Going After the Money Ministries

A Senator is taking aim at preachers of the so-called Prosperity Gospel — but will he run into First Amendment problems?

Robert Cohen / St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Even other pastors have criticized her high-flying lifestyle, private plane included.

Correction Appended: Nov. 19, 2007

On the website for their ministry based in Newark, Texas, Kenneth and Gloria Copeland commit to "teach Christians worldwide who they are in Christ Jesus and how to live a victorious life." And they appear to be victorious in theirs, with books in 22 languages, a global crusade schedule and a TV show reaching millions. No less a luminary than presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee is advertised to appear on the show for six days straight to discuss "character in the Bible."

Huckabee might want to opt out. On Nov. 6 the...

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