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May 16, 2007 by susan
Tammy Faye and Jimmy Bakker

Okay everyone, calm down. Yes, dear old Jerry was someone's beloved somebody and we shouldn't speak ill of the dead, even though he spoke ill of gays, lesbians, feminists, secularists, Jews, blacks, pagans, Martin Luther King, Desmond Tutu and a whole slew of others, including the fun couple above. Don't you sort of miss them?
When PTL, Tammy Faye and Jimmy Bakker's money-manufacturing ministry and theme park, plummeted into bankruptcy, and Jimmy was caught in a -- hang on, you won't believe this -- sex scandal, Uncle Rev. Jerry took over their empire. Later they tried to reclaim it, but Jerry wouldn't give it back. As Tammy tearfully told Larry King last night, they never patched things up after that, but she hopes she'll get another chance when she -- joins him. Just a little more and a fun link.

For a fun read, go to Time's archives from 1987 about the crash of PTL. It's also sheds some light on the management style of televangelicals, which could explain a lot about the current heckuva job administration.

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