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Old 21st December 2008, 12:41 PM   #1
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Faith healer Kenneth Copeland denied tax exemption for jet

Kenneth Copeland is a faith healer who worked for and was subsequently trained by Oral Roberts. He was recently asked to provide financial details to the Senate, but has refused. A week ago the county tax assessor has a made ruling on a second jet.

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Televangelist's $3.6 million jet not tax-exempt, Tarrant appraiser says
The Fort Worth Star-Telegram
December 6th, 2008
By DARREN BARBEE 

A Kenneth Copeland Ministry jet worth $3.6 million has been denied tax-exempt status by the Tarrant Appraisal District, setting the stage for a battle that could require the minister to reveal his salary if he wants the jet to be tax-free.

Jeffery D. Law, Tarrant chief appraiser, said the jet was denied tax exemption because the ministry failed to disclose salaries of directors as an application requires. Law said the ministry, based in Newark, northwest of Fort Worth, will protest the denial at a hearing Monday morning.

"The application requires that they submit to us a list of salaries," Law said. "They have not given it to us, and as a result we have denied their exemption."

Compensation paid Copeland and other members of his family has been the source of a U.S. senator’s inquiry, but the televangelist has been unwilling to disclose the information publicly.

If the ministry gives the compensation information to the appraisal district, it would be open to public disclosure, Law said.

The jet in question is a 1998 Cessna Bravo 550 that was given to the ministry last year.
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He stated that the ministry, also known as Eagle Mountain International Church, uses its assets only in performing the organization’s religious functions.
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It’s not the first time the ministry has been reluctant to release certain financial information. Last year, Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, asked Copeland and other ministers to provide financial information to him as part of an investigation into the reportedly lavish lifestyles of televangelists.

Kenneth and Gloria Copeland have given partial responses to most of his questions but didn’t answer questions about compensation.
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On the Copeland jet and the cancer victim who raised funds for it:

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Jet flight records spur Copeland ministry questions
11:57 PM CST on Wednesday, February 28, 2007
By BRETT SHIPP
WFAA-TV

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For the past several months, Kenneth and Gloria Copeland of Fort Worth have been traveling the globe in a new $20 million jet. They pledged that the aircraft would be used for the purpose of serving their ministry.
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Kenneth and Gloria Copeland's Believers' Voice of Victory ministry is broadcast around the world. The couple preaches not only the gospel of prosperity, but the promise of healing through faith.

It was the prospect of wellness that for years lured Bonnie Parker of Winnsboro, La. to the Copelands' broadcast every Sunday morning, said Parker's family.

Believer after believer, much like Parker, lined up to be healed by the Copelands. For many, they believed all it took was faith. And according to Parker's husband Alvin and their daughter, it also took something else - money.

"We know it was a lot, a whole lot," said Kristy Beach, Parker's daughter, talking about the amount of money Bonnie Parker donated.

She said the total reached into the the tens of thousands, and possibly even hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Parker also spent money on the lottery. Handwritten notes reflected her desire to remit her winnings to the Copelands, whom she said she believed could stop the cancer ravaging her body.

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"It will never, ever be used as long as it is in our care, for anything other than what is becoming to you, Lord Jesus," he said.
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According to flight records obtained by News 8, the Copeland jet, on its way to an evangelical seminar in Australia last October, made a two-day layover in Maui. Then it was on to the Fiji islands for another stop.

After seven days in Australia, the Copelands headed to Honolulu for another three days of what they called "eating and rest."

Last December, amid other evangelical stops, there was a jet ride to the Yampa Valley Airport in Colorado, just a few miles away from Steamboat Springs Ski Resort.

That same day, the jet flew back to the Copelands' private airport north of Fort Worth.

Five days later, the jet traveled to the Yampa Valley Airport near Steamboat and returned to Texas.

One week later, there was another trip. This time, to the LaFonda Ranch in Southwest Texas, a favorite stop over the years for Kenneth Copeland and his son, John.

The La Fonda Ranch is described as a working cattle and hunting ranch located in the arid brush country.
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Meanwhile, Parker's husband said Bonnie died believing she hadn't given enough money to Kenneth and Gloria Copeland.

Parker and Beach said they asked the Copelands for an accounting of Bonnie's contributions.
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The Copeland ministry declined requests for an interview, and pointed to an accounting firm's declaration that all jet travel complies with federal tax laws.

A request to see their annual tax filings and list of Board of Directors was also denied.
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The WFAA-TV story on the Copeland jet and a cancer victim, seeking to be healed, who won the lottery. She subsequently died. Video with about the jet and donor (2007):
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Old 21st December 2008, 12:52 PM   #2
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Frankly, considering Copeland's more about Finances than Faith, I don't think he deserves a tax exemption, period. If you want to throw good money away, that's your business, but I don't think I ought to be providing vicarious license to that kind of brainless waste by allowing an exemption from tax money due. The closest thing to this whole business of Copeland's is the "psychics" on TV. At least James Van Praagh pays taxes for what he does.
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Old 21st December 2008, 04:58 PM   #3
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When I talk about my religious background, that's it.

I grew up in Tulsa, which city has always been firmly under the shadow of religious...fanatics? Zealots? Whatever word floats this turd, that's the one to use.

In 1977, I saw the Oral Roberts Money-Handlers in their temple. My sperm-donor father tried to get me to go to work there. A machine opened the envelopes and young ladies like me removed the checks and threw away the letters. I watched for 5 minutes, turned, left, called my dad and said "You really are out of your mind, aren't you? Does Grandma know what they do with the letters she writes him every week?"

She cried over those letters, prayed over them, and wrote them with a hand shaky from old age. And every one went in the garbage.

I've mentioned "Prosperity Preaching" here before. Now, it's in print before us, in this article. When folks want to tell me the religion I grew up believing in can't be mainstream, or must only have a relative handful of members, I invite them to look at Tulsa.

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Can you make out the "N" number on the tail? It looked like 752CX or 152CX, but both numbers aren't registered with the FAA. Curiouser and curiouser.

By the way, the "N" on the tail means it's registered in the U.S. for those of you that may not have known.
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Old 21st December 2008, 05:37 PM   #6
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No. It's a war against ********.
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Old 21st December 2008, 05:50 PM   #7
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Originally Posted by slingblade View Post
When I talk about my religious background, that's it.

I grew up in Tulsa, which city has always been firmly under the shadow of religious...fanatics? Zealots? Whatever word floats this turd, that's the one to use.

In 1977, I saw the Oral Roberts Money-Handlers in their temple. My sperm-donor father tried to get me to go to work there. A machine opened the envelopes and young ladies like me removed the checks and threw away the letters. I watched for 5 minutes, turned, left, called my dad and said "You really are out of your mind, aren't you? Does Grandma know what they do with the letters she writes him every week?"

She cried over those letters, prayed over them, and wrote them with a hand shaky from old age. And every one went in the garbage.

I've mentioned "Prosperity Preaching" here before. Now, it's in print before us, in this article. When folks want to tell me the religion I grew up believing in can't be mainstream, or must only have a relative handful of members, I invite them to look at Tulsa.
My grandmother made a one-time gift of five dollars. After that, she got dunning letters from Oral Roberts, complete with threats to damage her credit.

Makes me wish he'd go off on another "Give me a million or God will call me home!" tangent. Not only would I be willing to see him called home, I'd be willing to send his sorry backside. Bastard.
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Old 21st December 2008, 05:58 PM   #8
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What I'd like to ask the Tarrant County Assessor is, was there a disclosure on the tax exemption on the jet? How about the church in general? His church and his grounds are huge, large enough to require paid security guards in cars to patrol it. How exactly did he get tax exemption for them without disclosing compensation of his directors?

Sounds to me like Senator Grassley may have upset a cozy little applecart run by Tarrant.

Copeland has stated on his TV program that he will not ("pain of death") disclose god's business. I think he needs to quit using god as a skirt.

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Old 21st December 2008, 06:08 PM   #9
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Originally Posted by slingblade View Post
In 1977, I saw the Oral Roberts Money-Handlers in their temple. My sperm-donor father tried to get me to go to work there. A machine opened the envelopes and young ladies like me removed the checks and threw away the letters. I watched for 5 minutes, turned, left, called my dad and said "You really are out of your mind, aren't you? Does Grandma know what they do with the letters she writes him every week?"

She cried over those letters, prayed over them, and wrote them with a hand shaky from old age. And every one went in the garbage.
When Randi was investigating Peter Popoff, he did some dumpster diving after the entourage left the convention center they were using. They found stacks of "alter offerings" ("Write your problems down; we will place them on the altar to god and pray over them. Enclose an offering so god can judge your sincerity.") ripped open, offerings extracted, and the remains just tossed in he trash.

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Originally Posted by shadron View Post
What I'd like to ask the Tarrant County Assessor is, was there a disclosure on the tax exemption on the jet? How about the church in general? His church and his grounds are huge, large enough to require paid security guards in cars to patrol it. How exactly did he get tax exemption for them without disclosing compensation of his directors?

Sounds to me like Senator Grassley may have upset a cozy little applecart run by Tarrant.

Copeland has stated on his TV program that he will not ("pain of death") disclose god's business. I think he needs to quit using god as a skirt.
One thing I was wondering was its his second jet (the nearly $4 million one) that was denied, but his $200 million jet was given tax exemption. Why single out one? Indeed, where's the IRS? Why can't his records become public like every other non-religious group? I can look up the JREF's finances, but not a man who claims to heal cancer and talk to God.

And why did Copeland get his flight plans taken offline?
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When Randi was investigating Peter Popoff, he did some dumpster diving after the entourage left the convention center they were using. They found stacks of "alter offerings" ("Write your problems down; we will place them on the altar to god and pray over them. Enclose an offering so god can judge your sincerity.") ripped open, offerings extracted, and the remains just tossed in he trash.
I guess that mega preacher is just another employee of God's Other Son.

(Book by Don Imus, a bit of a send up of Evangelicals. Worth a look. )
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Kenneth Copeland Ministries accuses appraisal district of discrimination

Copeland's absurd accusation, suffering a martyrdom complex due to his second jet:

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Kenneth Copeland Ministries accuses appraisal district of discrimination
Fort Worth Star Telegram
‎Feb 24, 2009‎
By DARREN BARBEE

Kenneth Copeland Ministries is fighting back against the Tarrant Appraisal District in a bid to win tax exemption for its $3.6 million jet.

In late January, the ministry filed a lawsuit alleging that the district had engaged in religious discrimination and had violated the U.S. and Texas constitutions by denying the exemption.
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Instead, the suit says, the district routinely grants exemptions to similar organizations without requiring salary information.

That’s incorrect, said Diane Collins, who oversees the exemption-application process for the district.

"The majority of the religious organizations have supplied that information," she said. "We have denied exemptions in other circumstances where the information has not been provided."

But Collins said Copeland’s ministry was previously granted an exemption on an aircraft when an alternate document was submitted in lieu of a salary list.
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Good God! Is this STILL going on?

Copeland and his "ministry" purchase this jet with what is ultimately blood money. He is shamelessly taking money from people expecting help from the hand of God, only to get bitch-slapped for more money from Copeland. And he's claiming DISCRIMINATION, because his practices are questionable, and his actions are evil?

Wow. And people wonder why religion is fading away.
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Originally Posted by shadron View Post
What I'd like to ask the Tarrant County Assessor is, was there a disclosure on the tax exemption on the jet? How about the church in general? His church and his grounds are huge, large enough to require paid security guards in cars to patrol it. How exactly did he get tax exemption for them without disclosing compensation of his directors?
Isn't being a religious organization great?
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When Randi was investigating Peter Popoff, he did some dumpster diving after the entourage left the convention center they were using. They found stacks of "alter offerings" ("Write your problems down; we will place them on the altar to god and pray over them. Enclose an offering so god can judge your sincerity.") ripped open, offerings extracted, and the remains just tossed in he trash.
Weren't there also stacks of things like $5 checks too?
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Weren't there also stacks of things like $5 checks too?
Not that I heard of.
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More video here.
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Weren't there also stacks of things like $5 checks too?
Not that I heard of.
I read Randi's The Faith Healers years ago, and I recall him mentioning that they found a few small checks, but not stacks of them.


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The stacks of small checks were Peter Popoff.

You know, it's pretty bad when even your fellow evangelicals damn you for your greed. Makes you wonder how anyone can listen to Copeland with a straight face.
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Thought I would bump this old thread to add this video from John Oliver that covers this story again, and puts an interesting twist on it - Oliver checks out how easy it is to set up your own church in the US.

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