Thursday, February 14, 2008

God Loves a Loan Shark

[Money] A recent study out of the University of Utah's law department has found a striking correlation between payday loan centers and conservative Christian communities.

Say whaaat?

That's right the researchers found that the Mormon mountain west and the Southern bible-belt are notorious for having payday loan centers.

"The natural hypothesis would be to assume that given Biblical condemnation of usury there would be aggressive regulation and less demand for payday loans in these states," says Christopher Peterson one of the researchers in the study. "But ironically, the numbers show the opposite is true. It's sad that states with a pious and honorable religious heritage now disproportionately host predatory lenders."

While payday loan centers are fighting for space amongst the chapels in the fair communities of Zion and apparently the southern states, the most amazing thing is researchers Peterson and Graves have matched payday loan center statistics along with legislative districts to find that there is a stronger correlation between Christian conservatives and payday loan centers than between those living below the poverty line and payday loan centers.

That means while other demographics might be more succeptible to getting sucked into a payday loan with the kind of triple digit interest rates that would make Tony Soprano blush, the most prime environments for this kind of loan to take place happen to be the houses of the holy.

But you don't have to take my word for it, researchers Peterson and Graves even have
downloadable maps and figures for your shock and enjoyment.

What's being done about predatory lenders in our fair state? The closest thing so far is a
bill by Sen. Greg Bell (R-Fruit Heights) which would ask for better access to payday loan documentation so that maybe next year we might be able to see if something can be done about predatory lending. Look out usurers we'll getcha next year...maybe, if that is even, that Bell's bill makes it out of committee. (Eric S. Peterson)

5 comments:

  1. really you think so that god loves loans

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  2. IF churches think it is o.k. to get payday loans, why are we trying to mess with that. The church is backed by God, so it must be good. Money is man made, and so are payday loans, but is seems that payday loans are backed by God, so I am going to go get one today. I think this means that these payday loans are a service that we should use and not abuse. And we should definitely not get rid of them. I use these loans to get by from time to time and I don't feel "Preyed" upon, and I certainly don't feel like I am being taken advantage of. Leave these payday loan stores alone and target the real problem, the people who can't figure out how to use this wonderful service to their advantage and are hurting themselves in the process.

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  3. Being misinformed can lead to disastrous results especially if you are making crucial decisions based on skewed facts and false information. The advantages and disadvantages of payday loans are often misconstrued. Many politicians across the United States are making an effort to pass legislation that would limit or completely abolish your ability to get a payday loan. Sad to say, the anti-payday loan legislation has been passed in some states, and there are many states that are beginning to follow suit. These new laws are foolishly based on the supposition that payday loan companies utilize the same poor ethical standards as predatory lenders and illegal loan sharks. Your financial independence relies on the knowledge of the American people. So don’t be misinformed on the facts and don’t let your friends and family be misinformed either; share what you know about the advantages of the payday loan industry.
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  4. Payday loan customers applaud the payday loan industry mainly because, when used properly, they are the fastest and safest way to get out of an unexpected financial fallback. An old saying asks the question, "If something isn’t broken, than why fix it?" This is a perfect question to direct to many politicians who are attempting to or have outlawed the entire industry in many states. Of course, many people who are living beyond financial wealth would agree with this action and bond to fix something that isn’t broken. They have even inspired presidential hopeful, Barack Obama, to join their inexplicable motion. On November 4, vote for the peoples’ right to financial freedom and independence.

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