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Benny (The Hair) Hinn’s son allegedly assaulting a deaf mute in Brazil

THE 21-year-old son of filthy rich Christian conman –  evangelist Benny (“The Hair”) Hinn – has reportedly been detained along with two bodyguards employed by the Hinn ministry for allegedly assaulting a deaf/mute man during an evangelistic creep-show in Manaus, Brazil.

Could this be the same Joshua Hinn who was arrested for drunk driving in Florida last June?

Hinn's son Joshua is pictured left. Is he the same Joshua Hinn who was arrested arrested last last year for drunk driving?

Hinn’s son Joshua is pictured left. Is he the same Joshua Hinn who was arrested last year in Florida for drunk driving?

Hinn, Caleb Shirk, 26, and Konstantins Konstantinovs, 34, apprehended Hestephenson Araujo as he approached Hinn Senior during a sermon with a bottle of water.

Araujo had reportedly attended the “miracle healing crusade” last Saturday at the Provos da Amazonia arena. He hoped to get a blessing from the charlatan Hinn, who claims to have an “anointing,” or special power from God, that gives him the supernatural ability to heal people.

Benny Hinn – evangelist or Star Wars reject?

Benny Hinn – evangelist or Star Wars reject?

Hinn, Shirk and Konstantins allegedly grabbed Araujo, 21, whom they thought was going to throw water at the minister. They are accused of taking the victim to a trailer where they interrogated and beat him. Araujo was eventually rescued by police, who had been called to the arena by “concerned members of the public”.

Although the three men were detained on suspicion of torture, no charges were filed. They reportedly told police they did not know Araujo, who was treated at a hospital for his injuries, was unable to hear or talk.

Araujo’s father claimed he made a deal with Benny Hinn’s representatives to refrain from pressing charges allegedly in exchange for a “large sum of money”. However, local authorities reportedly plan to continue investigating the alleged attack on Araujo.

Joshua Hinn and the ministry’s two body guards left the country without incident and returned to the US on Sunday, which was the final day of Benny Hinn’s “miracle healing services” in Brazil.

Benny Hinn, who is reportedly worth $42 million, has become known throughout his 36-year ministry career for his Holy Spirit Miracle Crusades and Worship Celebrations in which he promises to heal those suffering from various physical ailments. Hinn’s services, free to the public and held all over the world in stadiums and arenas, are often filled to capacity and usually marked by the evangelist waving his hands before large crowds to deliver a purported healing.

The ministry’s tour in Brazil was scheduled to run from February 11-17, according to a news release on its website that claimed many attendees had been healed.

In addition to Hinn’s healing claims coming into question, the 60-year-old minister was included in a 2007 Senate investigation into the financial dealings of several high-profile prosperity, or health and wealth preachers.

Hinn voluntarily divulged his financial information as requested, and claims that he was recognised by the US Senate Finance Committee for “[engaging] in open and honest dialogue” and for “[providing] information over and above what was requested.”

The Christian minister previously announced that he and his former wife, Suzanne Hinn, had reconciled and are planning to remarry after divorcing in 2010 due to irreconcilable differences.

They have three daughters, in addition to Joshua Hinn.

Benny Hinn Ministries’ headquarters and the minister’s World Healing Center Church are located in Grapevine, Texas.

Hat Tip: Stephen Mynett and BarrieJohn

19 Responses to “Benny (The Hair) Hinn’s son allegedly assaulting a deaf mute in Brazil”

  1. barriejohn says:

    Hair raising!

  2. Trevor Blake says:

    We know from Mark 9:17-26 that deafness is caused by demonic spirits, so of course there was a sense of danger.

    Or perhaps the Bible isn’t true?

  3. JS says:

    I thought the guy’s name was Benny Haha….

  4. John A says:

    @Trevor Blake: it’s definitely true; when I was young and questioned this whilst at my Christian school I was told emphatically by an irate teacher that it’s all correct, she had absolutely no doubt about it!

  5. Robster says:

    He would appear to be somewhat more pious and less dodgy if he were to change his name to Hynn and in respect of that nasty old retiring pope person, Benadict Hynn might be considered cool. Get some catliks on side too!

  6. Matt Westwood says:

    He was probably beating the demons that caused deaf-muteness out of him.

  7. John A says:

    The deaf/mute man must have at first just thought he was having healing hands laid upon him by Benny (‘The Hair’) Hinn’s helpers. I wonder at what point he realised he wasn’t actually getting the ‘special treatment package’ God delivers through ‘The Hair’ if you pay him enough?

  8. remigius says:

    ‘…had reconciled and are planning to remarry after divorcing in 2010 due to irreconcilable differences.’

    Either someone doesn’t know what irreconcilable means, or it’s another Benny Hinn miracle. Praise the Lord!

  9. barriejohn says:

    Hair today; gone tomorrow.

    Remigius: I suspect that the lifestyle (walking in the steps of Jesus) may have had a lot to do with the amazing reconciliation.

    http://www.cultnews.com/archives/000189.html

    It’s enough to make your hair stand on end!

  10. barriejohn says:

    TBF, when he “annointed” his family he did say that Joshua was “wild”. (Doesn’t prayer really work then?)

    http://youtu.be/y4NSS6GMKFI

  11. barriejohn says:

    I just love the comments appended to that video:

    A microchip is coming to this world really soon, and the Holy Spirit has? also foretold that there is coming a new black pope really soon, and a major earthquake in California, you will see increase of wars and earthquakes, we are going to enter into a new dark age which the bible has prophecied about, Jesus is the only way to be saved, Jesus has revealed himself for many in these last days, just ask him, and he will reveal himself for you :)

    Vatican City will be destroyed by a giant earthquake this February 22, 2013

    as i watch more of Benny Kings miracles i cry after every single one.? because i feel the spirit of god.

    Yes – she actually calls her hero Benny King. Can you believe that? How do these people manage to even survive?

  12. Paul Cook says:

    If these healing services are free. How does this man get so much money? he is worth $42 million bucks.

    Fraud certainly seems to pay.

    and um, if he heals sick people he din;t help the guy they beat up. But ‘gave him money to shut him up’. Well there’s a lesson in there somewhere.

  13. barriejohn says:

    Paul: “Freewill offerings”. Tax free, too, in the USA!

  14. Angela_K says:

    “Fraud certainly seems to pay”. Yes, the bigger the crime the easier it is get away with it, especially if religion is involved – the catholic church being a prime example.

  15. tony e says:

    Surely, as a goodwill gesture, it would great if Benny was to cure this deaf/mute man?

    Cue Benny running for the exit.

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  17. Marky Mark says:

    (“Freewill offerings”. Tax free, too, in the USA!)
    …he also gets cash from a “personal pray service” (or something like that). People send him money and he will personally prey for that persons troubles…since he has been chosen by gaud, he has a personal phone line to the great mystic being. Years ago a news crew found all these bags of pray requests tossed in a dumpster outside his office…without the checks of coarse.

    He knows he is scamming people…just another con-man, laughing all the way to the bank.

  18. Ken says:

    Angela_K ““Fraud certainly seems to pay”. Yes, the bigger the crime the easier it is get away with it, especially if religion is involved – the catholic church being a prime example.”

    You cannot serve God and mammon.

    I think that just about sums it up, especially in the case of Hinn.

    The only thing I would add is that the secular banking industry is another example of sinful human greed/covetousness at work. Fleecing people is wrong regardless of who is doing it. The desire for money really is the source of all sorts of evil.

  19. remigius says:

    ‘…the secular banking industry is another example of sinful human greed/covetousness at work.’

    Er, Ken. Are you really suggesting we’re in this financial mess because of secularism?

    http://www.secularism.org.uk/blog/2012/08/motes-and-beams-in-banking-ethics