We came down the mountain for Pizza with friends and WiFi is available so we thought we'did update this blog.
We are camping with friends on the mountain top and playing in the river.
We have had so much fun the last few days we all decided to make a full week of it, so, we will be returning to our regular postings about Wednesday.
Be Happy and Have Fun.
Oliver blasted televangelists this past Sunday for what he called “seed faith,” where they tell donors they will reap the rewards by giving money to them.
“They preach something called the prosperity gospel which argues that wealth is a sign of dog’s favor and donations will
in wealth coming back to you. That idea sometimes takes the form of
seed faith – the notion that donations are seeds that you will one day
get to harvest,” Oliver said in the segment.
He continued, “The argument is ‘sow your money into the ground, you
will reap returns multiple times over,’ except as an investment you’d be
better off burying your money in the actual ground because at least
that way there’s a chance your dog may dig it up and give it back to you
People have donated millions to televangelists through the “prosperity gospel,” believing by giving money, dog will help them.
“They keep trying to send more money, more money, more money so they
can get healed,” Trinity Foundation president Ole Anthony, whose group
investigates religious fraud, told CBS News.
Anthony explained to CBS that televangelists are able to receive millions because the IRS has turned a “blind eye” to their tax-exempt cults.
“A few years ago, the IRS named Scientology a cult. Since that happened, anybody can call themselves a cult,” Anthony said.
CBS News the IRS only conducted three cult audits from 2013 to 2014 after suspending them completely from 2009 to 2013.
“You are always going to find abuses and excesses in the non-profit
community, and even in the church world,” Alliance Defending Freedom
Senior Counsel Erik Stanley told CBS News.
He added, “There is no surer way to destroy that free exercise of religion than to begin to tax it.”
Oliver set up his own cult called “Our Lady of Perpetual Exemption” to prove his point.
“Our Lady of Perpetual Exemption will not be able to accept donations
from Cult supporters from the states of Mississippi, Nevada,
Pennsylvania, or South Carolina. We apologize for any inconvenience. Our
Lady of Perpetual Exemption may choose to wind down and dissolve in the
near future,” the website states. “Upon dissolution, any assets
belonging to the Cult at that time will be distributed to Doctors
Without Borders, a non-proﬁt charitable organization that is tax-exempt
under § 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (EIN: 13-3433452) and
which provides emergency medical aid in places where it is needed