Disgraced Televangelists Jim Bakker And Jimmy Swaggart Received PPP Loans

Jim Bakker (left); Jimmy Swaggart (right).Screengrab / RWW Blog / YouTube ; Screengrab / SonLife Broadcasting Network / YouTube

JakeThomas

Jim Bakker's ministry received between $350,000 and $1M, while Jimmy Swaggart's church got $2M to $5M.

Disgraced televangelists Jim Bakker and Jimmy Swaggart are among the leaders of religious organizations that received loans through the government's COVID relief program, according to an analysis by the Guardian.

  • The publication reported that Bakker’s Morningside Church Productions in Missouri received between $350,000 and $1 million in Paycheck Protection Program loans from the federal government.
  • The Guardian noted that Bakker “was defrocked by the Assemblies of God after a highly publicized sexual encounter with a church secretary; was imprisoned in the 90s on dozens of fraud and conspiracy charges surrounding his church fundraising; and now promotes emergency survival products.”
  • The televangelist was also sued by Missouri’s attorney general this year for selling a fake “coronavirus cure.”
  • Meanwhile, Swaggart’s Family Worship Center in Louisiana received between $2 million and $5 million in PPP loans.
  • Swaggart “was defrocked by the Pentecostal Assemblies of God in the early 1990s after being implicated in sex scandals.”

In all, more than 10,600 religious organizations received at least $3 billion in loans through the program, according to the Guardian’s analysis, including churches, synagogues, temples and private religious schools.

Read the full report.

Comments (16)
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VPentz
VPentz

I would love for someone to help me obtain a loan. I own a music school with three employees and I had to close the school. I cannot afford the lease. We have no students now because parents are afraid to send their children to piano lessons being close to teachers. I went to prison on DUI charges.i drank too much after my son committed suicide. I have never been in an accident, never scratched a car, never hurt anyone. Now I am a convicted felon and cannot get a loan to keep my school open. I have not touched a drink in over three years. I am a widow and am drowning in debt. I am an avid volunteer in suicide prevention and substance abuse. Thank you very much. Psithurts@gmail.com

macrumpton
macrumpton

Since churches are not businesses I am not sure why they qualify for these loans. They don't produce anything.

Abbie_Hoffman
Abbie_Hoffman

They produce all right. They produce Talibaptists fuckwits who worship Trump.

albertneal15
albertneal15

This is but one example of The First Felon in Chief's blatant Corruption. He kowtows to his corrupt supporters regularly.

vxx
vxx

Traditional Family Values Christian Republicans: Jimmy Swaggart “I Have Sinned,” Trying To Save Face By Beating the Media in Breaking His Cavorting with PROSTITUTES To Minimize Damage and Appear “Repentant”

vxx
vxx

Televangelist Jim Bakker is INDICTED on federal charges of MAIL AND WIRE FRAUD and of conspiring to DEFRAUD THE PUBLIC. The case against the founder of Praise the Lord (PTL) Ministries and three of his aides exploded in the press when it was revealed that Bakker had SEX with former church secretary Jessica Hahn.

Jim Bakker Is Indicted On Federal Charges (1988)

iwalyhuw
iwalyhuw

I don't suppose this is going to be a place for me to post. I don't seem to be able to smoothly insert words like "fuck" or "kowtow." Perhaps Princeton will consider refunding my tuition fees.

SweetpotatoesGma
SweetpotatoesGma

Churches really are businesses. Some are therapeutic. Some have programs for after school, day care, schools, senior care, financial hardships, and a host of others. Don't knock them for being as smart as you, me, and others are. That's who the building are there for. Us..

BeethovensSidekick
BeethovensSidekick

But then churches don’t pay taxes, so should they receive tax monies?

Maybe it’s time “the business side” does...


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