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Twitter Roasts Televangelist for Selling a ‘Miracle Blanket’ for a $1,000 Indulgence

Twitter Roasts Televangelist for Selling a ‘Miracle Blanket’ for a $1,000 Indulgence

Right-wing televangelist Jim Bakker this week asked his followers to send him $1,000 donations in exchange for books, a CD, a DVD, and a blanket that he and his panel of con artists claimed pays off people’s bills.


“I’m just going to reiterate that I want you when you order this $1,000 to do it in faith. Sow that $1,000 seed in faith believing that this is part of your seed into the kingdom of God. You’re doing something for the kingdom of God,” Bakker proclaimed on The Jim Bakker Show on Tuesday.

Seed sowing – the idea that one can buy their way into heaven because “God” is somehow always broke – has been a habituated grift among conservative religious leaders for centuries. The roots of the scam trace back to the Middle Ages in Europe when the all-powerful Catholic Church convinced a largely illiterate and superstitious population that they could pay “indulgences” to offset potential punishment in the afterlife for misdeeds committed in the physical world.

This transparent exploitation of the vulnerable poor and working classes was a catalyst for Martin Luther’s Protestant Reformation.

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI resurrected the collection of indulgences in 2009 after a mere 32-year pause even though the Vatican had quietly banned the program in 1567.

Bakker, meanwhile, had to ask what the blanket was named.

“And so we’re sending out the – what do you call the blanket again – ‘Miracles Happen’ blanket. That blanket right there. Sleep under it, or do whatever you wanna do. Hang it on the wall. That’d be a great wall hanger,” Bakker continued as the blue tapestry was displayed on the screen.

Joan Hunter, the author of one of the books which Bakker peddled, interrupted to tout the “Miracles Happen” blanket’s magical might.

“Lay it over your finances. Lay it over your bills, cause healing of your finances. Put your wallet in there, or your credit cards, all the bills, you know, house, the mortgage, put it on there. We’re having houses paid off this week, last month, and this month, and I’m like, hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah,” she declared.

“Amen,” Bakker replied.

Watch below via Right Wing Watch:

The Twitterverse took things from there. Users understandably suspected fraud:

Others had some poignant questions:

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