A right wing pastor in Louisiana made headlines this week when he told his parishioners that they should give their government stimulus checks to evangelical groups instead of spending it on taking care of their families. This is religious grifting 101, and Americans need to wake up and realize that our religious institutions are ripe with fraud and being run by charlatans. Ring of Fire’s Farron Cousins discusses this. 

Farron Cousins is the executive editor of The Trial Lawyer magazine and a contributing writer at DeSmogBlog.com. He is the co-host / guest host for Ring of Fire Radio. His writings have appeared on Alternet, Truthout, and The Huffington Post. Farron received his bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of West Florida in 2005 and became a member of American MENSA in 2009. Follow him on Twitter @farronbalanced