I have a friend who’s dream is to open a Christian coffeehouse as part of his ministry. I’ve always recoiled at the idea privately. There is something about the tranquility of a good coffee shop disrupted by the minions of Jesus that sets my teeth on edge. I’m afraid it would be a bad scene. I could not enjoy a cup of coffee with the burden of Christian love hanging on every sip. My thoughts never strayed to the possibility of abuse though. It did not occur to me that a Christian coffeehouse could be a place where children are at risk. Enter the pedophile…
Christian activist and “minister of Jesus’ Michael Frediani was arrested in Springfield, Massachusetts for failing to register as a sex offender. He managed Holy Grounds Coffee Shop where he served free coffee to teens in exchange for conversation. This minister of Jesus raped an 11-year-old child in New York. It gets better, nutball pastor Scott Lively owns the place.
Frediani had identified himself as “Michael Free,” when he was interviewed last Friday by The Republican at the coffee house. At the time, Frediani said he was a “volunteer manager” at the coffee house, assisting the owner, controversial pastor Scott Lively.
You remember Scott Lively right? He one of the overtly bigoted anti-gay pastors. This is what he had to say about his convicted pedophile coffeehouse manager.
“Having been a pastor a long time, and having known many people with a rough past, it doesn’t surprise me he has a rough past. That he has a criminal record. A lot of Christians are former criminals. That’s the beauty of the salivation of Christ.”
Translation – I don’t care about his background. He’s a Christian now so all is forgiven. Move along sheeple.
I should also point that Lively stated the Coffeehouse was not a business, but that it’s was a church. Of course. the church ministers to school kids and Michael Frediani was managing it for him under an assumed name. The hypocrisy is breathtaking. .
I wonder why Lively did not do a background check? That seem reasonable in a situation like this and something I would expect from a responsible community leader. Maybe that’s why he did not do a background check, because Lively is neither responsible or a community leader. It’s something to ponder.
Just in case you think this pedophile deserves a break, consider this. Frediani was allowing kids to use the coffeehouse as a hangout for kids cutting school. You do the math.