America's churches, synagogues and mosques can be thought of as places of business as well as worship. Individually and collectively they are Religion, Inc. and not really all that different from Corporations, Inc. This short essay makes some sweeping generalizations that nevertheless should be self evident about the commonalities between the two entities.
Both are places of worship. Both have leaders. Both depend on "Mother" government. Both have never seen a U.S. declared or undeclared war they didn't start, promote, or defend. Both have brick and mortar pyramids. Both make rules for their members. Both indoctrinate. Both peddle.
Places of Worship
Both entities are places of worship. Corporations exalt money that buys tangibles. Religion, Inc. exalts both tangible and intangibles.
No religious organization or corporation operates without leadership. I have written elsewhere that corporate leadership is characteristically evil; that is, profoundly immoral, socially irresponsible, and engages in harmfully consequential behavior.1 My claim is not unjustified, judging from the 257 examples of incidents drawn from various industries that I listed in "The Different Police Gazette."2
While corporate leadership has far more "badvantageous" situations giving advantages to bad behavior than has Religion Inc., it doesn't lag far behind in its evilness. Does pedophilia come to mind as it does mine? Or consider these particular instances: promoting, defending or tolerating declared and undeclared wars as already mentioned; violent crimes; tax evasion; taking minors across state lines for sex; sexual intercourse with a female minor; soliciting an undercover FBI informant to kill a federal judge; involvement in the murder of two people and plotting to kill another person; disorderly conduct and battery; fraud and conspiracy; petty theft; grand theft and racketeering; targeting female worshipers for sex; and ad infinitum. As for the last one, a survey found that "one in every 33 women who attend worship services regularly has been the target of sexual advances by a religious leader."3