I don’t know about the rest of you, but I’ve known televangelists are full of holy sh*t at least since I was 10 years old, when I watched Robert Tilton tell viewers to send him money in exchange for an “anointed cloth” he’d dab his sweaty forehead with on the show. For just a few dollars, Tilton would send you the “sweat of Jesus” as passed through his body. No kidding!
For a laugh, skip around the best of Tilton’s rants below to get a taste of what American televangelists are like.
From Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker, to Ted Haggard, to Benny Hinn – every one of them is about as sincere as a Christmas tree salesman on Boxing Day, and longtime “700 Club” host Pat Robertson is no better.
Just Tuesday Robertson joined the Tilton ranks by telling his largely elderly viewers that taking out a reverse mortgage on their homes in order to pay their membership dues to his ministry was a “good deal” if the devoted followers are running low on money.
One dedicated Robertson follower named Maria (echoes of Mary, no doubt) allegedly wrote in an email:
I have been a 700 Club partner for many years. I am 67 years old and still working because retirement money does not cover our basic expenses.
Who knows if Maria is even a real person? I have my serious reservations. Nonetheless, “she” continued:
I was thinking about a reverse mortgage but have my doubts. What do you think?
Now, Robertson never directly goes into telling the woman that she should take the reverse mortgage out in order to pay her “700 Club” dues, but knowing that the woman has been a member of the club “for many years” (which costs anywhere from $240 a year to $10,000 a year, depending on basic, all the way up to Chairman’s Circle membership), and knowing the woman is having trouble covering “basic expenses,” Robertson tells her:
Here’s the deal on reverse mortgages. They will not take your house away from you as long as you are alive and live in it.
No offers of honorary membership to a struggling, longtime member. That would be to Christlike. Nope, instead Robertson clues in the woman nearing desperation that she has little to lose by taking out the reverse mortgage, lending her a bit of confidence to go through with it. However, Robertson doesn’t stop there. He continues:
When you do leave, you don’t have to pay it off. But somebody has to pay it off, namely the United States taxpayer. So, it’s not a good deal for the taxpayers, but for most people it’s a pretty good deal.
Most people presumably not being taxpayers, then?
Not only does Robertson suggest that a retired, elderly woman struggling to make ends meet could make her ends meet just fine (which would naturally include her membership fees to the “700 Club”) if she were to take out the reverse mortgage, and not only would she never lose or be kicked out of her home, but she’d never have to pay off the reverse mortgage, either. He’s simultaneously talking a desperate elderly woman into gouging her investment in her own home in order to keep (amongst other “vital” necessities) her membership to the “700 Club,” while assuring her that all the risk will not fall to her, but to taxpayers.
That’s right, Robertson’s advice not only seeks to scam an old woman struggling to survive, but also suggests a good screwing over of you, me, and every other taxpayer we know. That’s not a reverse mortgage; that’s reverse socialism – all citizens share the burden of their private losses with everyone else. I’m pretty sure that’s what Jesus would do.
Roberston closed the deal by attempting to sound helpful and impartial, saying:
But you need to analyze what you’re talking about. Get an advisor to help you on it, but it could be a good deal for you.
Sure, it’s a hell of a deal for “Maria” and the “700 Club,” but what about the rest of us?
Check out the video below and see what you think. Is Robertson attempting to give a distraught viewer advice, or simply fill his own pockets just like good old Robert Tilton did so many years ago?