The United Church, like the Catholics and Anglicans, are in flagrant violation of the Income Tax laws and rules of charitable societies, since they are corporations with criminal records that do not devote their revenue to solely charitable purposes.
Indeed, on average barely 15% of these churches’ funds go to help the poor or charities. According to the law, that disqualifies them from not paying taxes. So how come these phoney churches are still tax exempt?
by Kevin Annett – henrymakow.com August 21, 2012
The angry clergyman stormed out of his United Church to confront me and the aboriginal man who were leafletting his parishioners.
“Fucking assholes!” he screamed at us. “Why don’t you get a life?”
“This is about our children who died in your residential schools …” the native man replied politely, offering a leaflet to the minister, who grabbed it, crumpled it up and smirked at the Indian. Then he turned his back on us and began saying loudly to his flock, “Ignore them, people! They’re just the looney tunes!”
It was a Sunday in the fall of 1999. The place: Ryerson United Church in Vancouver. The minister was Gary Paterson, who last week was elected National Moderator of the United Church of Canada.
I suppose it’s completely appropriate that a little creep like Gary Paterson was chosen to be the head of the church that has, like Paterson, told those who as children survived rape and torture at their hands to get lost. For the man who offered a leaflet to Paterson was such a survivor, and he now languishes in a U.S. prison after being framed by the FBI on a murder charge. His name is John Graham.
John, left, took Paterson’s attack in stride that day. He and I retreated to a coffee shop afterwards.
“They’re all the same” he said quietly, in response to Paterson’s behavior. “Asking them to come clean is a waste of time.”
“Yeah” I agreed. “But the funny thing is, the last time I saw that guy, he gave me a big hug and congratulated me on my ordination.”
“Naturally” John replied.