Do religious people make easy targets for scams?
Convicted Ponzi schemer Bernard Madoff bilked billions of dollars out of thousands of fellow Jews, including charities like the Elie Wiesel Foundation and Steven Spielberg Wunderkinder Foundation.
Other major frauds exposed by federal investigators in recent years have targeted Jehovah’s Witnesses, Baptists, black churches and other denominations, from $190 million lost in a three-year scam promoted by a Christian radio host in Minnesota to an estimated $1.4 billion conned from thousands of Utah Mormons.
Harvard scholar Robert D. Putnam and Notre Dame’s David E. Campbell found a connection between religiosity and trust in others in their new book, “American Grace: How Religion Unites and Divides Us.”
Based on Harvard’s 2006 Faith Matters Survey, Putnam and Campbell conclude religious people are viewed as more trustworthy by both religious and nonreligious Americans, and also tend to be more trusting of others.
In an interview, Campbell said the strong social networks found in some faith communities, such as “the tight bonds among Mormons,” seems to make them especially vulnerable to fraud.
“The underlying issue, I think, is the question of mutual trust,” agreed Nancy Ammerman, a Boston University professor of religion and sociology. “These schemes rely on and exploit that trust, and people within religious communities tend to have high levels of trust for others within their community.”
Members of these groups also believe that God wants them to prosper, and that God wouldn’t allow them to be ripped off — especially not by someone who shares their beliefs, he added.
Here is a another example of how trusting religious people and how they were scammed once again.
Hate Pays. Unfortunately, that’s the message sent by Memories Pizza in Walkerton, Indiana.
When they announced that they would refuse to cater a gay wedding if they were asked (they hadn’t been), friends to the LGBT community became outraged and haters took to the crowdsourcing site GoFundMe to raise money.
It all began after, during the controversy surrounding the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which gave businesses the “freedom” to discriminate against gay people, a reporter walked into the pizza shop.
The shop is co-owned by Kevin O’Connor and his daughter Crystal. When asked if they would serve pizza for a gay wedding, Crystal said, “If a gay couple came in and wanted us to provide pizzas for their wedding, we would have to say no.”
The strangest comment, though, was by her father Kevin, who claimed that he was straight by choice:
“That lifestyle is something they choose. I choose to be heterosexual. They choose to be homosexual. Why should I be beat over the head to go along with something they choose?” says Kevin O’Connor.
The campaign was started by Glenn Beck’s blog, The Blaze. After just five days, the account is closed and they have raised the second highest payout in GoFundMe history. Almost 30,000 people donated for a grand total of $842,442.Haters should be proud.
The Indiana Memories Pizza Fundraiser Is A Conservative Media Scam
It was a SCAM a huge fucking scam, since most conservatives believe in an imaginary being they are very easy to scam, and scammed they were..lol
While the outrage toward their announcement was certainly legitimate, the GoFundMe campaign that was launched to support Memories Pizza and has currently raised over half a million dollars is about as genuine as a three dollar bill. Yesterday, Glenn Beck’s website The Blaze gushed over the fundraiser, calling it the “Greatest Thing I’ve Seen In Years” as their blogger Jason Howerton wrote. In less than 24 hours, over 8,000 people have donated more than $228,000 for the embattled Christian owners of Memories Pizza in Walkerton, Indiana. A slew of online threats forced the small business to close its doors after the owners told a local news station that they would refuse to cater for same-sex weddings based on their religious beliefs.
As you notice, The Blaze admits that the page was set up by Lawrence Jones, a contributor to their TV program anchored by Dana Loesch. Seems transparent enough, right? Not really. It’s already obvious that the campaign was started by an employee of The Blaze, but that’s not all there is to the story. Lawrence Jones isn’t just a contributor to The Blaze, Lawrence Jones is also a political operative who has worked with James O’Keefe from Project Veritas as an “investigator.” Yes, that James O’Keefe.
Conservatives who support the religious freedom laws that have become popular in red states across the country ahead of the Supreme Court’s expected ruling have poured their money into this campaign, but the sad fact is that they’ve wasted their funds once again on another publicity stunt designed to gin up the conservative base.
See this is yet another reason that Atheists should govern the world, first off we would not donate money to bigots and haters and second we would be smart enough to spot a scam.
Here is an Atheist John Henry letting us know who we should really be donating money to.
The Memories Pizza fundraiser is a deliberate manipulation of mass media to normalize and validate hate and bigotry, driven by the biggest, ugliest players in the game including the Koch Brothers and James O’Keefe. Learn the truth, and learn how to fight back and reframe their narrative to promote civility, peace, and mutual respect while raising money for a *worthy* cause – the victims of hate narratives.
the Fundraiser for IndianaYouthGroup: http://www.gofundme.com/qpkabg
Their site: http://IndianaYouthGroup.Org
Indiana Youth Group
2943 E. 46th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46205