The 1980s, it seemed, were the peak decade for scandals involving various televangelists, with all the heavy hitters of the era–Oral Roberts, Robert Tilton, Jimmy Swaggart, Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker–becoming embroiled in various shenanigans, most of which involved the televangelists themselves engaging in behavior that they actually preached against, thereby revealing themselves as unmitigated hypocrites. On this wild and crazy episode, Tom and Jenny delve into three famous televangelist scandals, including those of Ted Haggard, who vocally opposed gay marriage despite having relations with a male masseur and also taking crystal meth; Jimmy Swaggart, whose holier-than-thou demeanor was somewhat undercut by him being caught with prostitutes; and the infamous Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker, who were involved in various forms of fraud, on top of Jim engaging in a great deal of sexual misconduct. Cue the hallelujahs and dig out your checkbooks, we’re about to dive into some hypocritical hullabaloo on this spiritually bankrupt installment of 13 O’Clock.
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