Senator Grassley of Iowa’s Evangelical Finance Probe was released this week. A lot of us were hoping these megachurches would be scrutinized for their most flagrant abuses: the obscene salaries, the private jets and luxury cars, the politicking. Most of us are shocked these sham broadcast ministries can exist as tax exempt non-profit organizations in the first place, but it is stunning that because they’re religious institutions they don’t have to file detailed financial disclosure reports to the IRS. So we were glad that Grassley and team were investigating.
Well now the report is out and we know what they were doing the last three years and investigating was not it. Out of the six broadcast ministries looked at only two cooperated, and *zero* subpoenas were issued by investigators. What a scam.
Grassley offered this statement, which I have been trying to parse for a while but I’m having trouble because it’s such bullshit:
The staff review sets the stage for a comprehensive discussion among churches and religious organizations. I look forward to helping facilitate this dialogue and fostering an environment for self-reform within the community.
Translation: we will ask churches to be good. Hey if that doesn’t work, perhaps another three year investigation in which nothing is investigated is in order. You sir, Senator Grassley, are a fraud.
Here are some depressing articles about this mess: