Rod Parsley’s Prosperity Gospel and Faith Healing Nonsense

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About 20 years ago, I first encountered Rod Parsley on one of the half dozen Christian TV networks on my cable. He's a standard issue prosperity gospel-preaching and faith-healing con artist, but he's particularly charismatic and incredibly good at keeping his audience enraptured as he spews the dumbest things imaginable. Here's video of him claiming that a woman's baby was healed of brain tumors because she gave him money: … [Read more...]

Cindy Jacobs Makes Woman Grow Three Inches!

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Longtime readers of this blog know how much I love making fun of Cindy Jacobs, self-declared "prophet" and faith healer whose prayers are so powerful that they are able to conjure up a bottomless bowl of spaghetti (no word whether the lord also provided unlimited salad and breadsticks). Her latest miraculous claim, provided with no evidence at all, is that she made a woman grow three inches spontaneously during one of her revivals. … [Read more...]

Barton Again Lies About Child Pornography Prosecutions

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Being David Barton means being so blatant a liar that you keep repeating the same lies over and over again even after they've been proven to be lies. In fact, repeating the same lies even when that morning's headlines prove that you're lying, safe in the knowledge that your audience is too braindead to catch and too tribal to care if they did. For instance, this old lie that he keeps retelling: … [Read more...]

Farah Defends Convicted Christian Investment Scammer

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You may have heard about Jim Staley, the Missouri pastor who pleaded guilty this week to multiple counts of wire fraud for conning elderly investors out of millions of dollars in an insurance scam. He was sentenced to seven years in prison. But Joseph Farah of the Worldnetdaily is coming to his defense and saying that he should not be punished for it because it happened before he became a "full-time" pastor. … [Read more...]

Jennifer LeClaire is Not Happy With John Oliver

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You've probably seen by now John Oliver's brilliant take down of the "prosperity gospel" that is preached by most of the nation's (world's?) televangelist con men and women from last week. Jennifer LeClaire, editor of Charisma News, is quite displeased with Mr. Oliver for making fun of what she claims he doesn't understand, but I'm afraid she rather obviously misses the point of his critique. … [Read more...]

Ramtha the Racist Cult Leader

Susy Buchanan has a story at Alternet about JZ Knight, the ridiculous con artist who has become very wealthy telling people that she's channeling the voice of a 35,000 year old warrior named Ramtha. It seems some video leaked of a drunken Knight going on a bigoted rant about Jews, Mexicans and gay people. … [Read more...]

Get Your Miracle Spring Water

Christian con man Peter Popoff was put out of business briefly when James Randi exposed him as a fraud in the mid-80s, but he's back now with his "miracle spring water" that will bring miracles to your life. Here's a video that leaves one wondering how anyone could possibly be gullible enough to fall for this scam. … [Read more...]

A Christian Fraud Returns

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 it seems he's now making a comeback, with a little help from Rick Joyner. … [Read more...]

The Wondrous Stories of Faith Healing

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. … [Read more...]

Indiana Megachurch in Foreclosure

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 gospel rants to get the cash flowing in. Sarah Posner provides an example of what I saw many times: … [Read more...]

The Shroud of Turin and Credible Journalism

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. … [Read more...]

A Bizarre New Claim on the Shroud of Turin

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: … [Read more...]


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