This is actually kind of sad- Tammy Faye Bakker is dead:
Tammy Faye Bakker, the diminutive and elaborately coiffed gospel singer who, with her first husband, Jim Bakker, built a commercial empire around television evangelism only to see it collapse in sex and money scandals, died Friday at her home near Kansas City, Mo. She was 65.
Her death was reported on her Web site and by her booking agent, Joe Spotts, The Associated Press said. She had been suffering from colon cancer, which had spread to her lungs.
On May 8, Ms. Messner, as she had been known since her 1993 marriage to Roe Messner, posted a letter on her Web site, saying that her weight had dwindled to 65 pounds and that doctors had stopped treatment. “Now it’s up to God and my faith,” she wrote.
I grew up watching Tammy Faye, but not in the way you are thinking. PTL was on the channel that hosted the “snowbird” reports when I was a kid, so every morning, when there was the slightest bit of snow on the ground, all four of us kids would gather round the television watching the Praise the Lord Network waiting for those magical words:
“Brooke County Schools have been cancelled.”
Praise the Lord INDEED!
At any rate, I get nostalgic whenever some cultural icon from my youth passes- Tammy Faye is one of them. And, I guess I must add, compared to the religious leaders from the Christian right today, an assortment of bigots, loudmouths, and lunatics, my memory of Tammy Faye and Jim Bakker makes them seem pretty harmless by comparison.
Pharyngula is less charitable, and probably more accurate.