On May 8th and 9th, Pittsburgh will be hosting the religious zealot, Joyce Meyer. Meyer, whose net worth is estimated to be $8 million, is one of the 10 richest pastors in the county. She regularly travels in her private $10 million jet, leaving her silver Mercedes back home in St. Louis, Missouri, to spread her message which, not surprisingly. is focused on division and hate.
To make matters worse, the event will be held in the Peterson Event Center on the University of Pittsburgh campus. The ‘Pete’ often has non-academic outside speakers and concerts, including artists, such as Ashanti, Bow Wow, Deftones, who will be performing in the coming weeks. However, there is no reason to permit evangelist Joyce Meyer to speak on campus, as it is an affront to science and reason, which are the bedrock principles of any university.
In addition, the financial corruption of Meyer is well-documented. As far back as November 2003, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch published a four-part special report detailing:
Meyer’s “$10 million corporate jet, her husband’s $107,000 silver-gray Mercedes sedan, her $2 million home and houses worth another $2 million for her four children,” a $20 million headquarters, furnished with “$5.7 million worth of furniture, artwork, glassware, and the latest equipment and machinery,” including a “$30,000 malachite round table, a $23,000 marble-topped antique commode, a $14,000 custom office bookcase, a $7,000 Stations of the Cross in Dresden porcelain, a $6,300 eagle sculpture on a pedestal, another eagle made of silver bought for $5,000, and numerous paintings purchased for $1,000 to $4,000 each,” among many other expensive items – all paid for by the ministry [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joyce_Meyer]
As an premier educational institution in the City of Pittsburgh, it is disheartening to see Pitt sponsoring an event that is antithetical to the mission of the university.