We atheists have heard the common argument that God gives humans their moral code and without God there can be nothing good accomplished in the world. One could also assume that the closer one gets to God and the more of the Holy Spirit one has inside themselves, the less douchey one must become.
Unfortunately this is not the case.
To illustrate what a few “godly” men do in the name of Jesus, I’m going to profile two of my favorite faith healers. Enjoy them or loathe them–just don’t donate money to them!
If You Yell Loud Enough, It’s Not Bullshit
First up, Kerney Thomas, a man who loves Cosby sweaters and thinks “GAAAWWD” wants you to have a miracle over the phone. His late night call-in show is one long infomercial for magical Blood-O-Jesus handkerchiefs and “prayer packages” (which appear to be nothing but donation envelopes and a form letter).
Thomas is a one-trick pony. When not promoting his good luck charms and “pwayer[sic] packages”, he’s taking calls from the poor, sick, and desperate. After chanting the same nonsense syllables as always (“Ee ko bah sha ta la ta boh ko sha”), clenching his face tightly, and screaming “GAAAWWWD!” a few times, he makes up shit claims miracles for his audience. He asks them to confirm they feel better or that they believe a magical deposit will appear soon into their bank accounts.
My favorite clip of Thomas is also the hardest one to watch. A woman feeling terrible pain in her elbows calls in, begging for help and relief. Watch to see what can happen to those who believe in charlatans and dewoosional faith healers:
If that doesn’t leave you angry, sad, and chuckling, I’m not sure what to do with you.Why this man is on the air blows my mind. His cheap tricks clearly play to the uneducated, desperate, and lonely–yet he asks for their money and encourages his watchers rely on “miracles” instead of practical solutions and help. I’m most concerned for the people who can’t afford to get the proper care. If it was available to them, they would probably not be going to this joker for his babbling and handkerchiefs.
Leave your own thoughts about Kerney Thomas in the comments! Coming up next: Part 2: a preacher and his fists of fury!