We’ve seen many examples of how evangelical Christians make crappy versions of reality whenever they try to replicate secular culture, whether we’re talking about movies or music.
So should we be worried about Christian banks?
Nick Vujicic is an anti-abortion evangelical speaker whose Life Without Limbs ministry was inspired by his own birth experience without arms or legs. It is an inspiring personal story regardless of its positions.
Vujicic, however, is also a conspiracy theorist who will believe just about anything. He once claimed that he knew God existed because he felt the presence of “demons 10 feet tall, 5 feet wide. [who walked] by my hotel room in San Francisco. And more recently, when his (unnamed) bank closed his account, he assumed – without any evidence – that it was because of his conservative ideology:
“Once I was kicked out of a bank without warning,” he continued. ” They froze my credit cards, froze my debit cards. They gave me a letter to say that they had done a review of me as a client and didn’t want anything to do with me.«
We don’t know why they kicked him out, and we don’t know anything about his finances that could have led to the account being closed, but banks don’t do that sort of thing for no reason, no matter how many Tories claim it is. ‘is persecution. Banks do business with Republicans on a regular basis. You would know if they suddenly stopped.
Either way, Vujicic said he started researching and found that …
… his bank, along with most of the others, make regular donations to organizations that support the killing of babies through abortion.
What?! Since when? Which banks? Where does he get this information from? Who knows.
Some conservative groups have perpetuated this rumor because the big banks often associate employee contributions with nonprofit groups. So if an employee made a donation to Planned Parenthood, for example, the company would match that amount … but the same rule would likely apply to the NRA and conservative groups. As far as I know, this is the only type of donation a major bank has ever made to an explicitly pro-choice group.
If you think this is like taking the bank’s position on abortion, it’s because you’re just looking for reasons to be a victim.
That is, Vujicic is looking for reasons to be a victim.
This is also the reason why he says he is now starting his own bank with the name a little too much on his nose “ProLifeBank”, with his friend Betsy Gris, who runs one of these Christian anti-abortion crisis centers.
Here’s Gray on their website:
After three weeks of research, our board treasurer was very shocked to report; there was NO such a bank in our town. After much lamenting and praying, I felt called by God to create a pro-life bank that not only supports the lives of unborn children, but is also aligned with all of God’s principles. – and ProLifeBank (Proposed) was born.
Weird. When I look for a bank, I look for a place that is safe, secure, insured and easy to use. Maybe a place that will give me a mortgage and have ATMs available.
Neither Vujicic nor Gray have any real experience running a bank, let alone running a bank from scratch, and it’s not clear that they have any clue as to what. that they are doing, or that they hire people who have relevant experience, or that they know what they are doing. obstacles stand in their way.
So far, they’ve got a name, a logo, a website that’s mostly occupied by their bios, and… that’s it. He says it will be “a full-service, FDIC-approved bank.” But the steps to get there are not mentioned … which should concern everyone.
Honestly, I don’t know who would be stupid enough to invest their savings in a bank started by two people whose only interest in creating it is to want to force women to give birth against their will … but if they are looking for people gullible enough to to be guinea pigs for this wildly irresponsible experiment, I’m sure they will find them playing on the angle of Christian persecution.
(Thanks to Kerri for the link)