The Huffington Post has a list of the 10 highest paid ministers in the country. Like Kenneth Copeland, whose 1500 acre compound includes “a church, a private airstrip, a hangar for the ministry’s $17.5 million jet and other aircraft, and a $6 million church owned lakefront mansion.”
Then there’s Creflo Dollar — yes, that’s his real name — who “drives a Rolls-Royce, is transported in a private jet, owns a million-dollar Atlanta home and a $2.5 million Manhattan apartment.” And Bishop Charles Blake of the West Angeles Church of God in Christ, who “earns a $900,000 salary and owns a 10,000-square-foot mansion in Beverly Hills while most of his congregation lives in impoverished South Central Los Angeles.”
And of course, other frauds like Benny Hinn. I’d love to know what other forms of religious frauds make, like Deepok Chopra. PT Barnum was right, of course; there’s a great deal of money to be made fleecing the ignorant and the credulous.