In order to illustrate the absurd way in which frauds and charlatans (also known as televangelists) exploit the tax exemptions for religion that exist in the US tax code to enrich themselves by taking money from poor people by promising them rewards, Oliver has created his own church called Our Lady of Perpetual Exemption to see how far he too can push this racket before the IRS shuts him down.
This reminds me of how Stephen Colbert created his own SuperPAC in order to demonstrate clearly how easily the loopholes in the election financing laws could be exploited for personal gain. Colbert had attorney and former member of the Federal Elections Commission Trevor Potter to act as his guide through the process and Oliver has got a tax attorney to do the same.
This is a great idea. I’d like to see how far he can go in copying what the churches do with obviously satiric intent before the IRS moves against him. I suspect that they will ignore him because they simply don’t want to get into a battle about the whole church tax exemption issue.