Posted by: Martin Scherer | 25/10/2011

Overturn the bankers’ money tables

Isn’t that what Jesus did? Jesus lead Christians to believe profiteering from money lending is wrong. That left the Jews to lend, make a fortune and forever be the subject of envy. Protestants took a leaf from the Jewish book and gave birth to capitalism.

The USA has a free market of churches. Want to start up a church? Go do it. Want to change church when you grow up or marry or get old? Go do it. The old country – Europe and its South American colonies, have state monopoly churches. Want to set up a church? You must be a nutcase. Want to change church? Over the Bishop’s dead body. If you don’t like the church leader, kill the bastard as a British King did and made himself its head. Europe’s monopoly churches dwindled but America’s free market churches prospered.

As capitalism rots from within, it seems times they are a-changing. Now US church leaders are retuning to the ways of Jesus, supporting their congregations camping out in Wall Street and other financial centres. Threatening to follow the example of Jesus and overturn the bankers’ table. I have to say, I wish them every success. If British bankers showed any remorse and paid over half their £million salaries in just one year, the bank debts owed to the people would be repaid.

This movement spread to the UK, who soon set up in central London. These are no riff-raff. They glam-camp and queue up at the local Starbucks for their latte, right outside the greatest symbol of the monopoly British Church – St Pauls. For centuries, the grandest building in London, built to compete with the Catholic basilica and the place where Diana married before a world-wide audience who paid nothing to Fox News or CNN or ITV to watch the spectacle.

At first the church welcomed the protesters. This was the biggest congregation the church had enjoyed in decades. Maybe the protesters would actually come into the church for Sunday service. However with all those people camping outside, world tourists were reluctant to walk through to buy coffee in the church café or make their donations from which the church profits by some £20,000 ($32,000) a day. The Church of England can afford that, it is one of the richest institutions in Britain. If you are getting married on Sunday what better than a few hundred deck-chair seated, latte drinking, cheering supporters, lining the pavement? The bride will feel just like Diana on her great day.

The Church of England did not want that. They felt the loss of income. St Paul’s is a profit centre, besieged by anti-bankers. The public may own the streets on which they camp, but the Church now quotes Health and Safety Regulations to be rid of the public on their doorstep.

What is going on? A church that claims to be the voice of Jesus on earth but cannot listen to the people’s pain? A church that cannot say ‘Come unto me my people’ because it’s more interested in profiting in competition with Starbucks?

A few years ago, Jesus came back to earth and called into the church. They threw him out because he was humbly dressed in loin cloth and dusty sandals. None of the gilded frocks and silk slippers worn by Bishops.

Jesus went to the authorities but they threatened to arrest him for vagrancy and lock up in a mental institution. Jesus wandered the streets looking for someone to believe in him, until he spied a carpenters shop. Having been a carpenter himself, Jesus felt that at least they would recognise him.

Jesus walked in and felt the doubts of the carpenters. So Jesus showed them the holes in his feet and his hands, where he was nailed to the cross for our sins. One carpenter said, “You were standing like this,” and he held Jesus’ hand out wide, against a wall. Then another carpenter took some nine-inch nails and found they fitted perfectly through the holes in Jesus’ hand and feet.

Suddenly another carpenter took a great hammer and slammed the nails into the wall. Hanging there, Jesus protested, “But I am your God, your conscience, come to protect you for the Devil’s bankers.”

“Yeh, should have learnt first time,” said the carpenter. “We’re only here for the money.”

The Anglican Church is the world’s fourth largest church and like the Catholic Church, has a long tradition of state collusion and profiteering. Is that where the bankers learnt its OK to screw the people? Less than 5 in 100 Brits have ever attended church. Maybe if the church stood by its people, the people might stand by their church. To do that, the Church has got to feel what the people feel. The cold wind of economic winter.


Post script

Since writing this post:

  • St. Pauls has re-opened – despite the continued presence of protester’s camp.
  • The Dean of St. Pauls resigned – amidst almost universal criticism.
  • The protesters reveal they protest for the sake of protest and self-promotion.

As with Michael Moore, the protest is more important than any solution. Once there is a solution there is no longer any reason for their self-importance. They protest against the great peacemaker – Capitalism. They fail to recognise the current failings of capitalism. Also revealed this week –  British company directors have this year awarded themselves 50% pay increases. Whilst everyone else suffers.

British capitalists defend themselves with the excuse they run international companies have have to pay international rates. In that they implicitly point the blame at the USA. Yet their pay is not linked to results. Like bankers, accountants, and solicitors, company directors toss a coin, ‘Heads I win, tails you loose, OK?”

No its no OK. Unless these professions recognise what professional self-regulation means, they invite state regulation. We all know where that leads – state ownership, inefficiency and bankruptcy.






  1. I have yet to be made aware of a Church that is not primarily interested in profiteering and making war on somebody or some organization or other church and not much interested in peace, love and compassion for their fellow humans. From my experience the Buddhists come the closest, but even they turned their backs on the Jews during the holocaust. Sad, but true. So I follow my own spiritual principles, or try to.

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