End-Timer Steals Money, Has No Taste

Another end-timer:

[Ronald]Weinland’s defense attorneys told jurors during the eight-day trial that their client deposited church money in Swiss bank accounts because he believed society was in its “final days,” and that before Jesus Christ returns, the U.S. financial system would collapse. Weinland’s website claims the beginning of the end of earth as the human race knows it started on May 27 – just eight days before the start of the trial.

Prosecutors argued the teachings of Weinland’s ministry were no excuse for not reporting the foreign accounts to tax collectors. Prosecutors also alleged Weinland illegally wrote off personal expenses as church expenses to evade $357,065 in taxes from 2005 through 2010.

But under cross examination by Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert McBride, Weinland began to appear ill at ease as he tried to explain why he deducted such expenses as a stay at The Venetian hotel and casino in Las Vegas, tickets to the Blue Man Group, and shopping trips to Nordstrom.

The Blue Man Group? Reallly? Why not Yakov Smirnoff or Carrot Top? If you’re going to bilk your followers, at least spend the money on something tasteful.

Doomsday Prophet Guilty of Tax Evasion [nky.com]

12 comments:

3:16 pm • Friday • June 22, 2012

Hey, he blued himself.

3:41 pm • Friday • June 22, 2012

@ManchuCandidate: There’s got to be a better way to say that.

4:23 pm • Friday • June 22, 2012

On the one hand, this douche is repellent; on the other, it’s kinda great that he was vacuuming up gullible Christianist cash to pay for Vegas trips instead of using it to try to shut down advocates for clerical rape victims or agitating for hate to a degree that would make Goebbels blush.

5:30 pm • Friday • June 22, 2012

Hey. Blue Man Group is fun. At least, its first iteration at the Astor Theatre was. I do not vouch for the Vegas version. But much has been traduced by Vegas. Even Phantom of the Opera. Oh no, wait. That was shite on B’way.

5:41 pm • Friday • June 22, 2012

@Benedick: Blue Man Group is as damaging to society as that Michael Flatass Riverdance we-only-know-one-dance-step shit. Like Andrew Lloyd Webber, it is to mocked.

6:26 pm • Friday • June 22, 2012

@blogenfreude: Now see, when it was just three guys from the East Village doing stuff with plastic piping it was adorable. They were blue! How fun is that. With their shirts off! Bring a raincoat. What came later is beyond my control.

Riverdance: Spawn of Satan was never adorable. I can’t look at those legs flailing about. Yes, it can be done but why would you want to?

6:59 pm • Friday • June 22, 2012

@Benedick: and don’t get me started on fucking Celtic Thunder.

8:49 pm • Friday • June 22, 2012

Just occurred to me, on this story, Jesus would certainly take out the tax collectors and moneylenders first, so this idiot probably thought he had nothing to worry about.

9:17 pm • Friday • June 22, 2012

@Benedick: Thank you! (We’re talking about that theatER in NYC, right? It’s like a basement?) I haven’t had that much fun in a very long time. Oh, and the kid was just an excuse to go. I don’t even care about their Intel commercials.

9:24 pm • Friday • June 22, 2012

Okay, so this guy is new to me (IOW, my grandmother didn’t send him her grocery money).

Is Harrrrold Camping still kicking? … apparently so

An Important Letter from Mr. Camping – March 2012

THE BOARD OF FAMILY RADIO WISHES TO POST THE FOLLOWING LETTER FROM MR. CAMPING. IT WAS OUR WISH, OUT OF RESPECT FOR OUR LISTENERS, TO MAIL OUT THIS LETTER BEFORE POSTING IT TO THE WEB SITE. HOWEVER, BECAUSE IT WAS LEAKED TO THE INTERNET WITHOUT OUR AUTHORIZATION, WE HAVE MADE THE DECISION TO POST IT IMMEDIATELY TO AVOID CONFUSION. THIS LETTER WILL ALSO BE MAILED OUT TO OUR LISTENERS.

“God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged.” Romans 3:4

Dear Family Radio Family,

In this time of confusion and turmoil, God’s Word remains the only truth in which we can trust. God has shown us again the truth that He alone is true. In Romans 3:4 God declares: “Let God be true but every man a liar.” Events within the last year have proven that no man can be fully trusted. Even the most sincere and zealous of us can be mistaken.

The May 21 campaign was an astounding event if you think about its impact upon this world. There is no question that millions, if not billions of people heard for the first time the Bible’s warning that Jesus Christ will return. Huge portions of this world that had never read or seen a Bible heard the message the Christ Jesus is coming to rapture His people and destroy this natural world.

Yes, we humbly acknowledge we were wrong about the timing; yet though we were wrong God is still using the May 21 warning in a very mighty way. In the months following May 21 the Bible has, in some ways, come out from under the shadows and is now being discussed by all kinds of people who never before paid any attention to the Bible. We learn about this, for example, by the recent National Geographic articles concerning the King James Bible and the Apostles. Reading about and even discussing about the Bible can never be a bad thing, even if the Bible’s authenticity is questioned or ridiculed. The world’s attention has been called to the Bible.

We must also openly acknowledge that we have no new evidence pointing to another date for the end of the world. Though many dates are circulating, Family Radio has no interest in even considering another date. God has humbled us through the events of May 21, to continue to even more fervently search the Scriptures (the Bible), not to find dates, but to be more faithful in our understanding.

We have learned the very painful lesson that all of creation is in God’s hands and He will end time in His time, not ours! We humbly recognize that God may not tell His people the date when Christ will return, any more than He tells anyone the date they will die physically.

We realize that many people are hoping they will know the date of Christ’s return. In fact for a time Family Radio fell into that kind of thinking. But we now realize that those people who were calling our attention to the Bible’s statement that “of that day and hour knoweth no man” (Matthew 24:36 & Mark 13:32), were right in their understanding of those verses and Family Radio was wrong. Whether God will ever give us any indication of the date of His return is hidden in God’s divine plan.

We were even so bold as to insist that the Bible guaranteed that Christ would return on May 21 and that the true believers would be raptured. Yet this incorrect and sinful statement allowed God to get the attention of a great many people who otherwise would not have paid attention. Even as God used sinful Balaam to accomplish His purposes, so He used our sin to accomplish His purpose of making the whole world acquainted with the Bible. However, even so, that does not excuse us. We tremble before God as we humbly ask Him for forgiveness for making that sinful statement. We are so thankful that God is so loving that He will forgive even this sin.

So we must be satisfied to humbly wait upon God, and trust He will guide His people to safety. At Family Radio, we continue to look to God for guidance. If it is His good pleasure for us to continue on with our original mission, the proclamation of the Gospel, God’s Word, then we must continue to look to Him.

We consider you to be a real part of this ministry and the tremendous opportunities which God, by His unfathomable mercy and grace, continues to give to us. And, your steadfast involvement and support is so appreciated!

May God bless you,
Harold Camping and the staff of Family Radio.

9:28 pm • Friday • June 22, 2012

“His Cincinnati followers sometimes gathered at the La Quinta Inn in Sharonville to worship.” He’s a cheap bastid.

9:57 pm • Friday • June 22, 2012

@JNOV: Camping about.

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