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Televangelist to Followers: Send Money, I Need $54M Jet

Jesse Duplantis needs to be able to go anywhere in the world with no stops, he explains

(Newser) - Jesse Duplantis Ministries has three private jets, but Duplantis needs one more: After all, as the televangelist who preaches the controversial " prosperity gospel " explained to his followers in a video last week, if Jesus Christ walked the earth today, "he wouldn't be riding a donkey."... More »

Why John Oliver Has Started His Own Church

He's skewering profit-seeking televangelists

(Newser) - There's a new church in town, courtesy of John Oliver. On his HBO show, Oliver created the awesomely named Our Lady of Perpetual Exemption, reports the Wall Street Journal . As the name suggests, Oliver is using it to skewer mega-churches that exploit their followers for money in exchange for... More »

Manning Injury Would Be Sweet Justice: Pat Robertson

Televangelist is angry about Tim Tebow's departure

(Newser) - Pat Robertson doesn't like the way the Denver Broncos unceremoniously kicked Bible-thumping quarterback Tim Tebow to the curb in favor of Peyton Manning, and he wouldn't exactly be upset if Manning got hurt. "The Denver Broncos treated him shabbily," the televangelist declared on The 700 Club,... More »

Man Kills Self in SoCal Televangelist's Cathedral

Fired gun while tour guide discussed anti-suicide program

(Newser) - A man shot and killed himself in front of a cross inside televangelist Robert H. Schuller's Crystal Cathedral yesterday as a nearby volunteer told a group of visitors about the church's suicide-prevention program, police and church officials said. The man handed a note and his driver's license to two ushers,... More »

Jury Clears Evangelist's Wife

(Newser) - The wife of televangelist Joel Osteen did not assault a flight attendant during an angry tirade over a stain on her first-class seat, a jury ruled today. Jurors rejected Continental Airlines flight attendant Sharon Brown's claims that Victoria Osteen threw her against a bathroom door and elbowed her while attempting... More »

Mac's Pastor: Make War on Islam

Televangelist calls Allah 'a demon spirit'

(Newser) - The popular televangelist described by John McCain as a "spiritual guide" has called on Christians to "wage war" to destroy the "false religion" of Islam, reports Mother Jones. Apparently, McCain could lead those Christian soldiers, with powerful Ohio megachurch leader Rod Parsley endorsing the candidate as a... More »

Televangelist's Husband Admits Attacking Her

Founder of Global Destiny churches pleads guilty to assault

(Newser) - The husband of Pentecostal televangelist Juanita Bynum pleaded guilty yesterday to assaulting her and was sentenced to three years probation. Thomas W. Weeks III, the founder of Global Destiny churches, admitted grabbing Bynum, throwing her down and kicking her in the parking lot of an Atlanta hotel in August, the... More »

Pat's Nod Gives License to Pull Rudy Lever

But press overstates endorsement power, Salon scribe says

(Newser) - Pat Robertson’s endorsement will undoubtedly help Rudy Giuliani snag conservative votes, but the televangelist's nod can only do so much to help the pro-choice divorcé, writes Salon’s Walter Shapiro—and Rudy may be satisfied with that. The aging evangelical has granted permission for those already attracted to Rudy... More »

Tammy Faye Messner Dies at 65

Famed evangelist and media figure struggled with drugs, scandal

(Newser) - Televangelist and Christian entertainer Tammy Faye Messner died Friday morning, CNN reports. She had struggled with drug addiction throughout her life and finally died of cancer. Messner had recently been a guest on Larry King Live, appearing precariously ill, claiming she could no longer swallow food and weighed only 65... More »

Televangelist Falwell Dead at 73

Controversial conservative mixed religion, politics

(Newser) - The Rev. Jerry Falwell, who founded the Moral Majority and mixed evangelism with conservative social criticism, died today after collapsing in his office at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va. He was 73. A lightning rod for controversy, Falwell once called AIDS "the wrath of a just God against homosexuals"... More »

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