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TENNESSEE: Anti-Gay Pastor Charged With Molesting Eight Children, Allegedly Asked Them To Sit On His Face

The Tennessean reports: Metro police have arrested a pastor accused of molesting several children across two decades while he was leader of a South Nashville congregation. Matthew Dennis Patterson, known as Denny, served as pastor of Nolensville Road Baptist Church for more than 20 years. He resigned on Sept. 24. Days later, members of the congregation came to the police ...

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Pastor John Hagee: Atheists Killed Jesus [VIDEO]

Pastor John Hagee, who is perhaps most infamous for declaring that God sent Hurricane Katrina to punish America for homosexuality and for claiming that God sent Hitler to enable the creation of Israel, turned a few heads today with a fresh take the alleged crucifixion of Jesus. “Up the bloody slopes of Calvary, Jesus Christ went where atheistic hands nailed ...

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HOUSTON: Feds Indict Megachurch Pastor For Selling Millions In Worthless Chinese Bonds To Elderly Investors

Put on your shocked faces: A Houston megachurch pastor and longtime spiritual adviser to President George W. Bush was indicted in federal court Thursday on claims that he sold more than $1 million in worthless Chinese bonds to vulnerable and elderly investors, some of whom lost their life savings to the alleged scheme. A federal grand jury in Shreveport, La., ...

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Evangelicals Blast Trump For “Immoral” Spending Bill (But He Still Gets Mulligans For All That Adultery)

The Christian Post reports: Conservative evangelical leaders have issued a rare public condemnation of the Donald Trump White House after the president signed an “immoral” spending bill that they say “constituted a moment of weakness” for his administration. Evangelical leaders with close ties to the administration were quick to voice their disapproval of the $1.3 trillion omnibus bill passed by ...

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UNSHOCKING: Sociologists Find That Support For Trump Is Largely Driven By White Christian Nationalism

A new study by a team of university sociologists purports to reveal that support for Trump is largely driven by “white Christian nationalism.” The study examines support for statements such as “the federal government should declare the United States as a Christian nation” and includes an accounting of “anti-black prejudice” and views of Muslims and immigrants. From the Washington Post: ...

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Pat Robertson Hails Parkland Activists: God Bless Them

Kyle Mantyla reports at Right Wing Watch: In the wake of the mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida, last month, televangelist Pat Robertson voiced his support for a ban on assault weapons, saying that there is no reason why “the general population needs to have automatic weapons” and that a ban on them was “sensible.” Over the ...

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Priests Busted With Huge Stash Of Embezzled Cash

No kids involved. This time: A group of Catholic priests in Brazil have been arrested, accused of embezzling £426,000 of church donations, funeral fees and fundraising cash. The Bishop of Formosa, Jose Ribeiro, along with five clergymen and three lay people were detained in prison in Goiás this week charged with stealing over 2 million reais (£426,000) from church funds. ...

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Texas Pastor Sentenced To 99 Years For Starving Child To Death Because He Was Possessed By Demons

The Dallas News reports: Aracely Meza cradles the limp body of a 2-year-old boy, praying for God to bring the starved toddler back to life. The moment was captured on videos that a Dallas County jury watched this week before finding the Balch Springs pastor guilty Friday of felony injury to a child causing serious bodily injury. The 52-year-old will ...

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Buffalo Diocese Names 42 Pedophile Priests [VIDEO]

The Buffalo News reports: For more than 30 years, Timothy J. Clark lived with the emotional scars of being sexually abused by a parish priest. The name of the man who allegedly assaulted Clark remained a closely guarded secret. Clark didn’t want to talk much about it. Bishops for the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo refused to acknowledge anything about priests ...

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Conference Of Catholic Bishops Issue “Strong Support” Of Bill To Legalize Anti-LGBT Discrimination Nationwide

Via press release: Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Committee for Religious Liberty, and Bishop James D. Conley of Lincoln, chairman of the Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage, gave their strong support for the First Amendment Defense Act, which was recently introduced by Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) in ...

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PENNSYLVANIA: Trial Begins For Parents Charged In Faith Healing Death Of Their Two Year Old Daughter

The Reading Eagle reports: After a roughly six-hour process, attorneys selected a jury to hear the case of an Upper Tulpehocken Township couple who did not seek medical attention for their 2-year-old daughter before she died of pneumonia. Jonathan Foster, 35, and Grace Foster, 33, are being tried on charges of involuntary manslaughter and endangering the welfare of a child ...

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Catholic Church Removes Famed Founder Of Male Chastity Order For “Improper Conduct With Adult Men”

The Chicago Tribune reports: The Rev. C. Frank Phillips, founder of a religious order of men and pastor at the storied St. John Cantius Catholic Parish, was removed last week by the Archdiocese of Chicago amid an investigation into allegations of improper conduct with adult men, according to church officials. In a statement to parishioners, Cardinal Blase Cupich explained that ...

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Christian College President Compares Gays To ISIS

Oklahoma Wesleyan president Everett Piper is getting a lot of attention for an op-ed he wrote for the far-right Washington Times. An excerpt: I recommend this simple exercise: Go to any article in any magazine or website that argues for “conversations” about sexual morality and simply replace the acronym of the day with another set of letters. For example, every ...

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Multiple Sex And Corruption Scandals Rock Catholic Church: Child Molestation, Sadistic Child Porn, Fraud

It’s been another stellar week for the Catholic Church. Here’s a roundup of just five of the separate crimes that hit my inbox in the last few days. From the National Catholic Reporter: A Saginaw, Michigan, diocesan priest, previously cleared of accusations of sexual abuse of a minor, has been caught in a police sting operation and charged with criminal ...

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Pentecostal Pastor Busted For Meth Begs Congregation For Forgiveness: My Life Has Been A “Pressure Cooker”

The Christian News reports: A Louisiana pastor has asked his congregation for forgiveness after he was arrested Wednesday night for possession of methamphetamine, a drug that he said he wrongfully turned to in attempting to find relief from the pressures and pains of life. “A few months ago, in a time of weakness, I attempted to ease the pain in ...

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Pentacostal Pastor Arrested For Meth Possession

The Shreveport Times reports: A Bossier Parish pastor has been arrested after admitting to police he had meth at his Bossier City home. Andy C. Harris, 56, of 2406 Benton Road in Bossier City, was charged with possession of a Schedule II controlled dangerous substance (methamphetamine) and possession of drug paraphernalia. Harris was the senior pastor at The Church of ...

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Pastor Hit With 47 Counts Of Molesting Boys [VIDEO]

The Christian Post reports: After allegedly threatening to take his life last month over allegations that he raped two underage boys, Ronnie Gorton, a married father and lead pastor of The Awakening Church in Atoka, Tennessee, was indicted on 47 counts of illegal relations with three underage boys. Among the charges, according to The Leader, are five counts of aggravated ...

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TEXAS: Pastor At Ex-Gay Torture Church Busted For Patronizing Prostitutes, Sheriff’s Deputy Also Nabbed

The Waco Herald-Tribune reports: A pastor resigned from a local church that has taken a vocal role in preventing human trafficking. The resignation came amid a prostitution investigation in December, and the pastor turned himself in to law enforcement on a prostitution charge today. Edward Ignacio Espinosa, 41, was arrested on a Class B misdemeanor prostitution charge after he paid ...

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Father & Son Church Staffers Charged With Child Rape, Pastor At Same Church Charged With Rape In 2011

NBC News Dallas reports: A father and son, both on the staff of a North Texas Baptist Church, have each been accused of sexual assault of a child, Mesquite police say. Steven Aaron Winn, 33, of Crandall, and his father, Larry Allen Winn, 65, of Dallas, are both employed at the Open Door Baptist Church in Mesquite. The elder Winn ...

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ITALY: Male Escort Outs 40 Gay Priests To Vatican

The Associated Press reports: The archdiocese of Naples says it has sent the Vatican a 1,200-page dossier compiled by a male escort identifying 40 actively gay priests and seminarians in Italy. In a statement on the diocesan website, Cardinal Crescenzio Sepe said none of the identified priests worked in Naples. But he said he decided to forward the file to ...

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