Topic / charlatans

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 […]

Trump’s pick for Vatican ambassador is a Catholic loon

The White House is planning announce that a religious zealot – Callista Gingrich, wife of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich – will be be the next ambassador to the Vatican. The announcement, according to this report, is expected ahead of Trump’s meeting with Pope Francis on May 24 in Rome. This is what is known […]

Scientologists charged with kidnapping in Tennessee

Marc Vallieres, inset above, the operator of several Church of Scientology ‘facilities’ in Tennessee, has been charged with multiple felony counts of kidnapping. Vallieres, according to this report, was arrested in Cannon County and faces two felony counts of facilitation of kidnapping. Two others involved with the alleged kidnapping are Dennis Flamond and Hans Snyder […]

San Diego gay cure pastor rebuffed by US Supreme Court

Donald W Welch, a quack Christian therapist and an ordained minister at Skyline Church in Rancho San Diego, inset, had failed in his bid to overturn to a California law banning gay conversion therapy for minors. According to this report, the US Supreme Court yesterday declined to take up Welch’s challenge to the law. The […]