Critical Condition

It might be the residual effects of the televangelism scandals of a few years ago. Or perhaps the popularity of religious broadcasting has run its course. Whatever the explanation, even ministries with reputations of integrity are apparently not immune to financial problems.

As described in a “very special critical report” sent to supporters by D. James Kennedy of Coral Ridge Ministries, expenses have been running greater than income, and the ministry is nearly $3 million behind. According to the letter, Coral Ridge laid off 17 staff members in January and an additional 25 this summer. It has cancelled television and radio air time in over 20 markets. But, said the report, “layoffs and air time cuts just aren’t enough.” At one point, the report states the ministry needs a quick influx of almost $3 million to survive. Kennedy explained in the letter why he didn’t notify supporters of the need more quickly: “I just don’t do that—at least not easily.”

Enough Is Enough

The Procter & Gamble Company claims it has fielded over 150,000 phone calls and letters in the last decade alleging that its trademark logo is a satanic symbol. In recent months, the average number of calls has exceeded 300 a day, contributing to the company’s latest response: a libel suit against James and Linda Newton of Parsons, Kansas.

According to the suit, as reported in National & International Religion Report, the Newtons made statements and distributed literature charging that, during a national television talk show, P&G supported the church of Satan. (The company claims no one representing it has ever appeared on the show.) ...

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