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Pastor caught having gay sex in van spent stolen church money on farmer dating website:

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on May 27, 2015 by sheriffali

A Tennessee pastor, who was recently admonished by police for having sex with another man in a church van parked in a parking lot, was arrested this week for embezzling an estimated $60,000 from his church’s coffers.

 

 

Boyd Watson Holder Jr. 44, was taken into custody after church officials reported that between $70,000 and $100,000 had been discovered missing from the Victory Apostolic Church bank account in Kingsport, reports the TimesNews.

 

 

It has been a rough six months for Holder, who was discovered by police last December having sex with another man in a church van in an empty parking lot. Holder reportedly apologized to the officers and was told to not “have relations in public” again before being ordered off the property.

 

In February church officials alerted police that money was missing from a church bank account that only Holder had access to.

 

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Two prominent Americans — an Eminent Social Scientist and the President of the United States — decided to answer the question: How have America’s churches failed the poor? Americans give to Religion 82.5 Billion Dollars Annually.

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Their answer was one deeply congenial to the progressive mind:

 

 “They’ve been too obsessed with the culture war.”

 

“Over the last 30 years,” Harvard’s Robert Putnam told The Washington Post, “most organized religion has focused on issues regarding sexual morality, such as abortion, gay marriage, all of those. I’m not saying if that’s good or bad, but that’s what they’ve been using all their resources for … It’s been entirely focused on issues of homosexuality and contraception and not at all focused on issues of poverty.”

 

President Obama’s version, delivered when he shared a stage with Putnam at Georgetown University, was nuanced but similar in thrust: “Despite great caring and concern,” the president remarked, when churches pick “the defining issue” that’s “really going to capture the essence of who we are as Christians,” fighting poverty is often seen as merely “nice to have” compared to “an issue like abortion.”

 

It would be too kind to call these comments wrong; they were ridiculous. Not only because (as Putnam acknowledged) believers personally give abundantly to charity, but because institutionally the churches of America use “all their resources” in ways that completely belie the idea that they’re obsessed with culture war.

 

As Mark Hemingway of The Weekly Standard pointed out, “Even the most generous estimates of the resources devoted to pro-life causes and organizations defending traditional marriage are just a few hundred million dollars.” Whereas the budgets of American religious charities and schools and hospitals and other nonprofits are tabulated in the tens of billions. (Indeed, as Bloomberg View’s Megan McArdle noted, some of that money — from Catholic sources — paid Obama’s first community-organizer salary.)

 

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Americans give Religion 82.5 Billion Annually and the people receiving the money are schemers!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 16, 2015 by sheriffali

 

[All Religions were created by fallible men and carried out by fallible people that use religion to “prey” on the vulnerable. Religion in America and Republican Politics are “indivisible.” Personally, I reject all Religions, I do not follow any.

 

The Pastors, Preachers, Deacons, Reverends or by whatever name they use, they purchase mansions, fly in Private Jets and are driven in Limousines. Their corruption is humongous and if you don’t believe me, Google their names and you would be shocked.

 

Benny Hinn had an affair with Paula White and ended up in a bitter Divorce with his wife. Joel Osteen and his wife bought a 10 Million Dollar Mansion. The photos are just some of the people but as you would ascertain, they are protected by Republican Legislators hiding behind Religion. One can have a “Spiritual Relationship with God if you are a believer, however, you don’t need religion for that.] Sheriff Ali.

 

Matt Yglesias thinks we ought to start taxing churches. “Whichever faith you think is the one true faith, it’s undeniable that the majority of this church-spending is going to support false doctrines,” he notes. Even if you did direct the money toward the one true faith, it’d still be a bad idea, as “Upgrading a church’s physical plant doesn’t enhance the soul-saving capacity of its clergy.”

 

Regardless of whether you buy Yglesias’s logic, this raises an interesting question — exactly how much money are we talking about here? If, all of a sudden, churches, synagogues, mosques and the like lost their tax privileges, how much tax revenue would that generate?

 

Ryan T. Cragun, a sociologist at the University of Tampa, and two of his students, Stephanie Yeager and Desmond Vega, took it upon themselves to figure it out. They’re not exactly disinterested parties; their research appeared in Free Inquiry, a publication of the Council for Secular Humanism. But Cragun is a serious sociologist of religion and the data seems to check out. The full scale of subsidies religions get is pretty staggering:

 

When people donate to religious groups, it’s tax-deductible. Churches don’t pay property taxes on their land or buildings. When they buy stuff, they don’t pay sales taxes. When they sell stuff at a profit, they don’t pay capital gains tax. If they spend less than they take in, they don’t pay corporate income taxes. Priests, ministers, rabbis and the like get “parsonage exemptions” that let them deduct mortgage payments, rent and other living expenses when they’re doing their income taxes. They also are the only group allowed to opt out of Social Security taxes (and benefits).

 

Cragun et al estimate the total subsidy at $71 billion. That’s almost certainly a lowball, as they didn’t estimate the cost of a number of subsidies, like local income and property tax exemptions, the sales tax exemption, and — most importantly — the charitable deduction for religious given. Their estimate that religious groups own $600 billion in property is also probably low, since it leaves out property besides actual churches, mosques, etc. Written By: Dylan Matthews

 

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Republican Field Woos Iowa Evangelical Christian: Republicans are not running on Faith they are running on Fraud!

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[NYT] WAUKEE, Iowa — Nine declared or likely Republican candidates descended on a large church in Iowa on Saturday to court evangelical Christians, the voters who played the starring role in the state’s two most recent caucuses.

 

They included the winners of those two contests (Rick Santorum and Mike Huckabee), newcomers whose biographies lend themselves to evangelical support (Ted Cruz and Scott Walker), and candidates who would like to win some support from the Christian right but are eyeing broad coalitions (Rand Paul and Marco Rubio).

 

The nine-candidate lineup in the worship hall ofPoint of Grace Church in Waukee, a Des Moines suburb, was proof of evangelical power in Iowa, but also a warning that the script may be rewritten in 2016, with so many candidates competing for social conservatives that their votes splinter.

 

“The problem for Christian conservative candidates is they’re all running in the same lane,” said Kedron Bardwell, a political scientist at Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa, who studies religion and politics.

 

The speakers wooed the crowd, several hundred who were seated in steeply banked rows, with stories about the role of faith in their personal lives and pledges to support issues important to social conservatives, not only abortion and same-sex marriage but also a newly rising interest in security threats in the Middle East.

 

Many portrayed Christians as an increasingly persecuted community, seeking to appeal to the evangelical audience with vows to protect what they described as religious liberty for people of faith.

 

There were glimpses of personal biographies that are not the usual staples of stump speeches. Rick Perry, the former Texas governor, told of moving back into his childhood bedroom after a career in the Air Force, when he felt lost, until he had an epiphany that “I was going to spend the rest of my life doing God’s work.”

 

“I just really never realized how large the pulpit was going to be that he was going to make available to me 30 years later as the governor of Texas,” he said.

 

arly Fiorina, the former Hewlett-Packard chief executive, talked about how after losing a daughter to addiction, “it was my husband Frank’s and my personal relationship with Jesus Christ that saved us from a desperate sadness.”

 

And Bobby Jindal, the Louisiana governor, said the most important moment in his life was not his wedding day or when he held his first child, but “the moment I found Jesus Christ.”

 

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Sick Bastard Pastor John Hagee Living Off The Collection Plate Says: “‘Nasty’ Welfare Recipients Don’t Deserve To Live.”

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 7, 2015 by sheriffali

All Religions were created by fallible men and carried out by fallible people that use self righteousness and fear to bilk the vulnerable out of every penny they can squeeze, while they Joel Osteen, Benny Hinn, Paula White and others, live like Kings and Queens in Multi Million Dollar Mansions; Fly on Private Jets; Ride in Limousines, as they suck the blood out of their followers.

 

For those that believe I have no problem with that, however, as for me “I personally reject “all” Religions for they are nothing short of the world’s largest scams for Mammon and Power.

 

San Antonio, Texas – Pastor John Hagee of the Cornerstone Church delivered an impassioned speech decrying the evils of welfare dependency. While prefacing his remarks with an acknowledgement of the need the disabled, infirm, and elderly have of receiving social support, he made it clear that he has little tolerance for able bodied individuals who are living off the taxes of the working people.

 

Pastor Hagee cited that statistic that the welfare population of the United States exceeds to population of Spain. He believes that many of these people do not actually need welfare and should instead reap the rewards of their actions according to Biblical counsel.

Referring to 2 Thessalonians 3:10 “For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.”, he insists that such people as are found gaming the system must get off the proverbial couch and work. His comments are certainly well-intended even if they came across as somewhat derogatory. The problem is that the sectors of the economy which product mid to high wage income, have not recovered from the 2008 banking crisis.

 

The main sectors of the economy which have thrived are those producing low-wage jobs which is what makes it very difficult from even working people to make a living. Coupled with the disincentive that a person can fare better on welfare than they can to work, and the picture becomes clearer. Yes, people need to work, but the economy isn’t the rising tide lifting all the ships that it needs to be either.

 

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Republicans Are Using Self Righteousness And Religion To Divide America To Go To War Again. Look At The Republican Agenda And There Isn’t Much Difference Between Them And ISIS – ISIL!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on March 29, 2015 by sheriffali

Sanctimonious Self Righteous Republicans Are Trying To Turn America Into A Christian Caliphate. ISIS Murderers, Rapist, Thieves And Despots Have Set Up Their Caliphate Based On Islam. All Religions Were Created By Fallible Men And Carried Out By Fallible People Preying on the Innocent And The Vulnerable.

 

There are 4,543 words in the Constitution and none of them are Jesus, Christianity or the Bible. I reject “all” Religions and I am not a religious person. However, for those that want to follow Religion I have no problem with that, except don’t try to force me to believe what you believe or write laws that discriminate against anyone that don’t believe what you do.

 

A dangerous precedent is being set by the Republicans in many parts of the country, such as in Indiana and other places. In California where I have lived basically all of my life, there is a Ballot that the California Attorney General is trying to stop an initiative that calls for the “Killing of Gays.” Can you imagine, our country that has killed and maim and continue to kill and maim in the name of Democracy, Free Speech and Human Rights, people are actually openly discriminating against others and are actually advocating the killing of others because of their beliefs and or, their sexual orientation?

 

The uninformed, ignorant, uneducated, brainwashed, bigoted and prejudicial people that vote these people into Office do not possess the brain power to see how they are contributing to the destruction of The United States.

 

Unless or until people come together as Americans first and then everything else becomes secondary, we are going to turn America into a Banana Republic that would hurt everyone except the Top Once Percent [1%].

 

Republicans and Fox News are Hell-Bent on creating Anarchy and inspiring people to become Anarchists.

 

God Is Not A Religion;

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IS GOD REAL? What I saw while in a Coma!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 4, 2014 by sheriffali

“You may ask me how I know my God is real

You may doubt the things I say and doubt the way I feel,

But I know my God is real today and will always be

I can feel His Hand in mine, and that’s enough for me!”

 

What I saw while in a Coma

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