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PAT ROBERTSON MAY LOSE THE TAX EXEMPTION FOR CHRISTIAN BROADCASTING NETWORK

 
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Televangelist´s shake draws ire of watchdog group, bodybuilder

Religious broadcaster Pat Robertson´s "age-defying" diet shake is causing quite a stir.

The shake isn´t new; Robertson has been touting its benefits on his nonprofit Christian Broadcasting Network and giving away the recipe free for years. But Robertson recently teamed up with General Nutrition Corp., a Pittsburgh-based health-food chain, to distribute the shake nationally.

That´s caused at least one evangelical watchdog group to claim Robertson is abusing his nonprofit status and a scorned bodybuilder who used the shake to help lose nearly 200 pounds to threaten legal action.

The televangelist and host of the daily "The 700 Club" says he´s simply exercising his right to start a business.

Trinity Foundation, a Dallas-based religious media watchdog organization, has been critical of past Robertson pursuits, including his African gold and diamond mines and Kalo-Vita, a marketing company that sold vitamins and cosmetics.

Trinity´s president, Ole Anthony, claims Robertson improperly used his tax-exempt, nonprofit ministry to market his shake on his show and CBN´s Web site.

"It wouldn´t exist unless it was promoted on the donor-paid-for airtime," Anthony told The Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk.

Robertson, a former presidential candidate, introduced "Pat´s Age-Defying Shake" to viewers in August 2001. Robertson, 75, says 1.5 million people have requested the recipe, which includes safflower oil, protein powder and vinegar.

One of those was Phil Busch, 41, a bodybuilder, fitness trainer and motivational speaker from Dallas.

Busch said he weighed 410 pounds before he decided to give Robertson´s shake a try in 2003. Busch said he combined the twice-daily shakes with an extensive exercise regimen to lose 198 in 15 months.

When Robertson advertised a 12-week Weight Loss Challenge on "The 700 Club" this spring, Busch sent in before-and-after pictures of himself.

In July, Busch appeared on "The 700 Club" and his pictures began being used in commercials for the shake recipe. Just before his appearance, Busch learned that Robertson´s shakes were being sold at GNC under the name "Pat´s Diet Shake" for $21.99 for nine servings.

Busch called the shakes "essential" on the show, and added, "Matter of fact, now I just go to the GNC and get the weight-loss shake."

Busch said representatives of Robertson´s organization led him to believe he might be able to get a contract as the shake´s national spokesman, but instead the job was given to Pittsburgh bodybuilder Dave Hawk, a former Mr. USA and Mr. World who´s affiliated with GNC.

"I sent in the pictures just so he can inspire the viewers of ´The 700 Club,´ and he ran to the GNC and made this a national product and told nobody, not even me," Busch said in an interview Sunday with The Associated Press. "And now this stuff is flying off the shelves."

Busch said he is exploring legal action against Robertson for continuing to use his pictures to advertise the shakes. He also said he filed a formal complaint with the Internal Revenue System on Friday.

But Robertson´s attorney, Louis A. Isakoff, said in a written reply to the Pilot that Busch´s allegations were "bizarre, completely untrue and sadly mistaken."

Isakoff said Busch was never promised an endorsement deal.

He said Robertson licensed his name and shake recipe to Basic Organics Inc., a Columbus, Ohio-based manufacturer that produces the product and distributes it in GNC stores.

"Dr. Robertson, as a private individual, certainly has the right to engage in personal business ventures," Isakoff wrote.

Ads for the shake have appeared immediately before the program on some stations, but Isakoff said CBN has turned down requests by Basic Organics and GNC to advertise on "The 700 Club."

Robertson´s shake recipe still is available on the CBN Web site along with the disclaimer, "You can purchase health supplements and shake products from high quality health food stores, like GNC."

As for Busch, he said he won´t bad-mouth the shakes.

"It tastes delicious. The bad thing is (Robertson) is a liar," Busch said. "It works tremendously, though."
von Doom
12/08/2005 10:08 AM
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In lieu of how the churches have become part of the political process and helped the fascists to power, I think they should all lose their tax exempt status.

Den of thieves, all of them.
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12/08/2005 10:08 AM
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""Trinity Foundation, a Dallas-based religious media watchdog organization, has been critical of past Robertson pursuits, including his African gold and diamond mines""


What the fuck? Diamonds and gold? That ain´t right!
Anonymous Coward
12/08/2005 10:08 AM
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save the last bump for me.
tohellwith yourturtle
12/08/2005 10:08 AM
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Now stay with me here folks...we need an ionic tractor disruptor, now, not a REGULAR ionic tractor disruptor, but a NEGATIVE ionic tractor disruptor...to spread the word of Jesus.
subhuman
12/08/2005 10:08 AM
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Your Absolutely right Maklar, See if this Maklar Maklar Maklar gets away with this Maklar. Where will it end Maklar Maklar is a piece of Maklar and I hope he land in the centre of Maklar Maklar.
tohellwith yourturtle
12/08/2005 10:08 AM
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lol subhuman
subhuman
12/08/2005 10:08 AM
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cheers maklar
Anonymous Coward
12/08/2005 10:08 AM
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Well, I would try it but I couldn´t find it on the GNC site or drugstore.com.

You have to sign up for CBN to get the free recipe...uh, no thanks...I have enough useless spam.
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12/08/2005 10:08 AM
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In lieu of how the churches have become part of the political process and helped the fascists to power, I think they should all lose their tax exempt status.




Yes. Agree totally. People who call themselves Christians who get involved in Satan´s political systems are no longer Christians. They are siding with Satan. Jesus said to keep out of it all and he meant it. They will pay dearly for deceiving many. Wolves in sheep´s clothing.
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12/08/2005 10:08 AM
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I thought it was "marklar."

cow
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12/08/2005 10:08 AM
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I think if these fake christian assholes wnat to use their churches to make money and influence politics then they should lose their tax exempt status.
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12/08/2005 10:08 AM
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Pump
Journey
12/08/2005 10:08 AM
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lately Pat has been making some terrible decisions.
isnt he like 79 or something.
shouldnt someone be checking him for alzhiemers?
color me stunned
12/08/2005 10:08 AM
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diet shake wha?

its been a while since I went slumming with the lowlife white trash to a mall, so bear with me

Okay HERE it is:

[link to www.gnc.com]

and that is DR. Pat´s shake kids, not Rev. Pat

is he a doctor of nutrition or divinity?

[link to www.patrobertson.com]
Cassie †
12/08/2005 10:08 AM
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I fear he´s gone the way of many, who are now nothing more than prosperity preachers. I´ve lost respect for a lot of them, I won´t name names.

Money is the root of all evil.

But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.

For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.

Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.
I Timothy 6:9-12
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12/08/2005 10:08 AM
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Money is the root of all evil.


Not exactly.

The LOVE of money is the root of all evil.

Not money. Love of money.

Big difference.

But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
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12/08/2005 10:08 AM
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I agree...but at the same time, the root of theft and other evils is monetary gain, prostitution, murder for hire, drugs and etc.

The root is what feeds these wrongs.
Journey
12/08/2005 10:08 AM
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YES, the love of money indeed.
But there is something more...
Journey
12/08/2005 10:08 AM
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Most have no capacity to real-eyes there are different ways to live.
TechNOlogy makes it harder still...
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12/08/2005 10:08 AM
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Actually, desire is the root of all evil.
A/C
12/08/2005 10:08 AM
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>>Actually, desire is the root of all evil.<<

Yes, desire AKA covetousness. Covetousness is a sinful root that many evil shoots spring from.

Main Entry: cov·et
1 : to wish for enviously
2 : to desire (what belongs to another) inordinately or culpably
intransitive senses : to feel inordinate desire for what belongs to another
synonym see DESIRE
Journey
12/08/2005 10:08 AM
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if everyone would real eyes, we ALL have everything...
envy, coveting etc, would be obsolete!
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"The LOVE of money is the root of all evil."

Yes, as someone has already pointed out, coveting is the root of all evil.

Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor´s ass, his wife, his wife´s ass, nor anything else that belongs to they neighbor.

So sayeth the Lord.

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