12:28 PM - Goodbye to the Queen of Jesus TV
[But it sure isn't TBN.]
Jan "Momma" Crouch, the 78-year-old founder and Vice President of Trinity Broadcasting Network, died after a massive stroke this week, two years following the death of her husband and co-founder, Paul Crouch. Beyond her garish pink wigs and eye makeup so heavy that blinking seemed a feat, Crouch will, one hopes, be remembered for the oft-told story of the time she raised a chicken from the dead. [And who can forget her claim of levitating above her bed.]
Her debilitating depression was healed by a late-night dream where Jesus laughed uncontrollably; [Obviously this wasn't the Jesus of the Bible.] Her glaucoma was cured by watching a religious program on her own channel.
The Crouches were part of a swell of colorful Christian fundamentalists that moved their ministries out of the traditional church and onto the nation's televisions in the 1980's. Alongside Pat Robertson, Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker, Jimmy Swaggart and Oral Roberts, Momma and Papa Crouch. [TBN has been a who's who of modern day apostasy.]
Full story with some of the sordid details of TBN