Monday, December 17, 2007

Religion Buzz

AP - Evangelist Creflo Dollar doesn’t plan to explain himself to the Senate Finance Committee anytime soon. Sen. Charles Grassley, the committee’s ranking Republican member, asked six televangelists to explain how their lavish lifestyles and posh ministry headquarters squared with their groups’ federal tax-exempt status. Dollar told Grassley to obtain a subpoena for the information of refer the matter to the IRS.

Two organizations complied with Grassley’s request: Joyce Meyer Ministries and Kenneth Copeland Ministries. Benny Hinn Ministries said it would send information by Jan. 30. Two other groups did not provide information by the Dec. 6 deadline: Paula White Ministries and Bishop Eddie Long Ministries. Grassley said he is willing to give ministry leaders more time to compile information, but added: I want and expect full cooperation.”

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