Topic / charlatans

Faith healer arrested for inducing false pregnancies

More than 700 women in the west African Republic of Guinea were allegedly conned into believing they were pregnant by a faith healer who is now in police custody. According to the BBC N’na Fanta Camara gave women who had been unable to conceive a mixture of leaves, herbs and other ingredients that caused them […]

Scottish farming is in a perilous state. Will Jesus Christ save it?

The Church of Scotland certainly believes so, for it has appointed its first ‘Farming Minister’, Rev Chris Blackshaw, above. Blackshaw, who was previously the Chaplain at the Cumbria Agricultural Chaplaincy, is a Methodist minister and has also worked hard at encouraging farmers to talk about their mental health and support each other. According to this report, […]

Cat reveals ‘real reason for the season’ by scratching its owner

Yesterday Lori Grice, a photographer in Georgia, US, posted the picture above on her Facebook page, along with the words: Sometimes it is the little things in life … Playing rough with my kitty left me a little scratched up but Edie Grace noticed that two of the scratches make a cross. What perfect timing […]

Police compel Indian ‘miracle worker’ to bury his dead son

When his 17-year-old son died late last month from cancer, ‘Bishop’ Octavio Nevis, above, held onto the body, believing that the teen would be ‘resurrected’ through the power of prayer. But after police intervened, Nevis, founder of the Jesus for All Nations Ministry (JFAN) church, agreed this week to bury the body of Meshach Octavio – […]

Anti-gay marriage propaganda ignored by young Australians

The debate in Australia over same-sex marriage took a turn this week that’s left Catholic traditionalists spitting tacks. According to this report, Father Chris Middleton, above, rector of Xavier College, a “prestigious” Catholic school, called on the church to reflect on the overwhelming support for marriage equality among young people. He cited an Irish archbishop who […]

Guru’s rape case: religious sects must be better controlled

In the wake of deadly riots this week in India by followers of celebrity godman ‘Saint’ Dr Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, 50,the Hindustan Times said in an op-ed yesterday that the authorities need to take a look cults such as his that become ‘almost uncontrollable’. According to the BBC, at least 23 people were been […]

Exposed: Belfast brain surgeon who offers quack gay cures

Josh Parry, above, a reporter for the Liverpool Echo. went undercover to investigate a church that claims to cure homosexuality – and discovered that its pastor, Dr Desmond Dele Sanusi, inset, works as an NHS brain surgeon in Belfast. In this report, Parry revealed that  the Liverpool branch of the Mountain of Fire and Miracles […]

Latest Ark Encounter twist screws the folk of Kentucky

In a sneaky move that could rob Kentucky’s Williamstown and Grant County of much-needed revenue,  Ken Ham’s Ark Encounter has flogged its main parcel of land for $10 to its non-profit affiliate, Crosswater Canyon. The move followed a decision by Williamstown not to exempt Ham’s biblical theme park from paying a safety fee that would fund […]

Pastor who ‘killed Satan’ threatens to go on strike

Deranged South African pastor, ‘Prophet’ Paseka Motsoeneng, above, is unhappy over attempts by the authorities to regulate churches. So unhappy that, according to this report, he is planning to shutter his church if his followers don’t stump up the cash he needs to challenge the CRL Rights Commission. The threat comes just days after Pastor […]

‘Hello central! Give me heaven’

That cheesy old song immediately sprang to mind when I read today that Zimbabwean pastor Paul Sanyangore, above right, claims he has regular telephone conversations with God. According to this report, Sanyangore can also arrange for members of his congregation to receive calls from the Almighty. The photo purportedly shows a man called Tich Mataz […]