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October 08, 2010 – Comments (12)

Flipping through the channels last night, I came across an informercial from this fellow: 

According to a post on the blog (TheProphetSpeaks.com) of the good Rev. Ripoff, oops, I mean Popoff:

"God wants you to be debt-free.  That was the message that Elizabeth and I proclaimed during the latest series of telecasts that we made.  I felt in my heart that the body of Christ is going to witness many mighty miracles, but one of the greatest miracles we will see is supernatural debt cancellation."

I was floored. How do people get away with this? 

So I did some research this morning, and found that this guy has been around for a while, and doing quite well. From his entry on Wikipedia:

"According to Charity Navigator, in FY2004, Peter Popoff received $548,167 as president of his organization and the Peter Popoff Ministries raised $16,220,066 in revenue in FYE 2004. Then in FY2005, Popoff received $628,732, his wife Elizabeth received $203,029, his son received $182,166, and daughter received $176,290 with $23,556,469 in revenue."

I also found this older video of dedicated skeptic James Randi exposing Popoff:

 

In case you want even more (including how he makes his money): 

I saw the infomercial on BET, but I've read they run elsewhere, too (internationally, in fact). So 1) how can reputable networks actually air this stuff, and 2) how can people actually believe it? 

Robert Brokamp, CFP®, is the senior advisor for the Fool's Rule Your Retirement service.

 

12 Comments – Post Your Own

#1) On October 08, 2010 at 10:26 AM, TMFCandyMountain (< 20) wrote:

I'm bummed that 800 number is cut off on the video. I could use some of that Miracle Spring Water.

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#2) On October 08, 2010 at 11:19 AM, Valyooo (99.47) wrote:

This guy is the man

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#3) On October 08, 2010 at 12:06 PM, chk999 (99.97) wrote:

Remember the Reverend Ike?

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#4) On October 08, 2010 at 12:09 PM, mtf00l (49.87) wrote:

Reputable channels can run it because they get a cut of $23,556,469.

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#5) On October 08, 2010 at 2:31 PM, outoffocus (23.49) wrote:

So 1) how can reputable networks actually air this stuff, and 2) how can people actually believe it? 

People watch Fox News dont they?

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#6) On October 08, 2010 at 2:41 PM, starbucks4ever (97.89) wrote:

God does not cancel debts directly, but only through his representative on Earth, Ben Bernanke.

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#7) On October 08, 2010 at 3:14 PM, blueberrygoo (73.82) wrote:

Remember some of the US population (well, at least 1) believed that Obama was going to pay for gas, mortgage, etc.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P36x8rTb3jI

 

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#8) On October 08, 2010 at 4:39 PM, Option1307 (30.12) wrote:

Ha ha ha love it!

This reminds me of an interesting book I read several years back, The Faith Healer.

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#9) On October 08, 2010 at 4:41 PM, Option1307 (30.12) wrote:

*I just realized the second video above is by James Randi, the same author as the book... I guess I should pay more attention to the videos!

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#10) On October 08, 2010 at 4:46 PM, goalie37 (90.66) wrote:

His claims aren't too much of a reach once you remind yourself that Goldman Sachs is doing God's work.  lol

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#11) On October 08, 2010 at 11:55 PM, TheClub55 (22.95) wrote:

Wow... this is great where can I donate!!!!

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#12) On October 09, 2010 at 9:33 AM, loverandfighter8 (< 20) wrote:

Since I can't really prove that God doesn't exist, I'm willing to go as far as saying that there may or may not in fact be a God.  That's irrelevant however, because all religions ever conceived by man I positively know are absolute bullsh*t.  So why do the sheeple believe it?  Well, just think of how incredibly dumb and ignorant the average person is, then try to wrap your mind around the fact that half of the population is dumber than that!!!

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