Big crime wave. 


Alabama Baptist Pastor Mark Allen Green, 41, arrested, for sexual abuse of a child, turns out to be a "career criminal".  "An Alabama Baptist church fired its new pastor after his recent arrest on sexual abuse charges in Texas, but it isn’t the pastor’s first time in jail."  Apparently it's TWO charges, and "church members began arguing and shouting after the news of Green's arrest".  

California Christian Methodist Episcopal Minister "The Rev. Joseph C. Gardner Sr., 59", was arrested, " is scheduled to appear in court next month for a pre-trial hearing on charges that he committed two felonies and one misdemeanor when he threatened to shoot a man for parking in front of his house".  Well, at least is wasn't a sex crime.  


Greenville South Carolina Pastor Michael Wolfe of Advent United Methodist Church was arrested when he tried to solicit a prostitute.  The prostitute was an undercover deputy.  Oops.  I can only assume the fake prostitue / deputy was female, otherwise it would be a bigger scandal.

In Virginia, 92-year-old is Lutheran Pastor and religion professor, Guy Ritter, was arrested after being accused of molesting two boys while he was a Reverend at Glade Creek Lutheran Church in Botetourt County. He was also a religion professor at Roanoke College.  Apparently the crimes that he was accused of occurred in the 1970s.  Is there a statue of limitations?


David Rice, 55, pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Anniston, Alabama, was arrested and charged with domestic violence  for stabbing his brother in the arm and chest."  Note there is no mention of the story of Cain and Abel.  According to the minister's wife, his brother/victim is mentally ill and has frequent panic attacks.


"the Rev. Reginald Taylor, 46" of the Second Baptist Church on Decatur Street, in Sandusky Tennessee, was arrested and charged with domestic violence after attacking his wife.

Kissimmee Florida Pastor Angel Perez was arrested for engaging in sexual acts with a 16 year old boy.  He Peres is or was pastor at Templo Pentecostal Puerto De Salvation.  He reportedly engaged in a sex act with the boy while the boy was sleeping.  Perez states the devil made him do it  (literally, read the report).



Marshfield Missouri "lay" pastor Phillip Kittrell, 76, was charged with felony sexual misconduct in the first degree after groping the genitals of an 18 year old employee at a Walmart, and making sexual comments.  This was Kittrell's second time, having been convicted of a similar crime in the past.  I could not find what denomination or church where Kittrell is a lay pastor, but one report did state his walmart incident was caught on security camera.


Multiple-talented South Carolina state representative, Ted Vick, who includes pastor ion his resume, was "arrested for driving under the influence and unlawfully possessing a firearm, with a female college student who is not (his) wife in the car."  Don't get riled up, he's a Democrat.  I kind of like how Vick was described as "Vick is an open supporter of the U.S. capitalist system".  This was not from "The Onion".  I could not find what denomination he claims.


Colorado priest, Father Charles Robert Manning, was arrested  on suspicion of sexual assault on a child by one in a position of trust.  Well, I had to include at least one child molesting Catholic priest.   


Rock Hill, South Carolina pastor "The Rev. Kevin Graham McCurry," pastor of Faith, Hope and Love Ministries, was arrested for domestic violence, after threatening to kill his wife and throw her body into the river.  (Such detail).


Colorado Baptist youth minister John H. Brothers Jr., 42, was arrested on "27 charges in connection with the sexual abuse of a child."


Ohio Reverend Dr. Mark Griggs, 50, pastor of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church of Berea, was sentenced for child porn charges - hundreds of videos and images that had been downloaded to his computer"


Lafayette, Indiana Pastor Robert Lyzenga, 55, faces felony charges of voyeurism in connection with the cameras found at Lafayette’s Sunrise Christian Reformed Church.  "a woman found the first camera inside what appeared to be an air freshener when it fell off a stall door." also This story is an internet favorite, having been repeated across many news outlets.  Apparently, a minister who installs cameras in lady's toilet stalls is especially interesting.


North Carolina pastor for the House of Mercy, former pastor of the Christ’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Larry Michael Bollinger, 66 stands accused of sexual abuse of minors while on mission in Haiti.


Alabama pastor Clyde David Myers, 66, who was the minister at Prattville Community Church, was sentenced to 20 years in prison for child pornography charges.


These reports are endless.  I'll stop here.  These are alerts I've collected, starting with today and going back about 3 weeks.  I've stuck to American reports.  Just for fun, here is one from South Africa.


Pretoria minister arrested for stealing erection medicine.  The Dutch Reformed minister is not named.

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Adherents of the divine admitting to all-too-human failings.  Should they be excused because of their association with that allegedly divine spark ... or held to human standards like the rest of us?

I think information about the arrests and convictions of ministers and priests is important.  It tells us that these people, who are often preaching condemnation, are only human like the rest of us.  It should humble the practitioners of the ministry industry, which in the end is a form of entertainment plus politics plus hype or fraud.  I don't think they are any better than anyone else.  I suspect they may be a little worse, since they are either spreading delusion unintentionally or intentionally.

Come on Loren, I need a laugh!

Missed this one - Megachurch, Prosperity Gospel televangelist Creflo Dollar arrested for physical attack on his 15 year old daughter, resulting in "superficial injuries".

And the list grows. I wish I could find something funny to say ... but alas, some of these crimes have resulted in charges and perhaps convictions and sentencing. The quiet crimes go unseen, uncharged, without convictions and sentencing. Topping off the hypocritical mess are the parishioners who "forgive". Where is the honor in forgiveness of the unforgivable? 

Joan I find some of this funny, at least the unveiling of hypocrisy.  It's always funny to look at some blustering idiot who has been found to have feet of clay . BUT..... So many of these criminals are sexually abusing vulnerable victims, or committing domestic violence, it throws a damper on any humor.  Some of these crimes are heinous.  Some aspects are just odd - the fact that so many articles refer to the criminals as "The reverend....".  What's with the "the"?  Also, the banal or inane detail in some of the news articles, stating that the pastor commutes between different cities, or that he's an "open supporter of the Capitalist system".  That's just weird.

I am picking up on a pattern here ;-)

What's the big deal? I mean, they're forgiven, right? That's the way it works, isn't it? They've been vicariously pardoned by the scapegoat zombie that was the subject of Mel Gibson's anti-semitic snuff film. 

I think Emo Phillips described their philosophy better than anyone. "When I was a kid, I used to pray every night for a new bike. Then I realised, the Lord doesn't work that way. So I just stole one and asked Him to forgive me." 

Do what you want, talk to your dead friend, and everything becomes okie dokie. What I find bizarre is when theists ask what keeps atheists from raping, murdering, stealing, pillaging, and laying waste the countryside. Maybe one of the reasons is because we don't get a free pass from the invisible/nonexistent.

You make a good point about the interaction between theism and crime.  These arrests and convictions happen so often, it's mind boggling.  I've been keeping google alerts on news articles involving pastors committing crimes, and by email was overloaded.  No way to know if it's more or less crime than people who are not pastors.

I suspect (pure speculation on my part) that it's not much different than the statistics for the general population. What I find hypocritical, though, is that they tout and laud their "ever so superior morality" to everyone else. Reminds me of Bill Bennett (Reagan's Secy. of Educ. and conservative moralizer) who wrote a book called The Book of Virtues, telling the rest of how to be moral. Turns out, on his off time, he blows his paycheck at the crap tables in Vegas while pinching cocktail waitresses on the ass. I don't give a shit about the gambling - his money, not mine. But spare me the hypocritical, fraudulent, con artist lecture on how to be a good, virtuous human.

The next time one of these yokels says to me, 'But they're good Christians!' I might just laugh out loud thinking of this list. There's no such thing as a 'good' Christian in my book...

It seems to me that this sort of abuse is an inevitable result of any system that promotes hierarchical authority. Which is virtually every religion, of course. When these things first started coming to light twenty years ago, or whenever they first started coming to light, I could not figure out why anyone was surprised, nor could I quite get that it wasn't already common knowledge.


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