Evangelism and pop music

Six senior officials of Singapore’s City Harvest megachurch have been jailed over a $50m Singapore dollar ($35m; £23m) fraud case.

The evangelical church’s pastor and founder, Kong Hee, was jailed for eight years – others received between 21 months and six years.

The court ruled last month the group had misused church finances to fund the music career of Kong’s wife, Sun Ho.

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Known for its slick image and wealth-focused brand of Christianity,

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The hope was that songs like China Wine – a tune with rapper Wyclef Jean depicting Ms Ho as a Chinese exotic dancer in Jamaica – would help spread the gospel.

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Ms Ho herself was not prosecuted in connection with the case and did not attend Friday’s sentencing.

She recently took over leadership of the church.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-34876448

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