In the last post, Frank Zappa used the term Fascist Theology to try to define the tactics that religious groups try to usurp the line between church and state. The moral impertinence of those who wish to impose their own personal repressive mnorality on all of us.
One Fascist Theologian who has really crossed that line as an activist is Pastor Rod Parsley. Parsley has manipulated and used religion to build a little empire in Ohio with his Pentacostal World Harvest Mega Church and broadcasting empire. He has been taking advantage of the marshmallow brained believers for years through his tele evangelist hucksterism.
He has used his teleministry to influence elections. McCain called Parsley his "spiritual guide" and begged for his endorsement until Parsley came under intense scrutiny for his extreme hate speech against Islam. Parsley had stated that "America was founded, in part, with the intention of seeing this False Religion (Muslim) destroyed."
Religion is big business in America and it takes a lot of money to keep up his 5,200 seat church and college and 132 acre grounds. You can't have the flash if you ain't got the cash.
Rod owns a private jet and 2 mansions and a fleet of personal cars.
The ministry has been having tax problems since 2006 and now Pastor Parsely claims that donations are way down because of the recession. In the video, you can see the huckster at work, the paraniac manipulation referring to the nameless "adversary" who it turns out is Satan who is really at the root of his financial problems.
He seems to need about 3 million dollars to tide him over til' next Tuesday...
Funny, that's about the amount his ministry had to pay out recently to the Faletta family for the abuse to their 2 year old son in The World Harvest Ministry Daycare Center.
The two year old was covered with cuts and abrasions after a punishment session...
Yeah, the devil made them abuse that child. You know, Rod could sell one of the two private mansions on his personal 21 acre private compound, or sell his private jet and fly coach instead.Maybe if you opened up your closed books to your congregation. which you have refused to do, maye some of the more financially creative memers could find a way to trim lots of fat off the budget.....