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Friday, January 21, 2005

Hindu Voodoo Land

January 21, 2005, 2:40 am

Trinidad Guardian
By Donna Pierre

AMERICAN televangelist Benny Hinn said he cast out more devils in Trinidad and Tobago during his recent visit than he has ever done "in a long time." Hinn made this statement in an interview yesterday morning on the Trinity Broadcast Network (TBN) on cable tv.

He led a two-day crusade last month which was held at the Queen's Park Savannah, Port-of-Spain. He said: "I cast out more devils than I think I've done in a long time. I mean they were screaming everywhere."

The televangelist stated he converted mostly Hindus, which he said make up 30 percent of the population, during his crusade.

Asked by the interviewer if there was a lot of voodoo in this country, Hinn said, "Oh I think so." According to the televangalist, about 120,000 people attended the crusade. "They have many different groups and of course nationalities. But to see the hunger in that country and the miracles...." he stated.

He said he had never seen so many crippled people in his life, adding that a lot of them were blind and deaf. During the interview, the pastor showed a clip where he healed a Hindu man who was said to have been unable to walk on his own before meeting Hinn.

Hinn said he will next be visiting Israel, Jordan and then on to Papa New Guinea. The upcoming visit to New Guinea was described by Hinn as "very interesting" to him since it was an invitation extended by the Prime Minister. He said it was the first Prime Minister to call a nation to a prayer meeting.

Meanwhile, Sat Maharaj, Secretary-General of the Sanatan Dharma Maha Sabha, said Hinn was not qualified to pass judgment on the people of Trinidad and Tobago. Maharaj said: "Trinidad and Tobago is one of the most God-loving countries on the face of the earth. There are more prayers and pujas conducted in this land, and more goodness in this land than in the place which Benny Hinn himself comes from."

He further stated that Hinn was regarded by the Maha Sabha as a fake and a charlatan. "We are quick to recognise fakes and charlatans who come down here with false messages. The Maha Sabha regards Benny Hinn as one of those," Maharaj noted. According to Maharaj, some of Hinn's activities were under investigations by CNN. He is also being investigated in Australia, Miami and other parts of the United States.

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