Grassley’s megachurch probe was BS

Published January 10th, 2011 by Bobby Henderson



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:

CNN’s take

Huffington Post

66 Responses to “Grassley’s megachurch probe was BS”

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  1. Danimal says:

    As an Iowan I’ve unfortunately had Grassley as a senator longer than I’ve been alive. A couple other gems from Grassley over the last couple years:

    “Should not have a government run plan to decide when to pull the plug on grandma”
    Grassley’s take on end of life counseling for terminally ill patients.

    But then he offers some of his own end of life counseling:

    “[AIG CEOs] should resign or go commit suicide”
    What Grassley refers to as the Japanese approach.

    The guy is a fear monger and a blow hard. Senator please exercise the “Japanese approach.”

    • JamesL says:

      I hope all these “devout” christian (for their own benefit, or just because they’re idiots. You can see the difference) senators will spend all their illegitimate funds on a nice katana and commit seppuku. Money well spent.

    • Pastor De Grano Duro says:

      Don’t take it to heart Danimal. You countered it with Slipknot.

  2. Keith says:

    So what is he doing in the photo. Praying that she will go away?

    • Drained and Washed Clean says:

      Nope, he is looking at her cleavage.

      • gordon_uk says:

        It’s what jesus would do ;-)

  3. Jonathan L says:

    I keep on voting for anyone who will run against this guy and he doesn’t even have to debate or campaign. Voters keep putting him back in office.

  4. jomz says:

    this guy is crazy

  5. Taylor Wray says:

    Grassley is kind of an idiot, but a well-meaning idiot – at least he is investigating them in the first place!

    • JamesL says:

      Yeah, curse those “fake” Christians. Because we all know that “true” Christians are the ones that make their ass-backwards beliefs almost seem tolerable.

    • Jonno says:

      Doesn’t seem like much of an investigation to me.

  6. Glenn says:

    A cult member investigating a cult.


  7. JamesL says:

    I just realized that a burning bush looks suspiciously similar to pasta drenched in tomato sauce. I believe without a single doubt, that considering his age, Moses was poor of sight and mistook this “burning bush” for our noodly god. It’s a damn shame that so many will drink stale beer and get venereal diseases in Hell because of his mistake.

    • JamesL says:

      EVEN THOUGH the FSM supposedly created this Hell, it is people that are directly responsible for condemning themselves- not the condemner.

    • Keith says:

      Perhaps some kid set alight to the bush and then hid behind it, claiming to be Moses’ god. Taking off your sandals and covering your eyes is not going to get you close enough to the bush or to examine it properly. Of course, this assumes that Moses really existed.

      • JamesL says:

        That can be a metaphor for all religion. “Close your eyes”. You don’t even have to read the whole bible, that part about sums it up.

        • Keith says:

          The other question is: which bible? Bible simply means “book” doesn’t it? If I read “The House at Pooh Corner” (which I have many times), does that mean I have read “The” bible? After all, the title starts with “The”.

        • JamesL says:

          Ah, I see where you’re getting at Keith! I’ve used that many a time to piss off many a Christian, actually.

          Me- “The bible… But isn’t bible is just Hebrew for book or something? So, this is the only book in print?”

  8. Victor "zebobbybird" Mendoza says:

    With a name like Creflo/Taffi Dollar, what do you expect?

    (read the cnn report.)

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