The Post of the Day — July 31, 2013
Note from Dan: Who knew? The regular here known as “rayornot” once did some contract computer work at Pat Robertson’s Christian Broadcasting Network, and he dishes about that below, which originally appeared as a comment on the Pat Robertson and demons thread. For my own adventures with Pat, start here.
“In late 1986 I did some computer consulting work at the old 700 club. Actually, the project manager was one of the best I’ve ever seen, but the rest of the place was a circus.
To work there you had to append a lengthy description of how you were born again to your application. As a contractor I did not have to do this; however, several Christian Broadcasting Network employees took exception to the fact that I was an infidel working under their roof. This went away when it was pointed out that infidel plumbers and electricians worked there all the time.
Regular employees were required to attend chapel, and I was invited to attend – on billable hours, no less. Sadly, I respectfully declined. I heard it was pretty cool – folks would stand up and testify at random, and lay hands.
The married Info Tech manager had lain hands on the married VP’s secretary, resulting in a pregnancy, which they had the decency to carry to term. I still wonder how more exposure to Christian fundamentalism, like school prayer, would help our children become less likely to get in a “family way”.
They had another programmer (programming was done on old-fashioned main frame COBOL) who would attempt to make program bugs and compiler errors go away by laying hands on the terminal CRT. Maybe I should have tried that.
Still, my project was completed in January, 1987 just in time for the telethon, and the fruits of my labor enabled CBN to fleece the flock about twice as fast as the previous year. And I was able to buy food for the kids until I got another assignment with the defense industry later that month.”