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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Feud leaves Haiti hospital half-built

A multimillion-dollar building project involving a Haitian pastor and the Trinity Broadcasting Network has collapsed in recriminations, leaving behind a half-built hospital with a giant cross-shaped hole in one wall.

TBN South Africa claims to be in financial troubles, so no refund for mentally ill man

The South Africa station does not receive funding from its mother organization in the United States.

Holy Land purchase by Trinity was complex deal

Holy Land Experience’s transfer to Trinity Broadcasting Network was a complex deal involving five nonprofit, tax-exempt organizations.

Scores lose jobs as Holy Land undergoes extreme makeover

For many of the longtime Holy Land workers let go since Trinity took the reins, the Crouches have been more like a wrecking crew. Paul, Jan and their management team have acted like “a cross between the Sopranos and the Beverly Hillbillies,” said Keith Wright, Holy Land’s former security chief.

Savior emerges for attraction simulating Jerusalem in Orlando

Jesus Christ is crucified and resurrected here six days a week.

TBN seeks legal advice on returning ill man’s donation

The rich Trinity Broadcasting Network, purveyors of the prosperity doctrine, refuses to return donations from a man suffering from a mental illness.

Trinity Broadcasting Network: An empire of God or man?

Tithing is a well-known Biblical concept. But the donation that Manjo Maphuma’s family claims he gave to Trinity Broadcasting Network appears to have exceeded donating a tenth of one’s income to the church.

TV Christians hold on to disabled man’s donation

The Trinity Broadcasting Network’s South African office has been accused by the family of a mentally ill person of refusing to repay his pension money he donated to the station.

Trinity Broadcasting rescues Holy Land Experience

Trinity Broadcasting Network, the world’s largest Christian television system, has come to the rescue of the financially troubled Holy Land Experience, a Bible-based tourist attraction near Universal Studios Orlando.

TBN clashes with Icasa over licence

A director of the cash-strapped Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) still received lucrative payments for three years after the network’s overseas funding had been stopped.

Trinity Broadcasting Network beams gospel shows into non-Christian world

The Trinity Broadcasting Network — known for its bizarre mixture of Christian, blasphemous and offbeat religious programs — is now beamed into countries throughout the Asia-Pacific Rim.

Christian network, author Hal Lindsey are back on the same side

TBN and the end-of-the-world series host had split over their attitudes toward Islam. But technology that allows blocking his shows to the Mideast has helped put the writer back on the air.

Deep pockets fuel Matthew Crouch’s Hollywood crusade

Tax-free donations from his parents’ Trinity Broadcasting Network fund Matthew Crouch’s religion-themed movies.

Christian TV empire savors a tax blessing

Trinity gets ‘church’ status, a refund HENDERSONVILLE A ruling that means Sumner County and the city must refund the theme park-like Trinity Broadcasting Network complex here more than $300,000 in taxes ends an 11-year skirmish and gives the colorful owners much of what theyve wanted status as a church. Under an administrative judges […]
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