Pat Robertson’s Prayer Scam

I grew up watching the 700 Club. It was on in our house every day because my stepmother loved the show. And one of the regular features is Pat Robertson praying and telling unnamed people that God is answering their prayers. It’s done in the form of “there’s someone out there right now with lumbago; God is healing you right now.” On a recent show, he said God was going to give someone a million dollars:


It’s the perfect scam because it can never be shown to be false. And once in a while, someone watching the show will have some ailment and it will get better (usually because they’re getting medical treatment for it) and they’ll write in to say that the prayer came true, God really healed them! It’s such a transparent fraud that it’s almost hard to believe that people can fall for it, but they do.

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