HERMAN AND SHARRON BAILEY

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TELEVANGELISTS THROW SAME OLD PITCH


Back in 1987 there was chaos in the Evangelical TV Bullsh*t Godly Talent Business -  Looking back at the millions griff-ted not gifted one can assume they got better at stealing and bull-shiting rather than finding the truth.

By now even the street-corner atheist knows that the PTL Club was fighting like the devil for its financial life. If good Christians don't empty their pockets to the tune of $7 million by the end of May, we're told, the temples of the PTL kingdom, including the Heritage USA. waterslide, will come tumbling down. 

But did you know that the day of fiscal judgment was also approaching for Jerry Barnard and James Robison and Gary Randall and Brother Herman Bailey over in Clearwater, who still owed $39,000 on those new studio cameras?

Verily, did you know that He was on the brink of calling home the entire Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) for insufficient funds?   You would think that in the wake of revelations about the mind-boggling misuse of funds by Jim and Tammy Bakker, other televangelists, as a gesture of their abashment and humility, might observe an unofficial moratorium on their begging.

You would expect a few moments of respectful silence for those credulous Christians whose sacrificial donations to the Bakkers ended up in the hands of a Rolls-Royce dealer or a wholesale pharmaceutical company.


The Present  — Monitoring the TV preachers and they encompass several stations revealed instead an onslaught of bargains, deals, clubs, sessions of forgiving and just about any kind of cockamamie scam,  prayers, hopes and wishes  as long as you send money.

Others apparently have concluded that with the Jim and Tammy Bakkers out of the picture back then, there's going to be a lot more money up for grabs, and they were determined to get their share.   Years passed, But Tammy passed on after remarrying, and Jim got out of jail and some today have declared him a mental wreck looney bin ranked nine of ten, and just waiting for the ambulance and the guys in white coats and straight jackets to go for a ride.

The sins of Jim and Tammy Bakker are constantly invoked but their names are never mentioned. The references to the fallen couple are artfully oblique and designed to enhance the aura of righteousness around the televangelist making his spiel.

Months ago, along comes Herman and Sharon Bailey, I saw them at the local Steak and Shake munching down on a Steak Burger if you call it that.   I was going to say hello to them but remembered the last time I saw them in person was when I was a manager at a local Toyota store literally four decades ago and Herman was a new salesman there.  Unfortunately our job was to sell automobiles and not run prayer sessions over the purchases or healings with customers in the showroom.  He told one couple they should go home and pray over “whether they should buy the car”. My boss got wind of it and I was told he no longer resided on the sales force after close of shift.

Thats was the last time I saw him other than on TV in person till last year.  But his show if you call it that is more like you fib and I second it  and iIrecommend you book because I got paid to say it.  The type of hype or rhetoric by those from fringe groups with unique ( I am being kind)  thinking.  Where does he find those weirdos. 

It has been good to him and Sharron, basically really nice people but his endorsements of off the wall bullsh*t items from drugs to books from some far out authors promoting some really strange ideas God know what else is there for profit does not appeal to me.  I compared him and a few other to the snake oil salesmen of olden days. There are plenty of them, just look at who    T-RUMP had in the WhiteHouse for a medical staff.   Lots of quacks out there using religious shows due to the frailty of their audience.

It’s just grifter-ing on a higher than mighty plateau. I wish him well —  



05/24/2022