Oh, the irony! On The 700 Club yesterday, Pat Robertson had a word of caution for his flock:
“Ladies and gentlemen, beware of scamsters, especially scamsters in religious garb, holding the Bible. I mean, run from them. They’re all over the place.” (Source)
Yes, indeed they are, Pat. Have you tried looking in the mirror? Your viewers are drawn into your – and other – scams every day. How you can sleep at night knowing that you are taking money away from these poor people? I really have to wonder. Mr. Robertson is worth $30 million. His Christian Broadcasting Network and Christian Coalition raise money for causes near and dear to the hearts of evangelicals. That Pat happens to also benefit greatly from the largesse of his followers is just a coincidence, right?
This is a touchy subject for me. My husband’s grandmother was bilked by Robertson and his ilk in the 80s, sending nearly her entire savings to The 700 Club and PTL. Luckily, our family caught on in time and saved the remainder of her meager savings. Adding to my antipathy for these TV scammers, are my late aunt and uncle, who were both Pentecostal preachers. They managed to spread the gospel and still live in a modest home on a modest income. So these TV preachers really bug me. They are not about Jesus or His teachings. They might help a few people coincidentally, but most of their organizations’ tax-free earnings go to line their pockets. These are the “affinity” scammers and, while they may profess to share the beliefs of their followers, their only true god is money. Don’t just take my word for it.
In the case of Robertson’s warning, he was referring to a scam called Profitable Sunrise, which is operating out of Minnesota. In this case, it uses the Internet to reach even more victims. Though Profitable Sunrise says it’s a “charitable platform,” it is, in fact, that old stand-by, the pyramid scheme. The two men who run it, Chad Nilsson and Casey Dorion, tell investors that they make short-term loans at an interest rate of 3% per day. Investors are told they will make a 2% per day profit over a minimum 170 business days. So an investment of $1000 would see $37,198 at the end of the period. So they say. Remember that old saw about something being too good to be true?
So it’s excellent advice that Pat Robertson gave to his followers. They should begin with being wary of him.
Here’s the (very short) video:
T. Steelman is a life-long Liberal. She has been writing online about politics since 2007. She lives in Western Washington with her husband, daughter, 2 cats and a small herd of alpacas. How can anybody be enlightened? Truth is, after all, so poorly lit…