Tammy Faye Messner (Bakker), RIP

Tammy Faye, one of the symbols of the corruption of American televangelism lost her battle with cancer.

A few months ago my wife and I watched the documentary The Eyes of Tammy Faye. I have to say that I came away from that much more sympathetically disposed to her. Obviously the kind of fundraising she and her husband engaged in was inherently dubious, but it really did seem that to a great extent she got caught up in events beyond her knowledge and control. And the machinations of Jerry Falwell in taking over their network come across as extremely cynical.

I also was impressed with what seemed as far as I could tell to be a very deep and genuine Christian faith. And her outreach to gays and lesbians in contravention of all the norms of that community was genuinely touching and seemed to be rooted in sincere Christian love. For all her troubles she certainly seems to have touched a lot of people’s lives in a good way. R.I.P.

One thought on “Tammy Faye Messner (Bakker), RIP

  1. I saw the same documentary, and it did a lot to change my mind about her. At the end she just appeared to be a very brave woman with much more endurance than you would expect from her prosperity teaching.

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