National Day of Prayer Leader in South Mississippi Charged with Fraud, Extortion, Embezzlement, Perjury, and More

Here’s Jackson County (Mississippi) Sheriff Mike Byrd on April 29 of this year, helping lead a local National Day of Prayer event:

The [National Day of Prayer] observance for Jackson County-Pascagoula is set for 11:30 a.m. at the Jackson County Courthouse in Pascagoula. Praise and worship music begins at 11:30 a.m., and the prayer ceremony begins at noon. The program should run approximately 50-minutes.

Praise and worship will be provided by Scott Capers and Church At The Square praise team. Guest soloists include Charlotte Watts, vocalist and music director at Central Elementary School, Rev. John White, music minister at First Baptist Church Pascagoula and Sheriff Mike Byrd.

And here’s Jackson County Sheriff Mike Byrd as of late last week:

A south Mississippi sheriff has been indicted on 31 counts, including charges accusing him of pushing an arrest in a murder case, even though a detective thought the suspect was innocent, and of snooping on employees at a restaurant that refused to accept a check from him.

The indictment against longtime Jackson County Sheriff Mike Byrd was dated Thursday and made public Friday. It charges him with using his office to retaliate against people he considered political and personal foes, including the police chief and a city alderman in Ocean Springs, one of the cities in Jackson County. The charges include fraud, extortion, embezzlement, witness tampering and perjury.

Jesus may forgive him… in his mind… but, thankfully, we have more powerful forces here on earth.

(Thanks to Greg for the link!)

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  • islandbrewer

    Well, maybe he didn’t pray enough.

    Or possibly he’s *queue ominous music* No True Christian (TM).

    • EvolutionKills

      Hold down the ALT key then type 0153 on your keyboard’s right side number pad to create the ™ symbol, provided you are using Windows. On a Mac, hold the Option key and press 2.

      • islandbrewer


        • EvolutionKills

          No problem, always happy to help. Alt codes are lots of fun too.

  • decathelite

    You know how some folks substitute “Anti Choice” in place of “Pro Life”? Why not start substituting telepathic powers (or similar) for prayer?

    “National Day of Telepathic Powers”
    “National Day of Psychic Powers”
    “National Day of ESP”
    “National Day of Invisible Friend Imagination”
    “National Day of Speaking Outloud to the Sky”

    Someone’s got to have one that rolls off the tongue a little more.

    • Bitter Lizard

      National Day of Babbling at Nothing
      National Day of Puking into Oblivion
      National Day of I Don’t Wanna Grow Up

    • Edmond

      Today is National Don’t Give Them Ideas Day.

    • M. Elaine

      My husband and I have been referring to it as LARP. No offense meant to non-delusional LARPers, of course.

      • busterggi

        Does that include those who play Vampire TM?

    • John

      National Day of Magic Rituals?

    • Mario Strada

      National wishful thinking day

      • melvin lafleur

        national mental disorder day

    • ShoeUnited

      National Day of Spooky
      National Day of Babbling
      National Day of Pretend
      National Day of HoojiBooji
      National Day of Unconstitutionality

    • Highlander

      National Day of Talking to Yourself

    • cag

      National day of telling god something that it does not already know.

  • b s

    He run out of “Just For Men” hair coloring between now and april?

  • GubbaBumpkin

    Probably the judge will let him off with a ‘community service’ sentence, which he can fulfill by teaching Sunday School for a few weeks.

    • Oranje

      Yep, he’ll be back chasing those Duke boys in no time.

  • The Other Weirdo

    The charges include fraud, extortion, embezzlement, witness tampering and perjury.

    Once you go white crime, you never go black.

  • Tainda

    But…but…Christians are MORAL and would never do something like that!

  • houndies

    well if he’s a xtian then he’s forgiven remember. being a xtian means you don’t have to be accountable for anything! yayh! card blanc to be an a**hole!

  • Raising_Rlyeh

    Jesus christ he aged so much

    • Ubi Dubium

      Nah, I think the first photo was heavily photoshopped.

  • the moother

    100% of Christians are sinners… It’s their own doctrine!

  • Mike Smar

    Who says prayers aren’t answered? Ya just have to be careful what you pray for. ;-)

  • Svelaz

    Whoa….I think Jesus just did a humongous face palm. (SMACK!) Duh……..Why oh…….why…….
    on a different note…..Nobody forgets a hypocrite, especially a religious one.

    • ShoeUnited

      The 700 Club makes it a practice to forget hypocrites. Every few months they have guest hypocrites come on and talk about how they found Jesus after getting caught embezzling, raping, whatever.

      • Bob Becker

        The number of people who find Jesus sometime between conviction and sentencing is… well, is miraculous!

        • baal

          God is in the jail cells.

          (at least that’s what the guy said I had to call him)

        • tsig

          Jesus must be hiding out in prison since a lot of people find him there.

  • Layla13

    Golly gee, another shining beacon of Christian goodness and morality has been arrested. Raise your hand if you’re surprised.

    *no hands are raised*

    • C.L. Honeycutt

      Sorry, gotta raise my hand.

      I’m surprised he was arrested for it.

  • Mick

    My prediction: He’ll get away with a small fine for a few misdemeanors. The really serious charges (like pushing for an innocent person to be charged with murder) will be dropped.

  • busterggi

    But he’s not gay so the goddist will forgive him.

  • DougI

    Typical fundy, but this time he got caught.

  • ExTex

    Dude…stop with the auto-play multimedia ads. Not fucking cool.
    I enjoy your site and your articles, but if I want to watch a fucking Lysol commercial, I’ll click on it. Give yourself a little credibility.

    • CanadianNihilist

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      Thank you, that was a delightfully nostalgic moment for me.

      • Guest

        In ExTex’s defence, I’m currently on a school computer, where we can’t install things.

  • Gregory Peterson

    I never trust men who part their hair that way…

    • Oranje

      Mine sort of falls to either side (or back), but I don’t have that flair his bangs have. Stylin’.

  • Rain

    A south Mississippi sheriff has been indicted on 31 counts, including charges accusing him of pushing an arrest in a murder case, even though a detective thought the suspect was innocent,

    Woah usually sheriffs and prosecutors worry deeply about wrongful arrests and convictions. I’m shocked that a law enforcement official doesn’t give a hoot about innocent people.

    • Feminerd

      Are you being serious or facetious?

      • Rain

        Totally not serious.

        • Feminerd

          Oh good lol.

  • Robster

    “Scott Capers and Church At The Square praise team”. A Praise team? That would have to be the best job in all the world, wailing at something that isn’t there waiting for its invisibleness to do something, anything! And think of all the mayonaise! Salad days indeed.

  • poliltimmy

    Looks like Pascagoula could use another squirrel.

  • Without Malice

    Why am I not a bit surprised? Christianity turns our crooks, liars, and thieves like Mickie D’s turns out burgers and fries.

  • Fentwin

    I imagine if Jesus prayed it would be something along the lines of;
    “God are you there? Its you, Jesus.”
    (Wish I could recall where I first saw that)

  • dagobarbz

    Sounds like a little tin Nixon wanna-be!

  • Yeahuhuh

    He can have a blessed day!

  • Larry Dillon

    The hypocrisy of the self-serving self-righteous is beginning to make me puke. I have no issue with a spiritual individual but the organized religious theocratic fascist plastic zealots are getting extremely old and tiring..Time to cut the tongue out of the harlot whore of Babylon and pumpkin I’m not just talkin’ Catholics but every religiously deluded charlatan of all the faiths….Oppressive greedy controlling bastards each and every one.

    “In all ages of the world,priest have been enemies of liberty”-David Hume

  • Dana Logsdon

    My guess is he’s praying for a good attorney.