Thursday, December 30, 2010

Creationist Museum To Feature Dragons, Unicorns

Kentucky's state-backed $150 million creationist theme park, The Ark Encounter, will allow visitors to explore a literal interpretation of the Bible's story of Noah and the ark.

But Kentucky blogger 'Media Czech' raised two important questions. First, were there dinosaurs on the original ark? Second, what about unicorns?

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Now, the blogger has found answers to both questions at Answers In Genesis, the official blog of the group behind The Ark Encounter. The group says "yes," to both.

Here's Answers In Genesis explaining why dinosaurs were on the Ark:

Being land animals, dinosaurs (or dragons of the land) were created on Day Six (Genesis 1:24–31), went aboard Noah’s Ark (Genesis 6:20), and then came off the Ark into the post-Flood world (Genesis 8:16–19). It makes sense that many cultures would have seen these creatures from time to time before they died out.

And here's their position on Biblical unicorns:

The biblical unicorn was a real animal, not an imaginary creature. ... The absence of a unicorn in the modern world should not cause us to doubt its past existence. (Think of the dodo bird. It does not exist today, but we do not doubt that it existed in the past.). ... To think of the biblical unicorn as a fantasy animal is to demean God’s Word, which is true in every detail.

Pastor Says She's No Thief

Texas: Police say a prominent south Dallas pastor burglarized the home of her parishioner on Christmas Eve, reports.

Sandra McGriff, who leads The Church of the Living God and is a member of a politically active family, spent much of Christmas Day in jail.

According to investigators, 51-year-old McGriff broke into Serita Agnew's home and tried to steal more than $10,000 worth of fur coats, designer purses and electronics.

They said a neighbor, who saw McGriff climb into Agnew's house through a broken window, called police. When officers arrived, they allegedly found McGriff loading stolen items into her car. Police said McGriff used an alias, attacked officers and slipped out of a set of handcuffs before being charged with burglary and resisting arrest.

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McGriff said she was checking on the home when she spotted two burglars. She said she climbed in the window after them. "I should have never gone in the house. I should have called the police. I admit that," she said.

NY Rabbi Accused Of Sexually Abusing Girls

New York: An unnamed rabbi and his son have fled to Israel after being accused of sexually molesting at least four underage female relatives.

At least two of the alleged victims are the rabbi's daughters, one of whom says her father has been molesting her since the age of five.

Two of the rabbi's other sons were arrested in New York and charged with the sexual abuse and rape of their sisters. One of the arrested sons, age 15, is accused of molesting his 8 year-old sister.

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Police note that the rabbi and the escaped son were driven to the airport by the rabbi's wife, who is his first cousin. The two have fourteen children and all names are being withheld to protect the victims.

Priest Pleads Guilty To Molestation Charges

Australia: Another priest has been convicted of abusing a boy at St Stanislaus' College in Bathurst.

Father Kevin Phillips has pleaded guilty in the District Court to four counts of gross indecency with a child under the age of 18. Several other charges against the priest were dropped.

Father Brian Spillane, the school chaplain at the time Phillips committed the crimes, was convicted earlier this week on nine counts of sexual assaulting young women and next year faces trial on 135 charges involving boys at the school.

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Operation Belle, the NSW Police investigation into allegations of abuse at the school since the 1970s, has seen two priests convicted - Phillips and Rick McPhillamy. Another was declared too old and infirm to stand trial, two were acquitted and four are yet to stand trial.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Priest Convicted On 16 Counts Of Child Porn

Britain: John Terence Paul Shannon, 58, appeared at Durham Crown Court yesterday and pleaded guilty to 16 counts of making indecent photographs of a child and one charge of possessing an unconfirmed number of indecent images of children.

Shannon was suspended from his duties as a lecturer at the 200-year-old St Cuthbert’s Seminary, at Ushaw College, near Esh, County Durham, in June.

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Shannon, who was also a priest at the Diocese of East Anglia, has since resigned from the establishment, which is the Roman Catholic training centre for priests in the North of England.

Priest Found Guilty Of Child Abuse

Australia: Former priest Brian Spillane, 67, was convicted yesterday by a District Court jury on nine counts of indecent assault and the bail hearing that followed heard the former chaplain of St Stanislaus College, Bathurst, faces a further 135 charges to be heard in four more trials that could last until late next year.

Spillane's victims were three young girls assaulted while he was based in Sydney during a break in his long career at St Stanislaus. The charges Spillane will face in trials next year relate to boys at the school where he taught in the 1970s and again in the late 1980s.

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Spillane was refused bail after the prosecution presented allegations by 44 former pupils.

Youth Pastor Accused Of Sexual Deviance

Michigan: A voluntary youth pastor at the First Baptist Church in Grand Blanc was arrested and charged with indecent exposure for an alleged act committed on a child in August.

Curtis Burkhardt, 43, of Grand Blanc, was taken into custody on Nov. 22 after police investigated claims that he had exposed himself to an 11-year-old female at an area campground.

An investigation revealed that Burkhardt had exposed himself to the victim’s older sister when she was babysitting for the Burkhardt’s. Police said she was 13-14 years old at the time and that he would also try to get the sister to model her bathing suit for him.

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Burkhardt was previously charged and convicted of indecent exposure in 2001 when the victim from that case indicates Burkhardt exposed his genitalia to her and her three-year-old daughter while at the McDonald’s in Grand Blanc.

Pastor Faces 58 Additional Charges

Georgia: The Monroe Church of Christ youth pastor arrested on child molestation charges will face 58 additional charges in Barrow County.

Brian Richard Gray, 32, of Winder, was originally charged in Oconee County last month with 17 counts of child molestation, 17 counts of statutory rape, 17 counts of enticing a child for indecent purposes, two counts of aggravated sexual battery, four counts of sexual battery and one count of sodomy, for allegedly having sex with a then 15-year-old girl from Oconee County he ministered.

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The Barrow County Sheriff's Office charged Gray with 58 additional counts related to the same victim and arrested him last week after he posted $50,000 bond to be released from the Oconee County Jail, according to an Athens Banner-Herald report. Evidence showed he took her to his house for sex at least three times a week, according to published reports.

Pastor Charged With 296 Counts Of Sodomy

Kentucky: A former Scott County pastor has been arrested and charged with almost 300 counts of sodomy.

Currie Pat Clark, Jr., 58, turned himself in after hearing Georgetown police were looking for him Wednesday.

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Clark is charged with 296 counts of second-degree, which are Class C felonies. Georgetown Police say Clark sodomized a 12-year-old boy from 2006 to 2008. Some of the alleged incidents occured at Clark's home.

Church Abuse Study Implicates Priests

Germany: A new report found that more than 250 priests and clerical staff were implicated in abusing children over a 64-year period in the Munich Archdiocese that Pope Benedict XVI once led, but that destruction of church documents over time prevented a full accounting of the scandal.

The report, released Friday by a church-appointed law firm, is the result of a six-month audit of the diocese's vast archives to see how Catholic leaders handled, or mishandled, past sexual abuse cases in the pope's former archdiocese.

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Though similar archival searches have been under way elsewhere since a clerical abuse scandal first rocked Germany and other European countries this year, the Munich investigation has held particular attention because of what skeletons it might unearth from the pope's tenure there as then-Archbishop Joseph Ratzinger from 1977 to 1982.

Youth Pastor Charged With Sexual Assault

Colorado: A former youth pastor at a Colorado Springs church has been arrested on a charge of having sex with a 14-year-old girl.

Twenty-one-year-old Joshua Paul Amoroso was arrested on Wednesday on suspicion of sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust.

The Colorado Springs Gazette reports Amoroso was a youth minister at Gateway Church for about a year, and that the 14-year-old was a church member.

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Police say phone records indicate Amoroso and the girl exchanged more than 16,000 text messages and calls in three months.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Youth Minister Raped Teen Boy

New Mexico: According to police Edge Youth Minister Anthony Martinez, 34, used alcohol and bribes to get close to his two alleged victims. Police said both were 15-year-old boys.

Investigators said Martinez met one victim through the church's youth program. After inviting the boy to his home several times, promising alcoholic drinks, Martinez talked the teen boy into masturbating with him as they watched a "Girls Gone Wild" video.

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Detectives said he also offered $100 for a sex act, but the boy refused.

Investigators soon found out about a second victim. Police said Martinez gave that teenager a cell phone and in exchange Martinez performed a sexual act on the boy.

Church Bus Driver Pleads Guilty

North Carolina: A Rockingham County church bus driver has pleaded guilty to inappropriately touching a teenage girl earlier this year.

According to Deputy Charles Roberts, Phillip Ray Madison, 49, fondled a 14-year-old girl on a Saturday in July. Deputies did not provide a specific date the incident allegedly occurred.

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Madison plead guilty to one count of indecent liberties with a child. He will spend five years on probation and will be required to register as a sex offender.

Pastor Arrested For Sexual Assault

Florida: A Miami pastor is behind bars after being accused of sexually assaulting an 11-year-old girl in her home.

Jerome Dieuseul, 64, was arrested Thursday and charged with sexual assault on a minor.

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According to police, the pastor at South Florida Baptist Church was visiting the girl's home on Sept. 18 when he allegedly attacked her. The family is a member of the Baptist church.

Pastor Accused Of Forcing Sex

Missisippi: A pastor who founded a Jackson church is accused in a lawsuit of coercing a young adult male church member into a sexual relationship while serving as his spiritual adviser and bishop.

The local lawsuit was filed against Kevin Joseph Boyd Sr., senior pastor of The Apostolic Church,  late last month. Boyd also operates a church in New Orleans.
The male church member sang in the choir and played drums, according to the lawsuit. At Boyd's request, he said he would go to the pastor's office on Sundays after church.

"Defendant Boyd would discuss the holy scripture to justify and support the sexual activity," the lawsuit says.

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The plaintiff alleges that the sexual relationship escalated from touching and occurred off church grounds, including at a local motel. The plaintiff's attorney, Winston Thompson, said his client's interaction with Boyd began at age 12 in New Orleans, where both were living. Both ended up in Jackson after Hurricane Katrina.

Pastor Gets 4 Years For Child Seduction

Indiana: A former youth pastor from Lafayette who admitted fondling and having sexual intercourse with a 16-year-old girl in his care was sentenced Monday to four years in prison.

Robert L. McFadden III, 41, pleaded guilty in June in Tippecanoe Superior Court 1 to three counts of child seduction, each a Class D felony. According to court documents, the teenager told investigators that McFadden gave her massages on April 12 and April 14 that led to sexual contact.

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In Indiana, the age of sexual consent is 16. However, a person can be charged with child seduction if the victim is between the ages of 16 and 18 and the suspect is a caretaker or guardian. McFadden had been a caretaker to the girl since she was 4 years old.

Pastor Found Guilty In Mortgage Scam

Florida: Pastor Rodney McGill was charged with taking $40,000 from a Palm Bay couple in 2008 while he was incarcerated. McGill asked the couple for $40,000 to allegedly refinance a church.

The money was deposited into the account of McGill’s stepdaughter; however, an analysis of the account showed a variety of payments over some six weeks to restaurants, court reporters, lawyers, Publix, bookstores and a pre-paid telephone calling card used at the Martin County Jail. There also were several ATM withdrawals and gas purchases that left a negative balance of $30.81

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It was the second time in just over a year a Martin County jury convicted the former leader of New Hope Outreach Center in Jensen Beach. In September 2009, McGill was found guilty of fraudulently obtaining some $1 million in mortgages and real estate loans. McGill was sentenced to 20 years in prison in that case.

The Sacred Law Of Islam

Warning: This video is not for the faint-hearted. It depicts a women being brutally whipped by a laughing, Sudanese policeman. The woman’s crime? She was wearing trousers, a breach of Sudan’s Islamic Legal Code.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Another Bentonville Pastor Arrested

Arkansas: This is the second time a local pastor has been arrested during one of the Bentonville Police department's undercover prostitution stings.

Back in August, Bentonville police arrested Thirty-seven-year-old pastor Joshua Wisdom during a sting at a local hotel.

Last night and this morning seven people were taken into custody on charges related to prostitution, loitering, and sexual solicitation. Included in those arrests is pastor Joe Burnham of Faith Lutheran Church in Bentonville.

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Burnham was released on citation following his arrest.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Westboro Baptist To Picket Elizabeth Edwards' Funeral

Members of the Westboro Baptist Church announced Thursday plans to picket Saturday's funeral for Elizabeth Edwards in Raleigh, North Carolina.

The Kansas-based Church - monitored by anti-hate groups such as the Anti-Defamation league and the Southern Poverty Law Center - is known for its extremist opposition to homosexuals, Jews and other groups.

According to the church's website, members will hold a protest from 12:15 p.m. to 1 p.m.

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Edwards, the estranged wife of presidential candidate John Edwards, died Tuesday after a six-year battle with breast cancer.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Pastor Guilty In Sex Abuse Case

Alaska: A former Alaska pastor has been found guilty of sex abuse. Shawn Anthony Justice, 32, was found guilty of eight counts of sexual abuse of a minor.
Justice was charged with abusing a 15-year-old girl while he was the pastor of Corinthian Baptist Church in Fairbanks. During trial, she testified that Justice began sending her text messages of a sexual nature and they began a relationship in 2009.

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Sentencing has been set for March 24.

Minister, Elders Guilty Of Not Reporting Abuse

New Hampshire: The minister and two elders at a local church have been found guilty for failing to report a case of suspected child abuse last year.

The three -- Pastor Timothy Dillmuth, 34, of Stowe, Maine, and elders Richard Eland, 62, and Robert Gagnon, 70, both of Brownfield, Maine -- are all members of Valley Christian Church on East Conway Road in Redstone. They will be sentenced Dec. 21 on the misdemeanor charges in the District Court of Northern Carroll County.

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The men were arrested in early February by Conway police and charged that they had reason to suspect a girl had been sexually abused by a member of the church but did not report it as required by state law.

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From our friends @ Christian Nightmares

Pastor Gets 90 Years In Prison For Soliciting Sex

Virginia: A Louisa County judge yesterday sentenced an 82-year-old former pastor to 90 years in prison for soliciting sex with a minor.

The sentence appears to be the second-longest prison term received by a Virginia defendant for using a communications device to solicit sex with a child.

Sentenced yesterday was Irvin "Pete" Baldwin of Mechanicsville. A jury found him guilty in August of three counts of soliciting sex with a minor and recommended 90 years -- 30 years for each count.

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Authorities allege that Baldwin communicated over the Internet with someone he thought was a 13-year-old girl but who actually was a Louisa investigator. Baldwin was arrested in December after traveling to Louisa to meet the girl.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Pastor Charged With Child Sex Crimes

Missouri: A mid-Missouri pastor is charged with sex crimes against children.

Prosecutors charged Travis Smith with 2nd degree child molestation and 2nd degree statutory rape. Both cases involve girls who attended his church in Stover, Missouri.

According to court documents, a girl, 14, told officials in July that Smith, 40, touched her inappropriately. The minor said the incident happened at the end of May, right after she turned 14.

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The detective said these allegations reminded him of previous accusations against Smith that were made in 2008. That prompted the detective to review the previous case.

He interviewed the woman who made those allegations. She’s now of legal age. She told him she had a sexual relationship with Smith, which started when she was 15 years old. Smith was 33 at the time.

Youth Pastor Admits To Relationship With Minor

Florida: A man accused of performing sex acts on a teenage girl was arrested and charged with unlawful sexual activity with a minor, according to officials.

Daniel Richard Robida, 33, was taken into custody early Sunday following an interview with a sheriff's detective late Saturday night.

Robida was a youth pastor at Harvest Community Church in Summerfield. It was not immediately clear if the victim was a member of the church.

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Robida admitted having a relationship with the teen, which he said began roughly a month ago at his Summerfield home. He said although he performed sexual acts on the girl, the two never engaged in sexual intercourse. He told the detective he knew the girl was 17.

Rabbi Arrested For Violating Protection Order

New York: A Brooklyn rabbi was arrested for violating an order of protection against a 12-year-old boy he is accused of sexually molesting, police said.

Rabbi Yehuda Kolko was charged with sexual abuse in 2006, accused of molesting students at Yeshiva Torah Temimah in Brooklyn, where he was a teacher. He pleaded guilty to child endangerment.

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He was accused of violating an order of protection on Nov. 12 by stopping and glaring at one of the victims after they crossed paths on the street.

Colin Howell To Serve 21 Years For Murders

Ireland: Colin Howell has been sentenced to a minimum term of 21 years for murdering his wife and his former lover's husband in Castlerock, Northern Ireland in 1991.

Howell, 51, from Castlerock, pleaded guilty to the double murders. The bodies of Lesley Howell, 31, and Trevor Buchanan, 32, were found in a car full of exhaust fumes in 1991.

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Howell, a father of 10, was a highly-acclaimed dentist and a lay-preacher.

Rape Not Against God's Word

Australia: A former Anglican Church youth group leader who repeatedly raped a boy, 11, over a two-year period told his victim the assaults were okay because they were not against God's word.

Simon Antony Jacobs, 58, from North Sydney, has pleaded guilty to four charges against two boys while he was a leader in the Church of England Boys Society, or CEBS, at two churches on the north shore during the 1970s and 1980s.

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Jacobs is also accused of molesting another two boys, both 10, during the same period.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Youth Pastor Arrested For Sodomy

Alabama: A former youth pastor was arrested for second degree sodomy.

The mother of a 15-year-old girl contacted the Morgan County Sheriff's office about an inappropriate sexual relationship between the girl and Carl C. Lloyd III. The girl was a member of the youth group at Son Rise Baptist Church in Hartselle where Lloyd was the youth pastor.

Investigators looked into the allegations and Lloyd was indicted by a Morgan County grand jury on sodomy charges. He turned himself into the Morgan County Jail on November 23rd.

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Church leaders relieved Lloyd of all his duties at the church after they learned of the investigation. Lloyd has since moved to Georgia.

Church In Abuse Case Sues Victim's Parents

Missouri: First, a youth leader in a western Missouri church pleaded guilty to sexually abusing a minor.

Then the victim sued the church, New Life Bible Church of Easton, and its former youth leader, Michael J. Landy.

And now the church is suing the victim’s parents, saying they were negligent for placing her in Landy’s care. The action contends the parents — who are missionaries for the church — “breached their duty to provide for the proper care, custody and control of their daughter.”

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Rebecca Randles, the Kansas City attorney representing the victim, called the church’s strategy bizarre. "The reason the church is suing was so they’ll end up paying less if there is a judgment. They want the parents to pay part of it."

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

The Earth Is Hollow

And very likely inhabited within!

It is a terrestrial paradise,
...where the original Garden of Eden is located today
...where the Lost Tribes of Israel live
...where the Political Kingdom of God is located
...where the Lost Viking Colonies of Greenland migrated to
...where vanquished Germans migrated to after World War II
...where flying saucers come from
...where people live to be hundreds of years old in perfect health
...where peace and prosperity exists for everyone
...where Heaven is located (the inner sun)
Learn more from those that have been there... Our Hollow Earth

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Resisting The Green Dragon

Environmentalism is deadly to human prosperity, deadly to human life, deadly to human freedom, and deadly to the gospel of Jesus Christ.

From our friends @ Christian Nightmares

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Father Robert Timchak Gets Six Years For Child Porn

Pennsylvania: A Diocese of Scranton priest will serve up to six years in state prison for having photos of naked, underage boys on his computer.

The Rev. Robert Timchak, 44, of Milford was sentenced to between six and 72 months imprisonment after pleading guilty in August to 17 felony counts of possessing child pornography.

State police began to investigate the Rev. Timchak in April 2009 after the diocese received an anonymous tip. Six months later, he was arrested and accused of trying to delete the pornographic photos from his computer.

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The average age of children in the images was 11 years old, authorities said.

Pastor J.P. Hale Sentenced To Six Years In Prison

Virginia: A former Pulaski County pastor is headed to prison, after being sentenced on multiple charges involving sex crimes against children.

A Pulaski County judge on Friday sentenced 74-year-old J.P. Hale to more than six years in prison on seven counts of taking indecent liberties with a child, and six counts of non-forcible sodomy. Hale could have been sentenced to serve 26 years in prison, however the judge chose to suspend all but six years and four months.

Court records show the incidents began in December of 2003, and went through November of 2009. Hale pled no contest to the charges.

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Hale was Pastor of the Newbern Church of Jesus.

Actor Michael Brea Murders His Mom With A Sword

New York: Neighbors of a Brooklyn woman savagely slashed to death by her deranged, sword-wielding son claim cops refused to enter her apartment early Tuesday despite their pleas.

When cops finally got inside the Prospect Heights home, they found Yannick Brea kneeling with fatal lacerations to her head in a blood-spattered bathroom. The son, Michael Brea, holding the three-foot sword and babbling about religion and repentance, was arrested in a nearby bedroom, police said.

Brea - an aspiring actor who once played a bit part on "Ugly Betty" - angrily screamed at his mother to "repent" before delivering the death blows.

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"I heard this wild screaming," said Gregory Clare, who lived in the Prospect Heights building. "Michael was yelling, 'Repent, repent, sinner, sinner,' over and over again," Clare said. "He was screaming, 'You never accepted Jesus.' It was real loud."

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

RDBS Lifetime Achievement Award

Each year, at the annual conference, Religious Douchebags honors a leader in the field of religious douchebaggery with our RDBS Lifetime Achievement Award.

The RDBS Lifetime Achievement Award is about clarity of conception, effectiveness of implementation, and the quality of results: in the present, over a period of time, and into the future.

This year, Religious Douchebags is proud to announce that we have chosen to present the Lifetime Achievement Award to Father John M. Fiala.

Father John M. Fiala was first featured on Religious Douchebags on September 8 when he was captured by the U.S. Marshals Service after being accused of raping a boy at gunpoint.

But Father Fiala didn't stop there. Just yesterday he was charged with solicitation to commit murder after attempting to hire someone to kill his accuser.

Congratulations Father Fiala!

Priest Accused In Murder-For-Hire Plot

Texas: A Catholic priest charged with sexually assaulting a teenage boy in 2008 in the rural parish where he worked west of San Antonio was rearrested last week in Dallas and charged with trying to hire someone to kill his accuser.

Father John M. Fiala, 52, was in Dallas County Jail on one count of solicitation to commit murder and two counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child, officials said. A judge set bail at $700,000.

The Texas Rangers and Department of Public Safety troopers arrested Fiala on Thursday after he negotiated a murder arrangement with an undercover officer at his residence in Garland, DPS spokesman Tom Vinger said. Fiala sought to have his accuser in the sexual assault cases killed, Vinger said in an e-mailed statement.

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In September, the priest was indicted on three counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child and one count of aggravated sexual assault by threat in Edwards County, where Fiala is accused of raping the teen at gunpoint, according to the charges and the lawsuit.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Pastor Sentenced To 131 Months In Federal Prison

Oklahoma:  Pastor Steven Lee Wintersteen, 62, of Mammoth Lakes, California, was sentenced to serve 131 months in federal prison following his conviction for traveling from Reno, Nevada, to Oklahoma City for the purpose of having sex with a girl he believed to be 8 years old.

Wintersteen became acquainted with an Oklahoma City-area woman in October 2009 through a matchmaking website for individuals who are interested in unusual sexual experiences. He described himself as an “older daddy” looking for a “daddy’s girl” for a long term relationship.

Wintersteen asked the age of the woman’s daughter. She told him the girl was 8. Wintersteen sent the woman a picture of himself naked—except for a Santa Claus hat—and told the woman that he could not wait to show the “little one” “Santa” wearing only boots and a hat. Wintersteen told the woman in explicit detail that he wanted to have sex with the girl, and he made plans to travel to Oklahoma City. Unbeknownst to Wintersteen, the woman was cooperating with the FBI, recording all of her communications with him, and the 8-year-old girl did not exist.

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On November 8, 2009, Wintersteen was arrested at Will Rogers World Airport. His baggage included a Santa Claus hat, a stuffed animal purchased from the Reno airport gift shop, three different types of erectile dysfunction pills, a camera, and a laptop computer containing child pornography.

Minister Indicted On Aggravated Assault Charges

Tennessee: A months-long dispute between neighbors led to Tuesday night’s arrest of Methodist minister Horace E. Wilkinson on a grand jury indictment charging ten counts of aggravated assault for allegedly carrying and handling his pistol in such a way that put the persons next door to him in fear.

Wilkinson, 67, and his neighbors have had issues going back to at least June. The neighbors alleged that on several occasions, Wilkinson has carried the gun in his hand while making lewd gestures toward them. They also reported that he has patted the pistol in his waistband while looking in their direction. The neighbors installed a video system and recorded at least some of Wilkinson’s conduct.

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After reviewing the video, detectives consulted with the District Attorney’s Office and presented the matter to the Davidson County Grand Jury. Wilkinson’s bond is set at $50,000.

Minister David Nelson Faces Molestation Charges

Arizona: The former preacher at a Jehovah's Witness church in Phoenix was arrested last night for allegedly playing strip poker -- and doing a lot more -- with a 14-year-old boy more than 30 years ago.

David Nelson, the former leader of the Madison Park Congregation Church near 16th Street and Earll Drive in Phoenix, was arrested last night at his home for molesting a boy he met through the church in 1980.

Nelson was only caught because during a phone call with the victim, he admitted to the molestation. The conversation was recorded and given to police.  

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Nelson's been charged with two counts of sexual conduct with a minor, two counts of molestation of a child, and two counts of public sexual indecency.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Anglican School Headmaster Pleads Guilty

Australia: Christopher Michael Klemm, 52, today pleaded guilty to three counts of indecent treatment of a child under 14 and one of unnatural offence -- which is carnal knowledge against the act of nature.

He was jailed for five years to be suspended after serving 15 months in custody.

The Brisbane District Court was told the popular teacher was struggling with his sexuality when he molested a young student, then aged between 12 and 15, on four separate occasions between February 10, 1985 and January 1, 1988.

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Klemm became “infatuated’’ with the victim and believed he had “found true love’’.

Pastor Involved In $3.3 Million Ponzi Scheme

Michigan: A federal agency is going after the Holland-area financial advisor and the church pastor in South Carolina it claims is responsible for scamming 70 people out of $3.3 million along the lakeshore and two other states.

The US Commodity Futures Trading Commission is accusing Mick Bos and The Rev. Ron Satterfield, pastor of an Episcopal church in Charleston, South Carolina, with running a foreign currency Ponzi scheme.

The agency says Satterfield, supposedly a hotshot foreign currency trader, actually used only part of investor funds and lost all of it. The complaint alleges the pair issued bogus account statements that covered up the actual losses.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Reverend Dominic Stone Resigns After Conviction

UK: The Reverend Dominic Stone, of Marchington, was last week found guilty of 16 counts of making indecent images of children on 7 and 8 January 2009.

In a letter to congregations in Uttoxeter, the Bishop of Lichfield said the 47-year-old had quit with immediate effect.

He will be sentenced next month after 600 images were found on his PC.

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The married father-of-two was suspended as vicar of Marchington, Marchington Woodlands, Kingstone and Leigh, when his computer was seized by police in January. He had been in the post since 2002.

No Jail For Pastor Charged With Sex Crime

Texas: A pastor accused of forcing a man to have sex with him, was sentenced to five years probation. Randy Scott was the pastor at The Bethel Temple Assembly of God in Bryan. Scott was originally charged with burglary of a habitation with intent to commit an assault.

The District Attorney's office lowered the charge to "tampering with evidence." Scott plead guilty to the lesser charge and was sentenced to five years probation.

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Shane Phelps, First District Attorney for Brazos County, says the case would have been difficult to prosecute because Scott erased all of the evidence on his computer.

"Pastor Scott purchased a computer program called "Evidence Eliminator" and used it to delete a bunch of information relevant to that investigation."

Pastor Pleads Guilty To Fraud

Missouri: The United States Attorney’s Office announced Thursday that Danny O’Guin pled guilty to a scheme to get loans from church members between April 2006 and March 2009.

O’Guin exploited his position as a religious leader to the members of the church who felt compelled to agree to the loans despite their reservations about the transactions.

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At various times, O’Guin falsely stated that he needed money for a particular purpose and then would use the borrowed money for another purpose. He also used false pretenses to put off or lull members asking for their money back.

Youth Pastor Accused Of Sex With Teen

Georgia: Oconee County Sheriff Scott Berry confirmed that a youth pastor faces charges of having sex with an underage girl.

Investigators said Brian Gray, 32, of the Monroe Church of Christ, had a 10-month-long relationship with a 15-year-old girl.

Police said Gray occasionally met with the girl in her parents’ home when they were away.

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Oconee County officials said Gray was arrested at a relative’s home in Alabama on Tuesday. Police said it is possible there are other victims.

Pastor Steps Down Amid Allegations

Pennsylvania: A Lutheran pastor has resigned amid allegations he engaged in an inappropriate sexual relationship.

Officials with the Northeastern Pennsylvania Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church said the Reverend Steven Belinski's resignation from the Grace Lutheran Church on South 11th Street will take effect Monday.

The church said a woman claims the incident happened when she sought Belinski's help in the early 1980s at Saint Paul's Lutheran Church in Allentown.

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Belinski told synod leaders he has no recollection of the incident, but felt it best for everyone involved to resign

Monday, November 15, 2010

Jury Gives FLDS Member 6 Years

Texas:  Keith Dutson Jr., 25, is the youngest member of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints to be sentenced out of the seven who have undergone prosecution on evidence seized in the raid on the FLDS-owned Yearning for Zion Ranch in Schleicher County. Dutson was sentenced to six years in prison and fined $10,000 on a conviction for sexual assault of a child.

“Keith believed he was a part of a lawful wedding,” FLDS spokesman Willie Jessop said of the union between Dutson when he was 20 and the victim when she was 15.

Jessop said the state is persecuting religion.

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All the criminal trials have been based on allegations that older men who already are married have taken underage girls as “celestial” brides as part of the FLDS practice of polygamy.

Priest Charged With Molestation Bailed Out By Parishioners

California: A Roman Catholic priest accused of felony sex crimes against a 12-year-old boy has been bailed out by a group of parishioners who believe in his innocence.

Jose Alejandro Castillo pleaded not guilty Tuesday to seven counts of lewd and lascivious acts with a child under age 14 and one count of forcible lewd and lascivious acts with a child under age 14.

Prosecutors say Castillo molested the boy two years ago, and Ontario police say they suspect he molested at least two other teens.
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Hundreds of people affiliated with the Coalition to Exonerate Fr. Alex raised the $24,000 in bail money, said Ted Campos, director of the organization.

Pastor Gets 4 Years For Sex With Girl

Wales: A married minister was jailed for four years yesterday for having sex in his church with a 15-year-old girl.

Merthyr Tydfil Crown Court heard how Pastor Ceri John Rees, 30, quoted from the Bible to seduce the teenager, telling her “it was perfectly normal to have a union of the flesh on a physical level”. But the married father-of-three omitted a passage which referred the “union” to be between man and wife.

The crime came to light on December 27, 2009, when Rees confessed to the nine-month affair.

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Rees had pleaded guilty to 14 counts including five of sexual activity with a child and seven of taking or making indecent images. His wife has filed for divorce.

Minister Charged With Raping Girl

North Carolina: A 61-year-old Lexington minster has been charged with raping an 11-year-old girl.

Pennsylvania State Police said Rev. Walter Donald Bradshaw and another woman committed the crime at a motel in Bedford Township, Pa., sometime between 2007 and 2008.

Bradshaw has been charged with rape, rape of a child, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a child, aggravated indecent assault, statutory sexual assault, indecent assault, indecent exposure, corruption of minors, sexual assault and unlawful contact with a minor.

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The woman is believed to be the girl's mother but wasn't being identified to protect the identity of the victim. She is being charged with sexual exploitation of children, unlawful contact with a minor, endangering the welfare of children, criminal solicitation to commit perjury and corruption of minors.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Pastor Steven Anderson Is A Great American

Pastor Steven Anderson, who prayed for the death of President Obama and said

“If you’re a homosexual, I hope you get brain cancer like Ted Kennedy”,

explains why he would never vote for a woman.

This is the same great American that was beaten and tazed after refusing to exit his car and show identification to border patrol agents.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Woman Sentenced To Death For Blasphemy

Pakistan: Asia Bibi, a 45-year-old mother-of-five, denies blasphemy and told investigators that she was being persecuted for her faith in a country where Christians face routine harassment and discrimination.

The court heard she had been working as a farmhand in fields with other women, when she was asked to fetch drinking water. Some of the other women – all Muslims – refused to drink the water as it had been brought by a Christian and was therefore "unclean". The incident was forgotten until a few days later when Mrs Bibi said she was set upon by a mob. The police were called and took her to a police station for her own safety.

Shahzad Kamran, of the Sharing Life Ministry Pakistan, said: "The police were under pressure from this Muslim mob, including clerics, asking for Asia to be killed because she had spoken ill of the Prophet Mohammed.
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After the police saved her life they then registered a blasphemy case against her. She had been held in isolation for more than a year before being sentenced to death on Monday.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

John Shimkus On Climate Change

From the March 25, 2009 hearing of the U.S. House Subcommittee on Energy and Environment. Rep John Shimkus, a climate change skeptic, spouts bible verses as evidence that climate change is false.

 "The earth will end only when God declares its time to be over. Man will not destroy this earth."

Mr Shimkus, who has served in Congress since 1997, is seeking the leadership of the Energy and Commerce committee, which has a wide-ranging portfolio covering energy policy, environmental initiatives and public health.

In May 2007, he compared the Iraq war to a baseball game between his "beloved" St Louis Cardinals and the "much despised" Chicago Cubs.

In 2009 he walked out as President Barack Obama delivered a speech to a joint session of the House and the Senate.