Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Is Grassley Picking on Pentecostals?

The Dallas News reports:

North Texas' Copeland sees bias in televangelist inquiry
12:00 AM CDT on Monday, May 26, 2008
Jacqueline L. Salmon, The Washington Post

North Texas preacher Kenneth Copeland is leading a counterattack against the U.S. senator who is investigating alleged lavish spending by six high-profile televangelists.

Some of Mr. Copeland's backers question whether Sen. Charles Grassley, an Iowa Republican, is biased against the Pentecostal televangelists because of his Baptist faith.

Mr. Copeland, a subject of the investigation, recently launched a Web site called

He said the senator's investigation is "aimed at publicly questioning the religious beliefs of the targeted churches, their ministers, and their members while ignoring televangelists of other denominations."

Is Grassley really targeting Pentecostals? Or is it more likely that Word of Faith teachers tend to come from that background? I don't see a single person named in Grassley's investigation that isn't a Word Faith teacher, and certainly not all Pentecostals are Word Faith. I think this is simply an attempt to get all Pentecostals behind him, Word Faith or not.



At May 29, 2008 9:18 AM, Blogger Lesli said...

Copeland is fighting for the bigger picture here. The future implications of this situation could be scary if Grassley is given this of power and access to such information.


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