Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Labour MP calls for Todd Bentley to be banned from Britain

Posted at Bene Diction Blogs On August 5 2012

For Todd Bentley, who plans to minister in the London suburb of Croydon later this month, things are going from bad to worse.

We already know about the article in the Croydon newspaper. Well, now in this weekend's editions of the national tabloid newspaper the Daily Mail, that paper has turned its attention to the evangelist.

Their article. which you may read here also mentions Bentley's teen molestation conviction and assumes that he was telling the truth about his violent faith healing stories.

This puts Bentley in a spot though. In order to allay what seems to be a developing fear in the Bentley-is-violent meme, he'll have to say "Oh, I was lying when I was sharing those stories. I have never been violent." No surprise to some of us that he lies, but that would neatly undercut his image as the great healer of Lakeland.

I'm pleased that the Daily Mail is onto this, but I would have gotten a quote from this MP, and lead the story with what they report here towards the end of the story:

"Labour MP for Croydon North Malcolm Wicks has urged Home Secretary Theresa May to ban Mr. Bentley from the UK. He told her 'His visit can do nothing but harm and I would be grateful for any measures that you can take.'"

Will there be questions in the House, especially if Bentley doesn't watch his behaviour?

I'll bet that the Daily Express, which has led the British press with its coverage of Bentley for many years,is onto this. If Bentley is about to become a "nine day wonder" and the hounds of the English tabloids start to work as a pack to get the story for their own papers, Mr. Bentley, the fox, will have his work cut out for him.