Holy War Author:John Stewart One afternoon in 1985 John Stewart was shown a transcript of Jessica Hahn's testimony regarding a 1980 sexual encounter involving television evangelist Jim Bakker. Her story to of being pressured into the encounter, and described later attempts by officials of the PTL organization to ensure her silence about the matter. — Steward assisted in conf... more »ronting PTL with her charges, which finally resulted in PTL agreeing to a confidential settlement to compensate her.
Word of Bakker's immorality reached evangelist Jimmy Swaggert, John Ankerberg, and Jerry Falwell. John Stewart worked with these men in an attempt to confront Bakker about his actions. Bakker later used this attempted confrontation as evidence of a hostile takeover plot, beginning a series of accusations among leading TV evangelist which the press dubbed the "Holy War."« less