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I DON’T HATE TRUE CHRISTIANS, I FEEL SAD FOR THEM

"Christianity did not become a major religion by the quality of its truth, but by the quantity of its violence." Michael Sherlock

I spent years studying the teachings of Jesus Christ. And? I remember above all? His greatest commandment. That as a True Follower of Jesus? You were above all else? To love all of your neighbors as you were supposed to love both, your God and Jesus, with all of your heart, all of your soul, all of your mind and? All of your body.

Jesus’s other teachings included turning the other cheek, loving your enemies, even more than you love your neighbors. That you were to help the poor, the immigrants, the old, etc. All those teachings he gave, about feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, housing the homeless, treating foreigners as if they were members of your own family and never deny them justice. He even told a rich man to go and sell all that he had and give it to the poor and when the rich guy couldn’t? Jesus stated it would be easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.

I have absolutely no problem with Christians who follow the teachings of their Jesus Christ and? I have met many Christians in my 60 years who do. I generally have absolutely no problem with anyone who is a theist. I believe you have just as much a right to believe in a god as I have in not to believe in one. I am not here to “shove” my atheism into anyones faces. I am an atheist because? There is absolutely no proof to me of a god, of ANY GOD that humans have created and then spread as real. If anything? There is absolute proof that these gods are nothing but a lie and a creation of human minds to explain things that they could not explain at their time they lived because they were basically brain-washed into believing in the first place. Humans are basically programmed to believe in a creator more than themselves and the Universe for that matter. We are programmed by our parents, our relatives, the world around us. It is said, if you do not believe in a god? Then you cannot have any morals, etc. Well history proves? The opposite is the truth.

The three major religions, the Abrahamics, if you actually studied their rises? All rose not on the message of peace, love, forgiveness, not-judging others, etc, but on violent persecutions and forced conversions of others. This also goes for a few of the Native American Nations like the Mayans and Incas, where they practiced human sacrifice of those who were their conquered, or many of the Pagan religions such as the Celts, the Welch and the Saxons.

Yet? The three major ones, the Abrahamics? Have a lot of innocent blood on their heads so to speak.

It is not the True Christians who piss me and many others off. We have no damn problem with you. There are actually? More of you than there are of these Fake Christians that piss us all off. But it is these Fake Christians of hate, of vile evil? That sadly? Brings down shit on all you True Christians. And the problem is? It is you True Christians who are the cause of and the solution to the problem of these Fake Christians.

Christianity got flipped on it’s head

Christians got to admit, finally, just how their religion became the powerful religion it is today. It rose to the power it is through almost 1,700 years of forced conversion programs and persecutions of others. And yes, that is mostly in the past. But not truly. Christians committed Crimes Against Humanity against Pagans, Native Americans, Africans, and many others and? Nothing can change any of this. Nothing can bring back any of these dead people. But? We can all work together to do all we can to put a stop to this ever happening again, and this includes? Christians.

No Christian can they deny the fact there are many Fake Christian Pastors and Preachers of pure hate and death out there, with their flocks, that are causing problems. When you have these Fake Christian Pastors, pushing, foaming at the mouth, like a rabid dog, how Christians should have the right to put to brutal deaths atheists, lgbts and others? And they have their flock foaming at the mouth with them? Shouting hearty praise the lord and amens to this spewing of hate and death? Then it is up to you True Christians to put a stop to it and not get mad at us who are standing up to these truly dangerous psychopaths.

These types of Fake Christians? Are the cause of many lgbts, atheists and Pagans being persecuted, bullied, and? Beaten and outright murdered. And all I ever hear from True Christians is how wrong this is and how Jesus did not preach this to happen. Or how these are not real Christians. Well? They proclaim themselves as such. Yes, they are FAKE CHRISTIANS, but it is you True Christians who have allowed these kinds of Fake Christians to run rampant and screw everything up that your Lord and Savior would be pissed off about if he was real and saw what was going on in his name. Do you think your Jesus would love all these people and their hate speech? Hell no, he would treat them as he commanded you all to do. Go and teach them the right way, and after three times? They do not change? Denounce them and turn your backs on them and work to put a stop to their spreading of hate and death in the name of your Lord and Savior.

There can be no more hypocrisy or games with True Christians. If you demand that all Muslims stand up to their radicals and extremists? Then True Christians must do the same to their own Fake Christian radicals and extremists who spew hate and death from their pulpits. By you True Christians refusing to stand up to your Fake Christians? This is what brings down anger and hate upon ALL Christians. And? This hate and anger is justified. The people who are subject to the hate and vile evil of these Fake Christians? Have every damn right to stand up to them and defend themselves against them. NO ONE should be able to hide behind any religious belief, or god, or Savior and spread hate and death against others. Those they do against? Again? Have every damn right to stand up to them, call them out, and defend themselves, their lives, the lives of their loved ones should it come down to it. We should not be martyrs for your psychotic Fake Christians who use your bible and religion to spread hate and death against us.

YOU may be a great follower of Jesus Christ, living all of his commandments, treating everyone in love, etc. BUT, that does not mean all who declare themselves Christian? Do. And as Christians apologists use for one of their excuses for not truly dealing with this? These are wolves in sheeps clothing and these are the wolves that all you True Christians MUST stand up to. Those who spread hate and death in the name of your Lord and Savior, your religion Christianity?

MUST BE STOOD UP TO BY THOSE OF YOU WHO DECLARE YOURSELVES TRUE CHRISTIANS. OTHERWISE? YOU ARE THE TYPE OF CHRISTIANS THAT DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. SPOKE ABOUT WHEN HE STATED THE FOLLOWING:

"He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it." Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

If you as a True Christian who allow False Christians standing in their pulpits, leading sermons on how Christians should have the right to brutally murder others, based on these Pastors interpretation of the bible? Or demand our government does the same in the name of their religion? Then if YOU as a True Christian do not stand up to them, call them out and defend those they attack? You are in fact? Responsible for their actions and the harm they do IF YOU DO NOT SPEAK OUT AGAINST THEM AND DENOUNCE THEM. By your not doing so? Then YOU ARE passively accepting their evil and by your silence? YOU ARE cooperating with those who promote this evil. And the blood of their victims? Are not only staining their hands? But your hands as well, because as a True Christian? YOU ARE supposed to be standing up to these Fake Christians as commanded to do in your bibles.

Bible verses commanding True Christians to stand up and correct False Christians

Matthew 18:15-18:
“If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother. But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every charge may be established by the evidence of two or three witnesses. If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church. And if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector. Truly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.

Galatians 6:1:
Brethren, even if anyone is caught in any trespass, you who are spiritual, restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness; each one looking to yourself, so that you too will not be tempted.

Romans 16:17:
Now I urge you, brethren, keep your eye on those who cause dissensions and hindrances contrary to the teaching which you learned, and turn away from them.

Titus 3:10-11:
As for a person who stirs up division, after warning him once and then twice, have nothing more to do with him, knowing that such a person is warped and sinful; he is self-condemned.

James 5: 19-20:
My brothers, if anyone among you wanders from the truth and someone brings him back, let him know that whoever brings back a sinner from his wandering will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins.

2 Timothy 4:2:
Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching.

Acts 20:28:
Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, which he obtained with his own blood.

How a True Christian is supposed to walk

Ephesians 4:1-6:
I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call— one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.

Ephesians 4:11-16:
11 And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, 12 to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, 13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, 14 so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. 15 Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, 16 from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.

Ephesians 4: 29-32:
29 Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. 30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31 Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. 32 Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.

Again, I do not hate True Christians, I feel sad for them, it is their Fake Christians that I hate and stand up to. Because someone has to.

I do have many friends who are True Christians. I have many friends who are Pagans, and some who are Muslim and some who are Jewish, and some who practice just about any religious and spiritual beliefs you can think of. And? I have many atheist and agnostic friends. I also have many friends who are straight, and or lgbt.

The horror stories I hear, especially from my atheist, lgbt and Pagan friends, from the shit they get from Christians and Muslims online? On social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter? Or on blogs? Is incredibly vile and evil, seriously hateful, and to be blunt? Hate Crimes. If any atheist, lgbt, or Pagan said the things that Christians and Muslims have said to us? Christians and Muslims would scream Hate Speech and cry we are persecuting them. Why is it alright for Christians to tell us that we all deserve to be put to death simply because we are atheists? Or because someone loves who they love as in lgbts? As long as they are two consenting people and not harming each other? Then what the hell is it the business of mine, or yours? Or Christians or Muslims? I mean Christians already ignore all the commands about what to do to adulterers. And to slaves, and to selling their daughters into sex slavery, and all kinds of other things prohibited in their bibles, and they really love to still stick it to lgbts.

Even when I do this satirically in my postings on this blog, or in comments I leave on radical, hateful Christian blogs on WordPress or other sites? You Christians flip the hell out. NO, I do not want all Christians to be put to death. NO I do not want all Christians to lose all their rights. NO, I do not rejoice when Christians, or anyone else for that fucking matter, is slaughtered, in their homes, in their churches, or anywhere else.

But I use satire shock to see how Christians react and feel, let’s see if Christians can understand the shoes we atheists, or lgbts, or others that Fake Christians persecute have to walk in, the daily, constant threats, the shitty hate thrown at us, the death threats, the threats to some atheist and Pagan and lesbian women of rape, of sexual assaults, by those who declare themselves Christians. This is no lie, This is no exaggeration, atheists, Pagans and lgbts go through this on a daily basis on Facebook, on Twitter, on other sites, and? At schools, or just walking down the street or walking out of a gay bar.

And this is what pisses me and others off. Atheists, lgbts and others that Christians and Muslims attack? Have every damn right to live as these Christians and Muslims do. We have every damn right to our civil rights and those rights granted to Christians and Muslims, in the United States at least, in the US Constitution and Bill of Rights. And no Christian or Muslim has a right to tell anyone else? How the fuck to live their lives or demand that other people, like us atheists, or lgbts, to be put to death without us atheists and lgbts fighting back tooth and nail to protect ourselves and our loved ones.

I have no problem with a religion or a religious, or spiritual belief. I liken them all to rocks. Worship any rock you wish to. Just do not smash someone elses head in with your rock because they either worship your rock in a different way, or worship a different rock, or do not worship a rock at all. Your rock is your rock. You have every right to believe in your rock. Your right to believe in your rock ends when you attempt to force others to believe in your rock or to follow the rules of your rock. Or seek to murder someone based on your belief in your rock.

That is what pisses me off and this is what I stand up to. And it seems most of the time? I am standing up to these Fake Christians, because it seems they got the loudest damn voices right now, spreading their hate and death from their pulpits.

Now, I am not saying there are not True Christians out there who are not standing up to these Fake Christians, but there are too few doing so and it is far past time, that if all True Christians want to stop the bullshit? Then they must get off their asses and also stand up to these Fake Christians who push hate and death and their psychotic followers.

This includes all those White Supremacist groups of psychos who cause a whole lot of division, a whole lot of spreading of hate, bigotry, misogyny and death, and hide it behind their version of White Christian superiority. And we all know what these kind of people who push this rhetoric have brought us in the name of their version of White Jesus and hate, such people as Adolph Hitler, his psycho Nazis and real death camps and horror. And this is something ALL TRUE CHRISTIANS MUST FINALLY TAKE A STAND AGAINST.

Your religious freedom does not include persecuting others, or putting others to death, or demanding they be put to death, based on your religious freedom. That is murder, plain and simple and you should be stood up to and stopped. YOU have no right to murder another human being based on your religious or spiritual beliefs. And if you do? YOU deserve the death penalty for it, just like the death penalty you gave to your victim. For even your own bible says, as you sow? So shall you reap and do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
Your religious freedom does not include persecuting others, or putting others to death, or demanding they be put to death, based on your religious freedom. That is murder, plain and simple and you should be stood up to and stopped. YOU have no right to murder another human being based on your religious or spiritual beliefs. And if you do? YOU deserve the death penalty for it, just like the death penalty you gave to your victim. For even your own bible says, as you sow? So shall you reap and do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

A Message to ALL True Christians

Imagine, if your Jesus and your Christianity was not spread in hate as it was spread, but in true love? Imagine if your religion was built upon this one great teaching of your Lord and Savior you proclaim to follow?

If you who proclaim yourselves True Christians actually all got together? You would defeat all these Fake Christians who spread this evil in your name. Because this is exactly what they are doing, spreading this hate, this death, in the name of Christianity and your Lord and Savior. And sadly? YOU are just as responsible for this if YOU do not speak up and speak out against it and put a stop to it. YOU are just as responsible for the spreading of hate and death in the name of your Jesus as those who do these acts. YOU may not like what I just said, it may piss you off, but that is because my Truth just hit you squarely in the chest now didn’t it? Your Holy Spirit soul just jumped and said, hey, he is right.

I am not saying or doing any of this to piss you all off. I got enough of your Fake Christians pissed off at me for the work I do exposing them and standing up to them. I am doing this in hopes it might wake some of you True Christians up and start a movement where all you True Christians finally gather together and put a stop to all these Fake Christians spewing hate and death and causing fellow human beings great harm by their actions.

Yes, they are Fake Christians, YES they are using your religion of peace and love in the wrong ways. But that is YOUR FAULT because you all refuse to truly stand up to them.

So if you True Christians want all the hate to stop? Then do the world a beautiful favor will you? Use the love you have for your Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and your God and each other? And start damn spreading that and start using it to stand up to your haters.

Because as Dr Martin Luther King Jr once proved? Love can overcome hate any day. And you do have a problem with the Fake Christians spreading a whole lot of hate in the name of your Jesus and Christianity and it is far past time? You all gather your nuts and stop it.

Cause isn’t it better to live in love than to live in hate?

ABUSE OF FAITH: SOUTHERN BAPTIST CONVENTION DATABASE OF PEDOPHILE PASTORS, YOUTH PASTORS, DEACONS AND OTHER PEDO PERVERTS OF THE SBC PART 2

Christians love to proclaim how it is we atheists who are the rampant pedophiles and promoters of pedophilia. Well? Here is another posting, proving that it is actually? The Abrahamist religionists, especially the Christians who are the ones who are the rampant pedophiles and promoters of pedophilia.

So without further ado? Here is part 2 of Southern Baptist Convention Pedophile Perverts and other Degenerate Criminals. These names are provided by the incredible series of articles by the Houston Chronicle and San Antonio Express News Abuse of Faith database at the following link
https://projects.houstonchronicle.com/2019/southern-baptist-abuse/#/overview

30 More Pedophile Pervert Pastors of the Southern Baptist Convention Churches

Timothy N. Douglas Church Position: Pastor
Court of Conviction: Fort Bend County, 2016
Outcome: Registered sex offender in Texas for two convictions of possession of child pornography. Convicted in 2016; sentenced to 10 years probation.
The Houston Metro Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force granted a search warrant that led to the arrest of Timothy Douglas. The search was conducted in January at the former pastor’s home in the 3400 block of Sentry Park Lane in Katy’s Falcon Ranch subdivision.
Douglas, 49, was the lead pastor at Creekside Community Church.

News Story https://www.chron.com/neighborhood/katy/crime-courts/article/Former-pastor-at-Katy-area-church-indicted-on-6545338.php
Sex Offender Record https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/5001253-Douglas-Timothy-N-SOR.html

Darrell Gilyard Church Position: Pastor
Court of Conviction: Duval County, 2009
Outcome: Registered sex offender in Florida for two 2009 convictions of lewd and lascivious molestation of two teenage girls, one between 12 and 15 years old and another under 16. He went back to work at another church in 2012 after serving a three-year prison term. Worked at a large church in Dallas County in the 1990s, but he left the state for Florida after being publicly accused of molesting young congregants, according to articles published by the Dallas Morning News.
A church pastor surrendered to police after he was accused of sending sexually explicit text messages to the teen daughter of a congregant, authorities said.
Darrell Gilyard, 45, turned himself in to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office with his attorney Monday, an arrest report said. Gilyard was charged with lewd and lascivious conduct and was released from jail on $5,000 bail later that day.
Gilyard resigned as pastor of the Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church earlier this month. He also resigned an appointment to a committee aimed at reducing violent crime in Jacksonville.
A mother filed a report with the sheriff’s office on Nov. 29, alleging that she found obscene text messages on her 14-year-old daughter’s cell phone in October from a number belonging to Gilyard. The mother said she didn’t notify authorities for a month because church deacons had told her they would handle the matter.
The arrest report accused Gilyard of soliciting the teen “to commit a lewd act by sending her lewd text messages and requesting for her to send him lewd text messages back.”
Gilyard’s attorney, Hank Coxe, called him a committed community servant who’s worked hard to build the church, improve neighborhoods and help at-risk youths.
Coxe said Gilyard appreciates the support he has received from his family and others, and that he has sought professional help.
It is the second time accusations of sexual misconduct kept Gilyard from preaching. In 1991, he resigned his post at Victory Baptist Church near Dallas after reports he slept with church members came to light.
Shiloh is a fast-growing church that televises its services and boasts a membership of at least 7,000, according to its Web site. Gilyard had been there for 14 years.

News Story https://www.chron.com/news/article/Jacksonville-area-pastor-accused-of-sending-7488707.php
Sex Offender Record https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/4895848-FL-Gilyard-DARRELL-LEWIS-Florida-Sexual-Offender.html
Police/Court Record https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/4883647-FL-Gilyard-Darrell-Releasedoffenders.html

Eddie Hilburn Church Position: Pastor
Court of Conviction: Harris County, 2018
Outcome: Pleaded guilty to misdemeanor (soliciting) prostitution charge and received deferred adjudication on Jan. 8, 2018. Ordered to serve a year of community supervision, but he was discharged early and the case was dismissed on June 1, 2018, according to Harris County court records.
A Baptist pastor charged with prostitution earlier this year will spend a year on probation after admitting guilt in a plea deal Monday, according to court officials.
Eddie Hilburn, a pastor at The Woodlands First Baptist Church, was arrested July 19 by the Harris County Sheriff’s Office and charged with prostitution, court records show.
On Monday, he pleaded guilty in exchange for a year-long sentence of deferred adjudication, a form of probation that allows him to escape a conviction on his record if he successfully completes it.
The 53-year-old joined the church in July 2012 and was a senior pastor, according to the church’s website. The website notes Hilburn is married with three adult children. He attended East Texas Baptist University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

News Story https://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/article/Baptist-pastor-admits-guilt-in-prostitution-arrest-12481659.php#photo-15364898

Ricardo Javier Pena Church Position: Pastor
Court of Conviction: Harris County, 2014
Outcome: Convicted of two aggravated sexual assault charges of a child under 14, sentenced to 20 years in prison. Incarcerated in Texas.
Houston police arrested a Houston pastor accused of molesting two young girls, according to the Harris County District Attorney’s Office.
Ricardo Javier Pena, 53, has been charged with two counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child, and was released from the Harris County Jail after posting a $60,000 bond, court records show.
Pena is pastor at Doverside Baptist Church, 619 Berry Road in north Houston, Houston police said.

News Story https://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Houston-pastor-charged-with-sex-assault-of-2-4642751.php
Police/Court Record https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/4853018-Pena-RicardoJavierTDCJctdocs.html

Randy Lee Morrow Church Position: Youth Minister
Court of Conviction: Pinellas County, 2000
Outcome: Convicted in Pinellas County on charges of lewd and lascivious behavior and sexual battery of a minor. Serving a 30-year prison sentence in Florida. Two counts of sexual battery/coerce child by an adult.
Three teens who were sexually abused by a youth minister at a Baptist Church have sued the church and pastor.
A Pinellas County jury convicted Randy Lee Morrow, 42, in October of nine charges involving allegations that he had sex with the three when they were between the ages 13 and 15. Circuit Judge Phil Federico sentenced Morrow to 135 years in prison for abuse that began in March 1999.
The suit, filed last week in Pinellas-Pasco Circuit Court, says Countryside Baptist Church should never have hired Morrow and that the church’s pastor, Bruce Crawford, should have noticed Morrow’s ”unnatural affection” for the teens.
At his trial, prosecutors told jurors that Morrow lured the three victims with cigarettes and alcohol, getting them drunk so he could take advantage of them by having sex in his RV, the church and local parks.
The suit seeks unspecified damages in excess of $15,000 from the church and Crawford.
The suit also said the church failed to discover Morrow’s criminal history, including a prior allegation that he had sexually abused a minor.
Morrow left Countryside Baptist in June 2000 to begin a ministry for the homeless before police learned of the allegations. He was charged in October 2000.
Crawford and other Countryside Baptist officials did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

News Story https://www.chron.com/news/nation-world/article/Abused-teens-sue-Clearwater-church-where-13552022.php
Sex Offender Record https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/4901478-FL-Morrow-RandyLsexoffenderincustody.html

Fritzner Jean Church Position: Pastor
Court of Conviction: Clay County, 2008
Outcome: Registered sex offender in Florida for unlawful sexual activity with a 16- or 17-year-old.
A pastor was arrested and charged with sexually assaulting a girl, a Clay County Sheriff’s Office arrest report said.
Fritzner Jean, 35, was being held Friday at the Clay County Jail on a $300,000 bond. He was charged with one count of lewd battery and two counts of unlawful sexual activity with a minor, a jail official said.
Jean surrendered to police on Wednesday after the arrest warrant was issued for him, The Jacksonville Times-Union reported.
Jean was pastor of First Haitian Baptist Church of Jesus Christ in Green Cove Springs and also a truck driver.
Barbara Denman, a spokeswoman for the Florida Baptist Convention in Jacksonville, said it was up to local church officials to decide whether to suspend or terminate Jean.
Jean frequently visited the home of the girl’s family, the arrest affidavit said.
The alleged victim told police she had been assaulted three times within three months, and that Jean forced her to have sex when he stopped by her family’s house to help her cope with her father’s illness, the report said.

News Story https://www.chron.com/news/nation-world/article/Clay-County-pastor-charged-with-sexually-13552033.php
Sex Offender Record https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/4883638-FL-Jean-FritznerSexoffenderregistry.html

Augustin Fernando Garcia Church Position: Minister
Court of Conviction: Greenwood County, 2001
Outcome: Charged with dozens of felonies in a scandal that shocked Hispanic congregants in Greenwood in 2000. Pleaded guilty to 47 charges in 2001 and admitted to abusing 23 children aged 5 to 13; other charges dropped in a plea deal. Sentenced to at least 50 years in prison. The Associated Press reported that police found a list of names and videotapes showing victims from Atlanta and Carson City, Nev. Incarcerated in South Carolina.
It will be difficult for this small town to forget how a minister hired to serve the area’s growing Hispanic population instead preyed on its children.
The Rev. Fernando Garcia’s crimes are not easily discussed by the people he was supposed to help.
The 42-year-old Baptist minister was sentenced to 60 years in prison Monday after he admitted to sexually molesting nearly two dozen children and videotaping the acts.
“Ninety percent of the parents . . . are still in denial,” said grocery store owner Genara Bautista.
Victims and their parents have turned down counseling services offered by community leaders, Bautista said.
“They don’t think it will help the kids later on,” he said.
Garcia admitted in court to abusing 23 children, ages 5 to 13. He pleaded guilty to 32 counts of performing lewd acts and 15 counts of criminal sexual conduct.
He said he is an example of what can happen without that counseling. As a boy growing up in Mexico, Garcia said he was abused by a Roman Catholic priest.
“Your kids need special counseling,” he said. “What you are seeing here is the result of somebody who never took the chance to be counseled.”
Garcia stared at the courtroom floor while the mother of two of the victims, boys who were 10 and 12 years old at the time, called Garcia “this evil incarnate” and said her family would never be the same.
Police said they found in Garcia’s office 26 videotapes of him sexually abusing children. The tapes came to light after an 8-year-old boy told his mother in May he had been molested by Garcia. Garcia was arrested two days later.
Police also found a list of 145 names indicating Garcia may have molested more children.
Police said the videotapes also showed at least two other victims, one from Atlanta and another from Carson City, Nev. They said those cases would not likely be pursued because investigators could not pinpoint where and when the attacks took place.

News Story https://www.deseret.com/2001/1/30/19566038/minister-sentenced-for-sex-crimes
Police/Court Record https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/5553545-SC-Garcia-FernandoDOC.html

Joe Nix Ivey Church Position: Pastor
Court of Conviction: Frederick County, 2012
Outcome: Pleaded guilty to a second-degree sex offense in 2012 and received a four-year prison sentence (20 years with all but four suspended). Registered sex offender in Frederick County, Md.
A Walkersville resident and former pastor was sentenced to 20 years in prison with all but four suspended Wednesday for sexually assaulting a 10-year-old girl in February 2010, according to State’s Attorney Charlie Smith.
Joe Nix Ivey, 74, will serve at least four years of the sentence ordered by Judge G. Edward Dwyer. Ivey pleaded guilty to a second-degree sex offense on Feb. 7 in Frederick County Circuit Court.
During an investigation, Ivey told the girl that what happened was between “you, me and God” and that she shouldn’t tell anyone about it, according to charging documents in the case.
Soon after the sex-abuse case became public, Ivey stepped down from a pastoral position at Barnesville Baptist Church in Montgomery County.
“I went into counseling to try and find out why I did what I did and why I covered it up for two years,” Ivey told the court in February.
According to charging documents, Ivey sexually assaulted a girl who was visiting his home on Dublin Road for an overnight stay.
The abuse occurred for about 30 minutes while they were watching a movie, the document states.
Ivey said nothing before or during the alleged contact, but told her afterward, “Don’t tell anyone, it will ruin me,” the documents state.
The girl also told investigators that Ivey abused her when she was 6. According to the charging documents, when asked about the incident, Ivey said, “I don’t remember. I’m 74 years old. I don’t remember that one.”
Dwyer also put Ivey on five years of supervised probation. In addition, he will be on the tier III child sex offender registry. This means he will be on lifetime registry, with treatment and polygraph examinations. He will not be permitted to possess pornography.

News Story https://www.fredericknewspost.com/archive/walkersville-man-gets-years-for-child-sex-abuse/article_d60230b1-27a3-5547-80ed-d342307930eb.html
Sex Offender Record https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/4918346-MD-Ivey-JoeNixsof.html

John Lankston Anderson Jr. Church Position: Preacher
Court of Conviction: Walker Co, AL; Miller County, Ark., 2002
Outcome: Pleaded guilty in 2002 to three counts of sexual abuse in Alabama and sentenced to three years. Immediately transferred to Arkansas, where he pleaded guilty to another sex abuse charge and was sentenced to 10 more years. Served prison sentences in both states. Released in 2013. Was later required to register as a sex offender in Tennessee.
A prominent businessman and deacon at Emerywood Baptist Church has been indicted on 32 counts of sex crimes against children.
Guy Ellis Carr Jr., 65, was arrested Thursday after a monthlong investigation into allegations of sexual assault between 1973 and 1981, according to the High Point Police Department.
Information from that investigation led a Guilford County grand jury to indict Carr on 13 counts of taking indecent liberties with children, 13 counts of crimes against nature, three counts of first-degree statutory rape and three counts of first-degree sexual offense.
Authorities have not released names of the alleged victim or victims, and they would not confirm the number of children involved or their genders.
People in High Point who know Carr were reluctant to talk about the charges Friday, but they described him as a family man who is active in the community.
Although several members of Emerywood Baptist Church declined to comment, they stressed that Carr had no part in the children’s ministry or any role with children at the church.
Carr was arrested Thursday afternoon at his family’s business, Carr Mill Supplies at 1015 Manley St.
He was being held Friday at the Guilford County Jail in High Point under a $1 million bond. Neither Carr’s family nor his attorney could be reached for comment Friday.

News Story https://www.greensboro.com/news/high-point-businessman-deacon-indicted-on-sex-crimes/article_c5e5108d-b870-5d16-af48-0e71cf5c3ff2.html
Sex Offender Record https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/5028979-AL-AR-Anderson-JohnLankstonsof.html

Bernard Squires Church Position: Pastor
Court of Conviction:Federal, 2010
Outcome: Pleaded guilty to charge of distribution of child pornography; sentenced to 151 months. Incarcerated in federal prison.

News Story https://www.heraldbulletin.com/archives/former-ft-wayne-pastor-sentenced-for-child-porn/article_4356b4a6-673c-5be2-8864-c3f609d0701c.html
Police/Court Record https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/4910837-In-Squires-Bernard-BOP.html

Travis Ray Smith Church Position: Pastor
Court of Conviction: Laclede and Moniteau County and Camden County, 2016
Outcome: Sentenced to prison for four years in 2016 after being convicted of statutory rape, sexual abuse and statutory sodomy for offenses that occurred in 1998, 2000 and 2005 in criminal cases that involved three victims in three different counties, Missouri court and prison records show. Defendant had been acquitted of sexual abuse allegations pertaining to a different victim in 2011.
The congregation of the Baptist church here stuck by the preacher even when whispers turned to criminal charges.
“Brother Travis” Smith would never sexually assault a teenage girl; the flock refused to believe it.
He was married. Beautiful wife, beautiful kids, including young twins. He was handsome and charismatic — his powerful sermons stirred the soul. The church grew since his arrival. One member said Smith “could have been a TV preacher.”
And sure enough, Smith was acquitted of the charge in 2011.
But then another girl came forward. And another. And then another — and now Smith, 45, is headed to prison.
He entered an Alford plea last week to charges of statutory rape and statutory sodomy of a 16-year-old victim who said she and Smith, at the time her youth pastor, used to have sex late at night in a country cemetery until being caught by her father in 2005.
As part of the plea deal, Smith pleaded guilty in cases involving two other teenage girls.
After the later arrests, most members of the First Baptist Church in Stover, population 1,081, near the Lake of the Ozarks in Morgan County, continued to show up Sundays to hear Smith, who was out on bond.
Not Cheryl and Tom Howser. They stopped going, even when Smith’s wife called to ask why. Cheryl Howser told her they would not be back until Smith resigned or was found not guilty.
“When I would sit there on Sunday and look to the front and see his wife and kids, I saw pain,” Cheryl Howser said Tuesday in her living room. “I couldn’t do it anymore. The first time — maybe. But the others — how could that be?
“I heard him deny it, deny it all, and I didn’t believe him.”
Others did. Some so strongly that when Smith did resign, they went to his farm near California, Mo., where he continued to conduct Sunday services.
Smith entered his plea last week in Laclede County Circuit Court in Lebanon, Mo., after a jury had heard the case against him and reached a verdict, but before the verdict had been announced.
In an Alford plea, a defendant does not admit guilt but acknowledges that prosecutors have enough evidence to convict him.
Smith then pleaded guilty in the two other cases, which were filed in 2012 and 2013.
Court documents say Smith assaulted those girls years earlier — in 1998 and 2000. One of the assaults allegedly took place in the back seat of Smith’s truck while a friend of his sat in the front.
The trial victim was a girl at Pilot Grove Baptist Church in unincorporated Moniteau County, where Smith served as youth pastor.
During testimony, Smith acknowledged the sex took place, but he said the acts occurred after the girl turned 17, the legal age of consent.
Smith’s attorney, according to a story on LakeExpo.com, argued that testimony from the girl’s father indicated the man discovered the relationship during raccoon season. If the sex had occurred during coon season, the attorney argued, it must have been after the girl’s birthday.
According to court records, the jury began deliberations at 3:30 p.m. April 19. Six hours later, the jury announced that it had reached a verdict. By making the Alford plea before the court had accepted the jury verdict, Smith avoided the possibility of a longer sentence. He got four years.
Camden County Prosecutor Michael Gilley said the plea deal was offered after consulting with victims and their families.
“All three victims were present in the courtroom to listen to Mr. Smith admit to his crimes and go from a free man to being placed into the custody of sheriff’s deputies to await transport to the Department of Corrections,” said Gilley, who served as special prosecutor in the case.
On Tuesday, Tom Howser shook his head when asked what the long ordeal was like for a church in a small town.
“Hell on earth,” he said. “And it’s not over yet — we still don’t have a permanent preacher.”
But one is filling in for the time being.
Across the street from the Howsers, Misty Brosius said some of the people who left the church had returned.
She never left. Not because she believed Smith’s claims of innocence, but because the church was her church. The place was her home and the people there her family.
Travis Smith nearly tore it all apart.
“He thought he was a ladies’ man,” Brosius said. “But it’s not me he has to worry about on Judgment Day.”

News Story https://www.kansascity.com/living/religion/article74534092.html
Police/Court Record https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/4918318-MO-Smith-TravisRaydoc.html

Paul Eugene Cunningham Church Position: Pastor
Court of Conviction: Los Alamos County, 2016
Outcome: Found guilty of two counts of sexual exploitation of children/possession of any obscene visual or print medium. Given four years and six months probation in New Mexico. Registered sex offender in Texas.


News Story https://ladailypost.com/content/judge-sentences-former-los-alamos-pastor-paul-cunningham-serve-12-months-county-jail
Sex Offender Record https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/5141984-NM-Cunningham-Paulsof.html
Police/Court Record https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/5141982-NM-Cunningham-Paul.html

John Orville McKay Jr. Church Position: Pastor
Court of Conviction: Medina County, 2004
Outcome: Convicted of sexual assault of a 15-year-old girl in 2004. Sentenced to 10 years. Was a registered sex offender in Texas until his death in 2018. Included on a list of church leaders convicted of sex crimes published in 2007 by the Baptist General Convention of Texas.
A pastor faces a charge of sexual assault by a clergyman for allegedly having sex with a teenage girl who attended his church.
John O. McKay Jr. resigned from First Baptist Church in Hondo last month. He was arrested Wednesday in Hondo, about 40 miles west of San Antonio.
Prosecutors said McKay had sex with the girl in September. She was a parishioner at the First Baptist Church, where McKay had been pastor for the past four years.
An investigator’s sworn affidavit said McKay used his position as the girl’s spiritual adviser to exploit her emotional dependency.
David Lynch, chairman of the church’s board of deacons, said McKay resigned at the deacons’ request in mid-March.
That was about a month after the teenager accused the pastor of having sexual relations with her, Medina County Sheriff Gilbert Rodriguez said.

News Story https://www.mrt.com/news/article/Hondo-pastor-arrested-on-sex-charge-7861365.php
Sex Offender Record https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/5001258-McKay-Johnsof.html

Terry L. McDowell Sr. Church Position: Pastor
Court of Conviction: St. Louis County, 2012
Outcome: Registered sex offender in Missouri. Convicted in 2012 of child molestation of a 3-year-old victim. Under a probation provision of Missouri law, his 10-year sentence was suspended and he was released after four months in jail and put on five years probation, according to court and sex offender records.
Rev. Terry McDowell describes his congregation at Gateway Southern Baptist Church on Tholozan Street in south St. Louis as a “church of second chances.” Let’s hope so, for his sake.
Yesterday the St. Louis County police department announced it arrested McDowell last week on suspicion of sexually assaulting a girl under the age of four. On Friday the county prosecutor’s office charged the 48-year-old preacher with child molestation in the first degree.
Perhaps McDowell was wrestling with a guilty conscience when he began the introduction on his church’s website with these words…”We believe in many changes and many fresh starts.
We are a church of second chances for individuals and families.
But beware, NO perfect people are at Gateway.”
According to authorities, their investigation began on back in May when St. Louis County detectives received a hotline referral from the Missouri Department of Social Services concerning the alleged victim. The girl reported that between January and May of 2010, the suspect, a trusted family friend, had touched her inappropriately while she was alone with him at his home. McDowell’s residence is in Affton although the victim lives in Jefferson County. McDowell and his wife had been babysitting the child for the last two years.
As of yesterday McDowell remained in custody on a $50,000 bond.

News Story https://www.riverfronttimes.com/newsblog/2010/08/25/terry-mcdowell-pastor-charged-with-child-molestation-warned-he-wasnt-perfect
Sex Offender Record https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/5674024-MO-McDowell-Terrysof3pgs.html

Fernando David Maldonado Church Position: Minister
Court of Conviction: Contra Costa County, 2018
Outcome: Convicted after trial of 23 counts of child molestation, including sodomy with a minor and lewd or lascivious acts with a children. Sentenced to 34 years in 2018, according to news reports.
The Contra Costa County district attorney’s office charged Fernando Maldonado, a 32-year-old Concord resident, on Monday with 12 counts of lewd acts with a minor, 10 counts of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor and one count of sodomy of a minor.
The alleged abuse occurred from September 2012 to mid-2015 and involved one victim at the two churches in which Maldonado presided as a minister, said Sgt. Dave Mathers, a detective in the Martinez Police Department. The churches were Morello Avenue Baptist Church in Martinez and the Grace Bible Church of Pleasant Hill, where church leaders and congregants, including the alleged victim, moved after the church in Martinez closed, Mathers said.
Maldonado, who has been removed from active ministry at Grace Bible Church and suspended indefinitely, is being held at the Martinez Detention Facility on $9,065,000 bail, according to jail records. He is scheduled to return to court May 10 for further arraignment and to enter a plea, Graves said.
Detectives began their investigation April 18 after the victim, identified only as Jane Doe, reported the allegations to Martinez police, Mathers said. Officers arrested Maldonado on his way to the church Thursday morning.

News Story https://www.sfgate.com/crime/article/East-Bay-minster-charged-with-23-counts-of-child-7377296.php
Sex Offender Record https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/4910869-CA-Maldonado-Fernando-Sof.html

Ralph Randall Melton Church Position: Minister
Court of Conviction: Chilton County, 2005
Outcome: Prior to his death on June 14, 2018, together with his wife, Cathy, were both registered sex offenders for child rape convictions in Alabama from 2005. (Cathy Melton is still a registered sex offender). Their victims were a 1-year-old male and 16-year-old female.
A former Shelby County pastor and his wife pled guilty last week to raping and sodomizing their two children almost 18 years ago.
Ralph Randall Melton and his wife, Cathy G. Melton, of Jemison, pled guilty to first-degree rape and sodomy in Chilton County District Court. The couple is awaiting sentencing.
Melton was arrested in April 2004 after his daughter filed charges with the Chilton County Sheriff’s Office.
Invesitgators said Melton and his wife raped his then-15-year-old daughter repeatedly between 1975 and 1987.
Investigators began collecting evidence after the victim filed a complaint against her father in November 2003. The couple’s son also filed charges after his sister stepped forward, and the wife was also arrested.
Melton was the pastor of Prospect Baptist Church in Wilsonville at the time of his arrest. He also served as pastor of New Salem Baptist Church in Thorsby and Big Springs Baptist Church in Vida.
The Meltons avoided a trial by entering guilty pleas on the day the court was set to strike a jury, according to V. Randall Houston, district attorney for the 19th Circuit.
Houston said the two are expected to receive two 10-year sentences on May 8 when they appear before Chilton County Judge Sibley Reynolds for sentencing.

News Story https://www.shelbycountyreporter.com/2005/12/06/couple-pleads-guilty-to-rape-charges/

Joe David Barron Church Position: Minster
Court of Conviction: Brazos County, 2009
Outcome: Drove nearly 200 miles with a box of condoms in his SUV after arranging to meet an undercover officer who Barron had been told via text was a teenage virgin. Convicted in 2009 of four counts of online solicitation of a minor based on the messages and sexually-explicit images he sent the officer. Received seven years community supervision. Registered sex offender.
Joe Barron, a minister at Prestonwood Baptist Church near Dallas, Texas, was arrested after driving 200 miles for a rendezvous with what he thought was a 13-year-old girl he had been communicating with online for two weeks.
His sexually themed messages, however, were actually being sent to an undercover investigator posing as a young teenager.
Earlier this month, the 52-year-old minister suggested meeting the girl in person. He drove to Bryan, about 100 miles north of Houston, where he was arrested and on Friday charged with online solicitation of a minor. Police found a web-cam and condoms in his car.
Jack Graham, the pastor of Prestonwood, which has 26,000 members and 40 ministers, announced during weekend services the church had accepted Barron’s resignation with immediate effect.
He said it was a heartbreaking week in which “you need to know that we are appalled and we are disgraced by this terrible action, an unacceptable action, by a minister on our staff.”
Mr Graham added he was keen to move on and “put this in the rearview mirror” while handling “anything we need to handle in terms of our responsibilities and obligations, and any ongoing investigation”.
Barron, who ministered to middle-aged, married members of the Prestonwood congregation, is out on bail. He could face up to 20 years in prison if convicted.

News Story https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/1990863/Church-minister-resigns-after-sex-scandal-in-Texas.html
Sex Offender Record https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/5001251-Barron-Joe-David-SOR.html

Harley Michael Keough Church Position: Pastor
Court of Conviction: Gaston County, 2010
Outcome: Convicted of two counts of sexual battery and ordered to register as a sex offender. Died in 2013.
A Bessemer City pastor was found guilty of two counts of sexual battery Tuesday.
Harley Michael Keough, 73, is the pastor of King James Baptist Church in Bessemer City. His trial began Monday.
Several women testified against Keough Monday, accusing him of groping them when they came to the church for help.
Keough took the stand Tuesday and denied touching the women inappropriately. He said some of the women were angry because of misunderstandings of his mission.
“In our church we frequently hug,” he said. “We are a loving church.”
Keough will not go to prison. He was given 18 months probation and has to register as a sex offender and provide a DNA sample as often as he is asked.
He said he plans on continuing work at the Bessemer City church despite the fact that he must register as a sex offender. Legally, he can continue to act as a pastor, but not within 300 feet of a church with a nursery or daycare.
Keough still faces eight other charges. The prosecutor said she plans to talk to the other alleged victims to determine if those cases will go to court.

News Story https://www.wsoctv.com/news/local-pastor-found-guilty-of-sexual-battery_nhcmb/222982492/

Joel Dean Joslin Church Position: Church leader
Court of Conviction: Texas, 2003
Outcome: Registered sex offender for conviction in 2003 of sexual assault of a child. Victim described as a 15-year-old male, according to Texas sex offender registry. Discharged from probation. Included on a list of church leaders convicted of sex crimes published in 2007 by the Baptist General Convention of Texas.

Sex Offender Record https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/5673322-Joslin-JoelDean-Sof.html

Joseph Edmund Conger Church Position: Pastor
Court of Conviction: Camden County, 2009
Outcome: Convicted in 2009 of statutory sodomy for incidents with teen in 2003. Pleaded guilty and sentenced to prison for seven years in 2009, Missouri court records show. Subsequently died.

Joshua Ross Hyles Church Position: Church leader
Court of Conviction: Texas, 2003
Outcome: Registered sex offender for conviction in 2003 of indecency with a child by sexual contact. Sentenced to seven years probation on April 9, 2003, per sex offender registry Discharged from probation. Included on a list of church leaders convicted of sex crimes published in 2007 by the Baptist General Convention of Texas.

Sex Offender Record https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/5673323-Hyles-Joshua-Sof.html

Michael Lee Jones Church Position: Pastor
Court of Conviction: Harris County, 1998
Outcome: Registered sex offender for two counts of sexual assault of a child in Harris County in 1998. Victim reported to be 16-year-old female. Received deferred adjudication; deferred adjudication terminated in 2006 after eight years probation, according to court records. Included on a list of church leaders convicted of sex crimes published in 2007 by the Baptist General Convention of Texas.

Sex Offender Record https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/5673297-Jones-MichaelLee-Sexoffenderregistry.html

Morris David Roberts Church Position: Pastor
Court of Conviction: Bexar County, 2005
Outcome: Pleaded guilty to indecency with a child by exposure in 2005. Received deferred adjudication and was placed on probation for 10 years, which he completed in 2015. He died in 2016. Included on a list of church leaders convicted of sex crimes published in 2007 by the Baptist General Convention of Texas.

Andres Ybarra Garcia Church Position: Pastor
Court of Conviction: Sutter County, 2007
Outcome: Registered sex offender in California for conviction of lewd and lascivious conduct with a girl under 14 years old. Served less than a year, according to sex offender record.

Sex Offender Record https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/5553544-CA-Garcia-AndresYbarra.html

Billie Lewis Minson Church Position: Pastor
Court of Conviction: Smith County, 2009
Outcome: Pleaded guilty in 2009 in connection with charges he engaged in sexual contact with a child under 17 and was given a five-year deferred adjudication. Released early from deferred adjudication in 2012. Ordered to have no contact with the child and undergo counseling, among other conditions.
An East Texas pastor is arrested on charges of indecency with a child.
Billie Lewis Minson, 56, was in Austin visiting family, where Austin police say he allegedly molested a 12 year old female family member he shared a bed with at a LaQuinta.
According to Austin police, when she returned home she told her mother she woke up to Minson abusing her.Police will not release her relationship to Minson or her name, due to her age.
Minson is currently still a pastor at the First Baptist Church of Swan, just north of Tyler.He was released on 60 thousand dollars bond.

News Story https://www.cbs19.tv/article/mobile/news/pastor-arrested/267493599

Danny O. Hill Church Position: Pastor
Court of Conviction: Ford County, 2005
Outcome: Registered sex offender in Illinois who was convicted in August 2005 of sexual assault. During his trial, jurors heard recordings police made of phone calls between Hill and the victim, according to KSHAW.
A Ford County jury on Friday found a Gibson City minister guilty of repeated sexual assaults on a woman over a six-year period that began when she was 14 years old.
Following three hours of deliberations, Danny O. Hill, 54, who listed an address in the 800 block of South Lott Boulevard, was found guilty of two counts of criminal sexual assault.
Hill is a Baptist minister who has served at churches in Gibson City and Fisher.
He also has worked as a substitute teacher at Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley High School and as a chaplain for Carle Hospice in Champaign-Urbana.
Hill faces between four and 15 years in prison and fines up to $25,000 on both counts. He will be sentenced Sept. 26.
The victim, now 22, had testified on Thursday that Hill sexually abused her hundreds of times for six years.
When Hill took the stand in his own defense on Friday, he denied taking part in any sexual activities with the woman. Hill claimed the woman was reliving in her own mind sexual assaults from her childhood when she lived in another state. As part of the woman’s therapy, Hill said, he would frequently take part in role playing with the woman, portraying her abuser. “I would become the person who inflicted harm on her,” he said. “I would ask her, if I were that man, what would she say.” Hill said that he believes the woman was referring to those role plays during four wiretapped telephone conversations that were played for the jury on Thursday.

News Story https://www.news-gazette.com/news/minister-found-guilty-on-sexual-assaults-counts/article_589eba01-f6e3-5931-9479-19d324af6996.html
Sex Offender Record https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/4910853-IL-Hill-DannyO.html

Derek Gillett Church Position: Pastor
Court of Conviction: Cherokee County, 2008
Outcome: Registered sex offender in Georgia. Pleaded guilty to two child molestation charges in May 2008 and sentenced to 10 years in prison; 10 years probation. Released.

Sex Offender Record https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/5017939-GA-Gillett-Derek-Newellsof.html

Douglas W. Myers Church Position: Pastor
Court of Conviction: Calvert County, Lake County, 2007, 2012
Outcome: Sentenced to seven years for lewd and lascivious conduct with a minor (under 12) in Florida in 2007. After being released, convicted in 2012 in Maryland of child abuse for offenses that occurred in 1997, 1999 and 2001. Serving a 15-year sentence in Maryland. Related civil lawsuit.
A jury in Lake County has awarded $12.5 million to a man who, as a child, was sexually abused by a Baptist minister, his attorney announced Monday.
The jury agreed unanimously on the award Saturday morning after a six-day trial on the issue of damages. A separate jury in May 2012 held the Florida Baptist Convention liable in the case, saying the organization didn’t adequately investigate Douglas W. Myers, 64, who previously had been accused of inappropriate conduct with children.
“This was a long journey for this child who needlessly suffered because the institutions he trusted failed to protect him,” Weil said in a statement. “In light of the evidence presented, the jury surely understood the devastating impact on this young man.”
The boy, now 21 and a college student, is still living with the effects of the abuse, Weil said. Myers recruited the youth as a volunteer to help start new churches and spread the faith, saying he wanted to be a mentor partly because he and his wife had lost a child, Weil said.
Myers founded two churches in Lake County in the mid-2000s: Harbor Baptist Fellowship in Howey-in-the-Hills and Triangle Community Church in Eustis. Both have been disbanded. The first jury found that Myers was an agent of the convention in his “church-planting” efforts but not an employee.
Myers served a seven-year prison sentence after pleading guilty to lewd and lascivious molestation. He met the boy at Bay Street Baptist Church in Lake County and abused him over the course of six months while also taking him on trips to Walt Disney World, giving him money and driving him to school.
During the trial, the victim testified that Myers “told me it was a normal part of growing up. He told me he had done it with plenty of other kids at other churches.”
Myers was accused of improprieties with children while he briefly served as pastor at Dunkirk Baptist Church in Dunkirk, Md., and Concord Baptist Church in Russellville, Ala., before he and his wife moved to Florida. The allegations included taking children skinny dipping and cornering a 10-year-old boy.
After he was released from prison in December 2012, Myers faced charges in the old cases in Maryland. He entered that state’s equivalent of a no-contest plea to three counts of custodial child abuse and was sentenced in October in Calvert County, Md., to 45 years in prison with 30 years suspended, news reports show. The offenses occurred in December 1997, April 1999 and March 2001.
Testimony in the liability portion of Myers’ Florida trial showed that the Jacksonville-based convention ran criminal-background, motor-vehicle and credit checks on Myers but failed to check his references or contact the churches where he previously worked.

News Story https://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/os-xpm-2014-01-21-os-florida-baptist-molest-verdict-20140120-story.html
Police/Court Record https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/4895836-Fl-Myers-DouglasMDprisondata.html

Forrest Lee Hudson Church Position: Pastor
Court of Conviction: Pierce County, 2010
Outcome: Pleaded guilty in 2010 to two counts of assault of a child in the third degree, Pierce County court records show. Other charges dismissed as part of a plea deal. The assault counts plea did not include allegations of sexual motivation, according to a sentencing memo.
Stung by criticism since appearing as a character witness for a former church youth worker who confessed to child molestation, a leader in the African-American Baptist community Asheville, N.C., pledged to find ways to help churches protect children from sexual abuse.
L.C. Ray, president of the Buncombe County Baptist Ministers Union and pastor of Greater New Zion Baptist Church in Fletcher, N.C., was one of six ministers and three others who appeared in court last month asking for leniency for Leonard Smith, 53, a former music director who worked with youth at Sycamore Temple Church of God in Christ in Asheville.
Smith received a 14 year prison sentence after pleading guilty to five counts of indecent liberties with a child. The charges involved three children dating back 20 years. Three more serious charges dropped in a plea bargain dated to 1976.

“It really hurts,” Ray testified, according to the Asheville Citizen-Times. “But I can’t get around the fact that God calls me to fall on the side of mercy.”
The newspaper reported Nov. 29 that about 50 people turned out in support of Smith. Another minister said Smith “is still needed in the church.” The other side of the courtroom, where the family of one of the victims sat, was nearly empty. “We have been ostracized,” said a spokesman for the extended family. “Not one church leader has reached out to us.”
But in a story this Tuesday, Ray told the newspaper he did not know the charges facing his longtime friend until he was in the courtroom, despite media attention given the case.
Christa Brown of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP), said seeing people rally around an accused minister while the victim’s family is ostracized sends a strong message to other victims of clergy sexual abuse.
“It tells them that, if they speak of it, they and their families will be shunned,” Brown said.

Meanwhile, prosecutors in Puyallup, Wash., on Tuesday charged a Baptist pastor with four counts of child molestation for allegedly fondling and kissing two sisters, now ages 12 and 13, whose family attend his church.
Forrest Lee Hudson, pastor of Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church, denied the allegations and entered a plea of not guilty. Hudson’s is attorney said he would “vigorously fight” the charges, according to The News Tribune in Tacoma.
The church is listed as affiliated with both the Southern Baptist Convention and the Northwest Baptist Convention, a regional body of Southern Baptist churches in Idaho, Oregon, Washington and one congregation in northern California.

News Story https://ethicsdaily.com/pastor-regrets-testimony-on-behalf-of-confessed-child-molester-cms-11990/

Gerald “Jerry” Ray Hutcheson Church Position: Pastor
Court of Conviction: Covington County, 2007
Outcome: Convicted of first-degree sexual abuse in Alabama in 2007 and served four years in prison. Released. Registered sex offender in Alabama. Previously registered in Tennessee based on a 2004 sexual abuse offense.

Sex Offender Record https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/5028981-FL-Hutcheson-GeraldRay2ndregistryinTN.html
Police/Court Record https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/5028982-FL-Hutcheson-GeraldRaysof.html

ABUSE OF FAITH: SOUTHERN BAPTIST CONVENTION DATABASE OF PEDOPHILE PASTORS, YOUTH PASTORS, DEACONS AND OTHER PEDO PERVERTS OF THE SBC PART 1

In the past 20 years, hundreds of Southern Baptists with formal church roles have engaged in sexual misconduct, a new investigation by the Houston Chronicle and San Antonio Express-News reveals. They were pastors. Deacons. Youth pastors.

Read and hear survivors’ stories, and learn about the depths of crimes and misconduct of church leaders they trusted. This database contains information on 263 people who were convicted or took plea deals.

LINK TO DATABASE
https://projects.houstonchronicle.com/2019/southern-baptist-abuse/#/overview

Part One: 26 Pedophiles, Child Sex Traffickers and Child Porno perverts, a Video Recording Peeping Tom Pervert Pastor, a SBC Pastor Murderer and a Former SBC President moralist busted for hiring prostitutes

These are taken from the database.

John Earl Bonine Church Position: Pastor
Court of Conviction: Fresno County, 2009
Outcome: Sentenced to 36 years in prison in California. Incarcerated.
https://projects.houstonchronicle.com/2019/southern-baptist-abuse/#/person/John-Earl-Bonine
News Story https://abc30.com/archive/6755416/
Police/Court Records https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/5017938-CA-Bonine-JohnEarldoc.html

Kenneth Eugene Ward Church Position: Pastor
Court of Conviction: Dallas County, 1999
Outcome: Admitted to molesting more than 40 children, but the Texas statute of limitations had expired for all but one complaining victim. Convicted of indecency to a child by contact and served four years of a 12-year sentence. Dead. Included on a list of church leaders convicted of sex crimes published in 2007 by the Baptist General Convention of Texas.
https://projects.houstonchronicle.com/2019/southern-baptist-abuse/#/person/Kenneth-Eugene-Ward
News Story https://abcnews.go.com/2020/story?id=3034040&page=1

Matt Dee Baker Church Position:Pastor
Court of Conviction: McLennan County, 2010
Outcome: Was convicted in 2010 of murder for asphyxiating his wife. A related wrongful death investigation conducted as part of a civil lawsuit by his dead wife’s family — and subsequent criminal probe — revealed that Baker had engaged in a long pattern of sexual abuse and assaults of women. Incidents of violence and harassment had been reported by women at Baker’s former church, at a nonprofit where he worked and at Baylor University for years before Baker began an extramarital affair with a congregant and then plotted to kill his wife, records show. Incarcerated on a 65-year sentence in Texas.
https://projects.houstonchronicle.com/2019/southern-baptist-abuse/#/person/Matt-Dee-Baker
News Story https://abcnews.go.com/2020/story?id=7252064
Police/Court Record https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/4853035-Baker-Matt-TDCJctdocs.html

Dirk P Jackson Church Position: Teacher/Pastor
Court of Conviction: Kitsap County, 2011
Outcome: Registered sex offender in Kitsap County, Wash. Sentenced to 41 months in prison in 2011 after pleading guilty to two counts of indecent liberties with a child. Unclear how much time he served.
https://projects.houstonchronicle.com/2019/southern-baptist-abuse/#/person/Dirk-P-Jackson
News Story http://archive.kitsapsun.com/news/code-911/ex-pastor-from-port-orchard-sentenced-for-sexual-acts-with-12-year-old-ep-418270967-357121071.html
Police/Court Record https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/5017934-WA-Jackson-DirkPsof.html

Larry Gene Singleton Church Position: Pastor
Court of Conviction: Tate County, 2013
Outcome: Convicted in 2013 of 18 charges, including sexual battery of a child, “gratification of lust” and possession of child pornography. Serving a 30-year sentence. Abuse described in the case targeted a teenaged boy and spanned a seven-year period from 2005 to 2012. Appeal to the Mississippi Court of Appeals was denied.
https://projects.houstonchronicle.com/2019/southern-baptist-abuse/#/person/Larry-Gene-Singleton
News Story About Singleton https://www.gulflive.com/mississippi-press-news/2014/11/former_mississippi_pastor_lose.html
Police Court Record https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/4918330-MS-SingletonLarry-Doc.html

Larry Michael BerkleyChurch Position: Pastor
Court of Conviction: Lauderdale County, 2014
Outcome: Convicted of 16 crimes, including four counts of aggravated statutory rape and four counts of sexual battery by an authority figure. Sentenced to 33 years. Incarcerated in Tennessee and registered as a sex offender.
News Story https://harrisondaily.com/news/larry-michael-berkley-found-guilty-in-tennessee/article_31fed6be-a806-11e4-aedd-bfa079fbca8f.html
Offender Record https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/4936946-TN-Berkley-LarryMsof.html
Police/Court Record https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/4936912-TN-Berkley-LarryM.html

Samuel Lee Lyte Church Position: Minister
Court of Conviction: Howard County, 2013
Outcome: Convicted of aggravated sexual assault of a child; sentenced to 25 years in prison.
News Story http://www.bigspringherald.com/content/lyte-gets-25-years-sexual-assault-child
Police/Court Record https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/5004992-Lyte-SamuelLee-Doc.html

Garett Dykes Church Position: Minister
Court of Conviction: Middle District of Alabama, 2006
Outcome: Sentenced to 262 months for federal child porn case in the Middle District of Alabama (20 years). In federal prison.
News Story https://www.gadsdentimes.com/article/DA/20060929/Lifestyle/603228225/GT/
Police/Court Record https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/4883562-AL-Dykes-Garett-ALDoc.html

Timothy Chun-Chuck Mann Church Position: Minister
Court of Conviction: Montgomery County, 2008
Outcome: Registered sex offender in Alabama. Pleaded guilty to child abuse of a 14-year-old female in Maryland in 2008; sentenced to 13 years with seven years in confinement, the rest suspended, according to Maryland court records.
News Story http://www.gazette.net/stories/073008/montnew200341_32374.shtml
Police/Court Record https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/5025956-MD-AL-Mann-Timothysof.html

William Frank Brown Church Position: Pastor
Court of Conviction: McLennan County, 2009
Outcome: Convicted in 2009 of four counts of aggravated sexual battery for molesting a female victim or victims as young as 11. Sentenced to 50 years. Incarcerated in Texas.
News Story https://www.kxxv.com/Global/story.asp?S=10107445&nav=menu509_2
Police/Court Record https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/4853051-Brown-WilliamFrankTDCJctdocs.html

Anthony Lynn ThibodeauxChurch Position: Pastor
Court of Conviction: Freestone County, 2013
Outcome: Convicted of sexual assault of a child and of two counts of indecency with a child by contact in 2013. Sentenced to 10 years. Incarcerated in Texas.
News Story https://www.kxxv.com/story/19252220/freestone-county-preacher-accused-of-sex-assault-on-15-yr-old
Police/Court Record https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/4853017-Thibodeaux-Anthony.html

Hezekiah Stallworth Church Position: Pastor
Court of Conviction: Anderson County, 2012
Outcome: Serving a 20-year sentence for aggravated assault of a child and indecency with a child for offenses in 2010 and in 1989. Prosecutors at trial presented evidence that Stallworth had molested at least three girls at his church over that 21-year period. Stallworth lured some children into his study by offering them lollipops, court records show. Appealed but lost in 2012.
News Story https://www.palestineherald.com/news/local_news/ex-pastor-sentenced-for-sexual-abuse-of-girls/article_bb8641ab-196b-5d4c-950f-41a6087d80a6.html
Police Court Record https://projects.houstonchronicle.com/2019/southern-baptist-abuse/#/person/Hezekiah-Stallworth

Daniel Stephen Johnson Church Position: Missionary
Court of Conviction: Federal, 2018
Outcome: Johnson, a missionary, was investigated by the FBI at the request of Cambodian authorities. Arrested in Cambodia by U.S. authorities in 2014. Convicted by a jury in 2018 of eight federal charges, including charges for traveling to a foreign place and engaging in illicit sexual conduct with six different minor boys. Johnson has since filed a motion for a new trial and to set aside the jury’s verdict.

Johnson was arrested in December 2014 after authorities in Cambodia handed him over to FBI agents who then brought him to Oregon. At the time, Johnson had just completed a one-year prison sentence in Cambodia for sexually abusing five boys who were in his care at an orphanage that he had operated there. Federal authorities said Johnson’s victims were between 8 and 17 years old.

News Story https://www.registerguard.com/news/20180516/federal-jury-in-eugene-finds-missionary-from-oregon-guilty-of-sexually-abusing-boys-in-cambodia
Police/Court Records https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/5728661-Or-Johnson-DanielStephenbop.html

Michael Wayne O’Guin Church Position: Minister
Court of Conviction: Denton and Tarrant counties, 2004
Outcome: Ordered to complete two years community supervision without adjudication of guilt in 2004 after pleading no contest to the felony sexual assault made by a child victim. A warrant was issued for his arrest in 2006 after prosecutors claimed he failed to complete conditions as required.
News Story https://www.stategazette.com/story/1025922.html

Michael Alan Crippen Church Position: Pastor
Court of Conviction: Jasper and Greene counties, 2012
Outcome: Registered as a sex offender in Missouri for offenses of possession of child pornography. A forensic examination of his laptop computer discovered more than 360 images of child pornography, including girls under 10 years old either posing nude or engaged in sexual conduct.
News Story https://www.stltoday.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/missouri-minister-gets-years-for-child-porn/article_dd0d03c2-bbd3-11e1-9960-001a4bcf6878.html
Police/Court Record https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/5002655-MO-Crippen-MichaelAlan-sofpg3.html

Travis Payne Church Position: Pastor
Court of Conviction: Miller County, 2012
Outcome: Convicted of sexual assault (victim was reported to be a 3-year-old). Sentenced to five years in prison. A Miller County jury Tuesday found South Texarkana Baptist Church pastor Travis Payne guilty of sexual misconduct with a 3-year-old girl and sentenced him to five years in prison. Later died.
News Story https://www.texarkanagazette.com/news/texarkana/story/2012/feb/29/pastor-found-guilty/288194/

Daniel J. Moore Church Position: Minister
Court of Conviction: Johnson County, 2010
Outcome: Convicted in 2010 of sexual misconduct with a minor and other charges in Johnson County. Sentenced to 10 years. Paroled. Registered sex offender in Indiana.

A former Southern Baptist pastor in central Indiana has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for molesting a 15-year-old church member in a relationship that began with him counseling the girl because she was not getting along with her mother.Daniel Moore, 50, former pastor of New Whiteland Baptist Church near Franklin, Ind., pleaded guilty March 15 to felony child solicitation and sexual misconduct charges in exchange for a 10-year sentence. A Johnson County circuit court judge approved the plea bargain at a sentencing hearing April 8.

The girl’s mother, who is not being identified to protect the privacy of her daughter, said she was satisfied with the sentence because she didn’t want to put the now soon-to-be 17-year-old through the trauma of a jury trial.

Entering the courtroom April 8, the mother said she was surprised how many people from the former church were there to support their former pastor. At the end of the hearing, she said, Moore’s stepdaughter said to her daughter, “I hope you rot in hell,” for her role in assisting in the prosecution of the case.

News Story https://baptistnews.com/article/former-baptist-pastor-gets-10-years-for-molestation/#.XFIdSVVKhhE
Police/Court https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/4910844-In-Moore-DanielJsof.html

Luis Federico Garcia Church Position: Pastor
Court of Conviction: Shelby County, 2007
Outcome: Registered sex offender. Convicted in 2007 of three counts of sexual abuse in Shelby County, Ala. A former pastor of Spanish ministries at the First Baptist Church of Pelham is charged with sexual abuse of three young girls. Luis Federico Garcia, 63, of Alabaster, was arrested on three counts of first-degree sexual abuse for the alleged abuse of two 7-year-olds and one 6-year-old, Pelham Lt. Scott Tucker said. The alleged abuse occurred from July 2002 until May of 2007, Tucker said. Garcia has been released on a $30,000 bond. Now lives in the Dominican Republic.
News Story https://www.tuscaloosanews.com/article/DA/20031011/News/606114298/TL/
Police/Court https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/4901453-AL-Garcia-LuisFedericosexoffender.html

Benjamin William Nelson Church Position: Pastor
Court of Conviction: Hill County, 2018
Outcome: Used social media to lure a 13-year-old girl into sexual encounters and was convicted of sexual assault with a child (two counts) indecency with a child (two counts) and online solicitation of a minor afterward. Sentenced in February 2018 in Hill County to 20 years in prison. Incarcerated in Texas.

A Hill County pastor and former student at Baylor University’s George W. Truett Theological Seminary was sentenced to 20 years in prison Tuesday for using social media to lure a teenage girl into a sexual encounter last year. Benjamin Nelson, 27, pastor of Peoria Baptist Church west of Hillsboro, pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child, two counts of indecency with a child by contact and online solicitation of a minor.
Judge Lee Harris of Hill County’s 66th State District Court sentenced Nelson to five concurrent, 20-year sentences in a plea bargain Nelson reached with Hill County District Attorney Mark Pratt.
Pratt said Nelson posed as a teenager while talking to the 13-year-old online and convinced her to meet him in a parking lot in Whitney.

News Story https://www.wacotrib.com/news/courts_and_trials/pastor-sentenced-in-sexual-abuse-of-young-girl/article_cdf7725a-6dba-5fda-815e-c86f73c4ad9f.html
Police/Court https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/5004990-Nelson-Benjamin-Tdcjinfo.html

Christopher Donald Beam Church Position: Pastor
Court of Conviction: Wayne County, 2017
Outcome: Convicted of unlawful touching of a child and exploitation of a child. Sentenced to five years in 2017. Incarcerated in Mississippi.
A Wayne County pastor is sentenced to five years behind bars after he pleaded guilty to having an inappropriate relationship with a minor. Christopher Beam pleaded guilty Monday to lustful touching and exploitation of a child.
On Monday, he was sentenced to 30 years with 25 years suspended. Investigators said Beam was a substitute teacher and bus driver at Beat 4 School in Wayne County in January 2016 when he kissed a 12-year-old girl in the school’s bathroom.
The victim told officials she was texting Beam when he convinced her to leave class and meet him there.
Beam was fired from both positions at the school and his roll at Evergreen Baptist Church in Shubuta after his arrest.
According to officials, the victim’s family was “very pleased” with Monday’s outcome.

News Story https://www.wdam.com/story/34494393/paster-sentenced-to-5-years-for-physical-relationship-with-minor/
Police/Court https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/5141981-MS-Beam-Christopher-Doc.html

Edward Earl Prince Church Position: Pastor
Court of Conviction: Desoto County, 2013
Outcome: Listed as a sex offender in Mississippi for a 2013 conviction of child exploitation. A Mid-South pastor has been charged with possession of child pornography after he was found surfing on a library computer. Hernando police said the computers in the library have software to keep people from viewing inappropriate material.
However, investigators said the Hernando pastor managed to get around the filters and firewalls.
Edward Prince, 63, is the pastor at Oak Grove Baptist Church in Hernando, Mississippi. He is being charged with possession of child pornography after staff at the Hernando Public Library told police Prince was viewing inappropriate images on one of the computers. Police found that Prince had downloaded and viewed child pornography on the computer in the public library.
The illegal downloads were tied to his computer login. “You have to register and that’s one of the ways we were able to determine what belong to him,” said Champion.

News Story https://www.wmcactionnews5.com/story/14381708/hernando-pastor-charged-with-child-pornography/
Police/Court https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/4918329-MS-Prince-Edwardsof.html

Joseph Raleigh Church Position: Pastor
Court of Conviction: Federal and Hughes County, 2016
Outcome: Pleaded guilty to attempted human trafficking after arranging to meet and have sex with an undercover agent who he thought was a 15-year-old girl. Sentenced to 46 months in federal prison in 2016. Released. Registered sex offender in South Dakota.
Joseph Raleigh, former pastor of First Baptist Church in Miller, S.D., pleaded guilty June 28 in federal court to Attempted Trafficking with Respect to Involuntary Servitude and Forced Labor, a federal law making it a crime to recruit or transport persons for forced labor.
Raleigh, 35, an Ohio native who served as pastor of Hysham Baptist Church in Hysham, Mont., before moving to South Dakota in 2013, was arrested Oct. 24, 2015, in a sting by federal, state and local agencies after negotiating a deal on the Internet with an undercover officer posing as a pimp to have sex with a 15-year-old girl.
He resigned as pastor of the 50-member Southern Baptist church within a day of his arrest. The guilty plea was part of a deal with prosecutors reducing the crime from stiffer charges of Attempted Commercial Sex Trafficking of Children and Attempted Enticement of a Minor Using the Internet.
Due to his lack of criminal history and other factors, his recommended sentence ranged from 30 to 37 months, but U.S. District Judge Roberto Lange increased it to nearly four years in prison, finding that as a pastor Raleigh had violated a position of trust.

News Story https://baptistnews.com/article/former-pastor-caught-in-internet-prostitution-sting-sentenced-to-prison/#.XC1ZylVKhhE
Sex Offender Record https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/5498579-SD-Raleigh-Josephsexoffender.html
Police/Court https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/5002732-SC-RaleighJosephbop.html

Holland Farrell McMorris Church Position: Pastor
Court of Conviction: Rapides Parish, 2010
Outcome: Was convicted in 2010 and is serving a 25-year sentence in Louisiana state prison for sex crimes, according to a state prison spokesman. A former Louisiana Baptist preacher was sentenced to 25 years in prison Oct. 3 for sexual abuse of a young female relative. Holland Farrell McMorris, 64, was arrested in June 2010 and charged with 15 counts of aggravated incest. Two months later a grand jury increased the number of charges to 473, indicting McMorris on 157 counts of aggravated incest, 157 counts of sexual battery, 157 counts of molestation of a juvenile and two counts of attempted aggravated rape. Authorities say the crimes occurred between May 2006 and August 2009 when the victim was between 11 and 14 years old. She is now 16 and has undergone counseling.
The 2009 Louisiana Baptist Convention annual listed McMorris as pastor of Paradise Baptist Church in Ball, La. The 80-member congregation founded in 1952 is listed in online directories of both the Louisiana Baptist Convention and Southern Baptist Convention.
Quoted by the Alexandria Town Talk newspaper, the girl’s mother said in court that McMorris used his status in both the family and the Baptist church to take advantage of her daughter.
According to the newspaper, McMorris told the court he was a social worker at Central Louisiana State Hospital and that he holds two master’s degrees. He admitted guilt but did not apologize. Assistant District Attorney Monique Metoyer said the victim’s family was “quite generous” in agreeing to the 25-year plea deal.

News Story https://baptistnews.com/article/former-preacher-sentenced-for-incest/#.WujUPS7wbIU

Coy Privette Church Position: Past president of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina, trustee/chair of the SBC’s Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, N.C., and a trustee of the SBC’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission.
Court of Conviction: Rowan County, 2007
Outcome: Retired Baptist minister and former state legislator. Pleaded guilty in 2007 to aiding and abetting prostitution and was given probation. Died in 2015.
Moral activist and conservative Southern Baptist Convention leader Coy Privette received “deferred prosecution” on six charges of aiding and abetting prostitution during his hearing Aug. 22.
Privette, a Rowan County, N.C., commissioner and former executive director of the Christian Action League of North Carolina, admitted to investigators that he had sex with an accused prostitute, according to the prosecutor at the hearing.
Deferred prosecution means Privette, who resigned from the state convention’s board after his arrest in July, will have his record wiped clean if he performs 48 hours of community service, complies with probation requirements for a year and pays court and probation costs.
According to the prosecutor, the case started June 27 when a Cabarrus County bank refused to honor a check being drawn against Privette’s account because it seemed high. Bank employees alerted police in Kannapolis, N.C., where Privette lives.
A police investigator interviewed Tiffany Summers, who said she had received the check from Privette. She also said she had sex with Privette on a number of occasions in two hotels.
Summers showed the investigator a photo of Privette that she took with her cell phone. The prosecutor said Privette had signed in to the hotels under his own name six times. Hotel security cameras showed both Privette and Summers, according to the prosecutor.

News Story https://baptistnews.com/article/southern-baptist-morality-activist-confesses-to-soliciting-prostitute/#.Wujowy7wbIU

Samuel Allen Nuckolls Church Position: Pastor/Minister
Court of Conviction: DeSoto County, 2012
Outcome: Serving a 10-year sentence in Mississippi state prison on three counts of video voyeurism, prison records show. Nuckolls originally faced 13 charges of video voyeurism in 2012, but the Mississippi Supreme Court overturned 10 of 13 counts in a ruling in 2015. Required to register as a sex offender. The Mississippi Supreme Court has reversed 10 of the 13 counts of a traveling Southern Baptist evangelist convicted three years ago of video voyeurism. Sam Nuckolls, a former youth camp pastor for LifeWay Christian Resources, was sentenced to 10 years in prison in 2012 for making secret videos of 13 women taking showers in his home in Olive Branch, Miss., between June 2007 and October 2011. The Supreme Court ruled Dec. 10 that law enforcement failed to prove that 10 of 11 videos found copied on a laptop computer seized from Nuckolls were reproduced within the jurisdiction of DeSoto County Judge Gerald Chatham, who decided the sentence based on stipulated facts in September 2012. The Supreme Court upheld one of the appealed sentences, saying a video made in Olive Branch ending with Nuckolls shown possessing a silver laptop consistent with the Apple MacBook Pro he purchased Jan. 5, 2011, was enough to reasonably infer the recording was made after that date. Nuckolls did not appeal two counts of surreptitious recordings that occurred within the statute of limitations on Oct. 14 and Oct. 19, 2011. Judge Chatham sentenced Nuckolls to consecutive five-year prison sentences for those charges, with all the remaining five-year sentences running concurrently to his time in jail. Nuckolls secretly recorded women ranging in age from 17 to 26 at two different residences in Olive Branch. Most were friends or acquaintances, including wives of ministerial colleagues.
Nuckolls was first arrested in Gosnell, Ark., after a woman who lived in the house where Nuckolls was staying while in town to preach a revival found a spy pen in her bathroom that contained video of her inside the bathroom. Nuckolls pleaded guilty in Arkansas in exchange for five years of probation. Similar allegations investigated in Texas were outside the window of the state’s three-year statute of limitations. He was also investigated in Virginia, where video voyeurism is a misdemeanor.
After his release from prison Nuckolls must register as a sex offender and undergo treatment and monitoring for another 10 years.

News Story https://baptistnews.com/article/state-supreme-court-reverses-convictions-of-peeping-preacher/#.W2MVNNVKhaQ
Sex Offender Record https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/4918327-MS-Nuckolls-Samsof.html
Police/Court https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/4918326-MS-Nuckolls-Samdoc.html

Joshua L. Spires Church Position: Minister
Court of Conviction: Delaware County, 2009
Outcome: Registered sex offender in Texas for life. Under probation/community supervision until 2029. Convicted in 2009 after guilty plea to 10 counts of lewd molestation of a minor; served nine years in Oklahoma state prison. Released Feb. 28, 2018.
A former Delaware County pastor was sentenced to 10 years in prison for molesting a 15-year-old girl who attended his church, a prosecutor said Friday.
Joshua Spires, 28, of Odessa, Texas, pleaded guilty in Delaware County District Court on Tuesday to 10 counts of lewd molestation. Spires was sentenced to 10 years on each count and fined $10,000.
All the sentences will run concurrently, said Bryce Lair, assistant district attorney.
According to court records, the sexual assaults occurred every Sunday at the Jay church about an hour before services began.
Spires will have to serve 8 1/2 years before he becomes eligible for early release, Lair said.
As part of the plea agreement, Spires confessed in court to the sexual misconduct with the teenager, who once was in his youth group.
The sexual relationship began in 2007 and lasted until Nov. 15, when the girl broke off the relationship, according to an affidavit. Both the victim and Spires told authorities the relationship was consensual.
Oklahoma law states that a 15-year-old cannot consent to a sexual relationship.

News Story https://oklahoman.com/article/3409847/ex-pastor-joshua-spires-sentenced-in-abuse-of-jay-teen?custom_click=pod_headline_crime
Sex Offender Record https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/5019111-OK-Spires-JoshuasofinTexas.html
Police/Court https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/5019111-OK-Spires-JoshuasofinTexas.html

Christopher Alan Hogge Church Position: Pastor
Court of Conviction: Isle of Wight County, 2017
Outcome: Pleaded guilty to 19 child pornography charges in 2017. Serving a 16-year sentence. Incarcerated in Virginia. Release date 2033.
Christopher Alan Hogge has pleaded guilty to the 19 child pornography charges he faced.
Hogge, the Pastor of Battery Park Baptist Church and Director of Franklin Social Services was arrested in May of 2016 on eight child pornography charges. Additional charges were filed against him in July. He entered a guilty plea on April 12.
For 15 of the charges, Hogge was sentenced to five years behind bars with five years suspended. On four of the charges he was sentenced to tens years with five years suspended. He will serve those five years sentences consecutively, at the Western Tidewater Regional Jail.
According to court documents, pictures of children in sexual positions were found on Hogge’s Twitter account. The IP address for the account was traced back to Hogge’s home, which is connected to the church, where Hogge served as a Pastor. Though, that’s not the only place Hogge allegedly viewed and distributed child pornography.
During an interview with Detectives, Hogge reportedly admitted to using the printer at Franklin Social Services to print more than 200 images of male child pornography five years ago. He kept those pictures at his desk there, according to court documents.

News Story https://wtkr.com/2017/04/19/pastor-city-employee-to-appear-in-court-for-19-child-pornography-charges/
Police/Court https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/5348143-VA-Hogge-ChristopherAlandoc.html

David Glenn Boyd Church Position: Pastor
Court of Conviction: Federal, 2018
Outcome: Sentenced to 120 months in prison by a federal judge after being convicted of a charge of distribution of visual depictions of minors engaged in “sexually explicit conduct.”
Former Wheelwright Baptist Church pastor David Glenn Boyd was sentenced this week to 10 years in prison on child pornography charges. The 53-year old Floyd County man pleaded guilty back in December to one count of distributing child pornography. Prosecutors say they recovered a laptop with dozens of inappropriate photos and videos involving children, some under the age of 12.

News Story https://www.1039thebulldog.com/2018/03/15/wheelwright-pastor-sentenced-to-10-years-on-child-pornography-charges/
Police/Court https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/5141986-KY-Boyd-DavidGlenbop.html

Ralph Lee Aaron Church Position: Pastor
Court of Conviction: Covington County, 2010
Outcome: Convicted of four felonies, including production of obscene matter (three counts) and sodomy. Sentenced to four consecutive 99-year terms. Incarcerated. Registered sex offender.
The former pastor of Grace Christian Fellowship is now facing charges on 152 “atrocious acts” stemming from allegations he sexually abused and tortured young boys while on camping trips.
At a press conference Tuesday, Covington County Sheriff Dennis Meeks and the case’s lead investigator Wesley Snodgrass revealed the current scope of the case against 54-year-old Ralph Lee Aaron.
The investigation began last Tuesday after a mother, who had heard rumors of a previous incident involving Aaron, had a “straightforward” conversation with her son. That incident stemmed from a 2005 complaint that occurred while Aaron was serving at Andalusia’s Victory Baptist Church. No charges were filed in the 2005 complaint, which was investigated by the Covington County District Attorney’s office and the Department of Human Resources.
As a result of that conversation, the mother determined her son may have had inappropriate contact with Aaron, and she elected to contact authorities.
“Surprisingly, (the victim) was open and honest, and they discussed it at length before contacting law enforcement,” Snodgrass said. “It was quickly identified as a substantial case.”
When officers arrived at Aaron’s home Tuesday night, they seized numerous items of computer equipment and camera equipment. Snodgrass said they found more than 100 pornographic images Aaron allegedly downloaded from the Internet as well as some images taken of his alleged local victims.
As the investigation continued, it was determined the majority of Aaron’s alleged victims ranged in age from 8 to 12 and were all male. No specific number of victims was released, as the investigation is still ongoing.
Snodgrass said the alleged abuse occurred when Aaron, while acting in his capacity as pastor, took the boys on camping trips to local areas. It is not believed any of these incidents occurred at the church, Snodgrass said.
“We also have some evidence that shows other abuse occurred at Aaron’s residence,” he said.
However, there is no evidence that shows Aaron’s family had any knowledge of his actions, he said.
“From all accounts, Mr. Aaron was believed to be a decent man, but he obviously had a secret life,” he said. “He was able to do (these acts) because he befriended (the parents), the children and the church family. That’s how he got into their lives.”
Aaron is now charged with the following:
38 counts of production of obscene matter containing visual depiction of a person under 17 involved in obscene acts.
3 counts of dissemination of obscene matter containing visual depiction of persons under 17 involved in obscene acts.
97 counts of obscene matter containing visual depiction of persons under 17 involved in obscene acts.
3 counts of sexual torture.
3 counts of first-degree sodomy.
8 counts of sexual abuse of a child less than 12
He is currently being held in the Covington County Jail, where he is separated from the general population “for his own safety,” Snodgrass said. His bond is set at $24.2 million.
Aaron could face additional charges as the case continues, Snodgrass said.
“I would say that Mr. Aaron has not been fully cooperative throughout this investigation and, in my opinion, seems completely and entirely unremorseful,” Snodgrass said. “Right now, he’s more concerned about his current situation than he is with anything else or our victims.”


News Story https://www.andalusiastarnews.com/2009/10/28/pastor-faces-152-counts/
Sex Offender Record https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/4910819-AL-Aaron-RalphLee-Sexoffender.html
Police/Court https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/4883607-AL-Aaron-RalphLee-DOCdocument.html

Phillip Rutledge Church Position: Pastor
Court of Conviction: Texas, 2003
Outcome: Registered sex offender because of two 2003 aggravated sexual assault charges against children, Texas records show.
CHURCH GIVES SEX OFFENDER A SECOND CHANCE
Pastor Phillip Rutledge is on the pulpit Sundays at Ranchland Heights Baptist Church. He’s also a low-risk sex offender because of two Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child charges back in 2003. He is registered with the state.
CBS 7 received a call from someone who went to the church concerned because they found out about the pastor’s status by word of mouth outside of the church. Church officials confirm they knew of his status before hiring him.
“Our administration knew about Bro. Phillip’s history before the hiring, and the vast majority of the church knew about it as well. We believe that God can change people, and we believe that God has forgiven Bro. Phillip as well.”
They also confirm not all of the congregation is aware that Pastor Rutledge is a sex offender.
“I can’t tell you that 100 percent of the people know, but the vast majority know.” said Deacon DJ Rambo.
While the law does not say sex offenders can’t serve in church, it is up to the discretion of the congregation.
“We make sure children are never by themselves in the sanctuary or any activities alone with the Pastor. He is very cautious of it as well.” said Rambo.
In a photo on the church’s Facebook page, the pastor is seen helping baptize a youth at the church.

News Story https://www.cbs7.com/content/news/Church-Gives-Sex-Offender-a-Second-Chance-382546021.html
Sex Offender Record https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/5673298-Rutledge-Phillip-Sof-1.html

‘Jesus is coming to get you’: CHRISTIAN Brother’s threat to boy he abused

‘Jesus is coming to get you’: Christian Brother’s threat to boy he abused
By Debbie Cuthbertson, Simone Fox Koob, Farrah Tomazin and Chris Vedelago February 16, 2020
https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/jesus-is-coming-to-get-you-brother-s-threat-to-boy-he-abused-20200214-p540u8.html

“Jesus is coming to get you.”

That was the warning Lionel (not his real name) alleges Christian Brother Rex Francis Elmer gave in an attempt to silence him after he sexually assaulted him at a Melbourne orphanage in the 1970s.

The words rang in the boy’s ears long after.

Elmer “kissed me on the forehead and said well done” after molesting him, Lionel said.

“He then told me not to tell anyone. He said to me, if you tell anyone, Jesus would come down from heaven and take me away and you will not see your family or friends ever again,” he told police.

“I was scared and really believed what he had said, that Jesus would take me away if I said anything. I was an altar boy and I believed this.

“The word ‘Jesus’ was ringing in my ears.”

The assaults continued, as did the warnings, for more than a year, Lionel said. It was a vicious circle.

“This sort of incident happened at least two to three times a week,” Lionel said in his witness statement to police. “The same sort of thing. I would piss the bed scared at night that [Elmer] would come to me. I was petrified of him. I couldn’t tell anyone because I was scared of getting a flogging and being taken away by Jesus.”

Another boy who had complained about being abused by Elmer was flogged with a cane by another brother then removed from the St Vincent de Paul Boys’ Home, Lionel said.

“He dobbed Elmer in for doing something sexual to him. It was two days later that this guy who got hit and dobbed got taken from the home.”

He said he told another boy at the home about the abuse. That boy replied that Elmer had also sexually assaulted him. “We were both scared that Jesus would come to take us,” Lionel said. “This is what we thought happened to [the boy who left].”

Lionel said he also confided in a nun from a nearby convent. “I told her what Elmer had been doing to me. She said ‘Darling, please do not say a word to anyone, I will fix this for you’.”

Soon after he confessed to her, Lionel alleges, Elmer and two other brothers brutally beat him, including with a cane, in an assault that left him bleeding from his behind and bedridden for more than a week.

While he was still recovering, Lionel said, Elmer abused him again. He punched the boy repeatedly, giving him a black eye and bloody nose after the boy vomited on the brother during the assault.

“When I spewed, he punched me in the face with a clenched fist … three or four times. I couldn’t see out of my left eye for a few days until the swelling went down. He said to me ‘Jesus is coming to get you’. This is the last time that I ever saw Elmer.”

In mid-1976, Elmer suddenly left St Vincent’s. “I don’t know what happened to Elmer, but he was gone from the home,” Lionel told police.

Lionel, now aged 59, said of the ongoing effect of his abuse: “I get teary talking about this but I have learnt to deal with it. It is always in my mind and it always hurts me.”

On Monday, Elmer pleaded guilty in the County Court to the indecent assault of two other complainants, also from St Vincent’s, in the 1970s, after which prosecutors did not proceed with charges related to Lionel’s accusations. That meant that Lionel’s witness statement was never tendered and Elmer never faced his allegations.

Court documents show the 75-year-old was charged in 2018 with 19 counts of indecent assault and one of false imprisonment in relation to three victims during the 1970s.

The first complainant, who had been in state care since infancy, told police Elmer repeatedly abused him between the ages of 11 and 13, usually while he was sleeping in a dormitory.

He said the first assault occurred when Elmer threw off his bed covers, demanded he do as he was told, and put his hand down the boy’s pyjama pants. The assault, however, was interrupted. “Someone has approached the bed as he was being assaulted by the accused, who then fled,” according to the police brief of evidence.

“The complainant was summoned to the office of the now deceased Brother in charge, Brother Carey … Shortly thereafter the complainant recalls being sexually abused by the accused on many occasions.”

The second complainant, who came to the orphanage aged seven after his parents died, was sexually abused by Elmer repeatedly between the ages of nine and 11.

On one occasion Elmer led the boy, who had been playing in the grounds of the home after school, upstairs into his private bedroom at the end of a dormitory.

Elmer produced a large book with pictures of human anatomy and made the boy sit on his knee while the brother asked him to name various body parts, including male genitalia, and masturbated against the boy’s back during the 20-minute assault.

As dormitory master at St Vincent’s, Elmer was responsible for up to 40 children at a time, aged between seven and 14.

The most senior Christian Brothers officials in Victoria knew in mid-1976, when they removed Elmer from the orphanage, that he had abused boys there.

Later that year they made Elmer principal of St Joseph’s, a Catholic boys primary school in Warrnambool.

Elmer was in charge of the school from 1976-81. He worked in the town alongside several other notorious paedophile clerics including priests Paul David Ryan and Robert Claffey, and fellow Christian Brother Edward Dowlan (all since jailed for child sexual assault).

Elmer left Warrnambool after more complaints about his behaviour at St Vincent’s reached his superiors. In 1988 he reappeared, in an article from a small Tasmanian newspaper called Western Tiers, published in his home town of Deloraine.

“Brother Rex Elmer will be spending Christmas at home with his mother … and family before leaving to go to Africa to set up a Mission School at Arushia [sic] in Tanzania with two other Christian Brothers,” the newspaper reported proudly on page 3.

“Rex was a pupil at Our Lady of Mercy College and St Patrick’s [College] and has been teaching at various schools, including Warrnambool in Victoria. He is hoping to see old school friends while at home and we all wish him well in the future.”

The school Elmer helped found in northern Tanzania is now run by the Congregation of Christian Brothers East Africa District and has more than 1300 students.

Elmer left the school in 1993 after more complaints surfaced, and was sent by his order to the United States for counselling at the St Luke Institute for paedophile Catholic clergy in Maryland.

He was charged In 1997 with 69 counts. He was convicted the next year of 12 counts: one charge of indecent assault against each of the 12 boys. The judge sentenced him to five years in prison with a minimum of three years and four months.

At his sentencing, Judge Thomas Neesham described Elmer, then 53, as a man of God who had indulged in “depraved self-gratification”, The Age reported at the time.

“Each of your victims was a small boy in your care. Each was an inmate,” he said. The boys, many of them orphans or wards of the state, were aged between eight and 12.

“They were helpless,” Judge Neesham said. “Who could they tell, who would believe them?

“All your victims wear deep emotional scars to this day as is brought out by their victim impact statements,” he said. “As a teacher and a man of God, how could you not have had an inkling of the devastation to your victims’ faith … by your act of misbehaviour.

“Your victims will have to live in the misery that you inflicted upon them … You will have to live with the disgrace that you brought on yourself and your family.”

Elmer had been living in a Christian Brothers home in Brunswick at the time of his first conviction  and was still working for the order in an administrative role. In 2002, after his release from prison, he was placed him on “restricted ministry”.

He now resides in a property owned by the order in the same suburb. His bail was extended following his guilty plea this week until his sentencing in July.

“The accused is currently retired and resides within the Christian Brothers Community,” a police brief from his current case states.

The order has received 22 claims for redress from people who allege Elmer sexually abused them as children, according to documents it provided to Austalia’s Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sex Abuse, which reported its findings in 2017.

Those claims all related to accusations of multiple assaults alleged to have occurred between 1969 and 1985 – from when Elmer was a novitiate (a Christian Brother in training) to the years when he worked in South Melbourne and Warrnambool, mainly during his time at St Vincent’s.

The documents also show the order knew that a number of victims had alleged that other clergy had participated in the abuse by Elmer.

Catholic Church Insurance (CCI) refused to cover the Christian Brothers in relation to any claims of abuse by Elmer after 1976, ruling the order – including its most senior cleric, then provincial Brother Patrick Naughtin – had “prior knowledge” of his crimes.

“Whilst the Visitation was in progress [13/06/1976], a Child Welfare Office reported to Brother [redacted] Acting Superior that Rex had been interfering with little boys; this was true and it had been attended to by the Provincial,” said a CCI document submitted to the royal commission.

In a letter dated June 20, 1976, Naughtin wrote to the acting superior of the orphanage: “Thank you very much for the report on the situation which developed … in connection with Br Elmer. It is indeed a serious and most unfortunate state of affairs and I am grateful for your bringing it to my attention so promptly.”

In his letter, Naughtin (who died in 2010) expressed concern for Elmer’s reputation, not for the welfare of the children he had abused. He also referenced the illegality of Elmer’s actions but did not report him to authorities.

“I have interviewed Br Elmer and discussed this position with him. He is clearly aware of the serious nature of his actions and I took pains to point out his legal and moral obligations in the matter.

“It seems to me extremely unlikely that there will be any recurrence of what had happened … It would seem to me best at this stage not to transfer Brother … immediately, though I would propose to announce his change next August – the usual time for releasing details of staffing for the following year.

“In coming to this decision I have been guided by the Brother’s assurance for the future, by his excellent record to date and by consideration for his reputation which would undoubtedly be harmed by a sudden transfer at this time.”

When Elmer left St Vincent’s he was replaced by Edward ‘Ted’ Dowlan, now one of the most notorious paedophile clerics in Victoria. They later worked together at St Joseph’s in Warrnambool.

A 1996 letter from an unnamed Christian Brother was submitted to the Victorian parliamentary inquiry in 2013 into the handling of child abuse by institutions, including religious orders. It sheds light on how widespread the abuse was at St Vincent’s, and how determined the church was to dismiss it.

“I accepted with good faith the sudden departure of Brother Elmer from the school and the appointment of Brother Dowlan to fill his position,” the letter reads. “Indeed, I spent many extra hours, which I could ill afford, assisting Brother Dowlan to understand the nature and behaviours of the boys and the teachers.

“As you are probably aware, many of St Vincent’s residents had been sexually abused, and often displayed overt and outrageous sexualised behaviour. Furthermore, they expected or requested that this behaviour be reciprocated by the adults in their lives. A major part of our endeavours at St Vincent’s was getting these boys to a point where they would expect not to be abused. Now I find that all of this work could have been compromised by the presence of a man like Brother Dowlan …

“I take note of your congregation’s position that the brothers were unaware of Brother Dowlan’s tendencies and activities. I cannot accept this as a reasonable position. I cannot believe that the number of allegations against this man could have been kept from his various communities’ and the congregation’s superiors. I find that expecting the public to believe this is preposterous. I do not believe this plea of ignorance.”

St Vincent’s orphanage closed in 1997. It was home to more than 6000 boys over 140 years.

Information provided by the Catholic Church to the royal commission showed it had received 114 claims of sexual abuse at the home, the highest number of any Catholic institution in Victoria.

The Christian Brothers declined to answer The Age’s questions about Elmer, citing “ongoing legal proceedings”.

If you or anyone you know needs support, you can contact the National Sexual Assault, Domestic and Family Violence Counselling Service on 1800RESPECT (1800 737 732), Lifeline 131 114, beyondblue 1300 224 636, or CLAN on 1800 008 774.

Christianity and Human Sacrifice—The Religion Built in Blood — TheCommonAtheist

Christianity—the real pagan blood cult

Christianity and Human Sacrifice—The Religion Built in Blood — TheCommonAtheist

Judges 11:29-40 Jephthah Burns His Daughter

“At that time the Spirit of the LORD came upon Jephthah, and he went throughout the land of Gilead and Manasseh, including Mizpah in Gilead, and led an army against the Ammonites.  And Jephthah made a vow to the LORD. He said, “If you give me victory over the Ammonites, I will give to the LORD the first thing coming out of my house to greet me when I return in triumph.  I will sacrifice it as a burnt offering.

“So Jephthah led his army against the Ammonites, and the LORD gave him victory.  He thoroughly defeated the Ammonites from Aroer to an area near Minnith – twenty towns – and as far away as Abel-keramim. Thus Israel subdued the Ammonites.  When Jephthah returned home to Mizpah, his daughter – his only child – ran out to meet him, playing on a tambourine and dancing for joy.  When he saw her, he tore his clothes in anguish.  “My daughter!” he cried out.  “My heart is breaking!  What a tragedy that you came out to greet me. For I have made a vow to the LORD and cannot take it back.”  And she said, “Father, you have made a promise to the LORD.  You must do to me what you have promised, for the LORD has given you a great victory over your enemies, the Ammonites.  But first let me go up and roam in the hills and weep with my friends for two months, because I will die a virgin.”  “You may go,” Jephthah said. And he let her go away for two months.  She and her friends went into the hills and wept because she would never have children.  When she returned home, her father kept his vow, and she died a virgin. So it has become a custom in Israel for young Israelite women to go away for four days each year to lament the fate of Jephthah’s daughter.”  

1 Kings 13:1-2 and 2 Kings 23:20-25 Josiah and Human Sacrifice

1 Kings 13:1-2 At the LORD’s command, a man of God from Judah went to Bethel, and he arrived there just as Jeroboam was approaching the altar to offer a sacrifice.  Then at the LORD’s command, he shouted, “O altar, altar!  This is what the LORD says: A child named Josiah will be born into the dynasty of David.  On you he will sacrifice the priests from the pagan shrines who come here to burn incense, and human bones will be burned on you.

2 Kings 23:20-25 He [Josiah] executed the priests of the pagan shrines on their own altars, and he burned human bones on the altars to desecrate them. Finally, he returned to Jerusalem.  King Josiah then issued this order to all the people: “You must celebrate the Passover to the LORD your God, as it is written in the Book of the Covenant.”  There had not been a Passover celebration like that since the time when the judges ruled in Israel, throughout all the years of the kings of Israel and Judah.  This Passover was celebrated to the LORD in Jerusalem during the eighteenth year of King Josiah’s reign.  Josiah also exterminated the mediums and psychics, the household gods, and every other kind of idol worship, both in Jerusalem and throughout the land of Judah.  He did this in obedience to all the laws written in the scroll that Hilkiah the priest had found in the LORD’s Temple.  Never before had there been a king like Josiah, who turned to the LORD with all his heart and soul and strength, obeying all the laws of Moses.  And there has never been a king like him since.

Deuteronomy 13:13-19 Burn Nonbelievers

“Suppose you hear in one of the towns the LORD your God is giving you that some worthless rabble among you have led their fellow citizens astray by encouraging them to worship foreign gods.  In such cases, you must examine the facts carefully.  If you find it is true and can prove that such a detestable act has occurred among you, you must attack that town and completely destroy all its inhabitants, as well as all the livestock.  Then you must pile all the plunder in the middle of the street and burn it.  Put the entire town to the torch as a burnt offering to the LORD your God. That town must remain a ruin forever; it may never be rebuilt.  Keep none of the plunder that has been set apart for destruction.  Then the LORD will turn from his fierce anger and be merciful to you.  He will have compassion on you and make you a great nation, just as he solemnly promised your ancestors.  “The LORD your God will be merciful only if you obey him and keep all the commands I am giving you today, doing what is pleasing to him.”

Judges 19:24-29 Sacrifice of a Concubine

“Behold, here is my daughter a maiden, and his concubine; them I will bring out now, and humble ye them, and do with them what seemeth good unto you: but unto this man do not so vile a thing.  But the men would not hearken to him: so the man took his concubine, and brought her forth unto them; and they knew her, and abused her all the night until the morning: and when the day began to spring, they let her go. Then came the woman in the dawning of the day, and fell down at the door of the man’s house where her lord was, till it was light. And her lord rose up in the morning, and opened the doors of the house, and went out to go his way: and behold, the woman his concubine was fallen down at the door of the house, and her hands were upon the threshold. And he said unto her, Up, and let us be going. But none answered.  Then the man took her up upon an ass, and the man rose up, and gat him unto his place.  And when he was come into his house, he took a knife, and laid hold on his concubine, and divided her, together with her bones, into twelve pieces, and sent her into all the coasts of Israel.” To put it very bluntly this poor, young lady was murdered by her mate for being raped.

1 Kings 16:34 Ahab sacrifices his sons Abiram and Segub

34 In Ahab’s time, Hiel of Bethel rebuilt Jericho. He laid its foundations at the cost of his firstborn son Abiram, and he set up its gates at the cost of his youngest son Segub, in accordance with the word of the Lord spoken by Joshua son of Nun.

How Do We Explain Morality? — God does not believe in atheists

If there is no God, then there can be no objective standards of right and wrong. All we are confronted with is, in Jean-Paul Sartre’s words, the bare, valueless fact of existence. Moral values are either just expressions of personal taste or the by-products of socio-biological evolution and conditioning. In a world without God, who […]

How Do We Explain Morality? — God does not believe in atheists

Funny. Christian morality? Said it was perfectly ok for Christians? To commit the worst case of mass genocide and extermination in human history against us Native Americans. Christians called us the savages, the evil people, the demons and devils, as they slaughtered us. They sought to teach us the Christian moral way of thou shall not murder? By murdering millions of us. They sought to teach us the morality of Jesus greatest commandments of which? One was to love all your neighbors as you do your god, and as you love yourselves. By trying to wipe us off the face of the earth. By starving us. By forcing us on thousand mile death marches to places they called reservations, but we called concentration death camps.

They sought to teach our Native children their Christian morality by kidnapping them, literally stealing our children away from us, forcing them into these Christian Industrial Schools, where they were beaten, abused, terrorized, raped, starved, and even? Put to death. In an attempt to wipe out all their heritage, all their language, all their ways of life and turn them into good Christians.

Christians? Made it a death penalty punishment for Native Americans to practice any form of their spirtual ways of life. It was not until 1974 that Native Americans finally started getting those rights back, though Christians? Keep fighting us and doing all they can? To prevent us from doing so.

Christian morality supposedly teaches you, that you shall not bear false witness, you shall not covet, you shall not steal, you shall not murder, etc. It also says should you so much as harm the hair on the head of a child? It would be better for you to hang a millstone around your neck and throw yourself into the deepest of lakes than face what god is going to do to you.

BUT? CHRISTIANS THREW OUT ALL THESE MORAL TEACHINGS, WHEN THEY DID ALL THEY COULD? TO WIPE US NATIVE AMERICANS OFF THE FACE OF THE EARTH AND JUSTIFY IT BY SAYING THEIR GOD AND JESUS GAVE THEM THESE LANDS TO CONQURE AND SUBDUE…SAME AS WHAT MUSLIMS SAY WHEN THEY INVADE A COUNTRY. BUT OF COURSE? CHRISTIANS? ARE THE SAME AS MUSLIMS ARE, AND THAT IS A FACT AND TRUTH? CHRISTIANS CANNOT ACCEPT OR COMPREHEND.

Atheists Are More Moral Than Christians

I find it interesting, as a former Christian and now an atheist, when I hear some Christians speak about us atheists. Of course, a lot of Christians are still afraid of us. They still call us the most evil people on the planet. They still insult and denigrate us. They call us baby killers, baby cannibals, satanists, etc.

In a recent article published in the American Sociological Review, Penny Edgell, Joseph Gerteis, and Douglas Hartmann reported their findings, on how atheists are perceived, based on data from a national survey. To the question, “This group does not at all agree with my vision of American society,” ten groups were listed as options: religious groups (Muslims, conservative Christians, Jews), racial groups (Hispanics, Asian Americans, African Americans, and White Americans), homosexuals, recent immigrants, and atheists. By far, the most “detested” group were the atheists. To the question, “I would disapprove if my child wanted to marry a member of this group,” eight of the latter groups were included (homosexuals and recent immigrants were excluded). Again, the least desired group were the atheists. This might be one of the saddest scientific findings that I have ever read.

Gad Saad, PhD
https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/homo-consumericus/200908/atheists-most-mistrusted-group-evil-and-immoral

The following comes from 10 Facts About Atheists from the Pew Research Center

https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2019/12/06/10-facts-about-atheists/

1 The share of Americans who identify as atheists has increased modestly but significantly in the past decade. Pew Research Center telephone surveys conducted in 2018 and 2019 show that 4% of American adults say they are atheists when asked about their religious identity, up from 2% in 2009. An additional 5% of Americans call themselves agnostics, up from 3% a decade ago.

2 The literal definition of “atheist” is “a person who does not believe in the existence of a god or any gods,” according to Merriam-Webster. And the vast majority of U.S. atheists fit this description: 81% say they do not believe in God or a higher power or in a spiritual force of any kind. (Overall, 10% of American adults share this view.) At the same time, roughly one-in-five self-described atheists (18%) say they do believe in some kind of higher power. None of the atheists we surveyed, however, say they believe in “God as described in the Bible.”

3. Atheists make up a larger share of the population in many European countries than they do in the U.S. In Western Europe, where Pew Research Center surveyed 15 countries in 2017, nearly one-in-five Belgians (19%) identify as atheists, as do 16% in Denmark, 15% in France and 14% in the Netherlands and Sweden.

But the European country with perhaps the biggest share of atheists is the Czech Republic, where a quarter of adults identify that way. In neighboring Slovakia, 15% identify as atheists, although in the rest of Central and Eastern Europe, atheists have a smaller presence, despite the historical influence of the officially atheist Soviet Union. Like Americans, Europeans in many countries are more likely to say they do not believe in God than they are to identify as atheists, including two-thirds of Czechs and at least half of Swedish (60%), Belgian (54%) and Dutch adults (53%) who say they do not believe in God. In other regions surveyed by the Center, including Latin America and sub-Saharan Africa, atheists generally are much rarer.

4 In the U.S., atheists are mostly men and are relatively young, according to the 2014 Religious Landscape Study. About seven-in-ten U.S. atheists are men (68%). The median age for atheists is 34, compared with 46 for all U.S. adults. Atheists also are more likely to be white (78% vs. 66% of the general public) and highly educated: About four-in-ten atheists (43%) have a college degree, compared with 27% of the general public. Self-identified atheists also tend to be aligned with the Democratic Party and with political liberalism.

5 The vast majority of U.S. atheists say religion is not too or not at all important in their lives (93%) and that they seldom or never pray (97%). At the same time, many do not see a contradiction between atheism and pondering their place in the world. About a third of American atheists say they think about the meaning and purpose of life at least weekly (35%), and that they often feel a deep sense of spiritual peace and well-being (31%). In fact, the Religious Landscape Study shows that atheists are more likely than U.S. Christians to say they often feel a sense of wonder about the universe (54% vs. 45%).

Atheists more likely than Americans overall to find meaning in finances, hobbies

6 Where do atheists find meaning in life? Like a majority of Americans, most atheists mentioned “family” as a source of meaning when Pew Research Center asked an open-ended question about this in a 2017 survey. But atheists were far more likely than Christians to describe hobbies as meaningful or satisfying (26% vs. 10%). Atheists also were more likely than Americans overall to describe finances and money, creative pursuits, travel, and leisure activities as meaningful. Not surprisingly, very few U.S. atheists (4%) said they found life’s meaning in spirituality.

Christian: As an atheist your life must be meaningless and empty.

Atheist: As an Atheist, my new meaning in life is truth. Life is exciting as I search for answers using science and reason. My journey no longer stops at an old book that is full of superstitions and fairy tales.

Life is ripe with answers without the fear of an imaginary place called Hell.
Christian: As an atheist your life must be meaningless and empty.
Atheist: As an Atheist, my new meaning in life is truth. Life is exciting as I search for answers using science and reason. My journey no longer stops at an old book that is full of superstitions and fairy tales.
Life is ripe with answers without the fear of an imaginary place called Hell.

7 In many cases, being an atheist isn’t just about personally rejecting religious labels and beliefs – most atheists also express negative views when asked about the role of religion in society. For example, seven-in-ten U.S. atheists say religion’s influence is declining in American public life, and that this is a good thing (71%), according to a 2019 survey. Fewer than one-in-five U.S. adults overall (17%) share this view. A majority of atheists (70%) also say churches and other religious organizations do more harm than good in society, and an even larger share (93%) say religious institutions have too much influence in U.S. politics.

Yes, I am an atheist. But just because I do not believe in your god does not mean I do not believe in anything!

I believe in compassion, kindness, love, logic, equality, empathy, myself, integrity, honesty and more.
Yes, I am an atheist. But just because I do not believe in your god does not mean I do not believe in anything!
I believe in compassion, kindness, love, logic, equality, empathy, myself, integrity, honesty and more.

8 Atheists may not believe religious teachings, but they are quite informed about religion. In Pew Research Center’s 2019 religious knowledge survey, atheists were among the best-performing groups, answering an average of about 18 out of 32 fact-based questions correctly, while U.S. adults overall got an average of roughly 14 questions right. Atheists were at least as knowledgeable as Christians on Christianity-related questions – roughly eight-in-ten in both groups, for example, know that Easter commemorates the resurrection of Jesus – and they were also twice as likely as Americans overall to know that the U.S. Constitution says “no religious test” shall be necessary to hold public office.

9 Most Americans (56%) say it is not necessary to believe in God to be moral, while 42% say belief in God is necessary to have good values, according to a 2017 survey. In other wealthy countries, smaller shares tend to say that belief in God is essential for good morals, including just 15% in France. But in many other parts of the world, nearly everyone says that a person must believe in God to be moral, including 99% in Indonesia and Ghana and 98% in Pakistan, according to a 2013 Pew Research Center international survey.

Christians: If you programmed a robot to enforce all biblical laws, would you feel safe having it in your home?
Christians: If you programmed a robot to enforce all biblical laws, would you feel safe having it in your home?

10 Americans feel less warmly toward atheists than they do toward members of most major religious groups. A 2019 Pew Research Center survey asked Americans to rate groups on a “feeling thermometer” from 0 (as cold and negative as possible) to 100 (the warmest, most positive possible rating). U.S. adults gave atheists an average rating of 49, identical to the rating they gave Muslims (49) and colder than the average given to Jews (63), Catholics (60) and evangelical Christians (56).

I WONDER HOW A CHRISTIAN FATHER OR HUSBAND WOULD FEEL IF DONALD J TRUMP GRABBED THEIR WIVES OR DAUGHTERS BY THEIR PUSSY?

Trump was not God's plan, if anything? He was God's test and Evangelicals and Christians failed the test miserably.
Trump was not God’s plan, if anything? He was God’s test and Evangelicals and Christians failed the test miserably.

Whether the Evangelicals and Christians currently supporting and defending Donald J Trump accepts, knows or believes this? They are not Christians. They are in fact? Christian In Name Only.

EVERYTHING TRUMP STANDS FOR OR HAS DONE? GOES DIRECTLY AGAINST THE TEACHINGS OF THE BIBLE, THE TEACHINGS OF JESUS CHRIST AND THE TEACHINGS OF THE APOSTLES. HE IS IN FACT? THE FALSE PROPHET RIGHT WING EXTREMIST EVANGELICALS AND CHRISTIANS HAVE FORMERLY STATED THAT PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA WAS THE ANTICHRIST AND NOT A TRUE CHRISTIAN.

All a Christian has to do is? Open their bibles and read the following verses themselves and apply all of this to both, Donald J Trump and the Republicans, who all declare themselves Christians and followers of Jesus Christ, like Mitch McConnell, Lindsey Graham, Rick Perry, Rudy Guiliani, William Barr, Jim Jordan, and their synchopaths like Kellyanne Conway, Stephanie Grisham, and of course the liars and propaganda spinners of Fox News like Sean Hannity, Jeanine Pirro, Tomi Lahren, Geraldo Rivera, Brian Kilmeade, Bret Baier, Steve Doocy, Ainsley Earhardt, or such ChristoTaliban psychotic pastors like Robert Jeffress, Paula White, Jim Bakker, Franklin Graham, Rick Wiles, Mark Burns, many of these calling for “blood in the streets” and a new “Civil War 2.0” should Trump be removed from office, and all the rest of those who defend and support Trump and dare call themselves Christians? All really need to pick up their bibles and read the words in them.

But just in case they do not?

So Christians, is grabbing women by the pussy a Christian value you support and defend? How would you feel if Donald J Trump came up and grabbed your wife by the crotch?
Tell me Christians, is this really your value system? I wonder how a Christian husband or father would feel if Donald J Trump came up to their wives or daughter and grabbed them by the pussy?

BIBLE VERSES THAT PROVES DONALD J TRUMP AND THE REPUBLICANS, ALONG WITH THESE SYNCHOPATHS OF TRUMP, ARE IN NO WAY? CHRISTIANS, BUT CHRISTIAN IN NAME ONLY AND THE REAL ANTI-CHRISTS

Matthew 7:15-23: 15 “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. 16 You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thorn bushes, or figs from thistles? 17 So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit. 18 A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a diseased tree bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Thus you will recognize them by their fruits. 21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ 23 And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’

Malachi 3:5 Then I will draw near to you for judgment. I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, against the adulterers, against those who swear falsely, against those who oppress the hired worker in his wages, the widow and the fatherless, against those who thrust aside the sojourner, and do not fear me, says the Lord of hosts.

Leviticus 19:33,34 : ‘When a stranger resides with you in your land, you shall not do him wrong.’The stranger who resides with you shall be to you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt; I am the LORD your God.

Jeremiah 22:3-5: Thus says the Lord: Do justice and righteousness, and deliver from the hand of the oppressor him who has been robbed. And do no wrong or violence to the resident alien, the fatherless, and the widow, nor shed innocent blood in this place. For if you will indeed obey this word, then there shall enter the gates of this house kings who sit on the throne of David, riding in chariots and on horses, they and their servants and their people. But if you will not obey these words, I swear by myself, declares the Lord, that this house shall become a desolation.

1 Kings 8:41-43: “Likewise, when a foreigner, who is not of your people Israel, comes from a far country for your name’s sake (for they shall hear of your great name and your mighty hand, and of your outstretched arm), when he comes and prays toward this house, hear in heaven your dwelling place and do according to all for which the foreigner calls to you, in order that all the peoples of the earth may know your name and fear you, as do your people Israel, and that they may know that this house that I have built is called by your name.

Matthew 25: 35-40: 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ 37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ 40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’


Matthew 19: 16-30: 16 A man came to Jesus and asked, “Teacher, what good thing must I do to have eternal life?” 17 Jesus answered, “Why do you ask me about what is good? Only God is good. But if you want to have eternal life, obey the law’s commands.” 18 The man asked, “Which ones?” Jesus answered, “‘You must not murder anyone, you must not commit adultery, you must not steal, you must not tell lies about others, 19 you must respect your father and mother,’ and ‘love your neighbor the same as you love yourself.’ 20 The young man said, “I have obeyed all these commands. What else do I need?” 21 Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, then go and sell all that you own. Give the money to the poor, and you will have riches in heaven. Then come and follow me!” 22 But when the young man heard Jesus tell him to give away his money, he was sad. He didn’t want to do this, because he was very rich. So he left. 23 Then Jesus said to his followers, “The truth is, it will be very hard for a rich person to enter God’s kingdom. 24 Yes, I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter God’s kingdom.”

Matthew 22:36-40: 36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” 37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

Matthew 7: 21-23: 21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ 23 And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’

If you as a Christian had a handicapped child, how would you feel if Donald J Trump insulted them the way he insulted this disabled reporter?
If you as a Christian had a handicapped child, how would you feel if Donald J Trump insulted them the way he insulted this disabled reporter?

CHRISTIAN PASTORS WHO GOT IT RIGHT ABOUT TRUMP AND DO NOT SUPPORT HIM NOR DEFEND HIS VILE ACTIONS.

Gary Dorrien, Professor of Religion, Columbia University and Theologian at the Union Theologian Seminary

Gary Dorrien, a professor of Religion at Columbia University and theologian at the Union Theological Seminary says that Trump’s speeches and actions don’t support the idea that Trump is as good of a Christian as he says.

“The basis of his campaign is morally repugnant. ‘You shall love the stranger’ is a bedrock principle of Hebrew Scripture (Deuteronomy 10:19 and Leviticus 19:34), which is expounded in Christian Scripture as “Love your neighbor as yourself” (Luke 10:27) and “Love your enemies” (Matthew 5:44), among many other similar injunctions in both Scriptural traditions,” Dorrien told ABC News.

Dorrien is also a member of the Presbyterian church, the same church to which Trump belongs, and notes how the Presbyterian faith in particular is known its “pro-hospitality policies.”

“I am not saying that Trump’s entire campaign is antithetical to the teaching of his church…But his appeals to racial and religious bigotry, his advocacy of torture, and everything else that he says along these lines are repugnant from a Christian standpoint or any minimally decent one,” he said.

Above quote from Meet the Pastors Who Support Donald Trump

https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/meet-pastors-support-donald-trump/story?id=38406350

Donald Trump Is a Scam. Evangelical Voters Should Back Away (CP Editorial)

By CP Editors
https://www.christianpost.com/news/donald-trump-scam-evangelical-voters-back-away-cp-editorial.html

Editors’ Note: The Christian Post has not taken a position on a political candidate before today. We are making an exception because Trump is exceptionally bad and claims to speak for and represent the interests of evangelicals.

We the senior editors of The Christian Post encourage our readers to back away from Donald Trump.

As the most popular evangelical news website in the United States and the world, we feel compelled by our moral responsibility to our readers to make clear that Donald Trump does not represent the interests of evangelicals and would be a dangerous leader for our country.

Trump claims to be a Christian, yet says he has never asked for forgiveness.

While God, in His wondrous creativity, has drawn people to Himself through the saving grace of Jesus Christ in many different ways, there are certain non-negotiable actions needed to become a Christian: One must repent of their sins and follow Christ as Lord and Savior. Trump doesn’t talk this way, even when urged to.

Further, his words and actions do not demonstrate the “fruit of the spirit.”

Trump is a misogynist and philanderer. He demeans women and minorities. His preferred forms of communication are insults, obscenities and untruths. While Christians have been guilty of all of these, we, unlike Trump, acknowledge our sins, ask for forgiveness and seek restitution with the aid of the Holy Spirit and our community of believers.

On Sunday, Trump’s apparent reluctance to disavow David Duke until late in the day was extremely distasteful. The Ku Klux Klan is an evil, unholy movement representing the worst of America. Anyone who will not immediately denounce their support is unfit to be president.

Trump claims he will “protect Christians.” We already have a Protector, and He is not Trump.

The grievances of Trump’s supporters are legitimate. Politicians for too long have promised to represent the best interests of all Americans before an election, only to represent the interest of their cronies after the election. But Trump’s followers are being fooled into believing that he can help them.

Trump is promising many things that he cannot possibly deliver, but the most frightening part is Trump’s stated willingness to ignore the authority of the Supreme Court, Congress and the U.S. Constitution if he were to become president.

Trump has been surrounded by controversy for decades because of his untruthfulness, questionable business practices, reported association with organized crime, and abrupt changes in fundamental positions. Many of these controversies involve defrauding the working class and decisions that compromised American workers. He has taken a political position both pro and con on virtually every subject and major political party. This should give evangelicals great pause and concern about supporting such a mercurial and chameleon-like candidate. Past performance is the best predictor of future behavior.

Trump said he wants to make it easier to sue newspapers that criticize him. When it was pointed out to him Sunday that he would have to amend the Constitution’s freedom of speech and freedom of press clauses, Trump was unmoved, simply noting that England has weaker protections for the press.

Many evangelicals, including our friends, have criticized Trump on our own opinion page and elsewhere, such as Matt Barber, Dr. Michael Brown, Kristi Burton Brown, Susan Stamper Brown, Rev. Mark Creech, Wallace Henley, E.W. Jackson, Max Lucado, Dr. Russell Moore and Rep. Reid Ribble. If Trump were to become president we fear he would use the levers of government power to silence them and others.

We are already concerned about the expansion of executive power to dangerous and unconstitutional extremes in the current and previous administrations. Plus, in just the past year we have seen Christians put out of business and jailed for living according to the dictates of their faith.

Trump, an admirer of Vladimir Putin and other dictatorial leaders, may claim to be your friend and protector now, but as his history indicates, without your full support he will turn on you, and use whatever power is within his means to punish you.

This is a critical time in American history and we call on all Christians to pray for personal repentance, divine forgiveness and spiritual awakening for our nation. It is not the time for Donald Trump.

If you support and defend Donald J Trump as a Christian? Then? YOU have no right to call yourself a Christian. Because a True Christian does not support or defend any of these things Donald J Trump has said or promoted, especially his promotion of violence at his rallies. These are not the acts of a Christian, these are the acts of a dangerous Fascist pretending to be a Christian. Just like Adolph Hitler used Christianity to further his Fascist Nazism? Donald J Trump is using Christianity to further his Fascist White Supremacy and his crimes.
If you support and defend Donald J Trump as a Christian? Then? YOU have no right to call yourself a Christian. Because a True Christian does not support or defend any of these things Donald J Trump has said or promoted, especially his promotion of violence at his rallies. These are not the acts of a Christian, these are the acts of a dangerous Fascist pretending to be a Christian. Just like Adolph Hitler used Christianity to further his Fascist Nazism? Donald J Trump is using Christianity to further his Fascist White Supremacy and his crimes.

Donald Trump Supporters: You’re Being Duped!

By Michael Brown, CP Op-Ed Contributor
Michael Brown holds a Ph.D. in Near Eastern Languages and Literatures from New York University and has served as a professor at a number of seminaries. He is the author of 25 books and hosts the nationally syndicated, daily talk radio show, the Line of Fire.

https://www.christianpost.com/news/donald-trump-supporters-youre-being-duped.html

Do not be duped by Donald Trump!

The issue is not whether he’s a true Christian.

The issue is whether he can be trusted and whether we even know what his real positions are.

So I ask you, if you are a Trump supporter, with all respect for your zeal and with affirmation of your frustration with status-quo politics, how can you know what Trump really believes or what he will actually do if elected?

He changes his views from one day to the next — sometimes diametrically — and flatly contradicts his previous positions, then insults and mocks those who challenge him, often in the most puerile ways. No other candidate in memory — perhaps in our nation’s history — has vacillated so wildly and dramatically in such a short period of time.

Trump truly is the vacillator-in-chief.

How can any civilized Christian man or woman support and defend a perverted person like Donald J Trump? Honestly, what would you do if Donald J Trump walked up to your wife or your daughter and grabbed them by the pussy?
How does any Christian justify defending and supporting this obviously disgusting, perverted, sexual degenerate who thinks because they are rich and powerful they can grab any woman by their crotch?

Decency For President

By Pastor Max Lucado
https://maxlucado.com/decency-for-president/

The leading Republican candidate to be the next leader of the free world would not pass my decency interview. I’d send him away. I’d tell my daughter to stay home. I wouldn’t entrust her to his care.

I don’t know Mr. Trump. But I’ve been chagrined at his antics. He ridiculed a war hero. He made a mockery of a reporter’s menstrual cycle. He made fun of a disabled reporter. He referred to the former first lady, Barbara Bush as “mommy,” and belittled Jeb Bush for bringing her on the campaign trail. He routinely calls people “stupid,” and “dummy.”1 One writer catalogued sixty-four occasions that he called someone “loser.”2 These were not off-line, backstage, overheard, not-to-be-repeated comments. They were publicly and intentionally tweeted, recorded, and presented.

Such insensitivities wouldn’t be acceptable even for a middle school student body election. But for the Oval Office? And to do so while brandishing a Bible and boasting of his Christian faith?

I would not have said anything about Mr. Trump, never — I would never have said anything if he didn’t call himself a Christian. It’d be none of my business whatsoever to make any comments about his language, his vulgarities, his slander of people, but I was deeply troubled … that here’s a man who holds up a Bible one day, and calls a lady “bimbo” the next. Here’s a man who calls himself a Christian and yet just has the audacity to make fun of a lady’s menstrual cycle. … He didn’t just do this on occasion, but repeatedly, unrepentantly. Somebody sent me a list of 64 people he’s called loser. Just this week it’s continued. …

It deeply concerns me that somebody who knows little or nothing about the Christian faith would hear Mr. Trump call himself a Christian and then make a decision based on the Christian faith, based on his behavior. And so I just felt like I should say something. I did not expect to stir up the dust storm that this blog has stirred up.

many people have said, “This is what I was thinking, thanks for saying it on my behalf.” But there are many people who were just really ticked off that I would dare to suggest that this behavior is inappropriate.

Pastor Max Lucado: Pastor Max Lucado Baffled Over Evangelical Trump Supporters
https://www.npr.org/2016/03/06/469371887/pastor-max-lucado-still-baffled-over-evangelical-trump-supporters
So I again, have to ask Christian males, how would you feel if Donald J Trump walked up to your wife, or your daughter, and grabbed them by the pussy?
So I again, have to ask Christian males, how would you feel if Donald J Trump walked up to your wife, or your daughter, and grabbed them by the pussy?

14 conservative Christians who are not supporting Trump

By Emily McFarlan Miller
https://religionnews.com/2016/06/21/7-conservative-christians-who-are-not-supporting-trump/

This post was updated on Oct. 11 and again on Nov. 7, 2016, to add the names of several more prominent figures who have come out against voting for the Republican candidate.

(RNS) Donald Trump may have met with hundreds of conservative Christian leaders, mostly evangelicals, in New York on Tuesday, June 21, but not all Christians have lined up behind him.

Johnnie Moore — national spokesperson for My Faith Votes, one of the groups that organized the meeting — said beforehand he had seen “a real consolidation of evangelical support” for the GOP presumptive presidential candidate.

But here are several Christian leaders who have made less-than-enthusiastic statements about the businessman-turned-reality TV star-turned candidate.

1. Russell Moore

Perhaps no evangelical leader has been more outspoken in opposition to Trump than Russell Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission. In a single weekend, Moore penned an op-ed in The New York Times and made an appearance on “Face the Nation,” in which he called Trump’s campaign “reality television moral sewage.”

Trump’s retort on Twitter called Moore “a terrible representative of Evangelicals and all of the good they stand for. A nasty guy with no heart!”

Moore has since changed the bio on his Twitter profile to reflect the jab: “terrible representative of evangelical Christianity, due to nastiness.”

2. Denny Burk

A professor of biblical studies at Boyce College, Denny Burk blogged in March that though Trump has said he would appoint conservative Supreme Court justices, it was unclear what kind of justices he actually would choose; he does not seem to understand the pro-life position; and his statements supporting torture present a “real threat to our constitutional order.”

“I am not joking or being hyperbolic when I say that he is a Mussolini-in-waiting,” Burk wrote. “He must never be allowed near the Oval Office. Ever.”

3. Max Lucado

In a February blog post titled “Decency for President” that he later expanded for The Washington Post, Oak Hills Church pastor and popular Christian author Max Lucado said Trump wouldn’t pass the “decency interview” he required for his three daughters’ dates.

Lucado wrote:
“I’m a pastor. I don’t endorse candidates or place bumper stickers on my car. But I am protective of the Christian faith. If a public personality calls on Christ one day and calls someone a “bimbo” the next, is something not awry? And to do so, not once, but repeatedly? Unrepentantly? Unapologetically? Can we not expect a tone that would set a good example for our children? We stand against bullying in schools. Shouldn’t we do the same in presidential politics?”

4. Thabiti Anyabwile

The pastor of Anacostia River Church and council member of The Gospel Coalition has called Trump a racist and many of the positions both Trump and Clinton have taken “evil.”

In a blog post in June titled “Can We Talk? Or, Why I Think A Trump Presidency Is Intolerable Even Though You Might Not Agree,” Thabiti Anyabwile wrote: “It seems to me, it’s past time Christians with minds bound by the word of God forsake party politics for party politics sake.

“If this election proves anything, it proves there remains among Christian people a lot of uncritical allegiance to the parties of men and even some idolizing of them,” Anyabwile wrote.

And this was after he published a guest post by Nick Rodriguez, a leader at his church, that asked Christian leaders to vote for Clinton.

5. Erick Erickson

The conservative blogger behind The Resurgent told Katie Couric in May, “If the Republican Party wants to go in (Trump’s) direction, I guess I’m not a Republican anymore.”

Erick Erickson previously had said he would support Trump if he became the party’s nominee. Then in February he wrote on his website, The Resurgent, “I Will Not Vote For Donald Trump. Ever.

“Donald Trump has had no ‘road to Damascus’ conversion. He only wants to date the preacher’s daughter,” Erickson wrote.

6. Robert P. George

Warren Throckmorton posted a statement Monday (June 20) on his Patheos blog from Robby George, McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence at Princeton University, who declined to attend Tuesday’s meeting. George is Catholic.

George’s statement read in part:
“I have been a severe critic of Mr. Trump and there is nothing he could say at a meeting in which he is courting conservatives that would alter my low opinion of him. I trust that I do not need to go into detail about the words and actions that have caused me to form that opinion. Perhaps the only politician in America of whom I have an even lower opinion is Hillary Clinton, so I certainly understand why some are urging us to hold our noses and support for Mr. Trump. But I fear that he will, in the end, bring disgrace upon those individuals and organizations who publicly embrace him.”

Earlier that month, he tweeted, “Good people, reject (Clinton) but don’t associate yourself with Trump. He will disgrace & taint all who snuggle up to him.”

7. Alan Noble

“For conservative evangelicals like me, the 2016 election really is a choice between two evils,” said Alan Noble, editor of the website Christ and Pop Culture, in a June article in Vox.

In his post, in which he advised evangelicals to abstain from voting for president and focus instead on congressional and local and state elections, Noble wrote that voting for Trump would undermine “decades of the religious right’s insistence that character matters in politicians.”

He called the candidate “a deceptive, infantile, racist demagogue with no political principles aside from his own self-interest.”

He also pointed out Trump’s comments that he does not ask for forgiveness, saying, “Any man who is so unaware of his own depravity that he cannot recognize his need for forgiveness is incapable of justly leading any country.

“There simply is no way around this fact for evangelicals.”

8. Eric Teetsel

Winning the award for most prophetic rebuke of Trump is Marco Rubio’s former faith outreach director, Eric Teetsel.

Teetsel stood outside the Republican nominee’s June meeting with conservative Christian leaders in New York, protesting with a handwritten poster board: “Torture is not pro-life. Racism is not pro-life. Misogyny is not pro-life. Murdering the children of terrorists is not pro-life. Proverbs 29:2.”

That’s because, he told Yahoo! News, “I think we know enough about Donald Trump to know that a Christian response should be prayer for him, but also a prophetic witness about what is true.”

9. Owen Strachan

“We … boggle at how some Christians and conservatives still defend Donald Trump,” Owen Strachan wrote in a post for the Center for Public Theology at Midwestern Seminary, where he is associate professor of Christian theology and director of the Center for Theological and Cultural Engagement.

That post came after the release of the 2005 recording. But it’s a case the president of the Council of Biblical Manhood and Womanhood has made against Trump in several previous posts.

Remarks describing attempted affairs and assaults on women like the ones Trump was caught making on a live mic during a recording of “Access Hollywood” must be condemned and spoken against, Strachan said. And enthusiastic support for a man whose left a string of broken homes behind him could put evangelicals “in grave danger of hypocrisy,” he added.

That left him wondering in August if, “in our efforts to engage our country politically, we have become more Machiavellian and less Pauline.”

“In other words, we’re willing to do almost anything to elect officials, preserve rights, and gain seats on the Supreme Court,” he said.

10. Matthew Lee Anderson

“There is no world in which I would vote for Bernie Sanders. But I would consider it before I would ever consider voting for Donald Trump,” Matthew Lee Anderson wrote in February for Mere Orthodoxy.

Anderson looks back on the sentiment as “almost endearing” now, he wrote on Oct. 6.

To him, it seems evangelicals are despairing and will vote for anybody who isn’t Clinton. But he, at least, hopes that won’t be for Trump. (He instead has suggested Evan McMullin, the former chief policy director for the House Republican Conference in the U.S. House of Representatives and a former CIA operations officer.)

“The story on November 9th could be that the constituency which claims the gospel as its leading identifier finally became fed up with Trump’s antics and opted to vote for a third party instead,” he said.

11. Trillia Newbell

Trillia Newbell, director of community outreach for the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission for the Southern Baptist Convention, said she cried when a loved one shared he or she was supporting Trump for president. And those don’t appear to have been tears of joy.

“Actually in tears after seeing someone I love post that they are voting for Trump. I can take the Christian celebrities but friends are hard,” Newbell tweeted.

Like Strachan, she also denounced the now-infamous “Trump tape.” She also pointed out the nominee’s lack of remorse about his comments, urged her followers to think of sexual assault victims before sharing memes about them and encouraged occasionally logging off during the contentious election cycle.

I’m not one to encourage disengagement but I wonder if our minds & hearts are meant to be on the 24hr news cycle. I don’t think so #restwell

— Trillia Newbell (@trillianewbell) October 13, 2016

12. David and Nancy French

Both David French and his wife Nancy French have been outspoken in their opposition to Trump — and it’s cost them.

David French, senior fellow at the National Review Institute, has written about the online abuse he and his wife have received from Trump supporters, including “psyche-scarring” images left in comments or sent to them on social media. And bestselling author Nancy French has written about how Trump’s defenders on the religious right bring flashbacks of her own sexual assault.

But David French wrote, “Ideas matter, and supporting Trump means advancing ideas I find not just wrong, but destructive.”

“I’ve defended the unborn my entire career; he praises Planned Parenthood. I believe that marriage is a sacred covenant between husband and wife; he’s a serial adulterer. I believe America should lead the world in defense not just of its territorial integrity but also of civilization itself; he would retreat into glorified isolationism. I believe that free trade has made America more prosperous and enriched the lives of its citizens; he threatens to start ruinous economic conflicts. I believe that a core American value is that we can and must judge our citizens by the content of their character, not the color of their skin or their families’ roots; he attacks a federal judge because of his parents’ Mexican heritage.”

David French

13. Albert Mohler

R. Albert Mohler Jr. called it a “crisis of conscience” for evangelicals. Or, more specifically, him: “The immediate and excruciating crisis has a name — Donald Trump,” Mohler wrote in the Washington Post.

The president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville joined his fellow Southern Baptists Russell Moore and Trillia Newbell in calling on evangelical Christians to distance themselves from the Republican candidate after the “Trump tape” release. And yet, he said, those tapes didn’t reveal anything about Trump that wasn’t already clear.

“Married three times, flaunting Christian sexual mores, building his fortune and his persona on the Playboy lifestyle, under any normal circumstances Trump would be the realization of evangelical nightmares, not the carrier of evangelical hopes,” Mohler said.

14. Deborah Fikes

Deborah Fikes not only doesn’t support Trump, she has thrown her support behind his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton.

Fikes, a former executive adviser of the World Evangelical Alliance, wrote in the New York Times that it was the first time she’d felt compelled to reject evangelicalism’s “unquestioned political alignment with the G.O.P.” In her work with Christians around the world, though, she came to realize their “pro-life” and “pro-family” views didn’t look much like Trump’s — or the Republican party’s.

In fact, she said, “Evangelicals from all regions, but particularly in Africa, consider Hillary Clinton a ‘sister in Christ’ and someone who lives out the Golden Rule in all the good she has done for women and children. Many affectionately call her ‘Sister Hillary.'”

So Christian men, if your daughter had been in Donald J Trump's Miss Teen USA pagent dressing room when he walked in there to perv on your 15 yr old daughter who was naked, and said disgusting things, how would you react?
So Christian men, if your daughter had been in Donald J Trump’s Miss Teen USA pagent dressing room when he walked in there to perv on your 15 yr old daughter who was naked, and said disgusting things, how would you react?

OTHER CHRISTIAN PASTORS AND TRUE CHRISTIANS WHO HAVE SPOKEN OUT AGAINST TRUMP

Peter Wehner

Senior Fellow, Ethics and Public Policy Center

We need best commander in chief possible. In Trump we’d get the worst. There’s no turning this frog into a prince. https://t.co/UdnmHRQFX3— Peter Wehner (@Peter_Wehner) June 29, 2016

Peter Wehner, a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, has lashed out at Trump and the values he represents in numerous essays for The New York Times. He compares Trump’s approach to morality to the one held by the German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche, which prioritizes strength and power over care for the poor and powerless. Trump’s contempt for the weak, his bullying nature, and lack of compassion and empathy form a worldview that Wehner believes is “incompatible with Christianity.” 

The calling of Christians is to be ‘salt and light’ to the world, to model a philosophy that defends human dignity, and to welcome the stranger in our midst. It is to stand for justice, dispense grace and be agents of reconciliation in a broken world. And it is to take seriously the words of the prophet Micah, ‘And what does the Lord require of you but to do justly, and to love kindness and mercy, and to humble yourself and walk humbly with your God?’

Evangelical Christians who are enthusiastically supporting Donald Trump are signaling, even if unintentionally, that this calling has no place in politics and that Christians bring nothing distinctive to it — that their past moral proclamations were all for show and that power is the name of the game.

Rep. Reid Ribble

Three-term Republican Congressman from Wisconsin

.@RepRibble tells @ErinBurnett that @realDonaldTrump uses the language of “an 8th grade bully” https://t.co/MapUK8TUb5— OutFrontCNN (@OutFrontCNN) May 12, 2016

Rep. Reid Ribble has refused to budge on Trump throughout this election cycle. The congressman accused the candidate of being a “racist” after Trump’s disparaging remarks toward a judge of Mexican heritage. Ribble told CNN that he is considering voting for the Libertarian Party this November. 

In an op-ed for Christian Post, Ribble wrote: “The Evangelical community’s values include repentance, forbearance, uprightness, and the value of a hard day’s work. With that in mind, I am dismayed by the excitement I have seen from parts of the Evangelical community over Donald Trump’s campaign for president. In his personal life, his often-changing political beliefs, and especially his language, he totally disregards the values that we hold dear.” 

President Jimmy Carter

Former President of The United States, Sunday School Teacher

President Jimmy Carter, the first U.S. president to call himself a born-again Christian, has said that Trump violated “basic human rights” with his comments about Mexican immigrants and his call to ban Muslims from entering the country. 

In an interview with The New York Times, Carter said that Trump’s campaign has “tapped a waiting reservoir there of inherent racism.”

Jim Wallis

President and Founder of Sojourners

Jim Wallis is a Christian writer and activist who has been critical of both Trump and of his evangelical supporters. In blogs for The Huffington Post, Wallis has claimed that Trump’s rise to dominance in the race has brought to light the racism that is still troubling this country. 

In a post  titled, “It’s Embarrassing To Be An Evangelical This Election,” Wallis wrote about how the word white is “wiping out” the word evangelical.

“White evangelicals should have to explain, on the basis of their biblical faith … how they can feel comfortable with Trump’s proposed policies of rounding up, deporting, and destroying the families of 11 million immigrants; killing the families of terrorists; restricting the religious liberty of Muslim citizens; banning Muslim refugees; and appealing to the worst and most dangerous instincts of white Americans,” Wallis wrote. “It’s time to put ‘evangelical’ ahead of ‘white’ and to revisit Galatians 3:28, ‘There is no Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male or female; for we are all one in Christ Jesus.’”

So Christians supporting and defending Donald J Trump, are these your Christian values too?
So Christians supporting and defending Donald J Trump, are these your Christian values too?

Ex-evangelical pastor says supporting Trump has been ‘damaging’ to church

By Aris Folley 11/04/19
https://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/468844-ex-evangelical-pastor-joshua-harris-says-supporting-trump-has-been-damaging

Former megachurch pastor and evangelical author Joshua Harris said in a recent interview that he believes some of the massive support President Trump has enjoyed from the evangelical community has been “incredibly damaging to the Gospel and to the church.”

Harris, an influential evangelical teacher and writer during the late 1990s and up until he announced he’d abandoned his faith earlier this year, added that having “a leader like Trump I think is in itself part of the indictment” of Christians.

Evangelicals have been staunch supporters of Trump since his 2016 election, with his job approval higher than average among white evangelical Christians throughout the three years of his presidency, according to Pew Research Center data. In a poll earlier this fall conducted by the Public Religion Research Institute, about 77 percent of evangelicals approve of the president’s job performance, compared to an average 43 percent in other polls

“I don’t think it’s going to end well,” Harris said in a clip of an interview on “Axios on HBO” released Monday. 

“And I think, you know, you look back at the Old Testament and the relationship between the prophets and really bad leaders and kings, and oftentimes it was, it’s not something you unwind because it’s, it’s actually in the scriptures presented as God’s judgment on the False Religion of the day,” Harris said.

“You think Christians today who are embracing President Trump are due for a judgment?” Allen asked.

“I think it is the judgment,” Harris responded. “I think it is part of the judgment.”

“What do you mean by that?” Allen asked. 

“To have a leader like Trump I think is in itself part of the indictment, that this is the leader that you want and maybe deserve,” Harris answered. “That represents a lot of who you are.”

Harris, who served as the senior pastor at the Covenant Life megachurch Gaithersburg, Md., for more than a decade before resigning from his post in 2015 amid controversy over the church’s handling of a child sexual abuse scandal, rose to prominence shortly after the 1997 publication of “I Kissed Dating Goodbye” at age 21. The book was once highly influential to evangelical youth group teaching.

Despite the book’s huge success in the ’90s, Harris raised eyebrows last year after he said he “no longer” agreed “with its central idea that dating should be avoided” after reevaluating the book.

“There are other weaknesses too: in an effort to set a high standard, the book emphasized practices (not dating, not kissing before marriage) and concepts (giving your heart away) that are not in the Bible,” he continued. “In trying to warn people of the potential pitfalls of dating, it instilled fear for some—fear of making mistakes or having their heart broken.”

“The book also gave some the impression that a certain methodology of relationships would deliver a happy ever-after ending—a great marriage, a great sex life—even though this is not promised by scripture,” he also wrote before announcing his decision to discontinue the book’s publication in the statement.

Harris also captured headlines earlier this year after announced he was no longer a Christian.

In an Instagram post from July, Harris wrote that he has “undergone a massive shift in regard to my faith in Jesus.” 

“The popular phrase for this is ‘deconstruction, the biblical phrase is ‘falling away.’ By all the measurements that I have for defining a Christian, I am not a Christian,” he wrote then. “Many people tell me that there is a different way to practice faith and I want to remain open to this, but I’m not there now.”

The evangelical women who reject Trump

By Tara McKelvey
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-45956033

Evangelical women helped Trump get elected. Now some of them are turning against him and his candidates – and could sway the outcome in key elections in November.

Rebecca Olsen, 21, a Southern Baptist who dresses conservatively in classic-red lipstick and black, ballet-style flats, was “gung-ho” for Trump in 2016.

She had concerns about the way he treated women, she says, but she brushed them aside.

“At the time I let a lot of things slip,” she says. “And upon the past two years of reflection, I regret being so much in favour of him.”

Since then the treatment of women has become a core issue for her and for others across the US. The MeToo movement brought the subject of sexual harassment onto centre stage last year, with a similar phenomenon, the ChurchToo movement, unfolding within the Southern Baptist community.

The hearing of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh opened up wrenching discussions about sexual assault.

A life-long Republican who was raised in Atlanta, Olsen says she has turned against the president and his endorsement of candidates are a mark against them.

“I think we should be doing our best to empower women,” she says, explaining why she’s disillusioned with Trump. “I think the president should be doing that as well.”

She describes the demeaning way that he talks about women and says: “I question myself: ‘Rebecca, how could you be so in favour of this man?'”

Her disappointment with the president and her rejection of his candidates is even more striking because of the backdrop.

She’s standing outside a restaurant that’s filled with her classmates from Liberty University, the nation’s biggest evangelical college, in Lynchburg, a town known as the “buckle in the bible belt”.

As a Trump critic, Olsen’s in the minority. Students here voted overwhelmingly for Trump and are campaigning for his candidates, a roster that includes Corey Stewart, a Republican who’s campaigning for the US senate in Virginia and is, as the New York Times reports, supported by white nationalists.

Liberty University is run by Jerry Falwell Jr, the son of the nation’s most famous evangelical. Falwell brags about his friendship with the president and lauds his accomplishments in office, telling me: “He’s done more for evangelicals than any previous Republican administration.”

But despite the massive support for Trump in Lynchburg, Olsen’s not alone in her views.

Another student, Rebecca Pickard, shows me around the university on a Saturday afternoon, pointing to a Noah’s Ark in a children’s play area, and says that even in this conservative Christian world, it’s OK to reject the president.

“It’s not something I feel self-conscious about,” she says.

Olsen and Pickard belong to a tiny sliver of this Christian world – white evangelical women who do not like Trump. But their numbers are growing incrementally.

Support for the president among women in their demographic group dropped from 73% to 67% from 2017 to 2018, according to Pew Research Center (in data they have yet to publish). Support for the president among white evangelical men dropped too, from 84-79%.

The decline in the president’s approval ratings among evangelical women is not huge, yet many of these women are determined to express their views at the ballot box.

They don’t want to vote for Trump candidates in states like Virginia, Georgia and Texas, they say. Although small in numbers, these women could change the outcome in congressional districts where candidates are running neck and neck.

Evangelical women have already thrown out one of their leaders, Paige Patterson, the former head of the Southern Baptist Convention, because of the demeaning way he spoke about women.

Olsen says that she won’t support a Trump-endorsed gubernatorial candidate, Brian Kemp, in Georgia. In Texas, some white evangelical women are supporting Beto O’Rourke, a Democrat, according to the New York Times, rather than Senator Ted Cruz, a Republican with a strong evangelical following.

These evangelicals – and their dismay over the way that the president treats women – reflect a broader trend. “A majority of Americans feel that Trump doesn’t respect women,” says GBA Strategies’ Margie Omero, a Democratic pollster.

Some pollsters like FiveThirtyEight have identified a huge gender gap between women largely voting for Democratic candidates and men supporting Republicans. So evangelicals are reflecting a wider trend but it’s surprising because as a group they so strongly backed Trump in the past.

“I’m amazed and heartened to see evangelical women tackle this,” says Jennifer Butler, who grew up in an evangelical family in Georgia and now heads up an organisation called Faith in Public Life.

Republicans say they’re unconcerned, pointing out that the vast majority of white evangelical women still support the president and will choose his candidates in November.

Olsen’s twin sister, Rachel, is one of them – she doesn’t like Kemp, she tells me, but she’ll “begrudgingly” vote for him, explaining: “I don’t want the state to turn blue.”

One of the biggest mysteries of the 2016 election was that evangelical women helped to usher Trump into office despite the fact that he seldom goes to church and used to live a life some might say was contrary to Christian values.

Before the election, they knew that he’d said vulgar things about women in an Access Hollywood tape and that he’d been married three times. More recently they heard him refer to a woman as “horseface”.

Heather Quintero, a math teacher who grew up in Lynchburg, acknowledges that it must be hard for some people to understand why female evangelicals would support Trump, given the way that he treats women.

She draws on her own experience as an evangelical Christian to help unravel the mystery. As a child, she says, she was taught church lessons such as: “My body does not belong to me.”

It “belonged first of all to my father”, she says. “When I was married, it would be given to my husband.”

Looking back, she sees a connection between these teachings and the support that female evangelicals have shown for Trump.

Evangelical women support Trump “because it’s what we’ve been socialised to do”, says Quintero – this means “placing your own well-being below the idea of stopping abortion”.

Many don’t like the way the president talks about women but support his conservative policies, she says.

Paula White, the president’s spiritual adviser, spoke to me recently near the White House about women’s issues and conservative politics.

She sympathises with the women who were disturbed by the Supreme Court hearing since she herself was “sexually and physically abused”.

She says: “I understand that pain.” Yet she applauds the appointment of Brett Kavanaugh, a Catholic who’s seen as “pro-life”.

She and other Christians applaud Trump and the vice-president, Mike Pence, both of whom are rock stars on the evangelical circuit.

One of their fans is Laurel Bryant, a college student from Amherst, a town near Lynchburg. I saw recently her in a Washington hotel during a “Values Voter” summit after she’d met Pence. “I’m shaking like a Chihuahua,” she says, describing her excitement.

Bryant says she hopes that Christian women will stay away from “feminist ideology” and recognise the importance of “compromise” – that means voting for candidates who may be flawed but who are fighting against abortion.

For Bryant and many evangelicals, that’s the key issue and seen through this light, the way the president treats women becomes less important.

But just as some evangelical women have expressed their unhappiness with the president, so have some men. Writing in USA Today, a Minneapolis pastor, Doug Pagitt, describes evangelicals: “Their insistence on walking in lockstep with the Republican Party often is primarily motivated by a single issue: abortion.”

Karen Swallow Prior, a Southern Baptist and an English professor at Liberty University, brought me into the world of evangelical women one autumn afternoon in a Main Street coffeehouse.

Prior is the author of a book entitled On Reading Well: Finding the Good Life through Great Books, and she introduces me to her friends, “Lynchburg Liberals” as she calls them.

These women range in age from 20 to post-retirement, and most are affiliated with the university. They’d be seen as conservatives in US cities because of their hardline stance on abortion but are viewed as progressives in Christian country because of the way they talk about gender issues and because they oppose the president.

They sat around a wooden table with lovers’ initials and a universal Christian symbol, the cross, carved into its surface. Outside the café, a student plays on a piano a “worship song” that he wrote himself.

Pickard’s grandfather gave her a Winchester rifle when she was in middle school, she tells me, and she grew up listening to Sean Hannity on her dad’s car radio.

Despite her conservative upbringing, she’s planning to vote for a Democrat, Tim Kaine, a Virginia senatorial candidate, instead of Stewart. “I’d like to vote for someone who won’t embarrass us,” Pickard says. Quintero says she’s also voting for Kaine.

Others baulk at voting for Democrats – but refuse to support the president’s candidates. Prior now tells me that she’ll vote for a libertarian. Another woman says she’ll write in Mickey Mouse, only half-joking.

Democrats have an edge in November’s elections, according to polls, but a key factor will be turnout.

“This is going to be so close,” White says. Ultimately the fate of the president, the US congress and state-level leaders could turn on a small number of votes cast by evangelical women.

On that day at the restaurant, Olsen says she doesn’t see herself as a radical.

Still she concedes that her decision to write in a name on a ballot rather than vote for Trump’s candidate is “a protest in some way”.

Insane excuses Christians give for defending and supporting Donald J Trump who is not a Christian in any sense of the word.
Insane excuses Christians give for defending and supporting Donald J Trump who is not a Christian in any sense of the word.

IN CLOSING: A WARNING TO CHRISTIANS WHO DEFEND DONALD J TRUMP

Malachi 3:5: “Then I will draw near to you for judgment. I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, against the adulterers, against those who swear falsely, against those who oppress the hired worker in his wages, the widow and the fatherless, against those who thrust aside the sojourner, and do not fear me, says the Lord of hosts.

God Has Forsaken America*

THE SHINBONE STAR

God Has Forsaken America*

Written by MACinelli

https://exjournalistsunite.wordpress.com/2020/01/26/god-has-forsaken-america/

A brief news bulletin from above.

HEAVEN, January 26, 2020 — Jesus wept (John, Chapter 11, Verse 35 — King James version) when God informed him that America was no longer on his “watch” list.

“Why have you forsaken that land whose people built their country based on trusting in you,” the Son of God asked.

The short answer, God replied, “is that the work of the good men and women who displayed their trust in me centuries ago has been cast aside by citizens of this country who have turned their backs on lessons provided in messages from our Good Book.

“Some have even annoited Donald J. Trump as your ‘brother,’ my spirit returned to their planet, the ‘second coming’ of a Son of mine walking amongst the people of America.”

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BIBLE VERSES THAT APPROVES OF THIS MESSAGE

Matthew 7:15-23: 15 “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. 16 You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thorn bushes, or figs from thistles? 17 So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit. 18 A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a diseased tree bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Thus you will recognize them by their fruits. 21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ 23 And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’

Malachi 3:5 Then I will draw near to you for judgment. I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, against the adulterers, against those who swear falsely, against those who oppress the hired worker in his wages, the widow and the fatherless, against those who thrust aside the sojourner, and do not fear me, says the Lord of hosts.

Matthew 5:25-30 You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart. If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body be thrown into hell. And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body go into hell.

Jeremiah 22:3-5: Thus says the Lord: Do justice and righteousness, and deliver from the hand of the oppressor him who has been robbed. And do no wrong or violence to the resident alien, the fatherless, and the widow, nor shed innocent blood in this place. For if you will indeed obey this word, then there shall enter the gates of this house kings who sit on the throne of David, riding in chariots and on horses, they and their servants and their people. But if you will not obey these words, I swear by myself, declares the Lord, that this house shall become a desolation.