Feuds: God and Money Part 9

In court, two besmirched evangelists battle over assets that evaporated in scandals of the '80s

For millions of committed Christians, the late '80s brought agonizing disillusionment. One after another, some of the country's most prominent Protestant televangelists revealed themselves as pious pretenders, driven by lust or avarice or unsaintly ego. Perhaps most distressing was the ammunition the scandals gave to the skeptical and scornful. While erstwhile believers in Jim Bakker, Jimmy Swaggart and Marvin Gorman winced at the exposes of dalliance and the unconvincing protestations of repentance, countless other Americans were laughing.

Now, just when it seemed the humiliating high jinks were safely in the past, they're back. In New Orleans last week, jury selection began...

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