I’m curious as to why Canada’s 100 Huntley Street has kept an interview with a thoroughly discredited British evangelist.
In July a respected 3 man panel with the Evangelical Alliance released a statement about their findings regarding British ‘evangelist’ Tony Anthony’s claims in his autobiography Taming the Tiger.
The book has sold 1.5 million copies, and a local paper in Britain quotes Anthony saying he had been looking for investors to raise 20 million pounds for a movie. If the Evangelical Alliance had not acted, that movie would have been made and even more people would have been duped.
Taming the Tiger was released in 2005. By 2008 concerns about the claims in the book began to surface online. It took until 2013, the resignation of some of his charity board members, and an unknown number of complaints to the publisher before
His charity, Avanti Ministries closed down a few weeks ago after the joint statement with the EA. People all over the world from all walks of life are encouraging the Avanti board to release the full Evangelical Alliance investigation. They so far have refused to do so on advice of their lawyers.
Anthony’s lies are so far over the top to beggar belief, yet as noted, millions of Christians around the world believed him. He has also been accused of stealing evangelistic material from a New Zealand Ministry which invited him to speak in 2006, and of plagiarism.
The joint EA and Avanti statement is here, a Q&A with EA Director Steve Clifford fleshes out some details, including the call of the EA for the Avanti board to permit the public release of an executive summary of the investigation.
The best coverage I’ve seen is on Crosswire, a site run by independent journalist Gavin Drake. He is careful to point out the prior work done on Kung Fu forums online, as well as steps taken by Christians also disturbed by Tony Anthony’s claims up to the EA panel convening.
By all means read the comments under the posts – more information is provided by readers on why it has taken so long and the responsibility of Christians to be more skepical and discerning.
An excellent set of questions to the Advanti board (and answers with the appropriate legal disclaimer since there could well be further investigations by the Charity Commission and Trading Standards etc.) has been provided by The Hub (a British bookstore offering refunds to it’s customers who purchased the book through them). While gracious and cautious, the Q&A exposes the currently known lies in Taming the Tiger clearly and ethically.
Bartholomew’s Notes on Religion has more background on the concerns raised at martial arts sites, as well as the harm down to innocent people such as George Verwer, founder of Operation Mobilization. UK Evangelist Exposed Over Kung Fu Phooey
Tony Anthony does not appear to be chastened or repentant, and is not going down without a fight. In a statement posted at his site, promising to provide a disclaimer in a re-written book, he blames critics and claims his falsehoods were merely descriptive, and says being accused of being a fake is unfair. Fake is fair – lies are fake, and Anthony has been caught in a lot of them. Deception is a wilful act. He attempts to deflect larger problems with his narrative by stating he wasn’t aware of some family information, while throwing around scripture and pleading poverty.
Taming the Tiger writer Angela Little is a long time friend of the Anthony family who publicly claims she did not fact-check anything she wrote because she believed Tony Anthony’s stories.
Taming the Tiger (and other Anthony books) publisher Advantage Media has not answered questions on why they took so long to yank his materials.
Tony Anthony is the British equivalent of Mike Warkne and Ergan Caner.
I’ve written 100 Huntley Street. The deception of Tony Anthony has just recently been covered by major media, but I’ll assume the Canadian charity staff is unaware. My hope is Crossroads Christian Communications will not disappear their Anthony interview (which has been posted online twice by 100 Huntley Street without a clear explanation to deserving Canadian supporters.
Update: Crossroads Christian Communications Inc. has removed the 100 Huntley Street interview with Tony Anthony from the 100 Huntley Street YouTube channel and from Crossroads 360.