These days, it would seem as if every second person is either a priest, a pastor, a prophet, or a preacher. And it appears to be a very profitable line of business to be in.
First off, let me reassure religious people that it is not my intention to make fun of their beliefs. But I’ve always maintained that, if there is an elephant in the room, I shall do my best to draw attention to it.
In any business venture, there are targets dates, deadlines, project schedules, deliverables, resource availability, etc. The religious sector has none of these.
I have yet to meet a priest, pastor, prophet, preacher, minister, or clergyman, who has a deadline, or a target date, by which he has to save a certain number of souls from eternal damnation. Or one who has a schedule for the deliverables of a specific religious project. Or one who guarantees his “work.”
These religious “leaders” are never held accountable, or get dismissed, if their “prophesies” or prayers do not come true. Or if they do not save a single soul. Or if they tell outright lies to their gullible followers. Or if they instruct naïve members of their congregation to eat snakes, or drink petrol, or if they spray them with poisonous insecticides.
And yet, they make a fortune from their followers’ “donations” and goodwill, for doing absolutely nothing demonstrable at all.
I have never, for the life of me, been able to fathom why perfectly “normal” people transform into a bunch of mindless sheep when it comes to religion – or get suckered by devious charlatans who preach the “gospel” to them.
Here, in South Africa, I have watched the machinations of these swindlers and imposters for many years. They have always had a free hand in collecting money from the superstitious, mindless masses – which they refer to as their “flock.”
They make a fortune, and yet, they do not pay taxes like any other normal business concern.
But now it would seem as if those days are finally over. The South African Revenue Services (Sars) has, at long last, woken from its decades-long hibernation. Preliminary investigations into the religious sector suggests that some organisations are not complying with tax laws.
Sars’ Sicelo Mkosi said they have noticed a rise in a profit-making trend. It is believed that individuals may be enriching themselves at the expense of tax compliance.
So… What else is new? You may well ask.
One man in particular has caught my attention. Angus Buchan.
Charismatic revival evangelist, based in South Africa, Buchan is a divisive and controversial figure. He has previously been widely criticised for being homophobic, sexist and misogynistic.
In 1998, he wrote a book about his life, Faith Like Potatoes, which was turned into a film in 2006, with the same title.
Buchan also hosts so-called “Mighty Men” conferences – which attracts hundreds of thousands of men. He advocates that men should rule the home and teach their wives to know their place.
I have spoken to some of the Potato-headed “Mighty Men” who have been to a Buchan conference. They have a few things in common: they are mostly white; not very bright; easily conned – and, on return from a Buchan “potato-head harvest,” or so-called “conference,” their wallets were a great deal lighter.
But here’s the thing:
Cape Town is suffering from a terrible drought – some say it’s the worst in a hundred years.
Last year, Angus Buchan prayed for rain – and he has guaranteed that by March this year the drought would be over, according to News24.
Buchan was in parliament during a “prayer day.” He said the dams will be full this year, because of the prayers. According to News24, he also claimed that a woman rose from the dead after he prayed for her.
Now, you and I both know that the dams will NOT be full by March, and that the dead will STAY dead. But no one is going to take this conniving old liar to task. We have become too accustomed to having an elephant in the room.
Be it promises of rain, bringing the dead back to life, spraying their followers with DOOM, or stealing the taxpayers’ money, these conniving scammers are getting away with murder.
It’s high time to root them out, and to show them up for what they really are.
Fubar Bundy, Pretoria, South Africa, 28/01/2018
- Fubar Bundy is a renowned writer, of Indian origin, who travels the world and comments on the state of the various nations in general; and the level of development of selected countries in particular.
Photo: Come, let us (s)pray