Religion News Briefs: a UFO cult, a killer cult, a former cult

news roundup In today’s roundup: a UFO cult promotes the Swastika; yet another one of Jehovah’s Witnesses needlessly dies in obedience to the cult’s teachings; and the Trinity Broadcasting Network is reeling from yet another revelation.

Also: do people join cults due to depression? Plus: links to additional religion news stories of note. [Read more...]

Trinity Broadcasting Network denied tax break on luxury ‘parsonages’

Trinity Broadcasting Network The Trinity Broadcasting Network has failed to convince an appraiser to reclassify a couple of million-dollar lakefront mansions in Florida as parsonages to avoid a property tax.

The request was denied last years but the issue came to light only recently as part of a lawsuit filed against TBN in Southern California. [Read more...]

Lawsuit filed against Trinity Broadcasting Network

Trinity Broadcasting Network A man claims that the Trinity Broadcasting Network — the world’s largest Christian TV network — wrongfully sued him over inexistent contracts, to retaliate after his nephew’s wife “uncovered and reported illegal distributions and other unlawful self-dealing by Trinity Broadcasting’s directors exceeding $50 million.”

The suit includes allegations of multiple cover-ups of sexual and criminal scandals. [Read more...]

Suit: Trinity Broadcasting Network board diverted millions from ‘charitable assets’

Trinity Broadcasting Network The granddaughter of Trinity Broadcasting Network’s Paul and Jan Crouch has accused the world’s largest Christian broadcaster of unlawfully distributing charitable assets worth more than $50 million to the company’s directors.

Koper’s complaint is directed against two attorneys who handle some of TBN’s legal work. [Read more...]

Gay engineer and Trinity Broadcasting Network settle harassment suit

Trinity Broadcasting Network aka The Blasphemy Channel A confidential settlement has been reached between a gay broadcast engineer and his former employer, Trinity Broadcasting Network

Brian Dugger sued Trinity last March, claiming he was harassed and discriminated against by employees of the world’s largest Christian broadcasting empire. [Read more...]