Cop Fired For Misconduct Becomes Pastor; Now Charged With 37 Crimes Involving Sex With Children

For years now, Oregon pastor James Daniel Worley has published a blog on which he touts the message of Jesus Christ and counsels readers not to stray from the path of righteousness.

That would be the same James Daniel Worley who has just been charged with 37 crimes,

… including two counts of rape, 20 counts of sexual abuse, 11 counts of sodomy, one count of attempted sodomy and three counts of using a child in a display of sexually explicit conduct.

In the latter three counts, the documents state Worley “did unlawfully and knowingly induce (the victims) … to engage in sexually explicit conduct for a person to observe.”

According to the indictment, the alleged abuse occurred between Sept. 1, 2002 and June 30, 2004 while the children were under the ages of 14 and 12.

And after all that, he still writes like a first-class jerk who can’t stop spreading his God-aggrandizing and self-pitying message. Consider:

Worley was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on Dec. 30, and on that day he posted a tweet that reads, “Stormy weather has arrived. About to find out two-things: who our real friends are and how our God glorifies himself. #Psalm35 #GlorytoGod.”



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After Long Legal Battle, Christian Symbols Will Finally Be Removed from King (North Carolina) Veteran’s Memorial

A few years ago, Steven Hewett, a former police officer and veteran of the war in Afghanistan (where he received a Combat Action Badge and a Bronze Star), took a stand against a Veterans’ Memorial in King, North Carolina, where he had lived since 1999:

What’s wrong with that memorial? All the ways it promotes Christianity.

Like this Christian flag that was one of eleven surrounding the memorial:

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Atheist Delivers Invocation at Chico City Council Meeting: “In the Face of Adversity, We Need Not Look Above”

For a while now, the Atheists of Butte County (in California) have been urging the Chico City Council to let them deliver invocations at meetings. After a lot of attempts — and some potential legal threats — the council finally agreed to let atheists speak at three separate meetings this year.

The first of those meetings was last night, and group leader George Gold (in hat, below) gave a wonderful invocation:



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Offices of Charlie Hebdo, French Magazine Often Critical of Islam, Barraged with Gunfire; A Dozen Are Dead

In 2011, the satirical French newspaper Charlie Hebdo ran this cover:

That’s “guest editor” Muhammad saying “100 lashes if you don’t die laughing!”

For that, Hebdo‘s offices were firebombed and their website was hacked (with messages like “No God but Allah”).

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Mississippi Rep. Scott DeLano Says Law Preventing Atheists from Holding Public Office Should Remain in Constitution

We know that Mississippi is one of seven states where atheists theoretically can’t hold public office. Article 14, Section 265 of the state’s Constitution reads:

No person who denies the existence of a Supreme Being shall hold any office in this state.

All bans like this are, of course, unenforceable thanks to the U.S. Constitution and Supreme Court.

Still, Openly Secular has been pushing for legislators to remove those bans from the books if for no other reason than to send the message that anti-atheist bigotry will not be tolerated.

It would take a lot of work to make that happen, but isn’t it something all politicians should at least pay lip service to? Surely, they would jump through hoops to change the law if the ban affected any other group of people.

But when an NPR reporter asked Mississippi’s House Constitution chair Scott DeLano (R) what he thought about the request to change the law, he argued that it should stay in place:



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