Holy Freeloading! Religion is big business

chomskyPublished on Alternet (http://www.alternet.org) By Valerie Tarico
September 18, 2013 

Have you ever thought about starting a new religion or perhaps a hometown franchise of an old one? Perhaps you’re just looking for a career ladder in a religious enterprise that already exists. No? Maybe you should.

Religion is big business. There are lots of options (over 30,000 [3] variants of Christianity alone), and if the scale is right it can pay really, really well [4]. Creflo Dollar, founder of World Changers Church, has an estimated net worth of $27 million. Benny Hinn comes in at $42 million. Squeaky clean tent revival pioneer Billy Graham bankrolled around $25 million. Even Eddie Long [5] who has been plagued by accusations of sex with underage male members of his congregation can count his bankbook in the millions.

You say you don’t have star power? No worries. Millions of ordinary ministers, priests, missionaries, religious hospital administrators and other church employees earn solid middle- or upper-middle-class incomes in the God business. The pay is good, and for most positions it doesn’t matter what race you are or what grade you happened to get in chemistry.

That said, starting or expanding a religious enterprise doesn’t come cheap, even in an established religion that transforms ordinary members into volunteer outreach staff [6]. Christianity spends an estimated $16 billion annually [7] on the kind of marketing-service blend traditionally called “missionary work.”

http://www.alternet.org/belief/holy-freeloading-10-ways-religious-groups-suck-public-purse?akid=10951.116590.2rHsko&rd=1&src=newsletter898439&t=3

READ more HERE about the Child Catchers: http://www.adoptionbirthmothers.com/the-child-catchers/

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