church. Anthony Raimondi made the claim in his autobiography, When the Bullet Hits the Bone., but the Pope was said to have died from a heart attack by the coroner, but Raimondi insists that if the Pope was exhumed there’d be traces of valium and cyanide in him.

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