Queen of the Scam, Paula White, to Offer Prayer at Trump’s Inauguration

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In about three weeks, the unthinkable will happen. Donald Trump, a man with no political experience, a history of defrauding small businesses, and ties with white supremacists and Russia, will take the Oath of Office and become the President of the United States. Adding insult to injury, he has invited multimillionaire preacher Paula White, among others, to give an invocation at the event. If you’re unfamiliar with Paula White, she’s a prosperity-gospel-pushing televangelist who promises future riches to those who will send her “seed money.”  She, and other prosperity gospel preachers, prey on the gullible and the poor.  Prosperity preachers ask for people’s last dollars in hopes that their donation will be a sign of their faith that will be rewarded with future riches from God.  They tell their followers that riches are a sign of blessings from heaven and that being wealthy is a virtue, in total contrast with Jesus’ teachings by the way.

Sounds a lot like Trump University.

It should be no surprise that someone like Paula White would be invited to speak at the inauguration of a fellow scam-master.  The presence of any prosperity gospel televangelist in an official capacity at a Presidential inauguration is horrifying, regardless of who the President is.  And don’t get me started on the inappropriateness of the existence of any prayer at an official government event.

If you’re new to prosperity gospel televangelists, John Oliver did a pretty good takedown of it on his show last year:

 

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14 thoughts on “Queen of the Scam, Paula White, to Offer Prayer at Trump’s Inauguration

  1. I read elsewhere, not sure exactly where, that supposedly Paula White is the one who got Trump to be “born again” or whatever. If that is true, then, given his picks within his team and cabinet, this is more than just a little bit scary.

  2. “They tell their followers that riches are a sign of blessings from heaven and that being wealthy is a virtue, ”

    Sending her money makes her richer and you poorer, thus proving that she is virtuous and that you should send her MORE money in one fell swoop. It’s the perfect scam, really.

  3. I think I need to start a journal during Drumpf’s presidency, as an apology to my grandchildren, documenting all of his stupid ass ideas and his yes-men/women.<>

  4. The sad part is that the RED STATES that think Don is their savior for jobs…….But the real danger is Christian theocrat Mikey Pence…

  5. If, as Kevin Davis concludes, “The presence of any prosperity gospel televangelist in an official capacity at a Presidential inauguration is horrifying, regardless of who the President is”, what about “The presence” there and then of Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Rabbi Marvin Hier, Bishop Wayne T. Jackson, Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, and Rev. Franklin Graham?  Aren’t their “presence(s) … horrifying”, too?  Why so or why not – what with existing reports out there saying they’re all as controversial figures anyway as Paula White?  So why pick only on her or, for that matter, even scapegoat anybody at all?!  Let me hazard an educated guess.  Maybe the PaulaWhiteGate scandalizer-wannabes have only come from the pro-Hillary or anti-Trump voting Evangelical population in the US of A – using conservative Christianity for liberal political purposes? No wonder the likes of Washington Post, Huffington Post and Salon are just loving this politically exploitable, anti-Trump situation!

    1. Well since I’m not from any Evangelical population, your theory doesn’t exactly hold up. While the favoring of any religion at a government event, such as this is, is unsettling to me, I’m particularly horrified by the presence of a scam artist posing as a religious leader.

      1. Maybe, then, it’s this “theory (that does) exactly hold up” – that you being “the likes of Washington Post, Huffington Post and Salon are just loving this politically exploitable, anti-Trump situation!” stirring up within the conservative Christian communities, the majority of whom booted out Hillary Clinton. Hoping to divide & conquer them, as it were, so as to avenge her pathetic electoral defeat. I’m just saying (“theory”-izing-like). Anyway, you still didn’t address my other hypothetical questions, though. Why not? Maybe you’re closer – even if just liberal politics-wise – to NeverTrump Evangelicals than you think, once you’ve explored those other questions of mine yourself. For in truth they haven’t been behaving Christ-like at all in this situation, but just like the rest of political creatures in the world, they have. All that Evangelical angst stuff, post-election time, is just a cover-up, you see, of their equally pathetic, carnal, worldly and idolatrous hypocrisy. Don’t go there is my advice to you, Washington Post, Huffington Post and Salon. You don’t know what you’re dealing with, or messing with.

        1. Quite the conspiracy theory mindset you’ve got there… thanks for the warning. I’ll file it with the others. I’m just wondering why you sound like a Paula White apologist, with all this “hey, those other guys are bad too; don’t pick on just her” nonsense.

          1. That makes me an apologist too, then, for Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Rabbi Marvin Hier, Bishop Wayne T. Jackson, Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, and Rev. Franklin Graham. LOL. Anyway here’s the dirt on everybody (sorry for the length):

            Paula White – New Destiny Christian Center

            ‘Paula White … solicits monthly donations from “partners” in increments from $25, $50 and $100 or more per month and promises “spiritual and natural benefits” in return. The offerings the church asks for are called “seeds,” and it is explained that sending them to White and her ministry will cause God to rain gifts down in exchange.  … “This seed will get God’s attention,” White’s website promises. “This seed will be seen as a ‘Gratitude’ offering. Gratitude always produces favor and favor will cause you to receive in a moment, more than some do in a lifetime!”‘ (“‘Prosperity Gospel’ Preacher’s Inauguration Role Angers Trump’s Christian Base”, Sputnik, 31.12.2016)

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            Cardinal Timothy Michael Dolan – Archbishop of New York

            ‘In May 2012, the New York Times revealed that the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, then headed by Dolan, had paid some abusive priests – although already dismissed from their priestly duties – up to $20,000 to leave the priesthood immediately rather than force the church to initiate time-consuming and expensive laicization proceedings against them.[63] The archdiocese noted that the “unassignable priests” were still receiving full salaries and would continue to do so until they were formally laicized;[63] and that the payouts were a “motivation” so that the priests would not contest being defrocked. The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests sent a formal protest asking, “In what other occupation, especially one working with families and operating schools and youth programs, is an employee given a cash bonus for raping and sexually assaulting children?”[63] Dolan responded to accusations that he had given “payoffs” to protect accused priests as “false, preposterous, and unjust”.[63] … In July 2013, documents made public during bankruptcy proceedings showed that Dolan had sought permission to move $57 million in church funds to protect the assets from victims of clerical abuse. In a letter to the Vatican requesting permission to move the funds, Dolan wrote “By transferring these assets to the trust, I foresee an improved protection of these funds from any legal claim and liability.”[62][65] Dolan had previously denied that he tried to conceal assets from child sex abuse victims claiming compensation calling the accusations “old and discredited” and “malarkey.”[66] United States law forbids debtors transferring money in ways that protect some creditors against others.[66] The Vatican approved the request in five weeks.[62]’ (“Timothy M. Dolan”, Wikipedia)

            [62] New York Times: “Dolan Sought to Protect Church Assets, Files Show” By LAURIE GOODSTEIN July 1, 2013 |”Files released by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Milwaukee on Monday reveal that in 2007, Cardinal  Timothy F. Dolan, then the archbishop there, requested permission from the Vatican to move nearly $57 million into a cemetery trust fund to protect the assets from victims of clergy sexual abuse who were demanding compensation”

            [63] New York Times: “In Milwaukee Post, Cardinal Authorized Paying Abusers” By LAURIE GOODSTEIN May 30, 2012

            [65] New York Daily News: “Church drags feet on punishing sex-assaulting priest, but not on protecting $57M” By Stephen Rex Brown July 2, 2013

            [66] Milwaukee Journal Star: “Cardinal Dolan and the sex abuse scandal” July 7, 2013

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            Reverend Samuel Rodriguez – president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference

            ‘he is a leader in the New Apostolic Reformation, a movement that is transforming historic Pentecostalism and is playing an outsized role in American politics by building networks that span across denominations and churches.  … in 2011, he sought, in a published interview with journalist Greg Metzger, to minimize his involvement in NAR and the Oak Initiative. However, after a series of articles by Rachel Tabachnick proved Rodriguez’s deep involvement, he was compelled to not only resign but to publicly state: “I repudiate all vestiges of Islamophobia or any other platform that engages in fear-mongering…”  While this statement was issued, it was not publicized, and he has no other obvious public record of opposing the continuing Islamophobia among his religious and political associates.  … he … has served as a front man, along Harry Jackson, for an industry-financed group called the American Power Alliance. Rodriguez signed a statement of the NAE’s Evangelical Environmental Network called “An Evangelical Call to Stop Mercury Poisoning of the Unborn,” but he is also a director of the American Power Alliance, which opposes this regulation.  … Rodriguez told Pat Robertson in an interview on CBN, “The Hispanic electorate may be the salvation of the conservative movement and the Christian Church in America.”’ (“Corporate Media’s Go-To ‘Expert’ on Latino Evangelicals Actually a Right-Wing Political Operative”, Alternet, October 10, 2012)

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            Rabbi Marvin Hier – dean and founder of the Simon Wiesenthal Center

            ‘In 2013, the Jewish Daily Forward called Hier the “most overpaid” executive of a Jewish non-profit. Hier’s family received nearly $1.3 million in 2012 from the Simon Weisenthal Center.[10]’ (“Marvin Hier”, Wikipedia)

            [10] Calling Out the Overpaid. Editorial: The Salary Survey Is Another Sign That Governance Must Be Improved, Forward, December 20, 2013.

            ‘… Controversy surrounds Rabbi Marvin Hier’s use of supporters of the Israeli right as leverage for his plan to build a museum on some of the most-valuable land in Jerusalem and the alleged political contributions to help smooth the process.’ (“Hier’s Higher Connections”, Center for Public Integrity, Dec. 1, 1999)

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            Reverend Franklin Graham -president of Samaritan’s Purse and of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association

            ‘… in the wake of the September 11, 2001 attacks … he referred to Islam as “a very evil and wicked religion.”[17] 
            … Graham has made controversial remarks against Islam saying “True Islam cannot be practiced in this country,” Graham told CNN’s Campbell Brown in December 2009. “You can’t beat your wife. You cannot murder your children if you think they’ve committed adultery or something like that, which they do practice in these other countries.” [19][20][21][22] … In the August 30, 2010 issue of the Time magazine, “Does America Hate Islam?” Graham reportedly said that Islam “is a religion of hatred. It’s a religion of war.” Building the cultural center near Ground Zero, he says, means Muslims “will claim now that the World Trade Center property … is Islamic land.”[23] … When Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir was indicted by the International Criminal Court in March 2009, Graham argued in an op-ed in The New York Times that Bashir should not be indicted for alleged genocidal acts because the indictment would lead to the collapse of the 2005 peace agreement.[27] People for the American Way, among others, criticized Graham for downplaying Bashir’s war in mostly Muslim Darfur because of peace in the mostly Christian south of Sudan and because Bashir has allowed Graham and his Samaritan’s Purse latitude in operating in Sudan.[28]’ (“Franklin Graham”, Wikipedia)

            17 “Evangelist’s views on Islam draw critics in Winnipeg”. Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. October 22, 2006. Archived from the original on March 12, 2009. Retrieved May 31, 2013.

            19 CNN: Graham disinvited from prayer event over Islam comments. April 23, 2010.

            20 “No-name radicals vs. ‘South Park’ just a distraction – CNN com”. CNN. April 26, 2010. Retrieved May 2, 2010.

            21 “Pentagon’s Preacher Irks Muslims”. CBS News. April 16, 2003.

            22 “Franklin Graham conducts services at Pentagon”. CNN. April 18, 2003. Retrieved May 2, 2010.

            23 Montopoli, Brian (August 19, 1010). “Does America Hate Islam?”. CNN. Retrieved August 20, 2010.

            27 Graham, Franklin (March 3, 2009). “”Put Peace Before Justice,” The New York Times, 2 March 2009″. The New York Times. Retrieved May 31, 2013.

            28 “People for the American Way, “Right Wing Watch,” 8 April 2009″.  Rightwingwatch org. Retrieved May 31, 2013.

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            Bishop Wayne T. Jackson – senior pastor of Great Faith Ministries International

            ‘… Bishop Wayne T. Jackson’s consecration includes controversial “covering” act: “Perversion has hit the black church with a vengeance and it doesn’t seem to be coming from the pews. In Detroit, Bishop Wayne T. Jackson of Great Faith Ministries conducted a bishop’s “consecration” event for two men.  The video of the event and what the bishop did to the two men has sent waves of disgust through the church community.” … the “first man is Junaldo O. Lee” who apparently is “pastor of Jackson’s satellite church in Atlanta.”  … “In an astonishing act of raw perversion, Jackson first tells the two men to get on their knees. After they submissively do so, he waves his hand indicating they are to lay face down on the floor of the church in front of a crowd of people (and presumably their wives and children).  After the men have laid face down, Jackson calls for his assistants to cover them with large white cloths which he explains that “You gotta be buried. You gotta die. So that Christ can live in you. Be prepared for burial”. The men are completely covered and Jackson grabs the ankles of the first man and acts as if he is praying.  Almost as an afterthought he beckons for the assistant to give him a red cape which he throws on top of the first man.” … As you’ll see in the video below Jackson actually lays on top of each man in a most bizarre ordination ceremony.’ (“Controversial ordination Ceremony by Bishop Wayne T. Jackson”, Apprising Ministries, Jan 11, 2013)

            ‘… (One) weekend, the group, New Era Detroit, disrupted a service at Jackson’s church, Great Faith Ministries on Grand River Avenue, protesting what they claim is Jackson’s lavish lifestyle and failure to give back to the community.’ (“Detroit Pastor Who Interviewed Trump Deals with More Controversy”, Deadline Detroit, September 23rd, 2016)

  6. She really is a strange one! BEGS for money at services, and then tells people what “god is saying to them”, which always involves giving more money. She’s not right in the head.
    Just another member of the three ring circus known as American televangelists

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