Joe Rogan, who owns one of the most popular podcasts in the world, made a major mistake by confusing the late Jerry Falwell Sr. with televangelist Jimmy Swaggart by describing the former as having been caught with “prostitutes”.
On Wednesday’s episode of “Joe Rogan Experience” with “Triggernometry” hosts Francis Foster and Konstantin Kisin which covered a wide range of topics from free speech to the war in Ukraine, the three comedians and podcasters explained how the people who report or claim the virtue of being “feminist men” are often those who sexually harass women or abuse their colleagues.
“The ‘righter’ someone’s opinions are, the meaner they are behind the scenes,” Kisin said.
Foster, who along with Kisin is from England and less familiar with American televangelists and evangelical leaders, said: “He’s a new version of the preacher of fire and brimstone, like Jerry Falwell. Do you remember this case ?”
“Yeah sure,” Rogan replied, mimicking Swaggart’s cry. “God, I have sinned you.”
“He had prostitutes and s—. He got a little too crazy,” Rogan added. “But the thing is, back then you didn’t have Facebook. You couldn’t counter that with a nice blog post. … So what he had to do was cry on TV and that’s hilarious. It’s also hilarious because he Maybe he really meant it. Maybe he really originally started out as a man of God and wandered off, then got lost. is corrupt, just like a politician.
Twenty minutes later, Rogan producer Jamie Vernon told podcasters that they had confused Falwell Sr. with Swaggart. “It wasn’t him, by the way,” Vernon said.
“Wasn’t he (Falwell) crying?” Rogan asked before correcting himself. “Jimmy Swaggart, that’s right. So which one is Jerry Falwell?”
His producer then made a second factual error saying that Falwell “had some stuff going on too, but he didn’t cry.”
“Did he (Falwell) get arrested too? Was it the same? Prostitutes? Rogan asked everyone to answer in the affirmative, still confused as to who Falwell was.
“I confused them,” Rogan said.
“Jerry Falwell will now sue wherever he is,” Foster joked.
Rogan replied, “We may have to edit that. … I don’t know what he did.”
Falwell Sr. was the founder of Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, and the founding pastor of Thomas Road Baptist Church, where he served from 1956 until his death in 2007. He was also a major leader in this called the moral majority, which has become a force in American politics.
Swaggart, now 87, is a Pentecostal televangelist who began his ministry in 1971, originally known as “Camp Meeting Hour.” He earned a Grammy nomination for Best Traditional Gospel Performance in 1980. He is now the senior pastor of the Family Worship Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
On February 21, 1988, Swaggart delivered his famous and often parodied “I Have Sinned” sermon. After being caught with a prostitute, he ascended the pulpit and tearfully confessed in front of his congregation, declaring, “I have sinned.”
He apologized to various people, including his family and the Assemblies of God denomination.
“I have no one but myself to blame. I don’t lay the blame or blame for the prosecution on anyone else’s feet. For no one is to blame but Jimmy Swaggart I take responsibility. I take blame. I take fault,” he said.
“To my fellow television ministers and evangelists, you who already carry an almost unbearable load, to continue to tell and tell the great story of Jesus’ love, I have increased your load and hurt you. Please forgive me for sinning against you.
On October 11, 1991, Swaggart was caught with another prostitute when a California Highway Patrol officer pulled him over for driving on the wrong side of the road.