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October 9th, 2013
07:07 PM ET

Believers in bling: Behold, the prosperity 'Preachers of L.A.'

Opinion by Kate Bowler, Special to CNN

(CNN) - Money. Women. Fame. Church.

That's a day in the life of “The Preachers of L.A.,” a new reality show centered on the lives of megachurch pastors of the so-called “prosperity gospel.”

The show, which premiers Wednesday night on the Oxygen Network, is a chaotic mix of prayer, "house porn," and neatly orchestrated dust-ups between senior pastors and their “first ladies.”

In some ways, the combination of the prosperity gospel with the “Real Housewives” format is a match made in Oprah-produced heaven.

Men of the cloth cruise Southern California in lavish cars weighed down by their gold watches and tiny dogs.

As Ron Gibson, a bishop in the largest Pentecostal denomination in the country, explains: “P. Diddy, Jay Z. They’re not the only ones who should be driving Ferraris and living in nice houses.”

Clarence McClendon, said to be so good-looking that he must take out restraining orders on women in his church, concurs: “The Bible says that I wish above all things that you would prosper and be in health, even as your soul prospers.”

He grins. “I believe that.”

To critics, "The Preachers of L.A." represents the distilled toxicity of Christianity combined with a money-obsessed generation of American preachers.

Even to sympathizers, the show seems to reaffirm all the negative stereotypes about greedy prosperity preachers more interested in bling than the BIble.

So why would six well-established prosperity preachers put so much on the line, with so much to lose?

I have spent the last decade studying the prosperity gospel and trying to convince readers that, underneath all the hype about the lifestyle of its preachers, there is serious theology at work.

The prosperity gospel is an offshoot of Pentecostalism that centers on a new understanding of faith. Faith, rather than simple trust, is re-imagined as a spiritual power released by positive thoughts and words.

This faith formula was a blend of early 20th-century American theologies of self-help, popular psychology, metaphysical philosophy and can-do attitudes about the power of the mind.

During the economic boom of the 1950s, tent-toting Pentecostal healers like Oral Roberts, Kenneth Hagin and A. A. Allen began to expand on what this newfound spiritual power could do.

By their teaching and their example, they showed a generation of believers how they could use their faith to change their circumstances. Faith could heal bodies, multiply finances, restore families and bring a taste of heaven down to Earth.

The prosperity gospel is predicated on the belief that your life—your body, wallet, family, career and full head of hair—is a witness to whether your faith is effective.

Having traveled the country to visit these churches, I have seen preachers make this point in a thousand ways: from boasting about their perfect health (“I’ve never been sick!”), giving tours of their airplane fleet, even handing out cash in the Sunday service.

In "Preachers of L.A.," when Bishop Noel Jones of the 20,000-member City of Refuge rolls out of his Sunday service with his entourage in a gleaming town car, fawning women pressed up against the glass, his celebrity status is confirmed.

But this is not just show-and-tell bragging. It’s meant to be a spiritual witness, concrete proof that God is present. Look at what God can do!

What's most dangerous for a cast of prosperity preachers, though, are the unwritten rules of all reality shows: The rich and the mighty must prove that they, too, are plagued with “real-life” problems. They might be in a Lear jet, but they are suffering in a Lear jet.

“Being a pastor is very dangerous, because you have to be perfect at all times,” says one L.A. pastor.

“People put you up on a pedestal that you can’t live on,” complains another.

Or as Pastor Deitrick Haddon bemoans behind designer sunglasses: “I’m a pastor, but at the end of the day, I’m a MAN.”

The problem is these ministers gave up being “just a man” when they became prosperity preachers. The movement places a great weight on the spiritual power of leaders as living proof of what the prosperity gospel can do.

You will find a theological justification for this every time a journalist asks a prosperity pastor a few pointed questions about why he or she needs a plane or a vintage muscle car collection or a personal rare bird sanctuary.

The answer is always the same: What I have, I use for the ministry. If the prosperity gospel worked for me, it can work for anyone. I’m commissioned by God with special gifts for special purposes.

These pastors’ Midas touch provides endless sermon illustrations designed to tantalize audiences: If only you believe what I believe, you can have what I have, too.

Because these leaders are symbols of more and better, some argue that the prosperity gospel’s primary aim is to inspire. It infuses people with optimism and a desire to want, expect and make steps toward achieving greater things.

But don't mistake the prosperity gospel and its preachers for religious sideshows or easy targets.

If you look past the Rolexes, Mercedes, gold chains and monogrammed pocket squares, you might see something surprising. These pastors, bejeweled as they are, would never want their lifestyle to be a barrier to their evangelism.

Precisely the opposite. They still want their message and their ministry to transcend—and be mediated through—their material "blessings."

There is a reason why the prosperity gospel represents a powerful stream in American religious life.

As my own research shows, millions of American Christians have turned to the prosperity gospel to help them understand God as deeply invested in their everyday lives. They want a God who cares about their heath, their mortgage payments and their ability to afford a better life.

Many believers in the prosperity gospel will despise the “The Preachers of L.A.” for advertising the humanity of the man behind the message. Still others will tune in because of their deep belief that the high life might actually be divine.

Kate Bowler is assistant professor of the History of Christianity in the United States at Duke Divinity School and author of "Blessed: A History of the American Prosperity Gospel." The views expressed in this column belong to Bowler.

- CNN Religion Editor

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  1. Sister Valium

    Jesus was homeless, gave more than He got (fed the hungry, healed the sick, etc) without asking for money. The apostles were all working class stiffs and remained so while spreading the Way. Paul earned his way by making tents and yes, on the generosity of his followers, but only for the basics. Buddha gave up all. The Hebrew prophets, most of them were poor preachers. Mahavira (c. 599-527 BC) founder of the Jain faith, lived as an ascetic. I don't deny these preachers a living, but come on. Greed is greed no matter who it is.

    October 11, 2013 at 10:01 am |
    • Reality # 2

      Christian Economics and Greed 101:

      The Baptizer drew crowds and charged for the "dunking". The historical Jesus saw a good thing and continued dunking and preaching the good word but added "healing" as an added charge to include free room and board. Sure was better than being a poor peasant but he got a bit too zealous and they nailed him to a tree. But still no greed there.

      Paul picked up the money scent on the road to Damascus. He added some letters and a prophecy of the imminent second coming for a fee for salvation and "Gentilized" the good word to the "big buck" world. i.e. Paul was the first media evangelist!!! And he and the other Apostles forgot to pay their Roman taxes and the legendary actions by the Romans made them martyrs for future greed. Paul was guilty of minor greed?

      Along comes Constantine. He saw the growing rich Christian community and recognized a new tax base so he set them "free". Major greed on his part!!

      The Holy Roman "Empirers"/Popes/Kings/Queens/Evangelicals et al continued the money grab selling access to JC and heaven resulting in some of today's richest organizations on the globe i.e. the Christian churches (including the Mormon Church) and related aristocracies. Obvious greed!!!

      An added note: As per R.B. Stewart in his introduction to the recent book, The Resurrection of Jesus, Crossan and Wright in Dialogue, ( Professors Crossan and Wright are On Faith panelists).

      "Reimarus (1774-1778) posits that Jesus became sidetracked by embracing a political position, sought to force God's hand and that he died alone deserted by his disciples. What began as a call for repentance ended up as a misguided attempt to usher in the earthly political kingdom of God. After Jesus' failure and death, his disciples stole his body and declared his resurrection in order to maintain their financial security and ensure themselves some standing."

      Some of Paul's money gathering activities some of which resulted in buying the Gentile entry into the then mostly Jewish version of Christianity:

      Paul claimed almost total independence from the "mother church" in Jerusalem.[12] and yet was eager and diligent to bring material support from the various budding Gentile churches that he planted to the mother church at Jerusalem.

      When a famine occurred in Judea, around 45–46,[24] Paul and Barnabas journeyed to Jerusalem to deliver financial support from the Antioch community.[25] According to Acts, Antioch had become an alternative center for Christians following the dispersion of the believers after the death of Stephen. It was in Antioch that the followers of Jesus were first called "Christians."[Ac. 11:26]. This act basically "greased" the entry of non-circu-mcised Gentiles into Christianity.

      "Paul collected the money from his four provinces, Galatia, Macedonia, Achaia and Asia but, for obvious reasons, of propriety, had representatives take each province's own contribution".

      October 11, 2013 at 10:34 am |
    • ivy

      Agreed. All they are showing is the seedy side of Christianity. This has nothing to do with God or Christ. And anyone following them deserves to be ripped off.

      We are in a recession. These kind of shows take off during a recession. People know they can never come close to living like this. Yet through these fantasy preachers they are allowed to dream. And dream and fantasize is what people do who either attend their churches or watch this ridiculous show.

      These preachers are devil worshipers. Everyone who says they are of God are not of God.

      Think about how Jesus lived. The Romans had more "bling" than anyone. Yet Jesus never partook of it. Remember when the devil tempted Jesus by offering power over cities and he refused.

      Jesus was humble and holy. These men are no different than the Romans who lived at the time of Jesus Christ. If Jesus came back today these preachers would crucify him again. Except this time they would want to put a hit out on him. They would not want Jesus to expose them for the satan worshipers they are.

      People need to think. You have nothing because you give everything to support this religious pimp and his main bit$$ in their lifestyle.

      October 11, 2013 at 4:50 pm |
  2. Femi AKins

    My suggeestion is that each man should work out his own salvation with fear and trembling. When Jesus returns many will say they know him and did great works in his name and he will say I dont know you.

    There is nothing wrong with being a man or child of God and being wealthy or successful. The question is (like the rich man who came to Jesus), will you drop every last dime for him? Will you let it all go? Which is to say does the kingdom of God or the kingdom of mammon come first? Your choice.

    October 11, 2013 at 8:42 am |
    • Bo

      Well said.

      October 11, 2013 at 9:31 am |
    • Bob

      The whole Jesus-sacrifice thing is a steaming pile of bull-do. How is it again that your omnipotent being couldn't do his saving bit without the whole silly Jesus hoopla? And how was Jesus' death a "sacrifice", when an omnipotent being could just pop up a replacement son any time with less than a snap of his fingers? Pretty pathetic "god" that you've made for yourself there.

      Ask the questions. Break the chains. Join the movement.
      Be free of Christianity and other superstitions.
      http://whywontgodhealamputees.com/

      October 11, 2013 at 9:49 am |
  3. MisterBTS

    Why does the link in the article point to a place to buy the writer's book, instead of pointing to the Oxygen channel's site about the TV show which the article is ostensibly about?

    October 11, 2013 at 7:47 am |
  4. Yeah Right

    These are business men. And that's all they are. At the cave when they were discussing something, someone even said, "From a BUSINESS sense..." (yada yada yada) So where is saving souls their ultimate goal? These are definitely some Alpha Pimps who have misled their congregants by teaching that they should literally interpret the bible, which is WRONG; but of course they use "scriptures" that support their lavish lifestyle. It's amazing how stupid and blind people are to actually rally for these dogs.

    October 11, 2013 at 7:43 am |
  5. mickey1313

    Talk about shining a light on the problems of thiesm, this level of greed is apauling

    October 11, 2013 at 12:42 am |
    • saggyroy

      Who is prospering from the gospel of properity?

      October 11, 2013 at 6:04 am |
      • saggyroy

        prosperity

        October 11, 2013 at 6:04 am |
      • Conjuring Cat

        I'd say the preachers are making out like bandits...

        October 11, 2013 at 9:26 pm |
        • Observer

          How is it YOU seem to know how bandits make out?

          October 11, 2013 at 9:28 pm |
  6. Nathaniel

    These men aren't preachers. If they had truly been called to preach, by the Holy Ghost, and not their own decision, they would NOT be preaching on money and taking everything from their followers. These men (and any woman who claims to be a preacher) are devils.

    October 10, 2013 at 11:30 pm |
    • SLM

      If you have not listen to any of their sermons, than how do you know that they are not preaching GOD's truth? People are too hung up on things. If all you value in the world is just things that can be easily lost... Think of floods, a tornado, hurricanes, and the like. THINGS are just that... things. YOUR soul is eternal.

      October 11, 2013 at 1:25 am |
    • saggyroy

      That is your opinion. Anyone can claim to be preaching the word of god. If they say they are, then they are. That's the beauty of religion. It's made up.

      October 11, 2013 at 6:06 am |
    • Doc Vestibule

      The best thing about citing God as your authority is that He's never around to contradict you.

      October 11, 2013 at 7:58 am |
      • AP

        Oh, yes He is. I love and pray for them all, but if they are wolves in sheep's clothing, Heaven will prove them wrong. Galatians 6:7: Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.

        October 11, 2013 at 9:19 am |
        • Munitions

          Mock Mock Mock. I'm mocking god. <> Yep, still here. I guess I can mock god and get away with it. Mock Mock Mock.

          October 11, 2013 at 10:12 am |
        • Munitions

          Wait for it........mock mock mock. Still mocking and going strong. No bolt from the blue yet. Mock mock mock. I thought he was inducing a heart attack in me but it turned out to be gas. Mock mock mock.

          October 11, 2013 at 10:17 am |
        • doobzz

          God's mama wears army boots.

          Still waiting to be hit by that lightening bolt.

          October 11, 2013 at 6:58 pm |
  7. SLM

    There seems to be too many people with not enough knowledge of the word of GOD. If you do not attend church or even read your bible to find out who Jesus is, than you really have no input. The EARTH is the LORD's and the FULLNESS thereof ( meaning everything in it, INCLUDING YOU!) If a man seeks to do GOD's will than he has that right to receive the blessings of GOD. He said to seek the kingdom first, and HIS righteousness, than everything else will be added unto you. The best thing that I can see from this show airing, is to let people know that there is a GOD and you have to make your OWN decision as to repent, give him your heart and serve him. GOD can bless anyone with whatever he wants to. It ALL belongs to him. ALSO to those who think that JESUS was poor, just contemplate on the 3 wise men who honored him with gold, myrr, and frakenscence. expensive items of that time. He came down to earth and left his KINGDOM to become like man so that he can show us how to live on earth, to DIE for the SINS of the world and to be RAISED up on the 3rd day, and is sitting on the right hand of the father (GOD) with all power in his hands. The word of GOD also states that the streets of heaven are paved with gold and he has gone to prepare us (his children) a place , so that where he is, WE SHALL be there also. He said in MY father's house are many mansions. We do not serve a little GOD. If you get a chance read the book of JOB in the bible. There is NOTHING that GOD will not do for those who love and live for him.

    October 10, 2013 at 11:29 pm |
    • bacbik

      too long... too boring... too much unnecessary capitalization.. to much BS...

      October 10, 2013 at 11:40 pm |
      • SLM

        Your opinion is worth nothing to me. I KNOW who I am... A daughter of the MOST HIGH, LIVING GOD. Saved by HIS grace and mercy. It is the GIFT of GOD to every believer.

        October 11, 2013 at 1:31 am |
        • Munitions

          Bow down and worship (fill in the blank with any god), Most high god. Mock mock mock.

          October 11, 2013 at 11:00 am |
        • Ian

          You should keep your delusions to yourself. Best to be thought a fool than open your mouth and prove it.

          October 11, 2013 at 11:04 am |
    • am

      Bible noted Jesus was made poor so we can be rich. The article does not state that it is wrong to have all these things but having watched the show, the church is ran like business and a business goal is to make money. In terms of prosperity gospels, these preachers are rather taking advantage of the ignorance of men who fail to read the scriptures for themselves to realize that they dont need another man to tell them that God will bless them because God has already done it. Prosperity gospel see blessing as financial and materialistic and not realize that just by witnessing to someone about Christ is a blessing on its own. Oncd again, nothing wrong with the lavishness but where your heart is is where your treasure is.

      October 11, 2013 at 1:09 am |
      • SLM

        If you have a congregation of 20,000 people... You have to pay for the facility, the lighting, heating, and cooling bills. This is just the beginning...There are robes for the choir, most churches pay there skilled musicians money. You also have the things that are done within the community. This stuff cost money. My church has land, and if you are a member, you can be buried there for free. We have food and clothing pantrys, gardens that grow food to give to the community...There are outreach programs YOU name it. Most people who attend church are educated within their own rights and use their GOD given talents and skills to help with the advancement of GOD's kingdom. You are only seeing a small portion of what the ministry is like. GOD does things decently and in order. If you read your bible, take the story of NOAH for instance...GOD gave him the dimensions, the type of wood he was to use and all the directions to build the ark. GOD is precise in all that he does. He will not have his churches out of order. If it is run like a business, than if it is a well ran business than it should prosper. GOD is in the business of SAVING SOULS.

        October 11, 2013 at 1:42 am |
        • Yeah Right

          Are you SERIOUS?? Wow, they've really done a job on your ability to reason with logic. What does keeping the lights on and choir robes have to do with Jones owning cars that are 200K; living in "The Hills"; and sleeping with different women? His lady friend of 16 yrs intimated she's been climbing aboard for years now, and he has a child out of wedlock, and he was messing with Lisa Raye for a minute. WAKE UP!

          October 11, 2013 at 7:49 am |
    • maria

      What a bunch of BS I am tired already reading you ZZZZZZZZZZZZ

      October 11, 2013 at 3:24 am |
  8. jay

    These men like MOST preachers..... of any religion are PIMPS..plain and simple.... PIMPS...PIMPS and more PIMPS

    October 10, 2013 at 10:14 pm |
    • mickey1313

      That is all any religous leader is, a pimp a thug and a hypocrite. Those are the people who make up the faithful.

      October 11, 2013 at 12:44 am |
  9. bootyfunk

    how much do u think we r going to get from our lawsuit? lol

    October 10, 2013 at 10:06 pm |
    • lulu

      This one or the one to stop the boneless chckns cloning?

      October 10, 2013 at 11:42 pm |
  10. children of Israel

    Who did Moses give the laws, statutes and commandments to? *John 7:19 Did not Moses give you the law, and yet none of you keepeth the law? Why go ye about to kill me? (Matthew 5:17)

    October 10, 2013 at 10:04 pm |
  11. MAX

    U stole it

    October 10, 2013 at 9:51 pm |
  12. MAX

    2 bad CNN, WordPress and dodo can't find nothing to use to discredit Christ. Try harder u morons. BTW, for every negative u post about some hypocritical religious punk, there are 10 million examples of christian love and grace. Using all the garbage u can find 2 taint Christ and to regute his reality only proves that he is, when balanced with all the unbelievable good. So, point being, thanks 4 demonstrating as usual, u got nothing!

    October 10, 2013 at 9:43 pm |
    • mickey1313

      The only evidence for christ is the bible, since you can use an object ot validate its self, there is ZERO evidence for christ, god, angles, spriits ect. Just your ignorance alows you to think that these myths are true.

      October 11, 2013 at 12:46 am |
      • Nathaniel

        If you were ever Saved you would have that evidence in your heart and your actions would bear witness to that, instead of the hate that you write here. And I mean truly Saved, not reciting some nonsense or having some preacher tell you you've been Saved. I mean really Saved; real Charity to want to help others, not the nonsense "charity" the world has fabricated.

        October 11, 2013 at 3:58 pm |
  13. Age of Reason

    ..."NO one know if this Jesus Christ existed,and if he did, NOTHING is known about him!"
    Why I am not a christian Bertrand Russell 1928

    October 10, 2013 at 9:07 pm |
    • bootyfunk

      i no

      October 10, 2013 at 10:07 pm |
    • Bill Deacon

      A stupid man's report of what a clever man says can never be accurate, because he unconsciously translates what he hears into something he can understand.

      Bertrand Russell

      October 11, 2013 at 9:43 am |
      • doobzz

        You would know, Boof. You report stupid quotes up here daily.

        October 11, 2013 at 7:01 pm |
  14. DrTune

    Single critical question is not raised in the article above:
    Where does these pastor's money come from?
    Does it come from their own wealth-creation or... straight out of the pockets of their congregation?

    October 10, 2013 at 7:50 pm |
    • bootyfunk

      santa

      October 10, 2013 at 8:00 pm |
  15. Guest

    Pastor Ron Gibson does not have the largest Pentecostal black church in the country, you meant Bishop Noel Jones.

    October 10, 2013 at 5:33 pm |
    • Guest

      Correction, Bishop Noel Jones has one of the largest churches. His buddy Bishop T.D. Jakes has about 30,000 members at lleast

      October 10, 2013 at 5:35 pm |
      • Bob

        They are both con artists selling a god fraud to stupid, lazy people.

        October 10, 2013 at 5:51 pm |
  16. children of Israel

    Matthew 22:14 For many are called, but few are chosen. *Psalm 105:6 O ye seed of Abraham his servant, ye children of Jacob his chosen. *Revelation 17:14 for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful. *John 13:18 I speak not of you all: I know whom I have chosen: *Deuteronomy 7:6 the Lord thy God hath chosen thee to be a speciai people unto himself, above all people that are upon the face of the earth. * Jeremiah 3:23 truly in the Lord our God is the salvation of Israel. *Romans 11:26 And so all Israel shall be saved:

    October 10, 2013 at 5:23 pm |
    • Bob

      Numbers 31:17-18
      17 Now kiII all the boys. And kiII every woman who has slept with a man,
      18 but save for yourselves every girl who has never slept with a man.

      Deuteronomy 13:6 – “If your brother, your mother’s son or your son or daughter, or the wife you cherish, or your friend who is as your own soul entice you secretly, saying, let us go and serve other gods … you shall surely kill him; your hand shall be first against him to put him to death”

      Revelations 2:23 And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall know that I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts: and I will give unto every one of you according to your works.

      Leviticus 25
      44 “‘Your male and female slaves are to come from the nations around you; from them you may buy slaves.
      45 You may also buy some of the temporary residents living among you and members of their clans born in your country, and they will become your property.
      46 You can bequeath them to your children as inherited property and can make them slaves for life, but you must not rule over your fellow Israelites ruthlessly.

      Note that the bible is also very clear that you should sacrifice and burn an animal today because the smell makes sicko Christian sky fairy happy. No, you don't get to use the parts for food. You burn them, a complete waste of the poor animal.

      Yes, the bible really says that, everyone. Yes, it's in Leviticus, look it up. Yes, Jesus purportedly said that the OT commands still apply. No exceptions. But even if you think the OT was god's mistaken first go around, you have to ask why a perfect, loving enti-ty would ever put such horrid instructions in there. If you think rationally at all, that is.

      And then, if you disagree with my interpretation, ask yourself how it is that your "god" couldn't come up with a better way to communicate than a book that is so readily subject to so many interpretations and to being taken "out of context", and has so many mistakes in it. Pretty pathetic god that you've made for yourself.

      So get out your sacrificial knife or your nasty sky creature will torture you eternally. Or just take a closer look at your foolish supersti-tions, understand that they are just silly, and toss them into the dustbin with all the rest of the gods that man has created.

      Ask the questions. Break the chains. Join the movement.
      Be free of Christianity and other superstitions.
      http://whywontgodhealamputees.com/

      October 10, 2013 at 5:47 pm |
      • Age of Reason

        ...that is quite correct! We have to believe in the religion of our Founding Fathers which was DEISM! This is basically a pagan religion where you believe in yourself, in each other, in nature!.....Just like the ancient pagans!

        "Jesus Christ was phoney mythical, political construct who NEVER existed and DO NOT believe in HIM!

        October 10, 2013 at 9:10 pm |
    • Stephen Jones

      1 Timothy 2:12: "I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man, she must be silent."

      October 10, 2013 at 6:56 pm |
  17. WOT

    Christians are not perfect , they are forgiven. All of this madness is surpose to happen in the latter days of man. We should all know that JUDGEMENT will began at the House of God!

    October 10, 2013 at 5:12 pm |
    • WiT

      "will began" -uh huh...

      So why does your god need a future day to judge us? He's not capable of knowing the future?

      Better create a better god for yourself. Yours isn't very capable. And he's apparently quite the jerk.

      October 10, 2013 at 5:15 pm |
      • SLM

        You think your'e smart, but you are ignorant. GOD does know the day and time of HIS return. He is giving everyone the opportunity to get the SALVATION that he HUNG, BLED, and DIED for us. So that BELIEVERS may have eternal life. GOD Knows everything... even YOU. I may also add, he even knows your thought before you do! HOW GREAT IS OUR GOD!!!!!! 🙂

        October 11, 2013 at 1:16 am |
  18. dm murdock

    have u read her garbage? no wonder they no nothin. they believe she has a clue.

    horus and curly r her top candidates! right dodo?

    October 10, 2013 at 5:09 pm |
    • Austin

      faith, is that me?

      October 10, 2013 at 5:27 pm |
    • Max

      Speaking of her garbage:

      Karie called Bible Clown a “disgusting, deviant perverted virus,” and a “Bozo,” before ending with this prediction:

      “Hell is coming for you love. Special dungeon just for u and u won’t be able to die. LOL.LOL.”

      Her various troll names:

      dodo murdock
      lulu
      bootyfunk (stolen)
      slappy
      tt
      point being
      louie
      cherrie
      prophet
      Dr E
      kati
      sam tone
      blessed
      doodoo
      bingo
      wary
      alaqeada
      sam stone (stolen)
      al
      observer
      sammy
      karie
      bethany
      barry
      blake
      faith
      hharri
      charlie
      terry
      mary
      yudhisthira mahabharata jr
      eddie
      tex
      dewie
      Pharisee DM

      October 10, 2013 at 5:47 pm |
      • Max

        Oh. Forgot about 'love', and 'Meredith S.', stolen from a 9/11 widow.

        What a lovely person we're dealing with here, folks. So "Christian".

        October 10, 2013 at 6:12 pm |
        • MAX

          Lol

          October 10, 2013 at 9:36 pm |
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