Members have suggested previously taxing churches
After a plumber from Pastor Joel Osteen discovered hundreds of cash envelopes, the political left renewed its call to tax churches.
According to KPRC-TV, a plumber called KILT-FM in Houston on Thursday. He said that there was a loose toilet inside the wall and that he had removed it. I went to remove the toilet, and moved some insulation. About 500 envelopes were also removed from the wall.
“Oh wow. I grabbed my flashlight and shined it up in there,” said the caller.
According to the caller, the envelopes contained cash and checks. He reported the finding to the maintenance supervisor.
“I went ahead, and contacted maintenance supervisor that was present, and I turned everything in,” said the caller.
Lakewood Church reported in March 2014 that $200,000 cash and $400,000 checks were stolen. They also had credit card information.
George Lindsey, host of “Morning Bullpen”, told TV station that he was shocked at the caller’s account.
“Good morning, and happy Friday to all who agree that megachurch leaders like Joel Osteen should be taxed for stuffing their walls with $350,000 cash. BrooklynDad_Defiant wrote that you should tax all churches.
John Pavlovitz wrote that Joel Osteen was “dragging Jesus to the toilet”
User “McNeil” wrote, “Gonna tell me my children this is Joel Osteen.” He added a tweet with an image of Walter White, a fictional meth dealer, showing his hidden money to his son.
“Tax Joel Osteen. Tax ALL churches. “Who is in agreement?” Angela Belcamino, actress.
Lakewood Church stated in a statement, that cash and checks had been discovered during recent work on the church. However, they did not specify how much money was found or confirm the statements of the plumber.
“Lakewood immediately notified Houston Police Department and is supporting them in their investigation. The church stated that Lakewood had no comment.
Some members of Congress suggested taxing churches. Rep. Jared Huffman (D-Calif.) tweeted: “If they’re going political weaponize religion by rebuking’ Democrats that support women’s reproductive choices, then a ‘rebuke’ of their tax-exempt status might be in order.”