A former doctor turned TV evangelist and fake health fraud has been convicted and sentenced to 14 years in prison for a fake cancer cure that she promoted on the Trinity Broadcasting Network, the world’s largest Christian television network. Courthouse News reports:
Category Archive: Religious Frauds
May 24 2013
May 02 2013
Following in the esteemed footsteps of disgraced Christian frauds like Oral Roberts, Jim Bakker and Robert Tilton, Benny Hinn says God wants you to send him money to help him retire $5 million worth of debt. And he has one rich sucker on the line to match the first $2.5 million.
Apr 05 2013
I’m thinking about pitching a reality TV show to the Trinity Broadcasting Network: America’s Next Great Religious Con Artist. It would have four judges — Benny Hinn, Pat Robertson, Rod Parsley and Peter Popoff — and they would choose the next great faith healer or televangelist fraud.
Apr 04 2013
Pat Robertson was asked by a viewer why miracles happen so often in Africa (they do?) but they don’t seem to happen in America. His answer: Americans go to college and believe in evolution, but people overseas are “simple” which is “what God’s looking for” and “that’s why they have miracles.”
Mar 14 2013
I wrote last week about Pat Robertson’s perfect prayer scam, where he makes scattershot claims that God is going to do X or Y and when one of the millions of evangelicals have X or Y happen, it proves that the prayer was answered. He recently said that God was going to give a million …
Mar 04 2013
I grew up watching the 700 Club. It was on in our house every day because my stepmother loved the show. And one of the regular features is Pat Robertson praying and telling unnamed people that God is answering their prayers. It’s done in the form of “there’s someone out there right now with lumbago; …
Feb 25 2013
A Christian TV show taped in London and broadcast over satellite TV is coming under fire for putting viewers lives at risk by telling them that they’re healed of diseases. The danger, of course, is that they’ll stop taking medication or other forms of medical treatment.
Feb 22 2013
Bishop Eddie Long has had enough legal trouble recently with several male members of his church suing him for coercing them into sex (he settled the suits), but now he has more. Several members of his church have filed a suit accusing him of endorsing a Ponzi scheme run by a friend of his.
Feb 22 2013
Ooh, this is a juicy story. The son of faith-healing evangelist con man Benny Hinn was arrested in Brazil for allegedly beating the hell out of a deaf and dumb man at one of his father’s revival meetings. Two of Hinn’s guards were arrested as well.
Feb 20 2013
I’ll give the fundies this: They never seem to run out of ways to fleece the credulous. Pat Boone is helping push a new Christian scam, selling one square foot pieces of property in Galilee to believers who want to feel like they own a piece of the holy land:
Feb 19 2013
Mike Jacobs, husband of unhinged looney tunes Cindy Jacobs, makes another of their famous uncheckable claims that their five year old daughter can “rebuke” a tornado and make it stop. I bet it was right after the girl finished eating from the bottomless spaghetti bowl.
Feb 13 2013
I believe Ray Lewis is the greatest middle linebacker ever to play football. He also drives me batty with all his “God put me here” nonsense. But I somehow missed this when he reached the pinnacle of absurdity in claiming that the “fact” that God has used him and blessed him proves that he was …
Feb 13 2013
Here’s a video of one third-rate TV evangelist that highlights all of the dishonest techniques that they use to fleece the credulous. I find the “sow your seed of faith” line hilariously idiotic. If they really believed it, wouldn’t they be sending you money?
Feb 08 2013
There was a debate recently between Christian apologist William Lane Craig and atheist philosopher Alex Rosenberg at Purdue University and the Christian Post, unsurprisingly, thinks Craig won. No one wins such debates, of course, but they seem to think that this statement from Rosenberg was a big opening:
Feb 06 2013
Cindy Jacobs is one of the most ridiculous charlatans in the Christian world today. She is always telling stories about how her prayers prevented terrible things that never happened and how God does amazing, undocumented things like making her spaghetti last forever. Now she says that she was the one who prevented the global economy …