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People for the American Way's Right Wing Watch recently stumbled on a visit New Apostolic Reformation leader and "prophet" Rick Joyner made to Jim Bakker's show last month.  Joyner and Bakker claimed that President Obama is God's judgment on this country, and that he and his minions are planning to fill the jails with Christians very soon.  PFAW got a clip.

Bakker, for those who don't know, has been back on the air since 2003 from a studio complex near Branson, Missouri; it airs on Daystar and Christian Television Network and relies on DirecTV and Dish Network for most of its viewership.  On this show--which aired on December 5--Bakker claimed he's scared to death to mention Obama on his show because "they can take and put you in prison now if you speak out against our leaders."  After Bakker added that this wasn't the nation he knew, Joyner chimed in to say that unless Christians started speaking out, "we'll all be in prison very soon."  

Later on, Bakker declared that America wasn't America anymore because we were following leaders who were running counter to "the faith of the Word of the Living God."  Joyner added that following leaders like Obama was "an ultimate depravity" which releases God's judgment--something we're experiencing right now.  Watch the whole thing--if you can stand it--here.

This isn't the first time that Bakker has cliff-dived into wingnuttery.  He also claims to have prophesied 9-11, which he claimed was a result of God removing his hand of protection from this country.  He also claims to have prophesied Katrina and Isaac hitting New Orleans--for those who don't remember, a good number of Christianists were figuratively dancing a jig in the aftermath of those storms since they saw them as divine judgment on New Orleans.

I remember catching bits and pieces of Bakker's original show when he was based in Fort Mill, South Carolina--20 minutes south of me.  If possible, Bakker sounds even worse than he did back then.  Joyner recently bought Bakker's old complex, so the lunacy continues from that patch of land.

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