“At the age of 29, he was a struggling part-time preacher with church pastorates in Oklahoma, and his college studies had not brought him a degree. He told the story of how he picked up his bible and it fell open at the Third Epistle of John. His eye caught verse two, which read: ‘I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.’
“He had not heard this verse before and neither had his schoolteacher wife Evelyn, though both were the offspring of preachers. Roberts decided immediately that it was all right to be rich. The next day he bought a Buick and God appeared, he said, telling him to heal people.” (from the Graun‘s obituary)
One of those right wing US religious crooks, the amusingly-named Oral Roberts, died a week or so ago. One of his best scams was to tell viewers of his TV channel that God would kill him unless they sent him 8 million dollars…and it worked! However, even the $8 million couldn’t buy this right wing con- man immortality. Pity there’s no hell for him to go to.
Which reminds me: Christopher Hitchens’ finest moment was his relaxed and well-oiled performance on the Fox Channel immediately after the death of another US evangelical asshole, Jerry Falwell. I particularly like Hitch’s closing comment: “If he’d been given an enema, they could have buried him in a matchbox.” No doubt Seymour and Gameboy would agree with the interviewer who objects that it’s in bad taste and insensitive towards the family to speak ill of the deceased so soon after his passing:
To the best of my knowledge Hitchens has yet to comment on ol’ Oral: but I wish he would.