A pair of Native American brothers who had traveled seven hours to tour Colorado State University this week had their visit cut short after a parent on their tour reported them to the campus police.
- via www.nytimes.com
Saturday, May 05, 2018
Monday, February 19, 2018
- Priest accused of sexually abusing a 12-year-old
- Pastor arrested, accused of raping teenage boy, breaks silence
- Arrested pastor please guilty to sexually assaulting 5 juveniles
- Ex-pastor pleads guilty to hidden juvenile bathroom camera case
- Ex-priest who fled to Philippines pleads not guilty to sexually abusing kids
- Former youth pastor charged with Child exploitation, possessing child porn
Wednesday, December 20, 2017
I am happy to hear this news. Every day he lived was a slap in the face of the victims of clergy sexual abuse.
Cardinal Bernard F. Law, whose stature as archbishop of Boston and America’s senior Roman Catholic prelate was shattered in a maelstrom of scandal, acrimony and resignation in 2002 after revelations that he had protected abusive priests for years, died Wednesday. He was 86 and lived in Rome.
- via www.nytimes.com
Monday, December 18, 2017
Newspaper headlines… sometime they make me say wft.
In Michigan's Wayne County, Prosecutor Kym Worthy has spent years processing 11,341 rape kits. The kits, found in 2009, were forgotten in a police storage warehouse, where they were routinely dumped without investigation.Are they going after the officials that did not do their jobs?
- via Boing Boing
Wait… 86% people of color. Oh geez what asshats.
Sunday, December 17, 2017
This is a fascinating article about evangelical author and speaker Jen Hatmaker’s fall from favor. Her sin… she did not support Trump. It’s worth a few minutes just to see how the Christian Machine works.
“This year I became painfully aware of the machine, the Christian Machine,” she wrote in April on her blog. It was Good Friday, a somber day for Christians to observe the crucifixion of Jesus. Hatmaker wrote that she understood now the machine’s “systems and alliances and coded language and brand protection,” not as the insider she had long been, but “from the outside where I was no longer welcome.” During the election season, she added, the “Christian Machine malfunctioned.” It laid bare the civil war within her Christian community.Horrifying.
- via POLITICO Magazine
The pastor of a church in Hamilton Montana allegedly urged the victim to not report sexual assaults to the police as the pastor was more interested in protecting the rapists because he was a sex addict.
“The pastor then asked for all the details of their sex life and specific instances where defendant forced himself on her. Female 1 reported that the pastor urged her not to make any reports to law enforcement, tell other members of the church, or defendant’s place of employment,” the affidavit continued.
- via www.rawstory.com
The pastor’s name and the church’s name are protected in the reports I’ve seen. Hamilton is a small city with a lot of churches, but I’m willing to bet it’s a baptist church. The alleged rapist is Seth Wirick, 30 of Hamilton Montana.
Saturday, December 16, 2017
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Sunday, November 26, 2017
I found this horrifying list via Reddit while reading this morning. I spent a few minutes reading up on cases I did not know about. Again… horrifying
- Republican anti-abortion activist Howard Scott Heldreth is a convicted child rapist in Florida.
- Republican County Commissioner David Swartz pleaded guilty to molesting two girls under the age of 11 and was sentenced to 8 years in prison.
- Republican judge Mark Pazuhanich pleaded no contest to fondling a 10-year old girl and was sentenced to 10 years probation.
I’m looking for a corresponding list of Democratic offenders. I’ll post that when I find it.
Saturday, November 25, 2017
This is one of the first things I read this morning. It made me smile.
The Atheist Alliance in Spartanburg collects items for the homeless throughout the month.They have an Amazon wish list. Please donate if you can. I did.
They meet on the third Saturday of every month and donate what they have collected to about 100 homeless people.
- via The Independent
Thursday, November 23, 2017
- “I want you soo bad. Right now. Deep and hard.”
- “Wind is a finite resource and harnessing it would slow the winds down, which would cause the temperature to go up."
…women in Christian communities were being told to endure or forgive domestic violence, and stay in abusive relationships, often due to misappropriation of Bible verses on submission.
- via ABC News
Monday, November 20, 2017
I look for signs that we are, as a people and a nation, getting better despite Trumpism and rampant Evangelical hypocrisy. I look, but I find the opposite. I find the we choose ugliness and hate, like in Atlanta where the city closed a homeless shelter and then started ticketing people for feeding the newly dispossessed homeless. Or in Denver, were the police take blankets and tents from homeless people. Or in San Diego where the homeless must move each Monday or face arrest.
Last week at a party, I listed to a married couple I’ve know for 20 years describe the horror of homeless people invading their community. They live in Newport Beach on the beach. A privilege known by few in my circle. I described being hassled by the police for feeding an old lady near where I work. A friend described feeding the homeless of Santa Anna. My privileged friends described working to push the homeless from their community. They chided me for feeding an old lady, saying, “It encourages homelessness.” It made me shiver. I took it as a sign of the pending apocalypse.