When I was a Christian as a teenager in the early 80s, Mike Warnke was a big star in that world. He was a stand up comic who claimed to be a former Satanic high priest, but a few years later he was shown to be a fraud by a pair of Christian journalists. But …
Category Archive: Religious Frauds
Apr 02 2014
Mar 13 2014
I’ve always been fascinated by faith healing. It relies on such obviously transparent shams that it’s a bit astonishing to me that people believe it, but I know enough about human psychology to know why those shams work. The BBC has an article about the resurgence of faith healing.
Mar 03 2014
I remember seeing Steve Munsey on the Trinity Broadcasting Network many times. Munsey is the past of the massive Family Christian Center in Indiana, one of the largest megachurches in the country (18,000 members), and they always brought him on TBN when they were begging for money because he delivered the best shouty, fraudulent prosperity …
Feb 19 2014
Joel Achenbach has a column at the Washington Post about the media coverage of that ridiculous claim that the Shroud of Turin is real because a massive earthquake (that never happened) released neutron radiation when Jesus died. His criticisms are spot on.
Feb 16 2014
Sharon Hill reports on a bizarre new “theory” from some Italian researchers that the Shroud of Turin may be real because there might have been an earthquake and that earthquake might have released neutrons and those neutrons might have been capable of creating such imprints. The Telegraph has the details:
Jan 31 2014
Bob Larson, the colossal fraud who claims to cast out demons, has found yet another way to bilk the credulous out of their money. He’s now offering exorcisms over Skype for a mere $295. And it’s all tax-deductible, of course, because it’s a ministry.
Jan 10 2014
Dog bites man, winter is cold, water is wet and — gasp — another megachurch pastor has been caught having affairs with women in his church while posing as a paragon of moral virtue and, most amusingly, giving seminars on how to have a healthy marriage.
Jan 10 2014
Kamal Saleem, one of several fake “ex-terrorists” making money on the Christian rubber chicken circuit, seems to have found another group of suckers in the Houston Area Pastor Council, who are paying to bring him down from Michigan to Texas to give his testimony of how Jesus saved him from being a terrorist.
Jan 08 2014
As he does every year, Pat Robertson went up to his mountaintop retreat and spoke to God, who gave him a long list of predictions for 2014. Of course, two years ago God allegedly told him that Mitt Romney would win the presidency. Hey Pat, were you lying then or was God?
Dec 10 2013
Well here’s a shock. That completely ridiculous kaballah group started by Karen Berg and her family is being sued for fraud after soliciting huge amounts of money to build a headquarters and a charity and then apparently absconding with the money.
Dec 10 2013
Pentecostal preachers in Africa are responsible from some truly vile things, including the witch hunts in Nigeria and Uganda that Leo Igwe bravely battles against. Here’s another horrifying example: They’re holding “healing services” for people who are infected with HIV and taking their anti-retroviral drugs away from them.
Dec 03 2013
Christian con man Paul Crouch, founder of the Trinity Broadcasting Network, died Saturday, unfortunately not from shame because he clearly didn’t have any of that. Crouch was a ghoul, a grief vampire who made himself fabulously rich by fleecing the desperate and the ignorant. And please don’t tell me not to speak ill of the …
Dec 02 2013
Are you a Christian with a foot fetish? If so, a guy in Florida has the Christmas gift for you — Jesus’ toenails. He’s selling them on Ebay along with a cockamamie story about how they ended up in his possession. Their condition is listed, naturally, as “used.”
Nov 19 2013
This is the latest in a series of high profile criminal cases being brought against “psychics” for fraud. A con woman from Manhattan has been sentenced to five to fifteen years in prison, which was actually longer than the prosecutors had requested.
Nov 12 2013
A friend on Facebook pointed me to the amazing website of Kevin Carlyon, who declares himself to be “the high priest of British white witches” and “possibly one of the world’s most powerful witches and spellcasters.” I like the “possibly” — you don’t want to be too brash about these things, you know. Just reading …