With Oral Roberts “called home,” televangelist Rod Parsley appears to have taken up his message of “give me money or Satan will win.” This bizarre video below shows Parsley explaining that he is in need of cash because the Devil was trying to financially ruin him and left him with little operating capital. He does not mention that the church was just hit with a $3 million award in a child abuse case. The Devil appears in the details.
We have previously followed Parsley’s brand of hate-based faith, here.
Parsley explained that his financial crisis is not due to his poor management but rather a “demonically inspired financial attack” that forced him recently to write a $3 million check. He never explains that the church had to write a $3.1 million check in a case where a two-year-old boy was abused at the Cuddle Care operated by World Harvest Church. This appears to be what Parsley is referring to as the “unavoidable deadline” of December 31st. The Devil in this case would be the son of Michael and Lacey Faieta who was beaten so badly that he was covered with welts and abrasions. He said that he was beaten by a knife but the family believes it was a sharp ruler. The teacher Richard Vaughan was never charged and the day care center was closed. The original award was for $6 million but the court reduced its to $2.8 million in light of the state caps on such award, here.
The video appeal is titled: “Will you help me take back what the devil stole?”
Parsley is clearly angry at the Devil over all of this. Angry enough to beat him all over his body with a knife or sharp ruler, but he will take cash instead. His message appears to be “Spare the Rod, Spoil the Child.”
49 thoughts on “Devil in the Details: Televangelist Rod Parsley Calls on the Faithful to Give Him Cash After Devil Took His Money”
1, December 17, 2009 at 4:05 pm
“I repsectfully disagree with you on this one! This nation elected a complete and dangerous fraud of a man for president. Many people who voted for him were kind, intelligent and sincere. There’s really no difference between what Pastor Parsley and Brand Obama did to achieve their aims–it all works the same way.”
I bow to a greater wit. LOL
Twain better leave Senator Bernie Sanders alone! I luv Bernie.
You will soon have accumulated enough killer sarcasm to produce a working sarcasm powered death ray to use on the only brain dead idiots that infest your nations elected offices.
Gotta go with mespo on that whole gauging intelligence thing. BTW, the Twain funeral quote was a new one for me. I’ll say it’s going to be a new favorite in my Twain pantheon. That . . . and I laughed until ginger ale shot out my nose. But all I can really say about Twain is this:
(Hunter Thompson not that tool Fred [Fred, baby, stick to acting! You are much better in The Hunt for Red October than in office.])
Now that would be an exciting campaign!
Not just the creme of intellectual guile and weirdness, they’d be zombie pols to boot. We’ll get George Romero to run the campaign. Have Tom Savini do the makeup effects and Roy Arbogast to do the floor effects. Maybe get Dean Cundy to shoot their commercials and Ennio Morricone or Philip Glass to do the scores.
Mr. Twain will take the oath of office and then eat John Roberts brain. Assuming he can find it. Mr. Thompson will then take his oath and proceed to an ether binge where he’ll take just a little nibble off every Senator and Representative, excluding Sen. Franken and Rep. Kucinich. To Franken? He’d give a “beer”. I suggest Al might be too past his party days to truly enjoy the gift, but as a gentleman I’m sure he’ll accept the Undead Veep’s gift in the sprit it was offered. Kucinich? All Hunter would say is “Good show on the wife there, Dennis. Does she have an open minded sister with a fondness for adrenachrome?” Just to remind them that they are messing with a doctor of journalism. Even as a zombie, Hunter can tell the screwheads from the normal people. But even he won’t eat Lieberan. He’s too unclean for even the undead to digest.
It’ll be kickin’. And nothing, NOTHING, will scare K St. more than the thought of zombie overlords.
We’ll put Lazlo in charge of the DOJ. I guarantee there’ll be minimal mucking about by the partisans with that wild eyed Samoan running the show. He’d want to put Rove and Yoo in a cage match – loaded on PCP, wearing nothing but diapers and cowboys boots and force them to fight to the death for the right to have the radio thrown in the tub with the victor once the Rabbit peaks.
It’s a grand vision. And like many grand visions, not meant to be.
Alas, due to restriction on running candidates without pulses, I can see some problems getting it out of, er, off the ground. However, there is precedent for zombies holding office. Reagan got a second term and he was a zombie before the end of his first. I guess that makes him a legacy zombie. Another gold star by Rocket Ronnie’s name. Ronnie was Americas first zombie President, but he doesn’t have to be the only. And I say next time we use higher quality zombies.
Weirdness You Can Believe In!
Either way you spell that Elaine, it’s the truth!
OOOPPPS!!! Spelling correction:
“They’re aren’t many statesmen/women roaming the halls of Congress as far as I can tell.”
That should have been THERE AREN”T…
I was well indoctrinated through twelve years of parochial school education. I obeyed. I was a believer. I was a very devout Catholic…until I hit my early twenties. Then everything changed for me. I fell off the wagon–with a huge thud! I’ve been a hard person to convince of anything since then. My husband considers me the ultimate skeptic. I’m not saying it’s impossible to make me a believer–but it ain’t easy.
You wrote; “As to manipulation by politicians, there are politicians who hold and speak exactly the same views as Pastor Parsely. They aren’t just on the right.”
And I wrote previously: I think lots of people believe what they want to believe–it doesn’t matter what proof is stuck in front of their faces. It doesn’t matter if they’re conservative or liberal…if they’re high school dropouts or have advanced college degrees. Some folks fell for Obama’s smooth style; some fell for Palin’s “soccer mom” persona.
I’m not claiming that the only people who are manipulated by politicians are on the right. I’m fed up with the whole lot of Washington politicians–with the exception of a few. They’re aren’t many statesmen/women roaming the halls of Congress as far as I can tell.
“I am saying that many times people believe in things for which there is a complete lack of evidence or actual counter evidence. This type of behavior isn’t dependent on intelligence.”
Pray tell then what do you call believing in things for which there exists no good evidence? And if such behavior isn’t indicative of intelligence, or at least sanity, what exactly is it indicative of?
Personally, I think I can make valid judgments about a person’s intelligence if he/she truly believes that little green men are beaming evil thoughts to him/her unless they wear the prophylactic tin foil hat.
I am worried that you think I am attacking you. If this is the case I am not.
I am talking about religion, politics, family pathology, you name it. These are not discreet instances of manipulation based on beliefs that cannot be verified or are out and out contradicted by reality. Rather they all follow on some common core ways of thinking and acting. That is why, in my opinion, we are all vulnerable to manipulation at certain points in our life. To be very clear though–this does not mean everything we do is the result of being manipulated. Only that it might be and it is worthwhile to look and see if, in a particular case, that is what is happening.
P.S. If you ever get the chance, read up on cult brand Obama, it makes for some interesting reading.
You siad: “You say they are not terribly bright and extremely gullible for believing in something that simply isn’t true. I am saying that many times people believe in things for which there is a complete lack of evidence or actual counter evidence. This type of behavior isn’t dependent on intelligence.’
Are you talking about religion? Something else?
Sometimes we vote for the person we believe to be the better of the two people running for the same office. That doesn’t necessarily prove that we have been manipulated.
You say they are not terribly bright and extremely gullible for believing in something that simply isn’t true. I am saying that many times people believe in things for which there is a complete lack of evidence or actual counter evidence. This type of behavior isn’t dependent on intelligence.
Again, I must respectfully disagree. Obama may not engage in overt hate speech but anyone who allows torture, hires Christian contractors bent on the destruction of muslims, ups troops into unnecessary wars against Muslim nations and has economic policies that are ruining the poor through the middle class, doesn’t need to worry about speech, he’s engaging in destructive actions, actions the pastor could only dream of doing.
As to manipulation by politicians, there are politicians who hold and speak exactly the same views as Pastor Parsely. They aren’t just on the right. I know that you have read “The Family”. The Family recruits members from both the left and the right and they believe some truly vile things. That some are open with their beliefs, while others attempt to hide them, certainly the public is being manipulated in just such a fashion by a politician.
People who give the pastor money have complex motivations, just as those who gave to Obama did/do. Some of these motives are good, some of them are not. If a person is still giving money to Obama with all the information on his wrongdoing, perhaps their motives may be a little muddy, or even a lot.
“All I can say is there cain’t be much germinating in the gray matter of those who do contribute to his cause.”
I was speaking about people contributing to this specific cause–of raising money for Parsley because the devil’s out to get him. I guess I would say I think that people who believe the devil is personally out to destroy Rod Parsley aren’t terribly bright–and are extremely gullible.
When you wrote this: “All I can say is there cain’t be much germinating in the gray matter of those who do contribute to his cause.” I interpret that as calling someone stupid. Did you mean something else by it? I apologize for using the word weak, as you didn’t use it in your posts.
Also, I know you weren’t talking about Obama, I was. I am trying to make a larger point that this pastor’s behavior is typical of all manipulators and that anyone, even a person who has a lot germinating in their gray matter, can fall for these calculated manipulations. What I said was not meant as an attack on you or anyone else who voted for Obama. It was to say, that we often believe others can be manipulated, while we cannot. To me, this is just the opening any successful con uses to take us in.
I’m following up my prior response to you. Think what you will about President Obama. I would never compare him to a man like Parsley–someone who spews hate speech. In addition, I don’t think you can compare the people who like to listen to Parsley’s type of rhetoric and rantings to people who may be manipulated by politicians.
You said: “These kind of people take advantage of other people’s best instincts.”
I’d beg to differ. I think evangelists like Parsley often speak to/take advantage of people’s basest instincts.
“… it will be an unalloyed pleasure to watch his evil empire crash around his feet.”
“I didn’t attend the funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying I approved of it.”
~ Mark Twain
Having observed for many years the torrents of hate and ignorance this ungodly, shameless weasel has unleashed on the gay and lesbian community, it will be an unalloyed pleasure to watch his evil empire crash around his feet. And yes: the people who fall for his bogus brand of christianty are stupid. They shouldn’t be allowed to vote, drive, own guns, or have children. But that’s just my humble opinion…
I’ve seen Pastor Rod’s house…from a distance. If he sold all his “worldly possesions” I believe he come up with that 3 million fairly easily.
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