Please Save Us From Creflo Dollar Highway

Creflo Dollar(A petition has been added below.)

My Facebook feed is awash in lies from the Daily Currant and Duffelblog and The Onion and Donald Trump, so perhaps I might be forgiven from assuming that Andre Walker‘s piece on Georgia Unfiltered was fiction, parody designed solely to provoke people like me.

Alas.

State Senator Donzella James (D-Planet IX) has presented SR 805 “Recognizing Reverend Creflo Dollar and dedicating a road in his honor; and for other purposes.” The resolution lists four co-sponsors; Michael ‘Doc’ Rhett, Gail Davenport, Harold Jones and Valencia Seay. The four Democratic co-sponsors are spread out around the state, from Clayton County to Augusta.

The resolution would rename Old National Highway from Jonesboro Road North to the bridge at Interstate 285 in Fulton County as the “Creflo Dollar Highway.” The resolution directs the Georgia Department of Transportation “to erect and maintain appropriate signs” for the renaming.

Which is to say that they would like to direct the government to spend money to rename a road for a prosperity gospel preacher who is also one of the wealthiest men in the state. We are working in the grand tradition of Cynthia McKinney Parkway in DeKalb today. Perhaps the rest of the legislature is in on the joke, and they’ll pass this just to hang it on South Fulton for the rest of eternity.

Never mind that Creflo Dollar is a walking argument for the merits of taxing religious establishments. Forget that renaming this road helps carve the heart right out of the rendering-to-Caesar-what-is-Caesar’s part of the gospels — assuming that Dollar’s own preaching hasn’t done that already. Ignore the fact that this would add just the right spice of government legitimacy as an advertising appeal for Dollar’s quasi-commercial financial activities.

Do I need to remind people how Dollar has largely risen to public notice through stunts like asking his congregation to pay for a $65 million private jet to carry supplies to far-flung missionary ports — a claim Politifact rated as a Pants On Fire lie last year?

By the way, Dollar will get his jet, it seems. I knew he would.

The question for me is just how big the check was, or will be if this passes. Campaign finance disclosures will start rolling in in two weeks. We’ll see if Senator James had the sense to ask for cash up front before presenting this resolution, or if Dollar contracts on contingency. I assume Creflo is the better negotiator, but who knows?

If the legislature renames a road for a prosperity gospel preacher, we’re giving the government’s seal of approval to his ministry and his interpretation of scripture.

There are many, many God-fearing Christians of every denomination who believe his message is sinful at best, exploitative at worst, and want as much distance between their government and this man as possible. It is for moments like this that the phrase “separation of church and state” was coined.

Creflo Dollar — who is unashamedly self-promoting — will use the renaming of a highway for him as an endorsement, and will profit financially from it. It is not the business of government to put money in the pockets of ministers.

Here’s a petition. Tell them no.

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zedsmith
zedsmith

preacher pimp parkway

Calypso
Calypso

How about AC/DC’s “Highway to Hell”?

gcp
gcp

Perhaps they could add a few lanes to Old National for a landing strip for Creflo’s plane.

Charlie
Charlie

The Creflo Dollar Highway: Where the toll booths ask for your W-2 so they can make sure your fare is a full ten percent.

Saltycracker
Saltycracker

I’m with gcp and WD on this but considering long term political correctness nothing should ever be named after a person. Sooner or later even Washington or Jefferson will be a target for erasing.

Will Durant
Will Durant

First, nothing should be named for any living person with the possible exception of that person personally paying 100% for the construction of a highway or bridge. Considering all of the recent judgements of things named for those that died in centuries past we might even require a 50-year moratorium after anyone has shuffled off similar to the various halls of fame.

Lawton Sack
Lawton Sack

I initially was going to agree, but then I thought of people like President Carter and Hank Aaron. I don’t know if you could eliminate everyone currently living.

Teri
Teri

Grouping Creflo Dollar in with President Carter and Hank Aaron reminds me of that old Sesame Street song, “one of these things is not like the other, one of these things just doesn’t belong…”

edatlanta
edatlanta

I don’t know if you could eliminate everyone currently living.

+1

All kinds of living Georgians worth honoring now. Creflo A. Dollar is not one of them.

Charlie
Charlie

I made a similar comment when I posted this on Facebook, returning for the actual discussion here. I recall when Gingrich was elected Speaker that there was a move afoot to get something named after him locally. He specifically said at the time that it wasn’t appropriate as he was still alive. Are there exceptions? Sure. Vestal on my FB page noted college building naming rights are often part of fundraising drives/endowments. I’m OK with that. Hank Aaron? Again, most likely we’re talking naming rights to a ball park. Jimmy Carter? Well…he’s retired and he is our only President from… Read more »

Will Durant
Will Durant

I submit the pariah du jour, Bill Cosby. Shall we ask Spelman’s opinion? They have pulled his name down though I doubt they have refunded his millions.

It could be argued that no human deserves to be put up on a pedestal, but that gets into some religious tenets that should have no place in our government. On that note though I would question any religious leader who thinks they deserve to be on a pedestal as well.

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse
Will Durant
Will Durant

The article states that the amount returned was not disclosed and speculates that it likely was not the full $20MM donated in 1998 by the Cosbys. Part of the speculation included this:
“Generally speaking, whatever money is given back would be the value of the fund at the end of the gift agreement,” Redd said, but not the money that has already been spent.

Regardless, I stand by my contention that naming any government structure after a living person is fraught with danger. Especially after a preacher for profit.

Kathy Noble
Kathy Noble

Creflo Dollar is the Trump of evangelism.

Teri
Teri

Can someone please draft a resolution naming a stretch of road in honor of John Oliver? Because that’s probably coming next.