John Oliver Talks Equal Rights For LGBTs, Rakes In Cash With Fake Church
On the newest episode of “Last Week Tonight,” the Reverend John Oliver (heh) took aim at the fact that although the Supreme Court has ruled that same-sex marriage is constitutionally protected, the LGBT community is otherwise SOL. Gays, lesbians, and trans individuals have no protections for their employment, housing, public accommodation, or access to credit, and although President Obama has introduced some federal-level protections for the LGBT community, they could be overturned by his successor. “Last Week Tonight” reached out to all of the current Presidential candidates about whether or not they would support the Equality Act, a bill that would mandate exactly those civil rights at the federal level and, well, it went pretty predictably.
The most oft-cited reasons people oppose the Equality Act and civil rights for the LGBT community is a misunderstanding of the constitutional protection of speech and religious freedom – they both have limits! – which provides a nice segue into the other piece of John Oliver-related news this morning: The host’s fake televangelist church, Our Lady of Perpetual Exemption, has brought in thousands of dollars since last week’s episode about the apparent massive tax fraud scheme that is televangelism. Oliver said on last night’s show:
“For those of you who have sent U.S. currency, blessings unto you. We have received thousands of envelopes with thousands of dollars—some featuring heartwarming notes, such as this $5 bill with the message, ‘Take my seed, you rat-faced bastard.’ We also received multiple checks, including this one for $65 billion, which you may have sent in as a joke, but guess what? We’re fucking cashing it. So who’s laughing now?”
The IRS came under fire after “Last Week Tonight” pointed out that only three churches have been audited for fraud in 2013 and 2014, and none for four years before that. Oliver remains mystified that he’s able to do this at all: “The more money you send in, the more blessings will be returned to you. And that is still something I’m, amazingly, legally allowed to say.”
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