Extravagant Lifestyles of Mega-Pastors to Be Exposed by Richard Dawkins FoundationPosted on October 23rd, 2012.
The Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science is working on a new project that members claim will expose America’s “religio-industrial complex,” and highlight the tax perks and privileges enjoyed by megachurch pastors and preachers of the prosperity gospel.
“The most important first step is cataloging the extravagant lifestyles of some clergy for an audience that includes the religious and non-religious alike. Many religious people find the extravagant lifestyles of some religious figures offensive,” Sean Faircloth, the foundation’s Director of Strategy & Policy, shared with The Christian Post about the idea behind the report.
While Faircloth could not say when the report would be completed, he added in his emailed statement that the main purpose and goal of the effort was to push for “equal treatment under the law, so that no religious bias in American law exists, including in tax policies (e.g. the parsonage exemption which benefits numerous well-off clergy).”