One of the youtube channels I occasionally check out is a guy who remixes Jim Bakker’s horrible advertorial prayer shows, and not very subtly cuts them to bring out the stupid. Not that it takes much to bring out the stupid, because finding the stupid in a Jim Bakker video is like finding your ass with both hands while you’re wearing a kilt and sitting on them to keep them warm.
This episode had some creepy pastor who was using a child as a ventriloquist’s mannequin (watch at 0:27). That was the childhood of Marjoe Gortner, who was a young “child preacher” trained by his mom using operant conditioning techniques like smothering him with a pillow and beating him where the bruises wouldn’t show. Marjoe eventually took a form of revenge by going back out on the preaching circuit – but this time taking a camera crew and recording all the other religious scammers dividing up the “take” after the tent meetings. [imdb]
Bakker is out of prison after his 1988 conviction for fraud, having diverted millions of dollars from his evangelism empire to buy big houses, a fleet of cars, and a luxurious lifestyle. His sentence was originally 45 years, but was cut down to 8, and he was released after 4. [nyt]
What amazes me about these people is that they’re obvious frauds and, yet, they have followers (and people who will buy their buckets of survival glop. I guess that when Bakker got out of prison, he went back to doing the only thing he knows how to do: making religion look bad.
When we say (as we do) that Trump voters are nationalists and white supremacists, we’ve also got to remember that there’s a good dose of religious chucklefucks in there too: people who freak out when they’re told someone is a muslim (not that they know what that is) or that socialism was invented by Karl Marx who was descended from the devil. I put these people on a continuum with Alex Jones and Jim Jones. They’re the people P.T. Barnum was referring to when he said “There’s a sucker born every minute.”
“There’s not a bottle in the world that takes out radiation.”
I don’t think I want to buy anything from Bakker’s website – it probably gets you on all sorts of mailing lists. Or, maybe I should, just to see what kind of bizzare crap lands in my inbox.
I have some uranium (yes, wrapped in lead foil, in another building 10 miles from where I live) and it’s kind of tempting to buy a radmeter and experiment with one of the bottles. I’m not sure if it’s that tempting, though. If I start experimenting with Jim Bakker stuff the inevitable end-point will be me trying to eat some of his survival bucket food substance.