Religion is for suckers: priest exorcised demons with oral sex

Religion is for suckers: priest exorcised demons with oral sex July 19, 2019

THREE men have accused Rev Dr William Weaver, 69, of Linden Presbyterian Church in New Jersey, of  performing oral sex them when they came to him for private counseling.

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Weaver, according to this report, would allegedly tell the men that he needed to “suck” out demons, citing Native American rituals and a verse from Ephesians telling Christians to “put on the full armor of God.”

According to impact statements the men submitted to the Presbytery of Elizabeth, which has jurisdiction over the church in Linden, Weaver would order each to strip naked and lie down. Then he would place an “angel coin” on their foreheads and have them balance stones on their hands and ankles. He would then allegedly perform oral sex on them.

One man, A J Meeker, says he started seeing Weaver about family problems in 2000, when he was 20. He wrote:

I refuse to stay silent any longer. I need to make sure that this never happens to anyone else ever again.

A second, Jared Staunton, said that after his encounter with the minister, Weaver:

Lifted my head up and looked into my eyes, and said, ‘You don’t have to be afraid anymore, I’m your protector now’.

Staunton said the the minister then kissed him on the lips.

In addition to working at Linden Presbyterian for 39 years, Weaver also served as chaplain for the local chapter of the Vietnam Veterans Association.  Audrey Pereira, a representative for the chapter, described him as:

A Jekyll and Hyde. He did good on one hand. On the other hand, he did this evil to who knows how many. It can’t just have been these guys. There has to be more.

An investigation by the Presbytery found credible evidence of “multiple acts of idolatry and sexual misconduct.” It also reportedly uncovered gay porn on a church-owned computer in Weaver’s office.

A church trial was set to start on January 25, but Weaver renounced the Presbytery and its jurisdiction the day before. He has subsequently moved to a gated retirement community in Lakewood, about an hour away from Linden.

Meeker, Staunton and another male parishioner reportedly took their case to secular authorities, as well, but the Union County Prosecutor’s Office says it cannot confirm or deny any details.

In June, the three men, along with a woman who claims Weaver assaulted her, filed a lawsuit in Middlesex County Superior Court. In addition to Weaver, they are suing the Linden Presbyterian Church, the Presbytery of Elizabeth and the Presbyterian Church (USA).

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Weaver’s case bring to mind the arrest in 2015 of a 57-year-old Brazilian pastor, Sobrini Valdeci Picanto, above, who claimed that Jesus Christ had blessed his penis. He urged his church members at Faithful Apore Assembly to practice oral sex on him, saying that his semen was sacred. He referried to it as “divine milk of the Holy Spirit.”

One of his followers, unnamed, said:

He convinced us that only God could come into our lives through the mouth. Picanto, usually after church service, asked us to do oral sex on him until the Holy Spirit came through ejaculation.

The follower added:

Picanto claims to have had an encounter with Jesus in a brothel and gave him the mission of spreading the sacred semen throughout the state, beginning with the Faithful Apore Assembly which he is overseeing.

A delegate of the Apore region, Denise Pinheiro, said the pastor was:

Caught red-handed while rubbing his manhood in the face of a local merchant.

He promised her that his “divine liquid” would improve her business.

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  • CoastalMaineBird

    He convinced us that only God could come into our lives through the mouth.

    Maybe they didn’t have parents in the household, but the real problem here is lack of sex education.

    Parents and schools should teach their kids that their bodies are their own; that sex is something one needs permission for, and that sometimes people will try to trick you.

    My first instinct is to think “how dumb do you have to be to think that an invisible Jesus will enter your heart through another man’s p_e_n_i_s?”

    And my second instinct is to think that “the unfortunate kid maybe has never been told the truth, maybe he’s had parents who were afraid of sex talk, or maybe no parents at all.”

    Either way, I’m saddened that a person can get to be age 20 and be so clueless.

    I’m also saddened that Patheos decides to send me to moderation for properly spelling and properly using the proper name for a proper part of one’s proper anatomy, but allows it to go through if I sprink_le it with underscores.
    That protects kids, I suppose.

    You know, Barry, I’m sorry that you moved into the Patheticeos world. It was better (from my POV) when FreeThinker was independent.

  • CoastalMaineBird

    I give up, Barry – I don’t know how to get around the Patheticos filters. When it prohibits me from even quoting the original article, that’s just silly.

    I wish you had remained independent. Joining Patheos was a step down.

  • Barry Duke

    CMB (and others) if your comments don’t immediately appear, don’t repost them. I am trying my best to extract comments from the moderation queue, but there will inevitably be a time lag. CMB your comments was flagged for the use of the restricted word d***b. Other recent comments have been held up for use of the word “b**r (as in the drink) and “I***m (as in the M****m religion). I f*****g despair!

  • CoastalMaineBird

    OK, I’m sorry for creating extra work for you.
    If I knew which words would harm the kids, I’d make appropriate changes.

    qɯnp ʎןdɯıs s,ʇı ‘sı ʇı sɐ ʇnq

  • Lurker111

    How is any churchgoer that stupid able to walk and breathe at the same time?

  • Michael Neville

    Here is the Patheos Naughty Word List™. [LINK] All 1089 words and phrases that Patheos deems to be too uncouth for commentators to use.

    Notice that a fair number of these words make absolutely no sense. You cannot talk about the wall-to-wall rug in your living room. You cannot refer to the sack you bring your groceries home in. The name of the Führer is verboten. The official state religion of Saudi Arabia must not be mentioned.

  • Freethinker

    Full points for the title!

  • Freethinker

    The breathing part is relative
    It depends what Jesus blessed object happens to be lodged in their windpipe.

  • barriejohn

    I knew some gullible Christians, but this level of stupidity really takes the biscuit. How could they possibly fall for that? Maybe he told them that Jesus is coming again!

  • Sophotroph

    Seriously, get together with the other Nonreligious authors and tell Beliefnet that they don’t get to have a word ban list, and that you’ll all just leave unless they can it.

    Otherwise, this community is going to leave and it will end up the same way.

    Just tell them “no”. It’s not like they can fire you and stay in business.

    If you don’t use the power you have, somebody will take it from you. It’s true on blogs, in the office, and in government; everywhere there is power.

    Lastly, “BeliefNet” is on the freaking list. That is too far. That one is going to cost them.

  • Southwest Florida

    Religion was designed for the weak minded, how could anyone who is an adult believe this??

  • Sophotroph


  • Matt G

    He performed “acts of idolatry”? Well that’s the REAL crime here….

  • Sophotroph

    Beliefnet! Can’t talk about THE PEOPLE WHO OWN THE SITE!

  • Sophotroph

    Beliefnet, everybody! “Beliefnet”!

  • George

    “Caught red-handed while rubbing his manhood in the face of a local merchant.”

    That is easily the funniest unintentionally funny thing I’m gonna read this week. Thank you, inadvertently funny Brazilian woman!

  • persephone

    Dudes and their magic sp erm. No, it isn’t good for your skin. No, it isn’t full of amino acids. Just no.

  • Michael Neville

    Whatever. The Naughty Word List™ is still a real thing, regardless of which label you prefer to put on the people inflicting it on us.

  • CoastalMaineBird

    If it’s all you’ve been taught since you were three, there’s a good chance.

  • Southwest Florida

    So sad that people cannot think for themselves!

  • Jam

    “How can grown men (yes, 20 is old enough to fight in wars, vote, and have kids) be that stupid?” A more rational view is that they’re not “that” stupid. Maybe this is not about their lack of capacity for reason and logic. Maybe it’s about the repressed sexual desires of extreme religious people who can’t allow themselves to experience “evil gay sex” in more normative ways. That also explains why they hated themselves and the predator pastor the next day. If nothing else, it will be an interesting court case, which, odds are, they will win.

  • sfmike

    Not sure a BJ given to a 20 year old adult man who has the ability to say no is “evil” as stated in the article.

  • rubaxter

    That kind of behavior and manipulation will eventually be used against others who are not 20 year old adult males, with the ability to say ‘No’, if it hasn’t ALREADY been used.

    There is an assumed trust that the preacher-fool is trying to make the person who came to them whole, not just to to have the sleazeball introduce more ‘moral turpitude’ into the situation, by the very tenets of the preacher-fool’s comic book faith.

  • Cozmo the Magician

    Remember folks, it is ATHEISTS that are all perverts who lack morals…

  • Richard B

    Too creepy.

  • Stephen Mynett

    Agree CMB, the move here is a great shame, although I think it was probably financially motivated and I do not blame Barry Duke and co for doing their best to keep The Freethinker going. Unfortunately many former print titles have gone or are really struggling in the internet age and I doubt that The Freethinker would have survived as a totally independent body.

    That said, the Patheos set up and moderating system is awful, not helped by having to use Disqus. I have had at least two posts which were never published and neither had content which merited censoring, although I base that opinion on logic and having worked as an editor, I did not adopt the Patheos “we are right you are wrong” approach. We have also lost good commenters such as Angela K and a few others since the move, so a great shame all round.

  • Mike Panic

    I have had entire pots removed for one naughty word, Some krister came here and threatened to castrate all Gays. AFAIK it is still there. The word A-S-I-N-9 got an entire post removed IIRC. I have spent more time reading books, watching baseball games, waling and anything other than posting here and being censored by prudish net nannies. Patheos Freethought has disappeared from my emails yet again.

  • Mike Panic

    I love eating my boyfriend’s offer ing.

  • Mike Panic

    You are correct.

  • Mike Panic

    It is the fools with their s-k-y-e f-a-e-r-i-e that must not be disturbed at all costs.

  • Mike Panic

    It was consensual until it wasn’t?

  • Southwest Florida

    The USA and the world are moving away from these bronze age fairy tales as science has replaced everyone of them! the church will soon be like the movie, Gone with the Wind!

  • CoastalMaineBird

    You are kidding yourself with the “soon” idea.

  • Southwest Florida

    Maybe to some degree but religion is dying off and for me the sooner the better!