Sheriff Tells Sex Offenders They May Not Go To Church, Directs Them To the County Jail For Religious Services

Perhaps misinterpreting a state law intended to keep sex offenders from schools and day-care centers, a North Carolina sheriff last month told registered sex offenders to stay away from church. Graham County Sheriff Danny Millsaps did invite the ex-cons to attend Sunday service at the county jail.

The sheriff’s letter about the issue surfaced just last week, says Religion News Service.

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“Anti-Gang Pastor” Shaun Harrison Arrested For Drug-Dealing and Shooting 17-Year-Old Student In the Head

Quite the God-works-in-mysterious-ways transformation:

Pastor Shaun O. Harrison Sr. was the dean of students at English High School in Boston. He made a name for himself in the community as the antigang pastor and his nickname was “Rev,” according to a Boston Globe story.


Police say a 17-year-old boy shot in the back of the head pointed to “Rev.” as his assailant. Prosecutors say the pastor was leading a double life.

Harrison tried to deal drugs to his victims, prosecutors allege:

While he was working as “dean of academy” at English High, Harrison was also running a marijuana distribution enterprise, according to Suffolk County Assistant District Attorney, David Bradley. At an arraignment hearing Thursday, Bradley said the 55-year-old now-former dean shot a 17-year-old student he had allegedly hired to sell marijuana.

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CNN Gives Reza Aslan His Own TV Show on Religion, Working Title Believer

CNN announced yesterday that it has signed Reza Aslan for a multi-part show:

Aslan will host a series tentatively called Believer. “In each episode, Aslan will immerse himself into one of the world’s most fascinating faith-based groups to experience life as a true believer,” CNN said in a statement Tuesday. “The series will feature Aslan participating in endurance worship, spellbinding rituals, and unusual rites of passage to learn about rarefied worlds that have been molded by faith and tradition.”

“One of the world’s most fascinating faith-based groups” is, I assume, just poor writing. It suggests that Aslan will immerse himself into one particular cult, rather than multiple different ones. If it is just one group, we have yet to learn which one (I vote ISIS, because I’d love to see how Aslan’s never-ending defense of Islam holds up when faced up-close with its most extreme practitioners).

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Muslim Advocacy Organization in the U.K. Calls Charlie Hebdo Corpses “Islamophobes of the Year”

The London-based Islamic Human Rights Commission (IHRC) just announced its annual Islamophobia Awards, and what a tasteful embrace of Islamist terrorism it is:

Charlie Hebdo was given the dubious honour of international Islamophobe of the year. In January this year, 12 people were killed after Islamist gunmen stormed the magazine’s offices in Paris. Brothers Cherif and Said Kouachi claimed that the attack was in retaliation for the magazine publishing cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad, which many Muslims find extremely offensive. … The magazine often publishes cartoons that mock a range of religious and political figures.

The Islamophobe awards have been praised by such luminaries as the former Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams.

Massoud Shadjareh, the IHRC’s chairman, explained that the prize

… was not an endorsement of the attacks but was meant to be satirical.

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Happy Baisakhi To You Too!

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