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RedEarth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-30-08 11:18 AM
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Huckabee Scandal .... the Huck and televangelist Kenneth Copeland
Edited on Wed Jan-30-08 11:19 AM by RedEarth
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BREAKING: Huckabee Scandal
by Bouldergeist
Wed Jan 30, 2008 at 05:25:53 AM PST
You probably haven't heard of the Dallas-based Trinity Foundation, but might be familiar with some of their work. The Daily Show's classic "God Stuff" segment with Joe Bob Briggs (a.k.a., John Bloom) was their brainchild. They also publish the Wittenburg Door: "pretty much the world's only religious satire magazine." They live in a kibbutz in one of the roughest neighborhoods in East Dallas, routinely taking in the homeless. But what they are most famous for is their (often sub rosa) exposes of televangelists like Benny Hinn, Paul Crouch, and the ubiquitous Kenneth Copeland.

Most of the hypocrisy they uncover is just plain funny, like the report in the Los Angeles Times that TBN founder Paul Crouch was (allegedly) having sexual relations with a former drug addict working at the station -- who also happened to be male. But occasionally, they come across a diamond in the rough.

Looks like they've got the Huckster in a bit of a bother....

Bouldergeist's diary :: ::
This story is just breaking, and could really use some legs. (It's a press release by Ole and the guys, and intended for wide dissemination; I used to help them out with investigations back in the day.) The bottom line here is that Charles Grassley is breathing down Copeland's neck with his investigation of televangelists who turn their ministries into ATM machines (on a MUCH lighter note, check out Robert "Tootin'" Tilton); the Huckster ran to Copeland for a little cash, and he just happened to be in the market for a little protection.

Republican hopeful Mike Huckabee reached out to a questionable funding source this week. Texas televangelist Kenneth Copeland, one of the targets of a Senate Finance Committee investigation into the funding and governance of "prosperity gospel" ministries.

At Copeland€'s annual by-invitation-only Minister's Conference at his Newark, Texas, headquarters Jan. 23, Copeland received a call during the meeting from Huckabee requesting emergency financing. According Doug Wead, former Bush family evangelical adviser, Copeland and his supporters at the conference raised $111,000 in cash for Huckabee, with about a million dollars in pledged donations, after he temporarily adjourned the conference and then reconvened the group as a "private meeting."

Wead relayed a report in his blog from a source at the meeting that "Last night the Governor called his friend in the middle of a conference and Copeland, carefully observing all the laws governing non profits, as a private citizen, re-convened a private meeting, turned to his friends and raised a few million dollars for Huckabee." (See "Mike Huckabee's Big Mistake")

According to video clips of the conference obtained by Trinity Foundation, an investigative watchdog group in Dallas, Copeland revealed that Huckabee had pledged his total support to Copeland's ministry while dismissing the Senate investigation.

Video clips are here(the second clip is on Huckabee -- transcribed by them below).
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Oceansaway Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-30-08 11:24 AM
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1. .
i wish they'd take that idiot from iowa Grassley and dig up some dirt on him too..
what an asshole he is....glad i'm in illinois now.......

but hey, if mr. shazzamm goes down, thats OK too...hehehe
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Myrina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-30-08 11:24 AM
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2. K&R - lets give this puppy some legs!
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norwespatriot Donating Member (6 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-30-08 11:26 AM
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3. I find this...distrubing
Edited on Wed Jan-30-08 11:27 AM by norwespatriot
Huckabee is a Southern Baptist. Copeland is a Charismatic. The two do NOT normally associate with one another, mostly over doctrinal differences.

The only reason I could see Huckster even THINKING of making any kind of overtures to Copeland is money, plain and simple. Copeland sure has enough of it (and that's the reason Grassley wants to investigate him).

If this is true, then Huck's candidacy is stone cold dead. Once this gets out, Huck's Southern Baptist base will evaporate. Many of them view Copeland & Co. as "tools of Satan". If Huck associates himself with Copeland, SB's will view it as a 'deal with the devil'.
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Dhalgren Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-30-08 11:47 AM
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5. I don't think that is necessarily true. I grew up a SB and most of
my family are still SB and I don't think many SB feel that way about Copeland and his ilk - a lot of them feel quite the opposite...
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Swamp Rat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-30-08 11:30 AM
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4. Oops! One too many Huckaburgers.

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AwakeAtLast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-30-08 06:21 PM
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6. I knew I would find you here!
I love that pic!

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