So said Tammy Faye Messner (once Tammy Faye Bakker) once when asked her opinion on homosexuals and whether they could be part of the Christian family. She died yesterday of cancer aged 65.
I’m not a fan of televangelists as a breed. That’s not just because I’m an atheist. The judgemental authoritarianism seems to be generally too close to the surface, and too many of them have been proven fleecers of their flock for person gain, persuasive hypocrites and liars motivated by greed and hunger for fame.
The general impression of Tammy Faye seems to be that she was a truly warmhearted and generous woman, who although she enjoyed fame wasn’t actively involved in the fraudulent fleecing of the PTL Ministries flock, but who still must have been deliberately closing her eyes to the shadiness of Jim Bakker’s dealings rather than being truly totally ignorant.
That’s a pretty huge flaw, let’s say it. But at least she never bought in to the party line of bigotry towards same sex attraction that so many other evangelical Christians, whether they’ve got a TV station broadcasting it or not, spout every day. Good for you, Tammy Faye.