‘Megareverend’ John Oliver trolls televangelists with new tax-exempt church

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Television host John Oliver arrives for the TIME 100 Gala in New York on April 21, 2015. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Television host John Oliver arrives for the TIME 100 Gala in New York on April 21, 2015. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

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(RNS) The HBO satirist aims to shine a light on broad IRS tax exemptions for televangelists' prosperity gospel schemes.

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  • I was an idealistic journalist who stumbled into the role of co-host to Pat Robertson on The 700 Club during his presidential campaign, but when I was targeted in the cross-hairs of politics and religion, I left fundamentalism and am now a winemaker living in Oregon. I have documented my experiences in the book, Chiseled, A Memoir of Identity, Duplicity and Divine Wine. It is fascinating to see how these televangelists have grown even richer all these years later!

  • Lin

    John Oliver is simply being a troll. There are a few fake organizations out there, but you can’t convey that EVERY Christian organization is bad because of a few fakes. The largest religion is Christianity whether he likes it or not. This just goes to show how little minded he is.

  • kathy

    Lighten up, the video is really well done and funny. “True” Christians should take a look and address this issue to protect their (church’s) tax exempt status.

  • Larry

    Some people deserve trolling. Especially those who prey upon the poor, indebted, elderly and scared to enrich themselves. The only criticism I can make for John Oliver is that he picked a rather easy target.

    So where is the great Christian moral indignation against these pernicious hucksters? They aren’t calling those preachers fakes right now, nor ever have. Christians clearly accept them as their own.

    If Christians are so concerned about their fellow people and seek to do good works, where is their criticism of these televangelists?

    Where were you when fellow Christians were being fleeced by these “ministers”?

    Why do they continue to let these greedy immoral scumbuckets preach in the name of their Lord?

    Christians only get indignant when outsiders criticize them. The defensively try disavowal long after the fact. You want to blame a man for pointing out things you were unwilling to confront. Christians have nobody to blame but themselves.

  • mat

    if you watched the segment, Oliver opened with that most churches do a world of good and seek to better their communities before roasting charlatans like Creflo Dollar and Kenneth Copeland over an open flame

  • Christian

    “So where is the great Christian moral indignation against these pernicious hucksters? They aren’t calling those preachers fakes right now, nor ever have. Christians clearly accept them as their own.”

    … This isn’t even remotely true.

  • Really?

    Then where is the great uproar and resistance by Christians to these hucksters?

    Why are they able to operate for decades, using Christian broadcasting resources for their message of greed?

    Who is trying to shut these people down? Where in the Christian community are people even criticizing these hucksters?

    Links would help here. Because it sure isn’t apparent to anyone looking.

  • Brian

    Lin, pay attention to an early statement. Many churches do great work. Exposing scum IS Christain! And Jewisg. And Islam. And…

  • debinqueens

    john oliver is more godly than pat robber-son.

  • The First Amendment is the reason why you can set up your own fake religion and get tax exempt status for it — at least initially.

    The rationale is that taxation power over a church gradually but inevitably leads to government control over religious beliefs and practices (a lesson history has repeatedly taught us).

    So, you allow “free exercise” for the few outfits that are obviously insincere in order to protect the overwhelming majority which are not.

  • Larry Gosett

    Well put my friend.

  • BKG

    John Oliver is hilarious! Unfortunately, the list of “name it and claim it” televangelists is huge and they are ripping off money from those least able to afford it, so they can buy multi-million-dollar jets to do what? “Take the Gospel around the world”. Give me a break! There are at least 6,000 languages and dialects in the world with no scriptures.
    Some names from the past and present to avoid like the plague, because they are phonies: Kenneth and Gloria Copeland, T.D. Jakes, Joel Osteen, Oral Roberts, A.A. Allen, Benny Hinn, Marilyn Hickey, Joyce and Dave Meyer, R.W. Schambach, Lester Sumrall, T.L. Osborn, Pat Robertson, Rodney Howard-Browne, TBN and Jan Crouch, Paula White, Robert Tilton, Eddie Long, Juanita Bynum, Fred Price.

    Great song about America’s prosperity preachers, written and produced by Shai Linne: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pl4WevY-GPU
    See the words of the song, below.

    Here Shai talks about his song: https://www.youtube

  • BKG

    I’m so glad you found the light, Danuta. You were incredible, of course, on The 700 Club. But Jesus Christ is the real deal. Be blessed…

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  • Tea_Tard

    These people are vile, they pray on the most vulnerable/gullible to line their own pockets.
    Once again we see the evil that is dressed up as “religion”

  • Randall

    I see someone on here called John a troll. He was NOT lumping every Christian group or church into this message. He made that clear in the first 90 seconds talking about some who feed the poor, clothe the poor, etc. John was actually going after the ones who manipulate and use the IRS leniency against them in regards to the tax laws in order to line their own pocket books. I have researched these same people for years, and yes, they ARE using the law to get richer and take from those who would benefit from charity they espouse. I support this video. Many of the televangelists you are seeing on TBN and other networks are using the Word of God in order to hurt others at a profit.

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  • Terry Mosher

    You used this opportunity to plug your book? Really?