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Lawsuit Accuses Televangelist Giant Of Threatening Whistleblowers, Funneling Millions To Personal Accounts

The Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) is facing a lawsuit from its founder’s granddaughter, who claimed in a court filing last week that she and her husband were threatened for trying to expose a major financial scandal at the televangelist network.

The granddaughter has previously alleged that TBN was engaged in “multiple cover-ups of sexual and criminal scandals” and has threatened whistleblowers. Paul Crouch, the network’s late founder, once bragged on air that God will kill whoever stands up against TBN.

She also claims that TBN intimidated whistleblowers, including herself. The suit describes one incident in which Matthew Crouch, a TBN host and vice president, allegedly “began tapping the firearm he had brought to [a] meeting and asked Plaintiff Brittany Koper what she thought would happen when she wrote a memo to the board critical of Defendant Matthew Crouch’s financial improprieties. Defendant Matthew Crouch continued tapping the gun he was holding to ensure that Plaintiff Brittany Koper recognized the lethal threat being made.”

Defendant Trinity Broadcasting purports to be the world’s largest Christian broadcasting network. Defendant Christian Broadcasting is a nonprofit corporation that was formed by Defendant John Casoria and Paul F. Crouch, Sr. as a tax shelter for Paul F. Crouch, Sr.’s “personal money.”



Paul Crouch Sr., Defendant Janice Crouch, and Defendant Matthew Crouch maintained control over Defendant Trinity Broadcasting through exclusive and perpetual control of Defendant Trinity Broadcasting’s board of directors. Pursuant to Defendant Trinity Broadcasting’s articles and bylaws, Defendant Trinity Broadcasting’s board of directors is chosen solely by Defendant Trinity Broadcasting’s “members.” Circularly, though, Defendant Trinity Broadcasting’s “members” are defined as and limited to Defendant Trinity Broadcasting’s board of directors. The Crouches thereby elect themselves directors and maintain exclusive, perpetual control over Defendant Trinity Broadcasting’s affairs as the company’s only members/directors.

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Defendant John Casoria is Defendant Trinity Broadcasting’s Assistant Secretary and General Counsel. He is also Defendant Janice Crouch’s nephew and is thereby Plaintiff Brittany Koper’s first cousin once removed. Plaintiffs are informed, believe, and based thereon allege that Defendant John Casoria is the director and seniormanager of Redemption Strategies, and that this company was formed for the sole purpose of maliciously prosecuting, harassing, and intimidating Plaintiff Michael Koper and Plaintiff Brittany Koper (as well as members of Plaintiff Michael Koper’s family) in retaliation after the Kopers reported illegal conduct within Defendant Trinity Broadcasting, including unlawful distributions to Defendant Trinity Broadcasting’s members and directors on the order of $100 million.

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Plaintiff Brittany Koper learned through specific instructions from Defendant Trinity Broadcasting, Defendant Jan Crouch, Defendant Matthew Crouch, and Defendant John Casoria that the requirements of Plaintiff Brittany Koper’s new job included active participation in numerous illegal schemes that were disclosed to Plaintiff Brittany Koper following her promotion.

The nature of these illegal activities involved the systematic diversion ofDefendant Trinity Broadcasting’s charitable assets through unlawful distributions to Defendant Trinity Broadcasting’s directors through numerous channels. The magnitude of these unlawful and related financial schemes uncovered by or disclosed to Plaintiff Brittany Koper is on the order of $100 million.

Plaintiff Brittany Koper and Plaintiff Michael Koper were terminated by Defendant Trinity Broadcasting because they refused to participate in the unlawful activities demanded by Defendant Trinity Broadcasting’s directors and senior executive Defendant John Casoria, and for making reports of those unlawful activities.

Plaintiff Michael Koper and Plaintiff Brittany Koper were specifically threatened and intimidated by Defendant Trinity Broadcasting’s directors and senior executive Defendant John Casoria when Plaintiff Michael Koper and Plaintiff Brittany Koper stated that these issues needed to be resolved and properly reported to state and federal officials. Plaintiff Michael Koper and Plaintiff Brittany Koper were told by Defendant Janice Crouch, Defendant Matthew Crouch, and Defendant John Casoria that they would have Plaintiff Michael Koper and Plaintiff Brittany Koper “arrested” and “prosecuted” if they tried to report Defendant Trinity Broadcasting or its directors for financial improprieties. Plaintiff Michael Koper and Plaintiff Brittany Koper were advised by Defendant John Casoria that they, too, had broken the same laws and that they were “prohibited” as “accomplices” from reporting alleged crimes outside the company. Plaintiff Michael Koper and Plaintiff Brittany Koper were told that they were required to go through Defendant Trinity Broadcasting’s attorneys, only, if they had concerns. And,

Plaintiff Michael Koper and Plaintiff Brittany Koper were told that Defendant Trinity Broadcasting would have them arrested for “theft” if they took any documents to prosecutors. Defendant John Casoria also told the Plaintiff Michael Koper and Plaintiff Brittany Koper that they were bound by confidentiality agreements that prohibited them from reporting any illegal activities, and they were threatened with civil lawsuits.

On or about September 1, 2011, Paul Crouch, Sr. suffered congestive heart failure and was hospitalized. Defendant Janice Crouch and Defendant Matthew Crouch kept Paul Crouch, Sr. isolated from the rest of his family during this time and, in particular, Paul Crouch, Jr., Plaintiff Brittany Koper, and Plaintiff Michael Koper. It was during this isolation that Defendant Trinity Broadcasting’s board of directors announced that Plaintiff Michael Koper, Plaintiff Brittany Koper, and her father Paul Crouch, Jr. were all fired. When questioned about the termination, Defendant Matthew Crouch began tapping the firearm he had brought to the meeting and asked Plaintiff Brittany Koper what she thought would happen when she wrote a memo to the board critical of Defendant Matthew Crouch’s financial improprieties. Defendant Matthew Crouch continued tapping the gun he was holding to ensure that Plaintiff Brittany Koper recognized the lethal threat being made.

On January 29, 2014 Plaintiff Michael Koper and Plaintiff Brittany Koper discovered, for the first time, that multiple confidential communications they had with Paul Crouch, Sr., Defendant Matthew Crouch, and/or Defendant John Casoria were recorded by Defendants using an electronic recording device, and that these recordings had subsequently been edited and manipulated by Defendants. Defendants then disclosed and intentionally used these intercepted communications on multiple occasions.

Tony Perkins: Gay Rights Will Force Christians Into 'Involuntary Servitude'

On “Washington Watch” yesterday, Family Research Council President Tony Perkins called on conservative Christians to engage in “civil disobedience” to fight gay rights laws, which he said will force them into “involuntary servitude.”

Discussing the case of an Oregon baking company that a court recently found violated a state nondiscrimination law by refusing service to a lesbian couple, Perkins said that conservatives should challenge such nondiscrimination laws by using “the courts to push back and just overload the state.”

“I think we’re getting close to the point if they move to continue to force Christians to engage in behavior that violates their moral conscience and convictions — it’s almost like involuntary servitude,” Perkins said. “Maybe we’re coming to the point of civil disobedience, of saying, ‘no, we won’t go.’ They’re going to push and there will come a point [where] there will be pushback.”

His remarks were first reported by Jeremy Hooper of Good As You.  

Fox Nation Contributor Angry Obama Didn't Condemn ISIS's 'Barbarity,' Which He Did

Fox News pundit Todd Starnes wants all of his fans to read a post on Fox Nation by conservative activist Caleb Parke, who is angry that President Obama described ISIS as an “organization.”

“President Obama, finish the sentence — ISIS is…an organization? Really?! If you’re going to use that word, include strong context that captures their evil and barbarity. You’re the leader of the free world; words matter,” Parke wrote.

Of course, the video that Fox Nation posted immediately above the column in which Parke castigates Obama for failing to refer to the terrorist group’s “barbarity” shows Obama condemning ISIS yesterday for its … “barbarity.”

While Obama pledged to defeat ISIS in the wake of its brutal execution of a Jordanian pilot and used the exact word Parke was angry that he didn’t use, this apparently wasn’t enough for ox Nation’s fearless watchdog.

As you say so often, let me be clear: I’m a young, proud, God-fearing American, part of the youth vote, and I humbly ask you to listen to me.

Here are a few examples of things you could’ve said and should say going forward when talking about that “organization” that commits “jihad,” a.k.a. beheads and burns people in the name of “Allah”:

ISIS is:

Islamic terrorists

Pure evil

Barbarity

Hell on earth

Islamic extremists

ISIS needs to be:

Destroyed

Obliterated

Eliminated

Wiped off the face of Earth

To ISIS:

If you don’t convert from your wicked ways, we’ll gladly arrange your meeting with your “72 virgins.”

President Obama, it’s time to call it what it is.
 

Sandy Rios: Blame Immigrants For Measles Outbreak, Not Parents Who Don't Vaccinate Their Kids

Sandy Rios, the American Family Association’s governmental affairs director, is upset with media coverage blaming the current measles outbreak on parents who refuse to vaccinate their children and thinks that the media should instead be baselessly blaming immigrants.

On her radio program today, Rios claimed that it is a “fact” that unvaccinated immigrants are to blame for the outbreaks of measles and Enterovirus D68.

“We cannot lay this outbreak of measles at the feet of parents who have refused to vaccinate their kids,” she said. “It’s their kids who are getting sick, by the way, and that’s plenty punishment. But I would say, and I submit to you that the vast majority of the problem that we’re having is because we have opened our borders to great danger.”

Rios said yesterday that while she personally believes in vaccination, she thinks that parents who don’t are receiving too much criticism, noting Sen. Rand Paul’s recent statement that vaccines have been linked to “profound mental disorders.”

“The thing that I’m resisting is this groundswell of vitriol against parents who have for now a long time decided not to vaccinate their children because of their concerns,” she said, insisting that such vitriol should instead be directed against immigrants.

“The thing that bothers me even more that I have heard no one say, no one, no one, no one, at least not in this current discussion, talk about the effect of thousands of illegal immigrant children coming across the border last summer who certainly haven’t been vaccinated, who certainly have carried into our country diseases we have not seen in sometimes a century or two,” she said.

Maybe no one is talking about it because children from Central American countries like Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador actually have a higher vaccination rate than American children .

Rios went on to blame the immigrant children for the recent outbreak of Enterovirus D68, even though there is no evidence at all to connect immigrants to the disease.

Pat Robertson: Paris Is Full Of Sharia Law No-Go Zones

Fox News was widely mocked and criticized last month for reporting that neighborhoods in Paris and other European cities have supposedly fallen to Sharia law, and the network ultimately retracted and apologized for its repeated allegations about these so-called “no-go zones.”

The Christian Broadcasting Network, however, is apparently standing by the very same discredited claims. Pat Robertson told viewers of “The 700 Club” today that “there are certain areas in Paris where the police can’t even go, they belong only to these radical Muslims and the police and the French can’t [enter].”

“They have Sharia law, they run their own show and the French government has no control over them,” Robertson said. “The so-called ‘banlieues.’”

He cited these non-existent no-go zones as evidence that Islam as a “cancer that is going to grow and grow and grow if it’s not excised.”

Despite Robertson’s claimbanlieues’ are simply suburbs, and while some are designated to receive more government attention to fight crime and poverty, Sharia law no-go zones do not exist.

GOP Lawmaker Hopes To Put Utah Constitution Ahead Of U.S. Constitution

Yesterday, Utah’s Republican-led House Revenue and Taxation Committee approved a measure to rewrite the oaths taken by state officials by “amending the language to put the Utah Constitution ahead of the U.S. Constitution in the oath.”

The Salt Lake Tribune reports that state Rep. Brian Greene led the fight to “change the oath of office and require elected officials to swear to defend Utah's Constitution first, ahead of the U.S. Constitution.” Greene insisted that he wanted the oath to reflect “our duty as state legislators to first and foremost uphold the Constitution and make sure the federal Constitution does not run roughshod over the state Constitution.”

Greene, who recently raised eyebrows with his suggestion that a married man who has sex with his wife while she is unconscious should not be charged with rape, says on his website that he wants to amend the U.S. Constitution with a Countermand Amendment to allow states to nullify federal laws they don’t like and effectively overturn the Supremacy Clause.

The Republican lawmaker has also tried to give local sheriffs the authority to arrest federal officials for enforcing gun laws.

The state House and Senate must approve the measure with a two-thirds majority in order to put the constitutional change up for a statewide referendum.

HT RWW reader Elaine.

Pat Robertson Furious About Obama's Re-Election, Fears America Won't Survive

Pat Robertson is still reeling from President Obama’s re-election, and today on “The 700 Club” criticized voters for backing the president’s campaign for a second term, which he said might lead to the destruction of America.

Robertson, who claimed before the election that God told him Mitt Romney would defeat Obama and recently prayed for God to remove Obama from office, wondered today if America will “survive” Obama’s remaining time in office. “Ladies and gentlemen, somebody in America elected that man and elected him for a second term,” he said, “and the question is: can we survive as a nation these next two years before we get him replaced?”

Robertson and Christian Broadcasting Network reporter Erick Stakelbeck also alleged that Obama refuses to use force against ISIS militants in Syria. “He will not lift a finger about Syria,” Robertson said.

Actually, of the roughly 2,000 airstrikes that the U.S.-led coalition has launched against the so-called Islamic State,nearly half have been aimed at targets in Syria. U.S. airpower has targeted Syrian-based ISIS forces in Kobane, launching eleven airstrikes just yesterday, as well as Raqqa, the militant group’s self-proclaimed capital, and oil fields under their control.

Rep. Mo Brooks: Obama Should Face Jail Time For Immigration Actions

In an appearance on “The Steve Malzberg Show” today, Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala., continued his crusade against President Obama’s executive actions on immigration reform, calling on the federal courts to find that the president’s actions violated the law.

If Obama defies such a ruling, Brooks said, then Congress should pass a contempt citation against the president for his “reckless conduct” and demand that he comply with the court’s decision.

He said that Obama would then drop his executive actions since he, like Richard Nixon, doesn’t want to “incur the wrath that comes with a contempt citation with potential fines and jail time.”

“Ultimately that’s the kind of power a federal court has to force the president of the United States to obey our immigration laws,” he added.

The congressman once told Slate that Obama should face five years in prison for encouraging illegal immigration:

Alabama Rep. Mo Brooks, one of the lower chamber’s most energetic critics of comprehensive immigration reform, suggested that the president’s move could potentially be grounds for impeachment, or even prison time.

Brooks said there is a federal statute (“I don’t have the citation for it at the tip of my tongue”) making it a felony to aid, abet, or entice a foreigner to illegally enter the U.S.

“At some point, you have to evaluate whether the president’s conduct aids or abets, encourages, or entices foreigners to unlawfully cross into the United States of America,” he continued. “That has a five-year in-jail penalty associated with it.”

Michael Savage: Obama A 'Monster'; 'Jew-Hater' Jeremy Bird Should Be In Jail

In an interview with Newsmax’s Steve Malzberg today, conservative talk show host Michael Savage lit into President Obama for declining to meet with Benjamin Netanyahu during his visit to Washington weeks before the Israeli parliamentary election.

“If this country should survive this monster, there will be a psychological analysis of this president, who is a pathological liar,” Savage said. He then accused Obama of “sending Jeremy Bird,” a Democratic strategist, to launch an anti-Netanyahu campaign and of “manipulating an election in a foreign nation.”

Of course, Savage’s claim that Obama sent Bird to work for a group critical of Netanyahu is bogus, but that didn't stop Savage from suggesting that Israeli officials arrest Bird anyway, urging them to “immediately arrest Jeremy Bird and the 273 progressive liberal Jew-haters over there” as “foreign spies.” He added that Israel should then put them in a prison with their Palestinian “blood brothers”

AFA's Wildmon: Obama Might Be A Secret Muslim Since He Grew Up 'In Indonesia Or Somewhere'

American Family Association President Tim Wildmon said on his radio program today that while he doesn’t “know” whether President Obama is secretly Muslim, the president “does sympathize with Muslims and the Islamic religion,” perhaps “because he grew up in it over there in Indonesia or somewhere.”

After interviewing Newt Gingrich about his recent claim that “the United States is losing the war with radical Islamists,” Wildmon pointed to a poll showing that 17 percent of voters, and 34 percent of conservative Republican voters, falsely believe that the President is a Muslim.

“I don’t know if he is or not, I don’t think he gets on his prayer rug five times a day but surely it’s obvious that he does sympathize with Muslims and the Islamic religion,” Wildmon said. “Maybe that’s because he grew up in it over there in Indonesia or somewhere”

If Wildmon wonders why some people wrongly think that Obama is a Muslim, he can look no further than his own talk radio network.

American Family Radio host Bryan Fischer has time after time suggested to his listeners that Obama is aclosetedMuslim, while Sandy Rios, the AFA’s governmental affairs director and another AFR host, is so convinced that the president is a secret Muslim that she thinks he sent out Muslim subliminal messages during his State of the Union address.

Wildmon has also had a role in spreading the conspiracy theory, claiming late last year that Obama is “in love with Islam.”

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