Saturday, November 30, 2013

Obituary: Paul Crouch

Another televangelist has passed from the scene: Paul Crouch, who with his wife Jan founded the Trinity Broadcasting Network, has died at the age of 79.

He was a competitor of sorts to Pat Robertson's CBN and Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker's PTL network in the 1980s, but he was less well-known. However, he was controversial:

During four decades on air he often generated controversy, in particular because of the extravagant lifestyle he and his wife led. Critics complained that his jets, mansions and lavish expense-account meals were paid by tax-exempt donations from TBN’s legion of “prayer partners,” whose pledges enabled the network to surpass its rivals in size and global reach.

He was kind of par for the course for that sort of thing.

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