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“CBN is the most influential evangelical Christian organization in the world – without a doubt.” – TERRY HEATON discusses Trump and the Christian Broadcasting Network on Al Jazeera’s The Listening Post

Monday, November 5th, 2018

US President Donald Trump has repeatedly labelled much of mainstream American media “fake news” and the “enemy of the people”. But there are a few outlets that are in Trump’s good books.

It’s common knowledge that Fox News is a soft landing spot for the president, but what’s less well known is the wide-ranging access he, and many members of his administration, offer to the much smaller Christian Broadcasting Network, or CBN.

Watch the full program here.

Pat Robertson’s Hurricane “Miracle” – TERRY HEATON in Counterpunch

Friday, September 21st, 2018

My old boss Pat Robertson prayed last week that God would turn Hurricane Florence and move her out to sea without harming the coast. That’s a paraphrase, of course, but a fair representation of the prayer. He “commanded” the thing to move in the name of Jesus, according to the Charlotte Observer. The question is did his prayer work?

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“Propaganda is most powerful when it involves clear protagonists and antagonists.”: THE GOSPEL OF SELF discussed in Jacobin

Monday, March 12th, 2018

Christian television producer Terry Heaton, who worked closely with Pat Robertson on his show The 700 Club, describes him as “a political animal that happens to be a Christian evangelist, broadcaster and television personality.” .

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“Before there was Rush Limbaugh and Fox News, there was Pat Robertson and The 700 Club”: a review of THE GOSPEL OF SELF

Monday, February 12th, 2018

Before there was Rush Limbaugh and Fox News, there was Pat Robertson and The 700 Club. That is this book’s thesis in a sentence.

For those unfamiliar, The 700 Club is a show on the Christian Broadcasting Network that has been on the air since 1966, serving as that network’s flagship program. It presents itself as a news program, yet often features commentary with a heavy evangelical Christian bent on many of its stories. Pat Robertson, a longtime face of the Religious Right, has always been its star. You may remember him for his statements such as blaming 9/11 on feminists, saying Haiti made a pact with the Devil, and calling Muslims Satanic.

And yet, according to The Gospel of Self: How Jesus Joined the GOP, whether these statements had any basis in fact has always been less important than how they help shape the worldview of millions of people who watch his program every day. The factual nature of these commentaries comes in second to the truth that people who identify as evangelical believe, which in turn will cause them to vote for certain people and support or oppose certain causes and issues.

Read the full review at Coffee House Contemplative.

GOSPEL OF SELF is “highly recommended for anyone who wants a deeper understanding of how evangelical Christianity played—and continues to play—such a prominent role in today’s political landscape.”

Thursday, February 1st, 2018

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“This book will help the reader find some answers,” says a review of GOSPEL OF SELF in Patheos

Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018

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TERRY HEATON is cited on TYT Nation

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

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TERRY HEATON is cited at Vox on the “obsession with Christianity as self-help”

Monday, October 16th, 2017

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“Evangelicals were attracted to the Republican Party because of a self-centered framework inherent in evangelical theology itself.” GOSPEL OF SELF is reviewed at The Gospel Coalition

Monday, September 11th, 2017

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GOSPEL OF SELF is featured on the Christian Democrats podcast

Tuesday, September 5th, 2017

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“People are living, breathing, and practicing lies.” TERRY HEATON is cited at Occupy Democrats

Tuesday, September 5th, 2017

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“It’s not surprising that Robertson delivered his followers to the Republican Party. They fell for a huckster the first time.” Patheos reviews GOSPEL OF SELF

Tuesday, August 29th, 2017

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“I knew where the line was. But that didn’t stop us.” TERRY HEATON is interviewed at Vox

Monday, August 28th, 2017

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TERRY HEATON appears on CBS News, talking Trump and Pat Robertson.

Friday, July 14th, 2017

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“As Pat Robertson’s Former Executive Producer, Nothing About His Interview With Trump Surprises Me.” TERRY HEATON at Huffington Post

Thursday, July 13th, 2017

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TERRY HEATON on what to expect from Pat Robertson’s Trump interview, at Huffington Post

Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

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“Personal testimonies of toxic Christianity.” GOSPEL OF SELF at Patheos

Tuesday, July 11th, 2017

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“This isn’t the story one usually hears about the rise of the religious right, but for Christians, it is perhaps the more important one.” GOSPEL OF SELF is reviewed in the Washington Post

Monday, July 10th, 2017

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“It is middle America’s faith that puts them solidly in Donald Trump’s camp, and nothing other than a faith argument will bring about change.” TERRY HEATON in The Huffington Post

Wednesday, June 28th, 2017

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TERRY HEATON is in the Huffington Post discussing fake news and the religious right

Friday, June 16th, 2017

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“Jesus, big money and the GOP.” An excerpt from THE GOSPEL OF SELF at

Tuesday, May 30th, 2017

“Before there was Fox News, there was ‘The 700 Club.'” Read the full excerpt here.

“It is worth, now more than ever, to examine the origins of the movement that sees capitalism and selfishness as a religious virtue.” TERRY HEATON on RISING UP WITH SONALI

Monday, March 13th, 2017

“FEATURING TERRY HEATON: Televangelist Pat Robertson is not happy that Donald Trump is facing mass criticism for his unprofessional, dishonest, and unconstitutional policies. Robertson said recently, “the Lord’s plan is being put in place for America and these people are not only revolting against Trump, they’re revolting against what God’s plan is for America.”

He added, “These left-wingers and so-called progressives are trying to destroy the country that we love and take away the freedoms they love. They want collectivism. They want socialism. What we’re looking at is free markets and freedom from this terrible, overarching bureaucracy.”

Trump, whose lifestyle isn’t exactly terribly Christian, has embraced evangelical constituencies and their values as stated by Robertson. It is worth, now more than ever, to examine the origins of the movement that sees capitalism and selfishness as a religious virtue.”

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“Warning sounded by man who helped bring Trump to power.” THE GOSPEL OF SELF in FREE THINKER

Friday, February 10th, 2017

Terry Heaton, above, once a key figure in televangelist Pat Robertson’s The 700 Club, recently announced that he was about to publish a book that would show how right-wing Christian zealots succeeded in hijacking the Republican Party.
He wrote here:
As political events began to take shape last year in the US and specifically with the candidacy of Donald Trump, I began gathering all of the documents from my days as Pat Robertson’s producer in the 1980s. I could sense what was happening and felt a sense of responsibility for at least some of it, for as producer of The 700 Club, I had played a key role in our efforts to influence Republican Party politics.
Lamenting the period in which he helped sow the seeds that led eventually to the flourishing idolatry of the venomous Trump creature, he warned:
The people addicted to Donald Trump are ushering in something they really don’t understand.
Trump supporters represent a serious and significant threat to freedom, and the sad thing is that most of these people formed the core of our audience target back in the early 80s. The fears they express were planted by us, and while I’m not saying it was insincere, cynical, or corrupt, I am stating that it was a deliberate attempt at social engineering. People need to know this, for we preached what I’m calling ‘the gospel of self’.

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