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Katy Perry’s preacher pop gives sketchy sermon on Jews and money—so who is this guy?

by Danielle Berrin

January 9, 2012 | 2:23 pm

Katy Perry performing in Seattle, Wa. on July 21, 2011. Photo by Nikotransmission/Wikipedia

Pop star Katy Perry’s evangelical preacher father, Keith Hudson, reportedly gave a bizarre sermon in Westlake, Ohio on Sunday in which he played up the age-old stereotype about Jews and money (seriously, get some new material).

According to The Sun, Hudson told “hundreds of worshippers” attending Church on the Rise:

“You know how to make the Jew jealous? Have some money, honey.

“You go to LA and they own all the Rolex and diamond places. Walk down a part of LA where we live and it is so rich it smells. You ever smell rich? They are all Jews, hallelujah. Amen.”

I’m not sure where in L.A. Hudson is strolling around smelling “rich” but I suppose this warrants a call to Los Angeles County Street Cleaning: “I appreciate you folks scooping up leaves and wrappers every week, but could you please do something about the wealth?”

According to Hudson’s website (which he shares with his wife and Perry’s mother, Mary), they are partners in a traveling ministry:

Keith and Mary have been ministering together for the past 39 years. They started out pastoring in Santa Barbara, California, in the 80’s and have been traveling for the past ten years. The Hudsons minister throughout the USA and internationally. Mary holds Arise conferences to encourage women to rise up in who they are in Christ, to be bold, trailblazers and think outside the box. The Hudsons base out of Irvine, CA, and are the authors of two books, The Cry and Smart Bombs. Their third book, Joyful Mother, is due out next year.

In addition to the 27-year-old pop star, the Hudson’s are also parents to Angela, 28 and David, 23, according to their Website. They live in Orange County and affiliate with The Sanctuary in Huntington Beach. Hudson describes himself as an “end time messenger” whom “the Lord uses… to expose and dispel spiritual lethargy.” Well, that’s one way to put it.

Their itinerary includes upcoming trips to Panama and Peru.

For the record, the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s Rabbi Marvin Hier has issued a statement condemning Hudson’s sermon: “[M]ost people would guess that Hitler or Goebbels was speaking.” Just wondering though: If, by Hudson’s measure, all rich people are Jews, and his daughter is a huge pop star with Billboard hits and a bestselling album who is also, presumably, rich—does this mean Katy Perry is Jewish???

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Danielle Berrin writes the Hollywood Jew blog, a cutting edge, values-based take on the entertainment industry for jewishjournal.com. A Los Angeles Times profile dubbed her...

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