Last weekend, director and screenwriter Tyler Perry attended Sunday services at The Potter's House Church, the Dallas mega-church founded by T.D. Jakes. Perry announced a $1 million donation for Jakes' youth center and placed his hand on Jakes' head to bless him. One multi-millionaire with his own private island "blessing" another multi-millionaire ...
Perry's "laying of hands" has renewed discussion of theories of "prosperity gospel" and the so-called "highly favored" within the Black church.
Marc Lamont Hill anchored a terrific segment analyzing Perry, Jakes and neo-Pentecostalism in Black pop culture. Watch it AFTER THE JUMP ...
Jakes is pastor of the 25,000 member Potter's House in Dallas. The mega-church pastor has lead national prayer services after Hurricane Katrina with former President George W. Bush. Jakes was one of several prominent mega-church pastors and evangelicals who met with then-Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama in a June 2008 closed door meeting to discuss his positions on "gay rights, abortion and other issues."
Jakes is opposed to same sex marriage, expanding hate crime protection to gays, has described homosexuality as a "brokenness", and, says he would not hire a sexually active gay person. To complicate matters, Jakes' son was arrested and charged with indecent exposure and accused of exposing himself to two male undercover vice detectives. T.D. Jakes has not discussed the incident publicly.
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