You can trust him, he’s a Pastor!



You ever notice how religion makes people develop superior ethics? How being in tune with the will of God makes one a better person? How those in leadership positions of theology are pillars of the community?

A Toronto pastor swindled parishioners and colleagues of more than $8 million


Well. That’s awkward. Well, the victims were probably all wealthy investors, right? Being a pastor means you would never prey upon those who have the most need, right?

The ruling says one victim was a stay-at-home mom with two sons, both blind and one also autistic.

She invested $60,000 from her mother-in-law’s estate with Hibbert in a bid to establish security for her oldest son, who she said will probably never be able to work……Another victim was a part-time teacher who ended up having to sell her home and live in a rental property with her husband and three children.

Well, he wants “us” clergy to be rich, anyway.

At least he used it to further the word of God, right? Or maybe he just had to fib a little to raise some capital from wealthy investors? Probably to build an orphanage?

 understood her investment would be used to trade foreign exchange currencies, the ruling said, and was never told part of the money would be used to pay other investors, for office expenses or to compensate Hibbert and his family.


“Pay Other Investors” = Almost always means “Ponzi Scheme

Hey, maybe he’s just a scumbag. Maybe it’s just a coincidence he’s a “man of God” and maybe these folks just thought they were investing with a financial professional.

testified she invested $60,000 with Hibbert after hearing about him from friends. She was also persuaded, the ruling said, “because Hibbert was a pastor.


It’s almost as if religion doesn’t make you a better person.



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  • iknklast

    I once overheard a conversation between a couple of students who were talking about a car one of them had bought – a used car. The purchaser told his friend that he could trust the car dealer because, and I quote, “He is a Christian”. In the next sentence, he began to enthuse about how this “Christian” car dealer had given him a super good deal that was not really legal, but hey, he paid cash under the table, so wasn’t that great?

    Clearly you’re better off dealing with Christians.

    • Jeremy Shaffer

      It’s been my experience that the more a business or a person identifies themselves as religious the more likely the product/ service they offer will be of inferior quality and/ or for a higher price. It is also a greater likelihood of shady business practices.

      • Rob


        I see a fish or bible quotes in the advertising, I avoid them like the plague.

  • Jeremy Shaffer

    While it’s hardly equal on a degree scale, this reminds me of all the Christians passing around or churches screening bootleg copies of the “The Passion of the Christ” when that movie came out.

  • UsingReason

    Is an 8 mill ripoff even newsworthy? This doesn’t even come close to the amount of money Pat Robertson has scammed from old ladies and desperate people over the years. Then there was Oral Roberts and his prayer tower…

  • Baal

    Note to the xtians who might be here. The moral and ethical position is to ensure that you’re in good shape (basic needs met, food, clothing, shelter, health care etc) before you give your limited resources to the church. The idea of the tithe ( 10% of income usually on gross) is morally repugnant (if you don’t have your needs met). Consider that you may do a better job of reaching out in your faith community if you’re not suffering. Also consider giving feedback to your religious organization that the tithe should be on *wealth* (i.e. how much stuff you have) and not income. This usually means the best off (and the ones who are in a place to be able to give the most) do the most (and they should).

    • SimonPure

      What Baal is saying is summed up in the proverb “Charity begins at home”

  • Randomfactor

    I actually worked years back for such a Ponzi scam*. It was all about the churchgoers. Although the organizer was just a parishioner himself, the word quickly spread through the congregation and a couple hundred eventually signed up. It’s sometimes known as an “affinity scam.”

    *(Wound up as a prosecution witness at the trial.)

  • SimonPure

    It seems to me that it would be easier to defraud a devout believer because they are trained to take things on faith.

    On the other hand, it might just be a correlation: a person unquestioning by nature might be prone to strong religious belief and also to being defrauded.