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.
Known for its slick image and wealth-focused brand of Christianity,
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.
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.
America Snores When Christian Terrorist Threatens to Massacre Muslims
An ordained minister pleaded guilty to threatening to burn down a New York town full of Muslims…..
Robert “Doggart, a 63-year-old Tennessee resident, is an ordained Christian minister in the Christian National Church. In 2014, he unsuccessfully ran for Congress as an independent, espousing far right-wing views.
But don’t dismiss Doggart as some crazed wingnut howling at the moon. He served in the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps, worked for 40 years in the electrical generation business, has a master’s degree and a Ph.D. from La Salle University, and claimed he had nine “committed” men working with him to carry out this attack.”
CNN: Minister Creflo Dollar asks for $60 million in donations for a new jet
Creflo Dollar is hoping folks will see fit to bless him. The Atlanta-area minister is seeking donations for “our goal to purchase the G650 airplane.”
Not a comment about a specific religion. There are many others….
Religious figures have also weighed in.
One prominent sheik, Nasser al-Omar, led a delegation of more than 100 sheiks to the royal court in Jeddah to appeal to the king against “the conspiracy of women driving,” as he said in a video posted online.
Another cleric, Sheik Mohammed al-Nujaimi, described the campaign as a “great danger,” saying it would lead to ruined marriages, a low birthrate, the spread of adultery, more car accidents and “the spending of excessive amounts on beauty products.”
New York Times October 28, 2013 (Ben Hubbard)