Poetic justice for a homophobic church

There is something sweet about poetic justice. Jessica Williams of The Daily Show returns to a church with a virulently anti-gay pastor. The building is under foreclosure because he has not been paying his water bills among other debts and now owes about a million dollars. The pastor seems to think that having tax-exempt status (itself an indefensible boondoggle) means he is entitled to free water as well. Why stop there? Why not free electricity too? And internet? And cable TV?

But back to poetic justice. What is best about this story is who is seeking to buy the church and for what purpose.

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  1. thebookofdave says

    I’m glad you stopped short of the claim of free sewage. ATLAH Ministries appears to avoid those charges through in situ storage, for pastor Manning to spew during sermons and interviews.

  2. lorn says

    I’ve never been real clear on how churches deal with local services. If they call for police or fire services they come, don’t they? I’ve seen EMTs and firefighters at churches, do they pay per visit? I doubt it. Either they pay a set amount for area coverage for a set time, or they pay nothing and the surrounding citizens pick up the bill. The later sounds decidedly unfair.

    Either way, as I understand it, churches have to pay for other services rendered. So water, sewage, electricity, garbage pickup …

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