Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Comedian Takes On Televangelists Preaching Prosperity Gospel

Comedian John Oliver, host of the HBO late-night show "Last Week Tonight," has gained widespread attention for his Aug. 16 episode (YouTube video of episode) that took on televangelists who preach the Prosperity Gospel.  As reported by the Wall Street Journal, to illustrate the ease of creating a religious organization that can solicit tax-exempt contributions, Oliver filed paperwork to create his own church, Our Lady of Perpetual Exemption. The humorous 20-minute episode argues that some broadcast ministries exploit those who can least afford to donate.