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God's Profits: Faith, Fraud, and the Republican Crusade for Values Voters
Synopses & Reviews
Keenly observed and meticulously reported, "God's Profits" examines the unholy alliance between a new breed of corrupt televangelists and the Republican Party, which is eagerly courting "values voters" in the nation's largest megachurches.
Author Sarah Posner exposes the activities of Kenneth Copeland, John Hagee, Rod Parsley, T.D. Jakes, and other politically connected, skillfully marketed, and increasingly influential religious leaders. Preaching the "prosperity gospel"???the notion that faith and tithing alone can ensure financial security???both in their churches and over the airwaves, these charismatic leaders scam the gullible even as they enjoy unprecedented access to top Bush Administration officials. Admired by Republican strategists for their antigovernment ideology and authoritarian leadership styles, these televangelists work together to maximize profits; protect themselves legally; influence elections, judicial nominations, and promote their pro-war, apocalyptic ideas.
Book News Annotation:
American Prospect journalist Posner investigates the growing nexus between the Republican Party and the powerful televangelists in the Word of Faith movement, a prosperity gospel that teaches that accepting Jesus will result in religious, political, and financial victory even as its most prominent spokesmen beg for contributions from their followers that allow them to live in luxury. She exposes some of the financial shenanigans of these televangelists and discusses the natural affinity the Republican Party has with them because of their ability to deliver votes and because of their hard-right views on cultural, economic, and foreign policy issues. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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About the Author
Joe Conason is the national correspondent for the "New York Observer," where he writes a political column that is distrubuted by the United Features Syndicate. He is also a contributing editor for "Talk" magazine and a contributer to Salon.com. His writing has appeared in" The Nation, Harper's, The New Yorker, "and many other publications.
Gene Lyons won the National Magazine Award in 1980. He has written extensively for "Newsweek, Harper's The Nation, The New Review of Books, Texas Monthly, Entertainment Weekly," and many other magazines. His books include "The Higher Illiteracy" (University of Arkansas, 1988), "Widow's Web" (Simon & Schuster, 1993), and "Fools for Scanda"l (Franklin Square, 1996). He writes a political column for the "Arkansas Democrat-Gazette."
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