John Oliver exposed an intriguing link between televangelism and Scientology - 2015-08-25
"The way they determined that Scientology was a religion was to make a deal," Lawrence Wright, the author of "Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief," told Salon. "Essentially, Scientology bludgeoned them into this tax exemption, which now denominates them as a religion."
For its part, the Church of Scientology told Business Insider that "the IRS recognized Scientology as a tax-exempt religious and charitable organization because it provided substantive proof on the merits, following a two-year examination, that it was entitled to that recognition."
In "Going Clear," Wright describes the Church of Scientology's teaching method in ways that sound a whole lot like televangelism. Both the Church of Scientology and televangelists use a pay-as-you-go models, where the religious organization offers small morsels of its teachings for money. Those morsels become increasingly expensive with each lesson, according to Wright.