In the SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES, October Tenth, 1988, Case No. 88-1374, filed on June 22, 1988, Clerk Joseph F. Spanol, Jr.
On that date and file number, The Attoreny James M. McCabe,and Donald T. Ridley, 25 Colombia Heights, Brooklyn, NY 11251 (718)606-4993, Attorneys for Amicus Curiae, Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York, Inc. filed a "Friends of the Court" brief on the behalf of the famous preacher, Jimmy Swaggart and his Ministries.
Why would the Watchtower Society, direct channel for Jehovah's holy spirt, which also godly hates Babylon the Great, which also Christiandom is the largest part, go into the Supreme Court of the United States and file a legal brief to help Jimmy Swaggart's ministries in his trial which was Case No. 88-1374: Jimmy Swaggart Ministries, Appelant vs. BOARD OF EQUALIZATION OF CALIFORNIA, Appeller?
Jimmy Swaggart Ministeries was being sued by the state of California for non-payment of sales tax on his miscellaneous religious articles in sold.
Cal. wanted Swaggart to come up with $183,000 in sales tax.
February, 1989, US Supreme Court ruled that it was illegal for 15 states to exempt religious books from sales tax. Jimmy Swaggart had to pay the taxes.
Coincidently, Our Kingdom Ministry, March, 1991, p. 3-4, "Our Simplified Literature Distribution Arrangement" is implemented. We no longer sell literature - we give it away - and ask for a donation for preaching work.
We have always been taught - repeatedly - never to give a donation, nay, not even to buy a darn good looking cake at a bake sale sponsored by a church. Never to go to a church bazaar, never to buy those darned chocolate candy bars the kids sell to raise money, never to go to a fish fry, or pancake breakfast. Never do work for a church, the list just goes on and on and on....and we actually would be getting something in return. But NO!!!!! Never become tainted by the Evil Harlot - Babylon the Great - Christiandom! Never give monitary support to her - it will only make her a stronger enemy against God's Kingdom!
Sooooooo, why in the world would the Faithful and Discreet Slave try to help Jimmy Swaggart Ministeries save money on sales tax? Why would they "commit spiritual fornication" with Babylon the Great for money? Could they have had a secret motive for throwing their legal weight in favor of Jimmy, as supplicating for him as a "Friend of the Court"?
Of course, the Watchtower Society wasn't the only religious organization trying to help Jimmy Swaggart Ministeries save money on taxes. Others who came to his monitary aid were:
International Society for Krishna Consciousness of California
Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability
This information came from the Williamsport Sun-Gazette, January 17, 1990.
My daughter has worked years as a paralegal and is disfellowshipped. She was appalled that the Society would do something like that. According to her, to file a "Friends of the Court" brief in behalf of someone else is extremely serious and legally says that the filer fully agrees with the person being sued!
By the way, she also said anyone could write to the State of California, and for a small payment (not donation) get a legal copy of Case #88-1374.
Religion and money make strange bedfellows, don't they?