Infographic: Megachurches = Megabusinesses?

0

The advent of megachurches has led to a debate over the purported uses of religion as a money-making tool. Critics claim that such churches are more concerned with entertainment than religion, while concerns have also been raised over the churches’ application of corporate business models.


Many of these churches generate millions of dollars in revenue annually and are not subject to the same disclosures that charities are on tax-exempt revenues. According to a Forbes article, the average net income of megachurches in the U.S was estimated at $4.8 million in 2003, while being exempted from some $7.2 billion in taxes in total.

Meanwhile in Singapore, the founder/pastor at a megachurch is currently being investigated for allegedly funnelling almost $11 million in church funds to fund his wife’s pop music career.

Written By: Economy Watch
continue to source article at economywatch.com

NO COMMENTS

  1. I take note of the gesture the figures on the posters are making; like children wanting to be lifted up by someone.

    Doubtless it’ll have the desired subliminal effect on the poor fishes it’s being aimed at, who are suckers for this kind of tripe, and are going to be fleeced.

  2. Isn’t there already a worldwide Gigachurch? The Catholic Church.

    These US Megachurches are small fry in comparison – and their offspring (at least) in the USA and UK are all tax exempt.

  3. Originally churches provided charitable services to the community. The tax break was to compensate them. Now they do not. They make money for the celebrity pastor. There is no reason for them to continue to get the break, except for any services they provide that the government would otherwise have to provide.

  4. The tax break is way way more insidious and pernicious than meets the initial eye. These mega churches often buy property in the churches name (no property tax) and employ everyone in their family in some hugely overpaid capacity like paying old Mommy $250,000 TAX FREE dollars to be the “secretary”. They purchase cars and boats and even planes tax free.

    They collect money for doing absolutely nothing and then they are treated to twice a week trash collections (that I pay for) and police service (that I pay for) and fire protection (that I pay for)…

    Their entire enterprise is streamlined for maximum profit while they pour exactly ZERO back into the community. ZERO. They create zero. It is really only a matter of time before this drain exceeds the ability of hard working folks to support it.

    The cynic in me really and truly cannot see how anyone could possibly see these people for anything other than money hungry opportunists.

    A criticism levied at teachers all the time : “those who can, do; those who can’t, teach”… I hear it all the time… well, amend it with “those who can do absolutely nothing, preach.”

    On another thread, I calculated just what the economy has extracted from it through only the donations collected by the Catholic church. If you expand that to all the types of churches and then include property taxes that aren’t paid and salaries and purchases that are tax free, the total cost of religion to all of us is overwhelming.

  5. Crookedshoes (comment 6) is entirely correct, except that I do disagree with the part about “those who can do absolutely nothing, preach.” That is like saying that those who can do absolutely nothing become pickpockets. Hey, pickpockets are damn good at that one thing. And very few people can orate as splendidly as some of those preachers, the lying bastards.

    • Point well taken!!!

      In reply to #7 by 78rpm:

      Crookedshoes (comment 6) is entirely correct, except that I do disagree with the part about “those who can do absolutely nothing, preach.” That is like saying that those who can do absolutely nothing become pickpockets. Hey, pickpockets are damn good at that one thing. And very few people can orat…

  6. Oh and BTW,

    If the parish that I live within is average (and they publish their weekly contributions), and there are about 300,000 churches in America according to Grounds For Giving, then in CHEATING America, religion extracts a whopping 300,000,000,000 dollars in tax FRAUD a year. PAY YOUR FUCKING TAXES.

    This does not include the various scams I outlined in my earlier post. They could literally SOLVE THE NATIONAL DEFICIT in ten years. So much for their “charitability” and “concern for others” and “BULLSHIT BULLSHIT BULLSHIT”

    So, I call on YOU churches, SAVE OUR COUNTRY by paying the fair amount that every other working person pays.

  7. Oh My Dog! How many suckers can there possibly be in this world?

    Seriously, haven’t people who attend these ridiculous places nothing better to do with their lives?

    It’s one thing to have a belief in an imaginary being, but to then support that belief by participating in nonsense is, well, beyond belief!

Leave a Reply