Taking a page, perhaps, from the John Oliver playbook, Monty Python‘s John Cleese just set up the “Church of JC Capitalist” to make money in the easiest way possible:
Here is an important announcement: We’ve decided to found a church on this website, because we believe that even if we save just one solitary soul from eternal torment, then the founding of this church will have been worthwhile… especially as it gives us huge tax advantages.
Now we’re here to call ourselves the Church of JC Capitalist because here in the United States of America, Christian teaching is of course the cornerstone of the capitalist system. Televangelists in particular are setting a fine example to us all in the accumulation of great personal wealth, and illustrating the worldly rewards that real faith can bring us if we are truly humble… and have good marketing skills.
Now people have said to me quite critically that Christ spoke a lot about the poor, so what is our church during about them? Well, as Christ himself so rightly said, “Blessed are the poor,” so they’re all right! They will get their reward in Heaven. No need to worry about them.
Now the Church of JC Capitalist is founded on two sacred principles. One, our focus groups tell us to target very anxious people with weak egos who are desperate for certainty. So this church will be very authoritarian, telling our members exactly what to think and do. And we guarantee to make them positively grow in self confidence because anyone at all who disagrees with us will go to Hell and be tortured with red hot pointy things forever and ever. Amen.
And the second principle is: Morals are only about sex.
So send money now! Inquire about different levels of membership And remember: A one-time gift of $10,000 guarantees you entry into Heaven with one special guest of your own choice. Plus, a beautiful framed certificate to that effect, signed by me.
Hmm… his church sounds like so many other churc–oh, I get it now. Satire.
It’s unclear what this video is for, or whether it’s part of a larger project, but it’s entertaining nonetheless. I suspect it’s also not the sort of heavy-handed video that might turn off certain kinds of viewers. So more power to Cleese if he can get people to think about what he’s saying and why it’s funny.
If the church becomes a reality, I’m getting in line for the baptism.
(Thanks to Hidai for the link)