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John Oliver's fake church inundated with thousands of donations

Last Week Tonight has been shining a light on televangelism.

LAST WEEK JOHN Oliver took on the subject of televangelism in the US.

The TV host was specifically looking into “how some preachers … extract money from the vulnerable”.

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Any organisation designated a church is exempt from paying taxes by the First Amendment of the US Constitution, which grants the freedom of religious expression.

Needless to say, some people take advantage of this fact to fund lavish lifestyles.

To highlight the issue, Oliver set up his own church – Our Lady of Perpetual Exemption – and asked for donations in return for blessings.

In his own words, “slightly more of you responded that we were expecting”.

The ‘church’ received thousands of dollars in donations and one $65 billion (€55 billion) cheque – although it sadly may not be legit.

“Last week we asked you to send us your seed offerings and I would like to show you a little of what we’ve received. Look at this harvest that you gave unto us. Praise unto you,” Oliver said.

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