Archive for March 3, 2009

The 80s were amazing for pop culture – parachute pants, breakdancing, a John Hughes filmography and all those TV preachers falling like the Dow Jones statistics. Thank you, TBN.

Oh? You missed this album on iTunes?

Oh? You missed this album on iTunes?

I know there’s always that little voice in the back of your mind saying… well, shouting actually, “Man! I wish I would have recorded those failed days of Jim & Tammy Faye.”

Well, tell that voice to shut up because happy days are here again, thanks an Atlanta investment banker who is auctioning more than 15,000 videotaped copies of the fraudulent “PTL Club” and James Bond spike eyelashes of Tammy Faye Bakker.

The tapes appraised at $8 miiillllllllllllllllioon dollars (can’t you see my pinkie draped to the corner of my mouth?) have a tale of woe to go with it:

The 15,069 hourlong tapes went to a Charlotte church, then a cable content provider, said Ben Dyer, president of Gospel Properties. The cable provider defaulted on a loan from Dyer’s company and he got the tapes, which he plans to auction in San Francisco on March 27.

Fitting for a ministry that began in the opulence of God, was seen all over TV and ended with the visual of fetal boy taken away sucking his thumb.

These days, the Bakker clan have taken some odd paths to obscurity:

  • Tammy Faye died terribly of colon cancer, but not before she became the patron saint of homosexuality and mascara addiction;
  • Jim, since released from prison and absconded from popularity has found deliverance and redemption through reaching out to the lost for Christ;
  • and Jay Bakker, the tattoo-ridden preacher, has taken the torch to carry from… anyone… yeah, his mother.

Who knows? Maybe Paul Crouch and the TBN gang can buy those video tapes and play reruns. Please, you know that would rock the ratings. And in this economy, anything is possible.

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Art by the great Kerry Waghorn

Art by the great Kerry Waghorn

Dr. James Dobson.

He’s 72, has almost 1000 employees, more than two million listeners on a daily basis and single-handedly done more the evangelical movement than any other person alive. And now, he’s calling it a day, according to the Denver Post.

Evangelical Christian icon James Dobson has resigned as chairman of the international media ministry Focus on the Family, yet the voice of this key architect of the religious right will still be heard in American homes and political theater, he told followers Friday.

From abortion to pornography, gay marriage to children’s rights, Dobson has said and done a lot as America’s advocate. But his influence is waning and his identity has been flailing.

In short, all those who were caught up in the net of his sacred fishing expeditions and building of the National Day of Prayer’s foundation are now in their 50s and really don’t have the commitment to further Dobson’s ministry.

His passion still exists. His purpose is still necessary. But his target demo – young parents – have become still more accepting of the “Adam & Steve” theory. At least so says his critics kicking dirt on his still open grave:

“For more than 20 years James Dobson has used his expansive, well-funded media platform to promote defamatory and false information about the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people,” said Neil G. Giuliano, president of the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation.

Yeah, well. Despite his shallow threats and support for losing candidates, what Dobson has done for the entire Body of Christ will never be duplicated. His mettle, prestige and certitude will be unmatched in ecumenical circles.

He may be retiring, but his voice will still be heard and his legacy will live on. Say what you will, folks. But at least start with saying, “Thank you.”