Televangelist Pat Robertson on Monday accused a viewer of having a “liberal mentality” because she suggested that tax-exempt status was essentially a government handout to churches.
“Whose church are we?” the viewer named Wendy asked in an email to Robertson. “Are we God’s church or the world’s? Jesus said, ‘Render unto Caesar that which is Caesar’s.’ Taxes.”
“Why are churches taking a handout from the government?” Wendy wanted to know. “The just shall live by the government or by faith?”
Robertson seemed outraged that the question had been asked.
“I don’t know what handout you’re talking about. We don’t take a handout from the government,” he quipped. “Not paying taxes, it’s your money. The fact the government doesn’t take it away from you is not a government handout, and time immemorial, what belongs to God is what belongs to God!”
“That money in the church is given by people to the Lord,” the TV preacher continued. “It doesn’t belong to the government. So, that’s not a handout to keep the government from taking it away from you.”
Robertson said that the viewer had “this liberal mentality that everything that you have belongs to the government, and it’s a benefit and privilege that they don’t take it away from you.”
“That’s the reverse, it belongs to you,” he insisted. “And they shouldn’t take what belongs to God.”
Last year, the documentary Mission Congo accused Robertson’s tax-exempt organization, Operation Blessing, of funneling donations to the pastor’s diamond mining operation.
Robertson’s CBN also enjoys a tax-exempt status, but the IRS temporarily revoked the status for two years over the network’s involvement in the 1988 presidential election.
Watch the video below from CBN, broadcast Sept. 22, 2104.
Rudy Giuliani melts down after Piers Morgan calls him ‘completely barking mad’ in train wreck interview
Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani went completely off the rails during an interview with British journalist Piers Morgan on Thursday after Morgan confronted the former New York mayor about some of President Donald Trump's inflammatory tweets.
During the interview, Morgan demanded to know why it was acceptable for Trump to send out a tweet that promoted the shooting of looters.
Giuliani insisted that the media had taken Trump's tweet out of context, and Morgan responded by calling that assertion "total claptrap."
"You keep saying that it's the left-wing media that has somehow misquoted Donald Trump," Morgan said. "The president of the United States' job, when this kind of thing happens, is to keep temperatures down, not to put fuel on the fire. For the president of the United States to tweet that 'when the looting starts, the shooting starts,' directly quoting a racist police chief... who used dogs and guns on black people."
MSNBC’s Morning Joe scorches GOP senators for following Trump ‘over the cliff’ to election losses
MSNBC's Joe Scarborough hammered Senate Republicans for following President Donald Trump "over a cliff."
The "Morning Joe" host said the GOP had suffered losses in every election cycle since Trump won, and he said the president was a threat to his own party.
"All Republican incumbents who are endangered politicians," Scarborough said. "What bargain did they make that is worth following this man over the cliff? Who, right now, in early June, is on his way to losing in a landslide of his own?"
"These polls that we're going to show you in a minute are just a snapshot of where we are at the beginning of June," he added. "Things can change, but if they do change, it will be the first time in almost four years that elections have broken Donald Trump's way."
Donald Trump is no longer president: Robert Reich
You’d be forgiven if you hadn’t noticed. His verbal bombshells are louder than ever, but Donald J. Trump is no longer president of the United States.
By having no constructive response to any of the monumental crises now convulsing America, Trump has abdicated his office.
He is not governing. He’s golfing, watching cable TV, and tweeting.
How has Trump responded to the widespread unrest following the murder in Minneapolis of George Floyd, a black man who died after a white police officer knelt on his neck for nine minutes as he was handcuffed on the ground?
He has incited more police violence. Trump called the protesters “thugs” and threatened to have them shot. “When the looting starts, the shooting starts,” he tweeted, parroting a former Miami police chief whose words spurred race riots in the late 1960s.