Topic / charlatans

Jesus Christ: ‘I turned wine into water – alcohol is bad for you’

A former bus driver and bed-and-breakfast owner – who changed his name from John Edward Birtwhistle to Jesus Christ after memories of his run-in with the authorities 2,000 years ago came flooding back to him – hopes to become a member of parliament for Burnley in Lancashire. According to this report, Christ, 77, changed his […]

Hindu fundamentalists spark fresh row over Mother Teresa

An allegation that Mother Teresa’s activities in India were primarily motivated by her desire to Christianise Indians has been brushed aside by the Catholic Church. Speaking of the latest allegations against the self-serving old fraud by Hindu fundamentalists, Bishop Theodore Masceranhas, Secretary General of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India, said: They are known for […]

Democracy in America

The US has a long inglorious history of hucksterism and fraud. You’d think it was something we took pride in, along with the Enlightenment ideas in the Declaration of Independence and the hot dog. Think of the meeting of the Duke and the Dauphin in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, for example. “What got you […]

‘Renowned’ Essex psychic exposed as a benefits cheat

If Amanda Barrymore’s clairvoyance was a good as she claims, she should have known that the UK tax authorities had her in their sights, and that she’d end up in court for fraudulently claiming benefits. But Barrymore was apparently so closely focused on hoodwinking the gullible that she never saw the tax people coming, and, […]

Charlatan appointed Trump’s Christian policy advisor

Frank Amedia, of Touch Heaven Ministries in Ohio, above, is a self-proclaimed faith-healing prophet who believes he can perform ‘miracles’, including controlling the weather. According to this report, Trump has taken on Amedia as his new “liaison for Christian policy”. Amedia is a controversial televangelist associated with the New Apostolic Reformation. His biography on his […]

It was a decision that almost cost the young man his life

In the first of a chilling two-part expose, the Des Moines Register reports on how a faith-based treatment organisation run by two Assembly of God pastors persuaded the 26-year-old from Iowa to immediately stop taking the medications he was prescribed for anxiety and depression. Within days of entering the programme run by the Dream Center, […]

Real Water®, a Scientologist and very Catholic lawsuit

Scientologist Brent A Jones, above centre, who serves as a Republican member of the Nevada Assembly, has a nice little scam going on the side, selling Real Water® to gullible fools. But his Las Vegas company, Real Alkalized Water, is getting some unwelcome attention, thanks to a lawsuit filed by one Grecia Echevarria-Hernandez. According to this […]

Scientology head threatens lawsuit over his father’s book

Lawyers acting for the Church of Scientology’s  head honcho David Miscavige’s have threatened to file a lawsuit against Miscavige’s father Ron, who has written a ‘tell all’ book about the cult. According to this report, London-based publisher Silvertail Books has received a letter from Johnsons Solicitors, a law firm that specialises in high-profile defamation cases. The threat […]

Evidence of pastor’s ascension to Heaven was allegedly stolen

On Easter Sunday, South African ‘prophet’ Paseka Motsoeneng, of the Incredible Happenings Church in Katlehong, went to Heaven where he was given permission by the Celestial Authorities to take photos of his visit with his expensive G-5 Galaxy cellphone. According to this report, the ascension took place just after midday on Easter Sunday and was […]

Texas taxpayers billed for lawmaker’s quack ‘Jesus shot’

Back in 2014, the Friendly Atheist reported on the activities of a certain Dr John Michael Lonergan, a convicted felon, who, after leaving prison in Ohio where he was serving a sentence involving tax evasion, mail fraud, and healthcare fraud, moved to Oklahoma to start marketing a “miracle” injection – at $300 a prick. His […]