TB Joshua trial false start

 

Agence France-Presse reports…

“Nigerian preacher TB Joshua and two contractors facing trial for criminal negligence over a church building collapse that killed 116 worshippers failed to appear in court on Monday, prompting the judge to adjourn the case.

The case at the Lagos high court followed a coroner’s ruling in July that blamed Joshua’s Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) and two engineers for the September 12, 2014 tragedy.

81 of the victims were South African.

Coroner Oyetade Komolafe in his verdict attributed the collapse to structural failures and said the church should be prosecuted as the six-storey guesthouse did not have planning permission.

Joshua, who maintains the collapse was caused by a mysterious “hovering” aircraft seen over the building beforehand or a controlled explosion, repeatedly failed to appear at the inquest.

At court on Monday, Joshua was again absent, as were the two engineers who have called the coroner’s verdict “unreasonable, one-sided and biased”.

One member of the church’s trustees was present.

The hearing was told the engineers, who have unsuccessfully tried to obtain an injunction to prevent their arrest and prosecution, had not been served with a summons.

Judge Lawal Akapo said he was unhappy at the defendants’ absence and said he would not tolerate any unnecessary delays of the trial.

“It appears the defendants are not mindful that this is a criminal proceeding. This is a criminal trial and a sensitive matter like this one should be given accelerated hearing,” he said.

He directed the defence team to provide the court with the engineers’ addresses within 72 hours and adjourned the case until December 11.

Joshua, who counts powerful politicians from across Africa among his flock, is known to followers as “The Prophet” and “The Man of God”.

He is a self-styled faith healer and mystic who also runs a popular evangelical television channel.”

From http://www.timeslive.co.za/africa/2015/11/30/TB-Joshua-fails-to-appear-at-trial-for-criminal-negligence-that-killed-81-South-Africans

 

 

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18 thoughts on “TB Joshua trial false start

  1. That doesn’t necessarily mean there’s lots of pentecostals. They may just have bigger arses. Possibly from eating too much pizza.

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  2. That the categories Christain and arsehole are not mutually exclusive seems to be a running them on this blog. They most often overlap in fundy/evangelicals.

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  3. Martin Luther wasn’t a Christian because he was a raving anti-semite……

    John Calvin had Servetus burned alive and was pretty proud of his achievement so he wasn’t a Christian….

    Paul sent a slave back to his owner so well he wasn’t a Christian either…….

    Maybe the category isn’t on who is or isn’t a Christian but who is or isn’t an arsehole. I’m sure that’s what Jesus meant….

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  4. So if it quacks like a duck it and walks like a duck it could still be a wolf. Perhaps a prodigal wolf in sheep’s clothing.

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  5. In fact Jesus taught his disciples:

    While everyone was marveling at all that Jesus did, he said to his disciples, “Listen carefully to what I am about to tell you: The Son of Man is going to be delivered into the hands of men.” But they did not understand what this meant. It was hidden from them, so that they did not grasp it, and they were afraid to ask him about it.

    An argument started among the disciples as to which of them would be the greatest. Jesus, knowing their thoughts, took a little child and had him stand beside him. Then he said to them, “Whoever welcomes this little child in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. For it is the one who is least among you all who is the greatest.”

    “Master,” said John, “we saw someone driving out demons in your name and we tried to stop him, because he is not one of us.”

    “Do not stop him,” Jesus said, “for whoever is not against you is for you.”

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  6. The use of the words ‘born again’ is a tautology – one can not be a Christian without having been born again and being a Christian means that you are born again – there are many who consider themselves born again who aren’t and many who do;nt know they are who have been! I am a Christian

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