Apparently the latest generation who inherited their positions are living rich. Tch tch: spending tithe money of their mainly poor members for private planes instead of huge flashy churches.
and then there is the "Chris Brown" scandal.
well, nothing new here. Jesus was a bit sarcastic about the kickbacks paid by crooked merchants in the temple, we Catholics had the Borgia popes, and I'm old enough to remember when the televangelists were outed as living in luxury.
Why is this scandal important? I mean 2.5 million church members is a lot of people, but not a large percentage. And although they tend to be anti Catholic, what amuses me is that the local Baptists etc. consider them a "cult" because they don't believe in the divinity of Jesus.
(Of course, the local Baptists think Mormons worship the devil and Catholics are pagans associated with the beast of Babylon, not Christians, so nothing new about their opinions. I mean, Tim Tebow brags about his family converting Filipinos to Christ as if they never heard of Jesus either).
Ah, but the InC directs their members to vote for certain people, usually on the left side of politics, so they have political clout.
and election year is coming.
The most amusing part of the State of the Nation address yesterday? That we shouldn't have political dynasties.
This from a president who won mainly because his mom was president, his father was martyred to keep him from running for president, and his grandfather helped the Japanese run the place during the occupation (something usually ignored in the history books).
Unlike the US, where we have a Bush and a Clinton running for president, politics runs in the family here.
presumably so their dads can instruct them on how the real world works.
Thornton Melon: Oh, you left out a bunch of stuff.
Dr. Phillip Barbay: Oh really? Like what for instance?
Thornton Melon: First of all you're going to have to grease the local politicians for the sudden zoning problems that always come up. Then there's the kickbacks to the carpenters, and if you plan on using any cement in this building I'm sure the teamsters would like to have a little chat with ya, and that'll cost ya. Oh and don't forget a little something for the building inspectors. Then there's long term costs such as waste disposal. I don't know if you're familiar with who runs that business but I assure you it's not the boyscouts.