Its had a taxpayer-funded bailout from day one, A/K/A the unconstitutional tax-free status given to churches but not to religious non-adherents (my life is my ‘church’; why isn’t it tax free?). From Yahoo News:
Crystal Cathedral, the megachurch birthplace of the televangelist show “Hour of Power,” filed for bankruptcy Monday in Southern California after struggling to emerge from debt that exceeds $43 million.In addition to a $36 million mortgage, the Orange County-based church owes $7.5 million to several hundred vendors for services ranging from advertising to the use of live animals in Easter and Christmas services.
The church had been negotiating a repayment plan with vendors, but several filed lawsuits seeking quicker payment, which prompted a coalition formed by creditors to fall apart.
“Tough times never last, every storm comes to an end. Right now, people need to hear that message more than ever,” Sheila Schuller Coleman, the Cathedral’s senior pastor and daughter of the founder, told reporters outside the worship hall decked with a soaring glass spire.
“Everybody is hurting today. We are no exception,” she said.
Oh fucking please.
Oh double fucking please.
Please tell me that I didn’t just see a member of a family who, thanks to the religionist insanity embedded in American tax policy, has never had to make any attempt to earn a living by doing anything productive complaining about hurting financially? What percentage of that “everybody” is “hurting” because of money that they no longer have because they (or at least the adult in the family who has the power to force the rest of the family into going along) were stupid enough give it to your family’s church business?
Get thee the fuck out of your Vatican-level-obscene ‘cathedral’ and to a carpentry.