Christianity caused the housing crisis UPDATE: none

Ok … now they’re just sounding stupid. The media. Specifically, the Atlantic. From the Morning Joe, author Hanna Rosin tries to link the housing crisis with Mega church preaching …

“Just go out and seize that house, the money will come … and this kind of intersected with the housing crisis.”

I have not read the article, not sure I need to, but at least in this interview she quantifies nothing, as in the number of foreclosures vs the number of people who attend these churches. We sort of. Her proof is the location of the highest number of foreclosures coincides with the location of the mega churches.

Make sure you get to the where CNBC’s Maria Bartiromo takes a whack at her theory. I am not going to give it away. It comes at 1:30.


Ok, I can’t resist Hana … this one is for you.


Let me part with this too. The title of her article is Christianity caused the housing crisis “Did Christianity Cause The Crash?”. Christianity encompasses a lot of sects. I can’t speak for others, but the two churches I attended, tend to people’s spiritual life more, not their personal wealth. One is very small, and lovely, operates on a shoe string and ministers to some great folk who don’t desire riches, at least not here on earth. The other, the Catholic Church, we spend our time feeding the hungry and caring for the homeless, visiting the old and disabled, and so much more. In both, members are asked to give to carry out these missions but nothing is promised in return, not even salvation.

When an article like this uses a “crisis” to take a whack at en entire belief, it’s worth noting, simply to point out the nonsensical stuff that passes as reporting these days.

Update: Well I have finally read the article and nothing has changed. It is more of a whack at “prosperity teaching” and only tangentially linked to the housing crisis. But whatever sells I guess. The link is up on top. The article never draws a quantifiable¬†link between the scope of the crisis and these Churches, but it does indict these churches specifically for encouraging members to take economic chances.

Even so, to indict Christianity as whole is sloppy journalism, or maybe just a headline grabbing sales technique.

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Jim Vicevich

Jim is a veteran broadcaster and conservative/libertarian blogger with more than 25 years experience in TV and radio. Jim's was the long-term host of The Jim Vicevich Show on WTIC 1080 in Hartford from 2004 through 2019. Prior to radio, Jim worked as a business and financial reporter for NBC30 - the NBC owned TV station in Hartford - and as business editor at WFSB-TV in Hartford for 14 years while earning six Emmy nominations and three Telly Awards.


  1. Anne-EH on November 13, 2009 at 7:00 am

    Christianity is the NEW WHIPPING KID!!!!

    • PattyS on November 13, 2009 at 7:59 am

      Wow!  I can just imagine if a conservative dared to blame muslims or minorities in this manner.  Christians have been the whipping kid since at least the Clinton administration.  Christians and straight caucsions are the only group that can be continually bashed without outrage or consequence for the liberal elites.

  2. Dimsdale on November 13, 2009 at 7:19 am

    Hana really glossed over the comment about Bawney Fwank's contribution to the current economic crises.


    I wonder if she has the word "Obamaroid" tatooed on the back of her neck?

  3. freedom reigns on November 13, 2009 at 7:30 am

    Poor Hanna; so very deceived. She's certainly not a "thinking" woman. Since I was in this industry I saw first hand what was happening. The government and especially Chris Dodd and Barney Frank and those that were giving them "cover and money" were at fault for pushing lenders to make loans to the normally "unqualified". The reason for this was not for compassion but to get the "unqualified" to appreciate all the good things the government (democrats) was doing for them. This would give the Dems more registered voters. One day people will wake up and see that whatever the government "gives" they can take away. Hanna needs to take a course in logic. She needs to stop writing and speaking until she educates herself. Always remember: Give a man a fish he will eat for the day. Teach a man to fish he will eat forever…….

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