Never mind putting food on the table or paying rent — or donating your check to your local food bank if you’re fortunate enough to still be flush. Grifters need their money ASAP, yo!
A Louisiana pastor named Tony Spell knows you just got a stimulus check, and he’s sniffing around like a raccoon outside a county fair funnel cake stand.
He’s already been charged for violating Louisiana’s stay-at-home order after refusing to cancel church services, and now that that spigot has run dry, he’s decided to grift remotely.
In a video posted to YouTube on Wednesday, the Rev. Tony Spell called on the public to get behind a new online challenge he is dubbing the #PastorSpellStimulusChallenge.
There are three rules to the challenge, Spell said in the video. The first rule is that it starts on Sunday. The second, he said, is for people to “donate your stimulus money.”
“Rule number three,” he continued, is to “donate it to evangelists, North American evangelists who haven’t had an offering in a month; missionaries, who haven’t had an offering in a month; music ministers, who haven’t had an offering in a month.”
“I’m donating my entire stimulus, $1,200,” Spell added. “My wife is donating her stimulus, $1,200. My son is donating his stimulus, $600.”
So that’s how “planting a seed for God” works! You donate your stimulus to an evangelist and get your marks to donate their stimulus to you.
Of course, Louisiana has been one of the worst-hit states when it comes to coronavirus because — oh, here it is — people gathered in public when they shouldn’t have. That didn’t seem to matter to Spell. Previously, he’d announced plans to hold an Easter service, claiming “Satan and a virus will not stop us.”
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