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Pastor Sells ‘Holy Pens’ That Make Students Pass Exams Without Studying, Claims The More You Pay The More You Pass

Posted by doctore0 on October 26, 2015


HARARE – A Local prophet is raising more questions than answers after selling ballpoints to congregants during his church service on Sunday, claiming that they are anointed.
Prophet Sham Hungwe of House of Grace International Church, who operates at Machipisa Shopping Centre, distributed hundreds of pens to people who are about to sit for exams.

The pens which cost at least 15 cents were being sold for different amounts ranging between US$1 and US$20 depending on what you can afford.

Prophet Sham said those who are sitting for their exams only needed faith and the anointed pen to pass. “It is anointed and I declare passes when your children sit for exams; when you sit for your exams ,” he said.

With the ‘O’ Level and ‘A’ Level examinations around the corner, the pens sold like hot cakes and congregants were seen scrambling to the pulpit to get them.

“They (pens) are said to work for anyone who is sitting for any test. My son is not very bright and I think this will help him. With the knowledge he has acquired and this pen from the man of God, I think it is going to work.”

One female congregants parted ways with more than US$10 for a pen as they were told the more they give, the more their faith and the more their children will pass.
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Bending truth

Posted by doctore0 on October 7, 2015

A reflection on the importance of acknowledging that we can all be manipulated.

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Police: Psychic cheats local woman of $77,000, fails to foresee arrest

Posted by doctore0 on October 5, 2015

psylottoWASHINGTON — A self-described psychic telling fortunes in New York City apparently failed to foresee her arrest on a warrant from Rockville, Maryland, charging her with fraud.

Erica Ufie, 35, was arrested Friday near “Sunnyside Psychic” parlor in Queens, where she worked. She will face an extradition hearing in New York, according to Rockville Police Lt. Brian Paul.

Ufie was tracked down by a private investigator hired by a 53-year-old Rockville woman, who accuses the fortune-teller of defrauding her of more than $77,000.

“I sent in an operative into the location to verify she was there,” says Bob Nygaard, a private investigator who specializes in the identification and apprehension of fortune-tellers who engage in fraud.

Convinced that the person inside the Queens psychic parlor was Ufie, the woman for whom he’d been searching for seven months, Nygaard tailed her to a nearby dollar store and then called police.
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Creationist illegally selling false hope cancer drug

Posted by doctore0 on September 17, 2015

Kent Hovind incriminates his son, Eric Hovind in the interstate selling of the drug amygdalin

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Northshore pastor charged with hiding money from feds

Posted by doctore0 on August 10, 2015

Gawd is money

FRANKLINTON, La. — U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite charged a Northshore pastor with hiding money to avoid reporting it to the federal government. The pastor, Jerry Wayne Cox, is a close friend of former St. Tammany Parish District Attorney Walter Reed.

The bill of information accuses Cox of one count of structuring, essentially moving more than $100,000 around to avoid reporting it. The charge involves financial transactions from 2011 when Cox allegedly deposited $70,000 into one bank, took a portion out in cash, then deposited almost all the rest in another bank. Cox allegedly withdrew most of that cash from the second bank.

Cox’s church, Faith Tabernacle, is a Pentecostal church with its opulence hidden in plain view in a small town outside Franklinton in rural Washington Parish.

The 72-year-old pastor built the church over the years. Cox lives in a multi-million dollar mansion a few miles from Faith Tabernacle. That home sits behind an iron gate gilded with his name on it
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Tithe or burn

Posted by doctore0 on July 31, 2015

Gawds agent needs money

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Bogus faith healers fishing for victims in Leicester, police warn

Posted by doctore0 on May 18, 2015

Ehrrm all faith healers are bogus :)

Police have issued a new warning about bogus faith healers who trick people into handing over cash for ‘cures’ for everything from cancer to financial trouble.

Officers spoke out after recovering a number of advertising leaflets in the Belgrave area of Leicester in the past couple of weeks.

They also confirmed two suspects are currently under investigation for allegedly conning people out of money.

The force has previously spoken out against ‘healers’ who claim to be able to use prayer to lift curses, heal broken marriages and solve financial problems.

Others who have targeted the city have said they could cure illnesses including cancer and HIV.

Inspector Ben Gillard, commander of Leicester’s Spinney Hill Park police station, said his officers had been alerted to a new batch of leaflets which have been delivered to homes or left on car windscreens in recent weeks.

Insp Gillard said: “This is still very much a live issue because people are still being subjected to these leaflets being put through their front doors or left on their cars.

“The danger is vulnerable people will turn to these people for help.

“They are predators and they will promise anything as long as it makes them money.

“The people who do this know that if they knock on 100 doors they will find someone who will believe in them and give them money.
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Faith healer sues atheist video blogger for using science to expose him on YouTube as a ‘swindler’

Posted by doctore0 on May 8, 2015

All faith healers are swindlers or insane or combination of that!

A self-described faith healer has filed a lawsuit against atheist video blogger Stephanie Guttormson after she posted a video debunking his claim that he was a medical professional.

Guttormson, who is Operations Director for the Richard Dawkins Foundation, posted a video to YouTube last December explaining why she was skeptical that Adam Miller’s 1977 near death experience (NDE) gave him special abilities to heal people.

“Let’s start by pointing out that the germ theory of disease accounts for how illnesses affect us,” Guttormson pointed out. “He makes this claim that these experiences in your lives and traumas create dark cellular structure — whatever that is — and that by invoking this magic spirit, it will come down and break up this — quote, unquote — dark cellular structure.”

“Sometimes we want the answers so badly and want to help so badly that we’ll believe just about anything,” she added in a subsequent video. “Usually out of fear and hopelessness and desperation.”

“Adam Miller is a charlatan, he’s a swindler, he’s a snake oil salesman. You risk your lives delaying or forgoing proper medical treatment by going to him for help. And more importantly, for believing his unsubstantiated claims.”
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Dave Ramsey And His Big Ass House And Money From Jesus

Posted by doctore0 on March 21, 2015

It’s probably safe to say that Dave Ramsey has shitloads of money, Scrooge McDuck piles of cash that he has acquired over a long life of telling overs how to make money for a nominal fee. Taking on the persona of so many self-help speakers from the 1990’s Ramsey promotes a Christian lifestyle of managing wealth and remembering to thank Jesus once you’re stinkin’ rich. A website, Bible Money Matters, recently mocked Ramsey’s brand new multi-million dollar house, asking how he could show off his success instead of following the teachings of Jesus to help the less fortunate. Ramsey shot back that it was Jesus’s money, and that he was just taking care of it. Because apparently god hears you better from a nice pad and its probably even better in a private jet.”

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Should the NHS fund homeopathy?

Posted by doctore0 on February 1, 2015


Obligatory :)

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