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Mercy Ministries, the Nashville-based Christian counselors accused of performing exorcisms in lieu of traditional medicine and targeting gays for conversion
, is opening its fourth home. Located in Lincoln, California, a Sacramento suburb, the 23,000 square foot facility is Mercy's fourth in the U.S. and first on the Left Coast.
Since being outed for their less than charitable views towards lesbians and prescription pills in a Scene
cover story last October, Mercy has lost a major donor
and gone on the offensive. Filing a series of baseless infringement lawsuits
against YouTube detractors and attributing media criticism to the work of some nameless "enemy."
(We're guessing that's code for Satan.)
But all the bad press doesn't seem to be hurting Mercy when it comes to fundraising. The $6 million dollar Lincoln home came courtesy of private donations and a large gift from a major contributor.
Expect the fawning "what a great addition to our community" article from a Sacramento paper in roughly 6-8 months. With the "maybe casting out demons isn't the most appropriate way to treat depression" follow-up come sometime in late 2010.