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Preacher or Pimp?

QUOTE: “I was watching TBN and I was watching the Word Network and another Christian station, and I was just switching channels. I realized that with how they were dressed, I couldn’t really tell the difference between a preacher and a pimp. So then, after I listened to some sermons, I realized it was mostly prosperity preaching; for $39.99 you could get the two-set DVD or the CD or whatever. It was like [they were] selling the Word of God. … My thing is, especially in the black community, if a pastor is making millions of dollars—and there’s some reports that some pastors are receiving $35 million—no one in your congregation should be on welfare.” —Hollywood actor Ving Rhames, who studied the lives of various high-profile ministers for his role in Saving God as Armstrong Cane, a man who emerges from prison to become a pastor in his old Los Angeles stomping grounds [mtv.com, 10/14/08]

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