L. Ron Hubbard said: “You don’t get rich writing science fiction, If you want to get rich, you start a religion”. And then he founded Scientology and proved it. But if you lack the imagination to start a new religion, you can just take an existing one and pervert it. Jim Bakker, one of God’s leading grifters is all too aware of this.

Let’s refresh our memory of this awful little man’s career. He and his exuberantly eye-lashed wife, Tammy Faye, started on their road to riches in the 1960s under the aegis of Pat Robertson and his Christian Broadcast Network begging the superstitious for cash.

No doubt they made a comfortable living, but it was after they started their own ‘Praise The Lord’ (PTL) network that the big bucks started flowing. In the spirit of the 1970s, they were ecumenical and diverse in their outreach. They would put their hands in anyone’s pocket. So successful was this shameless pair that revenues soon hit $1 million a week.

But Jim aspired to more and created ‘Heritage USA’, a sprawling church/tv studio/water park. He offered $1,000 ‘lifetime memberships’ entitling the member to one three-night stay per year at a luxury hotel. But he didn’t build enough hotel rooms. In 1989, he was convicted of fraud and served a five-year sentence.

And let’s not forget the rape.

In 1980 Bakker had sex with 21-year-old, church secretary, Jessica Hahn in a hotel room — on this they both agree. However, Hahn claimed he drugged and raped her. Bakker denied it. But then gave Hahn $279,000 of PTL funds to buy her silence. So I let you be the judge of the nature of their intimacy.

But rather than fade decently from ignominy to obscurity this pestilent presence is back on TV hawking God and emergency food — everything from a $10 bucket of ‘Spiff-E-Whip Dessert Topping’ to a $3,700 ‘Time of Trouble Tasty Pantry Deluxe Plus’. And he thinks nothing of dragging his grandson on set to close the sale.

What’s his pitch?

“If they kill our president or they destroy him or whatever, if we elect the other side, this is it. I think maybe Trump is here to give us time to get ready because all hell is going to break loose.” 

“We’re not going to have the Antichrist show up to get the sign of the Mark of the Beast on our forehead or hand, it won’t happen without hunger.” 

“Hunger is going to be the main thing. Most people don’t get it, they don’t want to get it, but that is why I am so obsessed with you all being prepared.

And then new wife Lori piles on by warning that Christians who don’t think they would ever accept the Mark of the Beast will inevitably do so when they see that their children or grandchildren are starving, which prompted Bakker to bring out his newborn grandson, whom he cradled as he wept, saying,

“I hear them crying, I’ve heard them crying for years and God says, ‘What will you do if these babies are starving?’”

But you can count on him to vote against child hunger programs.

(Credit: Right Wing Watch)


After 2,000 Years Evangelicals Should Have Come Up with a Better God.

September 15, 2017

When you look at the evangelical’s God, you have to ask: Is that the best we can do? With all the invention, discovery and intellectual advances since the birth of Christ, you would have thought they could have come up with a better model. The God of the evangelicals is no more than an old brick […]

Read the full article →

Ignorance: A Value Held Dear by many Americans.

April 8, 2017

I used to frequent a deli located near a roadside, commuter bus stop. Once, while idly waiting for my order, I thumbed an accordion bus schedule taken from a holder by the register. The cashier looked over at me and said she hoped I wouldn’t ask her when the next bus was, as she had […]

Read the full article →

Really? – 2.4.17.

February 4, 2017

Trump says that Dodd-Frank has to be repealed because his friends can’t get loans. Two thoughts: One, there’s plenty of cash available for well-rated businesses. Two, Trump doesn’t have any friends. Fox’s Jesse Watters says,“It’s my opinion that liberals on college campuses now resemble Islamist mobs”. Other conservatives scorn college liberals as ‘safe space’ seeking ‘snowflakes’. They should […]

Read the full article →

Religion Poisons Everything. Even Atheism.

December 29, 2016

The is nothing more annoying than a debate between an atheist and a true believer. I’m an atheist, and I can feel within myself the smug and poisonous intellectual superiority of being a ‘critical thinker’: a dispassionate observer of the world. Not for me the magic of superstition, the prison of rote, the mindless surrender of intellect […]

Read the full article →

The Bible, a Poor Use of Technology.

December 15, 2016

“The Bible has noble poetry in it… and some good morals and a wealth of obscenity, and upwards of a thousand lies.” ― Mark Twain The base nature of the human race is revealed by how it uses its technology. It is a well-acknowledged truth that every technological advance is judged in part by its […]

Read the full article →

Is Religion a Force for Evil?

December 11, 2016

Bible thumpers claim that without God there is no morality. Atheists argue that religion is a perversion that inspires its adherents to evil deeds. Is either side right? No. There are good people, and there are bad people. Some of whom are religious and some of whom are not. The only difference is that bad religious folk add […]

Read the full article →

Creation Science Is an Oxymoron

December 7, 2016

“Religion is a culture of faith; science is a culture of doubt.” ― Richard Feynman Biblical creationists believe that the Bible is the inerrant word of God. And as such proves that God created man and all flora and fauna in their current form. What an exercise in magical thinking. However, it is not my […]

Read the full article →

Really? 11.29.16 – Fundamentalism Is a Cancer in America.

November 29, 2016

A good Christian. This election has shown so many self-declared Christians to be completely devoid of any Christian spirit. Luckily, there are still Christians in America who act according to Jesus’ precepts. Take Colby Martin. He was a young star of the conservative evangelical church. And like many, he studied the Bible. However, he came to realize that […]

Read the full article →