Fort Worth Police Department Under Fire for Its Unholy Alliance with Local Clergy Members

It was only September when we learned that police officers in Rochester, New York were working with clergy members in order to patrol the streets. The unholy partnership, while it may have had strategic aims, still promoted religion in a questionable way.

Turns out Fort Worth, Texas is doing the same thing. In fact, the Clergy and Police Alliance (CAPA) has its own website, Facebook page, and slideshow:

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After Raping a Pre-Teen Boy, Christian Broadcaster Will Spend More Than 25 Years in Prison

According to its Facebook page,

WCSG [Radio] is a ministry of Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids, MI. Our mission is to encourage, energize, and equip listeners toward a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ.

As you might expect, the place is thick with cloying Jesus jive and Bible verses such as 2 Timothy 3:16-17:

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

Despite such rock-solid divine guidance, one WCSG staffer fell perhaps a teensy bit short of that standard.

A former Grand Rapids Christian radio host was sentenced to at least 25 years in prison after pleading guilty to raping an 11-year-old Battle Creek boy.

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Another Ponzi-Scheming Pastor Gets Sent Up the River: the Reverend Luis Serna Stole $7 Million From Hispanic Poor

Fleecing the faithful was all in a day’s work for the latest in a long line of devout swindlers. The pastor at San Fernando-based Zion Living World Christian Center, formerly known as Amistad Cristiana, admitted to running a Ponzi scheme that involved soliciting loans and saying the money would be invested in foreign currency. Instead, [Read More…]

A Final Note on the Continuing Journalistic Hucksterism of Charisma News‘ Michael Brown

A reader politely asked me this morning why, in yesterday’s fisking of Michael Brown‘s dishonest post over at Charisma News, I hadn’t addressed Brown’s strenuous defense of homophobic evangelists Scott Lively and Lou Engle.

The answer is that the passage in question wasn’t there before (and I read the shoddy piece several times when it came out).

To cover his backside (?), I presume Brown or his editors added it after reading my critique — without noting anywhere that theirs was a post-publication, um, refinement.

By any reasonable journalistic code, it’s a no-no to make major alterations to a published article without then indicating that you’ve done so. (Fixing a typo or a minor flub is one thing; adding a critical paragraph with completely new content requires disclosure.)

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In Sharia-Happy Malaysia, Not Being a Muslim Might Cost You Your Kids

A marital spat over religion cost one Malaysian Hindu woman her baby. Her husband insisted his spouse become a Muslim; when she refused, he grabbed their 11-month-old daughter and disappeared. That was more than five years ago. Though a civil court granted the mother custody, she never saw her child again, because her legal victory was canceled out by the father gaining custody in a Islamic (Sharia) court. As reported by the Associated Press,

Police have been unwilling to enforce the civil court’s decision.

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