January 23, 2019

Because the Bible: Baptist Pastor Jonathan Shelley explains to his congregation that “rebellious” teenagers and “lazy gamers” should be put to death.

Shelley, a Baptist Pastor from Texas, is caught on video telling his congregation at the Stedfast Baptist Church in Fort Worth, that God wants people to execute rebellious youth by stoning them to death.

In a video released by the church earlier this week Pastor Shelle tells his flock:

… [Kids are] going to continue being more rebellious, more mocking, more arrogant, more prideful. You see, it’s never enough. They just want to keep mocking their parents and disobeying their parents. You’ve got to squash out the rebellion in your child.

You know how you could squash rebellion in a public school today? Take the rebellious one out and stone him. I bet they’d shapen up pretty quick. I bet they’d figure out, “Maybe I should hearken under the authorities in my life.” And we see, unfortunately, our society is continually destroying itself, because all of these rebellious, arrogant, prideful teenage jerks that just don’t want to hearken to their parents, you know, and God said they should be put to death.

The guy that’s the lazy gamer, “I don’t want to get a job. I just want to play video games all day and drink alcohol with my buddies,” that guy should be put to death.

You know what? As a young man, you should be able to work! And you should work hard! And you should be sober! And the man that’s not going to do that, God says, “Well, I think you’re worthy of death.” That’s pretty serious.

The death penalty for being a rebellious teen? That seems a bit harsh…

Pastor Shelley was just hired by the Stedfast Baptist Church to replace Pastor Donnie Romero, who made headlines in 2016 when he offered a public prayer for God to “finish the job” and kill all the survivors of Orlando’s Pulse nightclub massacre.

Romero resigned from his position at the church earlier this month after admitting to “sins,” including hiring prostitutes, gambling, drinking, and smoking marijuana.

Bottom line: According to Pastor Jonathan Shelley, God wants Christians to execute rebellious teens and lazy gamers to set an example and keep everyone else in line. Can you feel the Christian love?

(H/T Friendly Atheist)

Baptist Pastor: God Says ‘Rebellious’ Teens And ‘Lazy Gamers’ Should Be Put To Death (Image via Screen Grab)
Baptist Pastor: God Says ‘Rebellious’ Teens And ‘Lazy Gamers’ Should Be Put To Death (Image via Screen Grab)
January 10, 2018

Perverse Christianity: After a megachurch pastor confesses to sexually assaulting a teen, the congregation gives him a standing ovation.

At Highpoint Church in Memphis, Tennessee, megachurch pastor Andy Savage offered a disturbing confession in front of his megachurch congregation this past Sunday, declaring:

As a college student on staff at a church in Texas more than 20 years ago, I regretfully had a sexual incident with a female high school senior in the church.

Even more disturbing, his request for forgiveness received a standing ovation from the perverse congregation. The Washington Post reports:

As Savage finished his remarks, he was greeted with a 20-second standing ovation from Highpoint’s congregation.

Newsweek also reports on the perverse and stunning reaction of the congregation:

A Tennessee pastor who publicly confessed to having a “sexual incident” with a high school student in 1998 received a thunderous standing applause when he asked to be forgiven.

Pastor Savage was forced to make his confession after the person he sexually assaulted, Jules Woodson, called him out for his crime in the wake of the #metoo movement.

In a brave and courageous action, Jules Woodson sent the following email to Pastor Savage, calling him out for his crime:

From: Jules Woodson 

Date: 12/1/17 9:21 AM (GMT-07:00)

To: andy.savage@highpointmemphis.com

Subject: Do you remember?

Do you remember that night that you were supposed to drive me home from church and instead drove me to a deserted back road and sexually assaulted me?

Do you remember how you acted like you loved me and cared about me in order for me to cooperate in such acts, only to run out of the vehicle later and fall to your knees begging for forgiveness and for me not to tell anyone what had just happened?

Well, I REMEMBER.

#me-too

After Woodson’s letter went public, Pastor Savage was forced to address the incident, and rather than simply admitting to his crime, he tried to minimize it by calling it a “sexual incident.”

However, by calling it a “sexual incident,” Pastor Savage is trying to sanitize the fact that he sexually assaulted a minor while serving as a Youth Pastor in a church. As such, he is guilty of a crime, and should be punished by the law, not cheered for his “brave confession” by gullible rubes who show nothing but contempt for his victim and all other survivors of sexual assault.

It is also important to note that Pastor Savage was not just a college student at the time of his crime. When he sexually assaulted Woodson she was a only a teen and he was her youth pastor. She was a minor. He was an adult. And he was her youth pastor, which makes his crime all the more heinous.

Commenting on the fact that the church congregation gave Pastor Savage a standing ovation after confessing to sexually assaulting her, Woodson told The New York Times she watched the moment, streamed live on the church’s YouTube page, in disbelief, declaring:

It’s disgusting.

Woodson said Pastor Savage’s apology wasn’t enough:

His apology isn’t enough because number one, he’s lying about how he handled it. He never came to me, the church told him he couldn’t talk to me and they told me I couldn’t talk to him.

Woodson continued, explaining why she came forward:

I want other victims of sexual abuse, especially within the church, to know that they’re not alone and to know that they have a voice.

There is a petition at Change.org asking Highpoint Church to force Pastor Andy Savage to resign his position at the megachurch. However, the fact that the congregation gave the criminal a standing ovation for admitting to sexual assault means that such a petition will most likely fail.

Bottom line: Christianity is often a perverse and despicable enterprise, and nothing demonstrates that more than Pastor Andy Savage and the good folks at Highpoint Church in Memphis, Tennessee.

Megachurch Pastor Andy Savage Confesses To Sexually Assaulting Teen (Image via Screen Grab)
Megachurch Pastor Andy Savage Confesses To Sexually Assaulting Teen (Image via Screen Grab)
March 2, 2017

In a bizarre display, a creepy Christian youth pastor moans “Daddy, please fill me!” while speaking to an auditorium filled with young people.

The short video, at once both disturbing and comical, was posted to YouTube last week with the title:

DADDY PLEASE FILL ME – My Youth PASTOR

The only explanation provided with the video is the following short description:

my pastor is a meme

On the video, after moaning “Daddy, please fill me” several times, the youth pastor invites his audience to moan along with him. Some reluctant, and probably confused audience members join him in the moaning.

Part of why the video is so creepy is the fact that youth pastors are often convicted of sexual crimes against the young people in their care.

Indeed, anyone who pays attention to the news recognizes that youth pastors are often associated with the sexual abuse of children. For example:

Watch the video below:

https://youtu.be/6RqIbNBALt8

(H/T Christian Nightmares)

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(Image via Screen Grab)

 

September 9, 2016

Ohio church blames and shames teen rape victim.

After a youth pastor in Ohio raped a teen girl, church officials asked the young victim to apologize to her rapist’s wife.

Brian Mitchell, a North Olmsted youth pastor, will spend a decade in prison for raping a 16-year-old girl who was also a member of his church.

Mitchell, 31, pleaded guilty to four counts of sexual battery. According to reports, Mitchell sexually abused the teen on at least two separate occasions.

In a letter to the court recounting her horrific experience at the hands of the demented youth pastor, the unnamed teen girl wrote:

I did not give him permission. I clearly said ‘no, didn’t want to.’

And while the story of a youth pastor raping a minor is nothing new, the details of this particular story of a youth pastor raping a teen is more heinous than most.

After the youth pastor was arrested for repeatedly raping the unnamed teen girl, officials at the Columbia Road Baptist Church blamed and shamed the young victim, and forbid the family of the unnamed teenager from attending services until she apologize to the wife of youth pastor Brian Mitchell.

The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports:

The girl’s mother said in court that church officials told her their family couldn’t return to the church until she apologized to Mitchell’s wife.

That’s right, church officials demanded that the young victim apologize to the youth pastor’s wife for being raped by her husband.

In a word, it is despicable.

As one might imagine, the family has since left the church.

And while church members blamed and shamed the teen for being raped, they showed sympathy for the rapist. The former youth pastor received around three dozen letters of support from church members.

After the news broke of the despicable behavior of church officials, in an attempt at damage control, officials at the Columbia Road Baptist Church made a post to their Facebook page reading in part:

… the accusation that an apology was required from the victim or her family to return was a result of a serious misunderstanding and does not reflect what actually transpired.

However, the church’s Facebook page has since been deleted. On the church website the following cryptic message can be found:

In regard to recent news stories featuring our church, Columbia Road Baptist Church has fully cooperated with the authorities and have nothing to add.

Bottom line: The church is obviously a dangerous place for women and children. Any organization that would blame and shame a rape victim is morally bankrupt, deserving only scorn and contempt.

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October 31, 2015

House of Horror: In Alabama, a Christian youth facility has been shut down after disturbing allegations of torture and extreme physical and emotional abuse of children.

The Saving Youth Foundation in Mobile has been shut down by the Alabama Department of Human Resources, and a pastor and two employees have been charged with multiple counts of felony child abuse.

According to reports, an extensive police investigation has led to criminal indictments that allege dozens of kids were subjected to physical and emotional abuse.

Fox10 reports more than 30 children, most of whom were brought to Mobile from out-of state, were removed from Saving Youth Foundation in March when the Alabama Department of Human Resources shutdown the facility amid allegations of abuse.

Owners Pastor John Young, William Knott, and Aleshia Moffett have been indicted by a Mobile County Grand Jury on 24 charges of aggravated abuse.

Allegations include placing children in tiny isolation cells in only their underwear for days at a time. An investigative report found a note on the wall of the facility outlining disciplinary procedures, including isolation:

Isolation time: 1st offense 3 days, 2nd offense 15 days, anything over 3 offenses will receive no less than 25 days.

One girl alleges that she was kept in one of the tiny isolation cells for 22 days after writing a letter to her mother asking for help, noting:

They would put you in handcuffs and shackles if they felt like they wanted to. Sometimes they would strip you down to your bra and underwear and you were in there 24 hours a day.

Teenager Madison Litsky reports Pastor Young hit her so hard in the face she almost passed out, explaining:

I was terrified at this point and then I said no I won’t, and then he hit me in the head, the first time, and then he hit me in the head again after I stopped and surrendered.

Another teen, William Vargas, said he was attacked by William Knott when he couldn’t keep up with the exercise. Vargas said:

So after he started choking me he threw me on the floor, and when i was on the floor he punched me on the side of the head.

Former residents reports physical and emotional abuse was rampant at the Christian youth facility, abuse like repeatedly hitting and punching in the face and stomach, and isolation in only their underwear for days at a time.

Part of the larger problem is that the residential facility was able to avoid state licenses and regulations because of it’s status as a religious organization.

Pastor Young told Fox10:

Because we’re a Christian based program, we’re not required to have a state license with our program.

Young, Knott and Moffett have all pleaded not guilty. The three defendants are scheduled to go on trial in February 2016.

FOX10 News | WALA

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January 14, 2015

In a brilliant response to ignorant Christian bigotry, Ellen DeGeneres mocks an angry anti-gay pastor.

In a recent anti-gay op-ed written for The Christian Post, Tennessee Pastor Larry Tomczak alleged that gay celebrities like Degeneres are guilty of pushing a “gay agenda” on America’s youth, and cites DeGeneres as an example of Hollywood “promoting homosexuality,” and the so-called “gay agenda.”

In her opening monologue on Tuesday’s show, Degeneres poked fun at the ignorant, homophobic pastor. The following is an excerpt:

I don’t usually read anything about myself. I don’t look at the tabloids or the Internet unless it’s about me being pregnant, then how else would I know … but I heard there was an article written about me and I’d like to address it right now.

It’s a pastor who wrote an article for The Christian Post where he accuses Hollywood of having a gay agenda and said that ‘Ellen DeGeneres celebrates her lesbianism and ‘marriage’ in between appearances of guests like Taylor Swift to attract young girls.

Larry, I don’t even know what it means to celebrate my lesbianism. I mean. Well, I guess I do, it’s like that! (DeGeneres added, pulling a party popper out of her pocket and popping it.) I’m gay!

The only way I’m trying to influence people is to be more kind and compassionate with one another. That is the message I’m sending out. I don’t have an agenda.

Be more kind and compassionate with one another? Sounds like humanism.

http://youtu.be/6mZezLwvr1k
Ellen Degeneres
Ellen Degeneres
January 10, 2015

Sometimes Christian love requires violence: In a disturbing video clip, a pastor brags about punching a “dangerously bright” kid in the chest for “not taking the Lord serious.”

In the video, an unnamed pastor talks about his days of being a youth pastor, and explains how he assaulted a “smart aleck” kid for “not taking the Lord serious.”

In the video the pastor says:

I punched him in the chest as hard as I could. I crumpled the kid.

The clip ends with the pastor explaining: “There’s times that that (assaulting children) might be needed.”

The problem is not only with the pastor who believes it is fine and dandy to assault children, and then brag about it. Perhaps even more troubling is the “good Christians” listening to their pastor justify child abuse without objecting.

It is frightening to think of how many Christians would agree with this pastor, and see nothing wrong with this sort of child abuse as long as it is in service to the Lord.

And that’s what they call Christian love.

Pastor brags about punching ‘dangerously bright’ kid (Image via Screen Grab)
Pastor brags about punching ‘dangerously bright’ kid (Image via Screen Grab)

 

July 8, 2014

Beaten, maced, and forced to dig his own grave: The pastor and two members of a Corona church pleaded guilty Monday to torturing a young boy living at the church-run group home.

Prosecutors say the pastor of Heart of Worship Community Church, Lonny Lee Remmers, 56, and two church members, Nicholas James Craig, 24, and Darryll Duane Jeter Jr., 30, abused the 13-year-old boy at the church-run group home where they all lived.

According to court documents, the boy was beaten and then had salt rubbed into his wounds; he was later tied to a chair and Maced; then at Bible study, the boy was forced to sit in the middle of a group while Pastor Remmers squeezed his nipples with pliers.

The boy, his mother and sister were all members of Remmers’ church. The victim reports his mother and sister lived in a women’s group home, while he had been moved to the men’s home as a disciplinary action

LATimes.com reports details about the torture and abuse that occured in March 2012:

… incidents included Craig and Jeter driving the victim to the desert and forcing him to dig his own grave. They then made him get in and threw dirt on him. They were responding to Remmers’ instruction to “scare” the boy, according to the affidavits.

While the boy was showering, one of the men rubbed salt into the cuts on his back, according to Steven Larkey, who lived in the group home and provided the witness report in the affidavit. He told investigators he could hear the boy screaming and saw blood all over the shower the next day.

The victim was later tied to a chair with zip ties and placed in the shower. Mace was sprayed on his face, causing it to bleed, and he was not allowed to rinse off for about 30 minutes, according to the victim’s account in the affidavit.

At a Bible study later that evening at Remmers’ home, Remmers asked the boy to sit in the middle of the group and then squeezed his nipple with pliers.

The Times reports Remmers entered guilty pleas to inflicting bodily injury on a child and assault with a deadly weapon. He will receive a sentence of up to two years in state prison.

Craig and Jeter were both placed on three years of formal probation and must complete a year in custody. They each pleaded guilty to charges of child abuse and making criminal threats.

And yet another child falls victim to “Christian love.”

Nicholas Craig, Lonnie Remmers and Darryl Duane Jeter
March 7, 2014

In an appalling display of insensitivity, ignorance, and bad taste, a Baptist pastor performed in blackface at the National Young Fundamentalist Conference held in Lexington, Kentucky, this week.

Pastor Joseph G. Pickens proudly performed in blackface for cheering young evangelicals during the Christian Youth Conference held at Clay Mills Road Baptist Church in Lexington.

Pastor Pickens paraded around in blackface to the delight of the packed auditorium, pretending to box in a feeble attempt at comedy.

Apparently everyone present at the Christian event was oblivious to the offensive and derogatory nature of the pathetic display.

And apparently for young Christian fundamentalists, nothing says good, clean, Christian fun, like a horrifically racist pantomime.

 
Pastor Joseph G. Pickens dons blackface for National Young Fundamentalists Conference

(H/T Christian Nightmares and Stuff Fundies Like)

 

May 21, 2016

A child is more likely to be molested at church than in a transgender-friendly bathroom.

As the transgender bathroom hysteria rages across the nation, it is important to remember where the real danger is for children. And despite the hysteria, a church is much more dangerous for a child than a public bathroom.

Earlier this week a gay Alabama lawmaker discusses the fact that church is a greater threat to children than transgender-friendly bathrooms. In a touching op-ed post, state representative Patricia Todd discussed the difficulties of being transgender, and the myths surrounding the transgender community.

As for “the bathroom issue” Todd notes:

No evidence has been uncovered showing that fears of transgender persons and “the bathroom issue” are warranted. Several states, school districts and corporations have adopted their own policies affirming transgender people’s right to use the bathroom that aligns with their gender identity and have not reported problems.

As for the plight of transgender people, Todd reports:

In a study from UCLA’s Williams Institute, nearly 70% of transgender people said they had experienced verbal harassment in a situation involving gender-segregated bathrooms, while nearly 10% reported physical assault.

As for the safety of children, Todd observes:

Most child predators are male (The National Center for Victims of Crime) and The Child Molestation Research & Prevention Institute notes that 90% of child molesters target children in their network of family and friends, and the majority are men married to women.

In other words, the real danger to children is not strangers in a public bathroom, but people they know, and are taught to trust.

Indeed, anyone who pays attention to the news recognizes that youth pastors are often associated with the sexual abuse of children, and of course there is always the despicable, ongoing, and never-ending sexual abuse of children in the Catholic church.

American News X reports in 2014 the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) came out with a report on sexual abuse in the Catholic church. The report indicates that from 1950-2013, 17,259 victims made accusations and 6,427 clerics had been counted as “not implausibly” or “credibly” accused. In addition, it should be noted that these numbers do not account for underreporting, or include the unusually large number victims who came forward in 2003 in the wake of the Boston Globe‘s eye-opening report on sexual abuse in the Catholic church by their Spotlight team.

American News X also reports evangelical leaders have grown concerned enough about sexual abuse in their ranks that they have launched the “Godly Response to Abuse in the Christian Environment” (GRACE) to train, educate and help faith communities prevent the rampant child sexual abuse in America’s churches.

A presentation titled “Offenders Within The Church: Who Are They And How Do They Operate?” gives an ominous indication of the grave threat facing children in American churches, including the fact that reported child abuse accusations against US protestant churches average 70 per week (GRACE also acknowledges that the actual number is probably much higher due to under-reporting.)

In fact, GRACE even has a name for this phenomenon that contributes to sexual abuse in churches: The Five Exploitations:

  1. Exploitation of “religious cover”: Child molesters’ apparent embrace of religious practices and doctrine gives them access to children while providing cover for their behavior.
  2. Exploitation of faith: “The victim’s own analysis of religious doctrine may result in confusion and silence.”
  3. Exploitation of power: Children are taught to submit to authority “from the earliest age.”
  4. Exploitation of needs: Churches are always in need of volunteers and don’t always have the resources to thoroughly vet everyone. On top of that, churchgoers often come in need of support and spiritual solace.
  5. Exploitation of trust: Churches foster a trusting environment, especially for families with children, and children are taught to trust in God and those whom they see as His representatives.

As for the big myth that transgender people using public bathrooms pose some sort of threat, a report issued by Media Matters cites experts from twelve states – including law enforcement officials, state human rights workers, and sexual assault victims advocates – who debunk the myth that transgender non-discrimination laws have any relation to incidents of sexual assault or harassment in public restrooms.

Bottom line: Children are much more likely to be molested at church than in a transgender-friendly bathroom.

(H/T Patricia ToddAmerican News X)

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