Subject: The Economics of Anti-choice Was: Bopping Date: 12 Nov 89 22:14:02 GMT Article-I

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From: russ@wpg.com (Russell Lawrence) Newsgroups: talk.abortion Subject: The Economics of Anti-choice Was: Bopping Message-ID: <1611@wpg.com> Date: 12 Nov 89 22:14:02 GMT Article-I.D.: wpg.1611 Posted: Sun Nov 12 17:14:02 1989 In article <2240@cbnewse.ATT.COM>, Scott T. Grant writes: > (I know, I know, I'm a bad winner........but I just can't help myself > after seeing Pat Robertson all red in the face and flustered last night > after all the republican politicians started waffling...... snicker, cackle> here> Actually, the elections will help Pat Robertson. They'll give him a *great* excuse to initiate a new fundraising campaign asking viewers to join with him in overcoming Satan's trickery. (You know what a Rascal that ole Satan is, taking advantage of people's complacency and all.) Anyone who doesn't understand the economic strategies used by tele-evangelists should read James Randi's book, "The Faith Healers". Robertson used to do a standup faith-healing act similar to the performances of Oral Roberts, Popov, W.T. Grant, and a host of others, but, after Randi started exposing the cheap stage tricks used by these money-grubbers, Robertson quit "healing" people in his studio audience and started "healing" people in TV land. The results of this kind of faith healing are unverifiable and therefore, immune to exposure. During a typical routine, Pat will say that some man in the mid-west has liver disease but the lord is healing him now; some woman in NY City has a cancerous tumor on her cheek that looks like a mole but the lord is healing her now; a married couple in Florida has been infertile but the woman is conceiving now, etc, etc. While Pat's doing this, his sidekick Ben will stand by, with eyes squeezed shut, chanting, "Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Praise Jesus! Thank you, Lord". At the conclusion of the act, Pat and Ben tell viewers where to send their money to help them continue the "work of the Lord". Over the past few years, the sales pitch has shifted away from faith healing toward abortion topics. Satan's recent electoral victory will give Pat a chance to stir the pot and rake in some extra bucks. By extra bucks, I'm referring to *millions* of extra bucks. In the process, you can bet that TV viewers will get to see several renditions of some film clip like the "Silent Scream". Fundraisers come in all flavors, but the parasites who abuse human emotions are on the bottom of the barrel. I used to donate money to my local PBS station but cut my contributions to zilch several years ago when I finally noticed that the station *always* had a one week fundraiser just before Passover during which they *always* aired a half-dozen documentaries about German concentration camps. Everytime the documentary showed a pile of bodies, there'd be an intermission and the announcer would come back on and ask for money, "to show you care... (pause) about public TV". They weren't promoting educational television; they were promoting extortion that preyed on the grief and emotions of retired Jews. I've been meaning to broach this topic for some time. I don't know if organizations like 'NOW' have looked into the economics of anti-choice fundraising in detail, but it'd be a good idea. As Jesus said, "Many false prophets will come in my name, and many people will be deceived." -- Russell Lawrence, WP Group, New Orleans (504) 443-5000 russ@wpg.com uunet!wpg!russ

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