Kenneth Copeland Ministries Refuses To Cooperate In Senate Probe Targeting ‘Prosperity’ Christians
Kenneth Copeland Ministries, one of six mega-churches at the center of a U.S. Senate Finance Committee investigation, has informed the committee that it will not cooperate with the probe, citing its concerns about the government targeting certain Christian churches, as well as concerns about privacy and potential First Amendment violations.
“The church is deeply concerned that the information Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) is seeking could be used to subject the church and its members to public stigma, scorn, and obloquy,” Lawrence Swicegood, communications director for Kenneth Copeland Ministries (KCM), said in a letter responding to the committee’s request for a range of financial data and other information, including the names and addresses of board members and the names and addresses of people responsible for the church’s audio and video production.
So, is this a case of government prying too deeply into private religion or large profitable ministries not being fully accountable for the funds they receive? Or one could also ask when does a “non-profit” ministry that is not subject to income tax become a “for-profit business” that is subject to income tax?