Category: Jimmy Swaggart

Swaggart church sues investment group

The church run by the Rev. Jimmy Swaggart claims it was defamed and the victim of unfair trade practices by officials with Health Science Park, a group of investors who claimed to be searching for a new home for Earl K. Long Medical Center. Family Worship Center Church Inc. claims the defamation and other actions by officials with Health Science Park caused it to lose $24 million in rental income and other damages. The ongoing legal feud between the church and Health Science Park appeared to have ended earlier this month when a lawsuit over lease and purchase options on

Swaggart, investor group settle

A land dispute between the church run by the Rev. Jimmy Swaggart and a group of investors looking for a new home for Earl K. Long Medical Center was settled in court Monday. Swaggart’s Family Worship Center Church Inc. agreed to pay the investors $600,000 to buy out the final month of a lease option on two church-owned buildings. With the option agreement out of the way, the church plans to lease the two buildings — the Ketchum Center and Trotter Building, both on the west side of Bluebonnet Boulevard — to the federal government, said Barry W. Miller, an

TV Standards council: Jimmy Swaggart breached guidelines

When televangelist Jimmy Swaggart said he would kill a homosexual who looked at him romantically, he violated the ethics code of the Canadian Association of Broadcasters, an industry panel has ruled. Swaggart made the remarks during a discussion of same-sex marriage on a Sept. 12 broadcast that was carried by the Toronto station Omni 1. “I’m going to be blunt and plain: If one ever looks at me like that, I’m going to kill him and tell God he died,” Swaggart said. Swaggart also said that politicians who are undecided on the issue of same-sex marriage “all oughta have to

Swaggart contrite after antigay remark

‘Tongue-in-cheek’ comment draws fire In the face of public backlash and concerns that have reached Canadian broadcasters, Baton Rouge televangelist Jimmy Swaggart said Tuesday he regrets telling his congregation at a recent televised worship service that if a gay man ever looks at him romantically, “I’m going to kill him and tell God he died.” “It was a tongue-in-cheek statement best left unsaid. I won’t make it anymore,” Swaggart said in an interview Tuesday. A Toronto television station’s broadcast of the service produced a complaint before the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council, a private, self-regulating industry group that enforces broadcast standards,