Difference Makers - Larry Johnson

  • Aired:  06/06/12
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Bald Knob's Pastor Larry Johnson takes action to eliminate local bingo junkies at the senior center. (5:24)

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE).

>> Stephen: WELCOME BACK,

EVERYBODY, THANK YOU SO MUCH.

FOLKS I'VE GOT TO SAY, I DON'T KNOW ABOUT YOU, BUT I AM STILL

ALL AGLOW OVER AMERICA'S VICTORY IN WISCONSIN.

AND WHEN YOU THINK OF WISCONSIN YOU HI OF SMALL TOWNS, BASTIONS OF OLD-FASHIONED VALUES LIKE

TRUST AND HONESTY.

THAT'S WHY THEY'RE SO EASILY TAKEN ADVANTAGE OF BY MUSIC MEN.

(LAUGHTER) BUT IN THESE HARD TIMES MANY SMALL TOWNS ARE LOSING THEIR MORAL COMPASS.

THAT'S WHY TONIGHT I AM PROUD TO PROFILE ONE MAN WHO IS FIGHTING BACK.

"THE COLBERT REPORT'S" STEPHEN COLBERT FILE THIS IS REPORT.

A CRIME TSUNAMI IS CRASHING OVER SMALL-TOWN AMERICA.

BUT IN ARKANSAS THERE'S A NEW SHERIFF IN TOWN.

>> I'M SOMETIMES COMPARED TO THE SHERIFF... I SAY IT LIKE THIS,

I'M THE HIRED GUN.

I COME IN AND TRY TO CLEAN UP THE TOWN.

>> Stephen: HIS NAME IS PASTOR LARRY JOHNSON AND HE IS A DIFFERENCE MAKER.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE) BALD KNOB, ARKANSAS.

IT LOOKS LIKE ANY OTHER SMALL TOWN IN AMERICA'S HEART LAND.

BUT THROBBING JUST BENEATH THE SKIN OF BALD KNOB IS AN OLD PROBLEM.

A VERY OLD PROBLEM.

>> (LAUGHS)

>> I DO SEE MORAL FAILINGS IN SENIOR CITIZENS.

THEY ARE NOT IMMUNE.

THEY HAVE FIGHTS AND THEY LIE AND CHEAT.

>> Stephen: WE ALL KNOW THE DANGERS THE ELDERLY PRESENT.

BUT YOU WON'T BELIEVE WHAT THE BALD KNOB SENIORS ARE DOING NOW.

GAMBLING.

GAMBLING.

AND THAT GAMBLING HAS A NAME.

B- N-N-G-O AND DANGER IS ITS NAME-O.

>> BINGO!

>> BINGO IS GAMBLING.

IT LEADS TO OTHER CRIMES SO IT REALLY BECOMES A PROBLEM.

>> WE HAD A BINGO GAME FOR THE SENIORS IN BALD KNOB.

>> DIRECTOR OF THE WHITE COUNTY AGING PROGRAM AND SENIOR GOING GO PUSHER CINDY KEATING.

>> BINGO IS VERY IMPORTANT FOR THE SENIOR CITIZENS BECAUSE THEY

HAVE THE TIME FOR SOCIALIZATION AND TO GET OUT TOGETHER AND HAVE A GOOD TIME.

>> Stephen: RIGHT?

ANY OTHER REASONS, CINDY?

>> THEY PAID A DOLLAR TO PLAY BINGO.

>> Stephen: A DOLLAR!

AND WE ALL KNOW WHERE DOLLARS GO!

GO.

>> THE PROCEEDS WENT TO THE BLACK COUNTY AGING PROGRAM.

>> WE HAVE A LOT OF FUN.

>> IT STARTS OFF AS FUN BUT IT CAN LEAD TO OTHER PROBLEMS.

VANDALISM, METHAMPHETAMINE,

BURGLARY, CRACK COCAINE,

SUICIDE, DESTROYS FAMILY.

GRANNY EVEN HAD SEX.

>> BINGO!

>> Stephen: BALD KNOB MAYOR DOYLE WALLACE UNDERSTAND IT IS BINGO MENACE.

>> GAMBLING IS NOT RIGHT.

GAMBLING IS A SIN.

>> AND THESE SINNING SENIORS ARE HOOKED.

>> IT GETS IN YOUR BLOOD.

>> EXHILARATING.

>> WHEN I GET BINGO, OH, I GET ALL EXCITED.

>> WELL WHEN THEY HOLLER BINGO REAL LOUD, I LIKE THAT.

I LIKE THE FEEL OF THAT.

>> Stephen: A COMPELLING ARGUMENT BUT PASTOR JOHNSON MOWS BINGO IS NOT JUST FUN AND GAMES.

>> IF MONEY IS BEING WAGERED AND THERE'S MONEY BEING LOST AND

MONEY BEING WON THEN IT BECOMES MORALLY WRONG.

>> AND WHEN THESE BINGO JUNKIES RUN OUT OF MONEY, YOU WON'T

BELIEVE WHAT THEY WAGER INSTEAD.

>> THINGS LIKE TRASH BAGS,

LAUNDRY SOAP BIG BOXES OF SERIAL.

>> SOMETIMES SHAMPOO.

SOMETIMES WASHING POWDERS.

SOMETIMES LETTUCE.

>> SOMETIMES SNACK CHIPS.

SOMETIMES ASSORTED SPICES.

SOMETIMES A SINGLE SERVING OF CORN FLAKES.

SOMETIMES ANOTHER SINGLE SERVING OF CORN FLAKES.

AND SOMETIMES CREAMER.

NOT TO MENTION...

>> KNICKKNACKS, THINGS, WHAT NOT.

>> KNICKKNACK THINGS AND WHAT NOT.

THE REVEREND BALD KNOB JOHNSON TOOK ACTION.

>> I WROTE A LETTER.

I BASICALLY ASKED THAT THEY NOT HAVE THE BINGO PARLOR IN OUR BACKYARD AND THE CITY COUNCIL

RESCINDED THE WORLD FOR THEM TO ALLOW BINGO TO BE PLAYED IN THE SENIOR CITIZEN COMPLEX.

>> Stephen: IN OTHER WORDS...

>> THEY SHUT US DOWN.

SOME OF THE PEOPLE THEY SOCIALIZE WENT BACK HOME AND WE'RE GIVING THEM HOME DELIVERED MEAL.

>> IT HELPED FILL AN EMPTY SPACE IN MY LIFE COMING HERE.

>> I GET BORED AND LONELY SITTING IN MY ROOM SITTING BY MYSELF ALL DAY LONG.

>> BUT AT LEAST YOU'RE NOT PLAYING BINGO AND IT'S MADE ALL

THE DIFFERENCE IN THE WORLD TO THE STREETS OF BALD KNOB.

DIFFERENCE MADE.

>> BINGO!

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE).

>> Stephen: WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

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