As Stephen Colbert once showed how unregulated political action committees can be in raising money for their own agenda with the Colbert Super PAC, John Oliver is now showing how unregulated televangelists are with raising money with vague promises of spiritual fulfillment that ultimately end up serving their own agenda.
In his main segment on Last Week Tonight, Oliver ran down the abuses of such televangelists, similar to the sale of indulgences by corrupt church officials hundreds of years ago, that are given so many passes by the IRS for tax-free money often used to buy jets.
After that, Oliver announced the creation of his own church, Our Lady of Perpetual Exemption, which he has made sure, through plenty of legal counsel, is legally a religion.
You can actually donate to Our Lady of Perpetual Exemption by sending money in the mail to:
Our Lady of Perpetual Exemption
P.O. Box 1954
New York, New York 10113
In the televangelist spirit, you can call 1-800-844-7475 to hear a “nice” message where Oliver asks again for money.