The Herald reports:
Church officials have confirmed “several thousand” people paid $30 each to attend the ceremony, with a $60 concession for family groups.
But costs didn’t stop at the door. Oath takers paid $295 – plus a $5 administration fee – for the ring symbolising their loyalty to Bishop Tamaki. Some were given the option of paying the ring off over time.
My personal theory is that Tamaki is just a cunning businessman, who is using religion to make stacks of money. I mean $90,000 from the spectators and $210,000 from the oath takers is a sweet $300,000.
If he wasn’t selling God, he’d be promoting PONZI schemes or Scientology, or spamming viagra pills.
He likened the covenant’s provisions of non-disagreement with the way Prime Minister John Key would view party members espousing different views from the party line.
Ummm what a ridicolous comment. First of all there is no swearing an oath of loyalty to the Leader of a political party, let alone a detailed book instructing you to never disagree with the Leader in public.
More importantly party members express views different to the party line all the time. Hell I do it every week.
A timely cartoon from Blunt.Tags: Brian Tamaki, Destiny