British homophobic religious fundamentalist TV’s financial scandal

This video from the USA says about itself:

Gay Couples Make Pat Robertson Vomit | The Rubin Report

11 July 2013

Dave Rubin and the panel discuss televangelist Pat Robertson’s homophobic remarks regarding same sex couples. Watch a clip of Pat Robertson saying gay couples make him want to vomit in the video.

Televangelist Pat Robertson responded to a viewer question on his Christian Broadcasting Network show “The 700 Club,” saying there should be a vomit button so that he could press it every time he sees a photo of a same-sex couple kissing on Facebook.

From daily The Independent in Britain:

Revelation TV: Britain’s first televangelist station facing investigation into misuse of funds

Charity Commission received complaints the station was being used for ‘private advantage’

Chris Green

Tuesday 11 November 2014

The foundation behind Britain’s first Christian televangelist TV channel is being investigated by the charities regulator over claims it is being used for private gain.

The Charity Commission has opened an inquiry into the Revelation Foundation, whose 24-hour channel Revelation TV has previously been censured by Ofcom over its presenters’ “derogatory” comments about gay people.

Launched by husband-and-wife duo Howard and Lesley Conder in 2003, the channel has most of its operations in Spain and is broadcast in the UK via Sky, Freesat and Freeview. It includes programmes such as Christian World News, Stand Up for Jesus and Adventists in Conversation.

The statutory investigation, which was opened on 8 September but only announced this week, is the most serious form of inquiry available to the Charity Commission. It said it had decided to launch the probe after receiving a number of complaints that the charity was being used for “private advantage”.

In a statement, the regulator said it had scrutinised the Revelation Foundation’s accounts and had identified a number of concerns including “potential significant loss of charitable funds, trustee benefits, conflicts of interest and connected party transactions”.

The investigation will examine the charity’s structure, including its relationship with several commercial organisations, as well as its fundraising. According to its 2013 accounts, the charity had an income of £1.7m, almost entirely generated through viewers’ donations. It employs five people and has 20 volunteers.

According to a statement on its website, the Revelation Foundation’s trustees “are all committed Bible-believing Christians with a vision for proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ through television and other electronic media”.

Revelation TV achieved a major breakthrough in 2007 when it won the right to directly solicit funds from viewers, a practice which had previously been prohibited under Ofcom regulations.

The channel is no stranger to controversy, having been censured five times by the regulator between 2004 and 2009. Among the upheld complaints were the use of offensive language to describe homosexuals and the use of graphic images of aborted foetuses in an item aired before a children’s programme.

Revelation TV moved outside Ofcom’s jurisdiction in 2010 and is now licensed in Spain, although it still has a studio in Surbiton, Surrey. It is currently regulated by the Audiovisual Council of Andalucia but continues to be broadcast in Britain.

In 2012, the channel’s office manager Susie Gray said it had moved to Spain due to the overwhelming volume of complaints it was receiving in the UK. “It wasn’t really the fact that the complaints were being upheld, it was just the amount of paperwork that it generated to have so many complaints. We felt people were working against us for the sake of it,” she told the Surrey Comet.

When contacted by The Independent, the Foundation’s chairman Gordon Pettie – who also presents three programmes on Revelation TV – said it was “absolutely terrible” that the Charity Commission had publicly announced an investigation into the charity which he felt that “by innuendo” people might interpret as a suggestion that it was guilty of wrongdoing.

“We’re a Christian TV station and the very nature of being a Christian TV station means that integrity and honesty are important criteria for us,” he added. “What worries me is the effect that this will have on people who’d look to us for encouragement and help in the building of their faith.”

Revelation TV’s Fresh Prince moment

One of Revelation TV’s spin-off channels, Genesis TV, made international headlines in 2010 when a prankster fooled one of its presenters into reading out the lyrics from the theme tune to The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, in the mistaken belief that they were a viewer’s story of personal salvation.

“One day a couple of guys who were up to no good starting making trouble in my living area. I ended up getting into a fight, which terrified my mother,” the host recited, without realising the parallels with Will Smith’s famous rap during the 1990s sitcom’s opening credits. A YouTube video clip of the prank has since been viewed more than 1.1 million times.

This video is called The Fresh Prince of the Dark Side Pranks Christian TV.

Later in the same programme, the unfortunate presenter fell foul of another prank email, this time with striking similarities to the plot of Star Wars. “My inspiration in life is a man I met in Nigeria called Ben Kenobi,” it began. “He taught be so much about the Force that spirituality has; it can be used for good and it can be used for bad.”

7 thoughts on “British homophobic religious fundamentalist TV’s financial scandal

  1. If the man had to move to Spain why didn’t he get the message that the hate he spouts just isn’t wanted. Why do we still allow his rubbish to be broadcast inn the UK.
    People wonder why I hate religion, it’s people like this one and his wife who don’t even follow the message of their own book. In his own words, they make me want to vomit. I’d rather see gay people kissing any day than see him and listen to him and his intolerance. I do hope they find he’s been lining his pockets with charitable donations and gets locked up.


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