Monday, April 27, 2009

April, 2009: Paul Crouch

From American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War on America by Chris Hedges:

"The Crouches [Paul and wife Jan] began their television evangelism with the disgraced Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker, wear gaudy costumes and sit during their popular nightly program in front of stained-glass windows that overlook faux Louis XVI sets awash in gold rococo and red velvet, glittering chandeliers and a gold-plated piano....The couple, who collect nearly $1 million a year in salary from the network, also have use of 30 ministry-owned homes, including two sprawling multimillion-dollar oceanfront mansions in the resort town of Newport Beach, California, a mountain retreat near Lake Arrowhead and a ranch in Texas. They travel in a $7.2 million, 19-seat Canadair Turbojet, drive luxury cars, and charge everything from dinners to antiques on company credit cards according to former employees...."

And here I was thinking Jebus kicked the money changers out of the temple.

It goes without saying Crouch is against homosexuality. And, in true evangelical form, it turns out he had an illicit extra-marital affair...with a guy. In fact, he had the affair in one of the 30 homes, and the other guy was a former Trinity Broadcasting employee, Lonnie Ford. Naughty, naughty, you old fool!