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eagleeye

Overland Park, KS

#1 Aug 3, 2009
FOXNews.com
21 Drug Arrests During Raid at Pennsylvania Church's Music Event

Monday , August 03, 2009

AP
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MOUNT PLEASANT, Pa.—
Authorities in southwestern Pennsylvania arrested 21 people and seized large amounts of drugs and paraphernalia at a concert held by a non-denominational Christian church that says its music events are religious services.

Police executed a search warrant Saturday during the second day of a three-day "Funk Fest" event organized by the Church of Universal Love and Music, said Assistant District Attorney Mark Brooks, coordinator of the Fayette County Drug Task Force.

Authorities asked a judge for the warrant after undercover officers attending separate events in May and July witnessed people openly selling and using drugs and "head shops" selling drug paraphernalia, Brooks said.

Under a settlement of a federal religious rights lawsuit against the county by church leader church leader William Pritts last March, the church was allowed to hold a limited number of concerts at Pritts' property in Acme, about 35 miles southeast of Pittsburgh. Neighbors had complained about traffic and noise, and officials said they were concerned about illegal drug use.

The 21 arrested at Saturday's concert — which was attended by 400 to 500 people — face charges ranging from misdemeanor drug possession to felony possession with intent to deliver. More arrests are possible, Brooks said.

Large amounts of drugs including marijuana, LSD, and hallucinogenic mushrooms were collected, Brooks said, but he didn't say specifically how much.

Brooks said he initially doubted the undercover officer's accounts of drug use at earlier events.

"They made it sound like Woodstock on steroids," he said. "But within minutes of getting out of the undercover vehicle they observed people walking around smoking marijuana in the open. And we never asked to purchase drugs; people came up to us offering drugs ... all we did was stand there like patrons listening to the music."

Pritts has an unlisted number, and the church's phone rang unanswered Sunday. The church's Web site includes a list of concert rules, including no illegal drug use or underage drinking.

The church calls music the "universal language" that can break through prejudice and help people attain their full potential. "Music, Nature, Humor all help us to achieve happiness, and to see the essence of life and existence," the Web site says.
eagleeye

Overland Park, KS

#2 Aug 3, 2009
Conn. priest: Bishop wanted to send me to the nuns

By JOHN CHRISTOFFERSEN (AP)– 1 hour ago

NEW HAVEN, Conn.— A former priest claims a bishop who played a leading national role in responding to the Catholic Church sex abuse scandal threatened to send him to live with nuns after he hired a private investigator to look into his pastor.

The pastor, the Rev. Michael Jude Fay, later pleaded guilty to a federal fraud charge and was sentenced to three years in prison for stealing more than $1 million from St. John Roman Catholic Church in Darien to support a luxurious lifestyle.

The priest who hired the investigator the year before, the Rev. Michael Madden, made the claim about the threat of being sent to live with nuns in a deposition for a lawsuit by the church's bookkeeper, who says she was harassed and threatened for exposing Fay's embezzlement.

Madden was asked in the deposition in June for bookkeeper Bethany D'Erario's lawsuit if church officials told him they were going to send him to a nunnery.

"Nunnery is probably not the word, but, yes, the bishop was going to pull me out of the parish that day just as I thought and send me to live with nuns," Madden said, according to the deposition, which was filed Monday in Waterbury Superior Court.

Asked if that was a punishment, Madden said, "It certainly was."

An attorney for the church on Monday denied that Bishop William Lori had threatened to punish Madden like that.

"At no time did Bishop Lori ever threaten to send Mr. Madden to live with nuns," attorney Daniel Schwartz said. "That is not an accurate description of their conversation."

D'Erario's attorney, Mark Sherman, said Monday he plans to call Lori, who served on a national committee to respond to the sexual abuse crisis that rocked the Catholic Church beginning in 2002, as a witness. He said the church had treated Fay better than it treated his client and Madden, who quit the priesthood.

"The only motive Beth and Mike Madden had in blowing the whistle was to stop Father Fay's embezzlement," Sherman said. "As a thank you gift, the church and diocese cut her health benefits, slandered her name and did everything they could to push her out the door."

Madden initially defended his hiring of the investigator at a Mass in 2006, saying he was "sorry and angry that the diocese failed to come to my rescue when there were red flags waving everywhere." Later that day, the diocese issued a letter from Madden in which he wrote that he made "a huge mistake" in hiring the investigator, apologized and defended the diocese's handling of the matter.

Schwartz, the church's attorney, said Madden hired the investigator after he found out church officials were investigating Fay. He also said Madden was "less than truthful" with the bishop and other church officials when he initially was asked if he had hired the investigator.

Lori was grilled over his handling of the incident by parishioners who supported Madden. Some of those supporters said they suspected the letter signed by Madden was coerced.

A church spokesman in 2006 denied the letter was coerced, insisting Madden wrote it.

But Madden said in the court papers that church officials gave him a letter of apology to sign for hiring the investigator and that he signed it because he felt he had "little choice." His attorney declined to comment Monday.

Lori said at the time he was "deeply saddened" by the developments surrounding Madden.

"They have cast a shadow on all the hard work the diocese has done to be open and honest with the parish family of St. John's about this extremely difficult situation," Lori said.

unlisted

Greensboro, NC

#3 Aug 3, 2009
you want to play dirty...

this is for JEHOVAH WITNESSES..

HOW MANY OF YOUR MEN and boys rape?
how many of your men molest children
how many elders hide behind the two witness rule
how many women are beaten
how many children of jw parents are beaten
How many children of jehovah witnesses commit suicide

how many jws are alcoholics
how many jws are drug dealers.
how many jws are pedophiles
how many jws are in need of psychiatric help

lets all congratulate eagle eye for posting this article... ok it is open field day everyone ...

lets all post some juicy jehovah witness stuff
unlisted

Greensboro, NC

#4 Aug 3, 2009
on second though no lets not lower ourselves to the gutter level she is at...
eagleeye

Overland Park, KS

#5 Aug 3, 2009
mydesert.com

August 1, 2009

Gay clergy making small strides in U.S.

The Rev. Kevin A. Johnson
Special to The Desert Sun

Word came recently that the Episcopal Church national convention plans to affirm gay and lesbian clergy. Some celebrated, while others recoiled. The public pondered.

From the sidelines I say,“Hooray for the steady progress of God's holy spirit.”

The history of “out” gay Christian clergy is lopsided.

Metropolitan Community Churches opened the way for gay clergy when founded in Los Angeles in 1968 by the Rev. Troy Perry. The United Church of Christ was the first historic mainline Christian church to ordain an out gay guy, Bill Johnson, in 1972.

Last April, the United Methodist highest judicial authority confirmed 35-year-old church statements against gay clergy and members. A few weeks ago, the Southern Baptist Convention disfellowshipped a Fort Worth church for refusing to recant acceptance of their gay couples.

Such negative religious messages percolate in society and underlie continued employment discrimination and justify in some minds violent acts against gays.

But as a Christian minister, my job is to help heal the wounds of life with good news. It is good news that gay people and allies in every denomination are stepping up to proclaim,“We need to be honest, to admit that we have always known that there are gay people in our churches. It is time to stop discriminating.”

Last spring, the Presbyterian Church USA voted for equal requirements for ordination at the highest levels ever. Progressive voices of faith were instrumental in gaining civil marriage equality in New England states and Iowa. Just days ago, Mennonite young adults had a sea of delegates wearing pink in support of equality, while 1,400 Mennonite clergy and lay leaders signed a letter asking for openness to gay and transgender Mennonites.

Next month, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America will be voting on giving local congregations the right to decide for themselves whether they will call openly gay ministers and bless all loving unions.

Because gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people of faith are stepping up and speaking out, their straight family members and friends are doing the same. The result is what we are seeing in the Episcopal Church.

The Rev. Kevin A. Johnson is pastor of Bloom in the Desert Ministries United Church of Christ and Reconciling Methodist congregation in Palm Springs.
eagleeye

Overland Park, KS

#6 Aug 3, 2009
Pet Worship

Bring your dog to church!

By Rachel Bickford, North Weymouth, Massachusetts
July, 2009

Sunday afternoon, five o’clock sharp. The organ hums while I set refreshments on the front table and walk to the pulpit.

I’m the pastor of Pilgrim Congregational Church in North Weymouth, Massachusetts, and my parishioners are my second family. I look out at my regulars.

There’s Lucy, an older gal with a spring in her step and perfectly coiffed blonde curls. Sam, in his usual seat in the front pew, gazes back at me with his soulful brown eyes. Chloe, a rambunctious youngster, fidgets a little, but she’ll settle down when the choir begins.

Oh, there’s something I should mention. Lucy is a terrier, Sam is a pug and Chloe is a Bernese mountain dog.

Our service for people and their pets started last October. Sometimes, though, I wonder if the seed wasn’t planted earlier. Growing up, I’d wanted to be a vet, but in my twenties I felt called to seminary. After seven years at Pilgrim Congregational, I still loved coming to work.

But folks just weren’t coming to church as much anymore. Too many sporting events on Sundays and too little faith. I looked out at the half-empty sanctuary one Sunday and thought, Lord, what can I do to get people as excited as I am about coming to church?

A few days later, I got an e-mail from an old friend who needed some extra prayers. I bowed my head. That’s when my gaze fell on my two apricot cockapoos, Tugger and Indy, curled up at my feet.

One of my favorite verses, Psalm 148, suddenly came to mind:“Let all wild animals and small creatures and flying birds praise the Lord.” All animals praise the Lord.

Something about those words gave me a charge. Plenty of people loved bringing their dogs to our town dog park. What if those folks could bring their dogs to church?

“Honey, I have an idea,” I said to my husband, Peter, that evening.“People should be able to bring their dogs to church. Dogs give unconditional love and support. I mean, it just makes sense...or does it?”

“Bring…their dogs…to church,” he said slowly, then paused.“Actually, Rachel, that’s so wild, it just might work.”

That week I mentioned the idea to my fellow pastors, hoping they wouldn’t think I’d lost it. They didn’t. They loved it! We advertised a Sunday afternoon service. It would be like our more formal one, but after worship we’d serve biscuits and toss tennis balls with our dogs in the side yard. All breeds, as long as they were leashed, were welcome. We decided on a name: Woof ’n’ Worship.

That first Sunday I was nervous. Maybe I hadn’t thought things through. What if the dogs didn’t get along? Lord, is this too crazy? I wondered, walking Tugger and Indy to the pulpit with me.

I looked up. The sea of furry faces, and the smiling people in the pews beside them, made me smile too. Before long we had 150 people—150! The dogs got along famously. I giggled when, during my first reading, a handsome German shepherd with a clownish grin licked a tiny Chihuahua’s ears.

Later, the choir sang “Amazing Grace.” Everyone roared when Pee Wee, a schnauzer, began howling along. He was almost in key!

The best perk of all is that people are reaching out to each other more. The dogs are a great icebreaker.“Sometimes I feel out of place among all the families here,” a single college student told me.“But with Chewy, I fit right in.”

One woman who’s battling breast cancer confided,“Whenever I’m tempted to stay in bed, I remember my responsibility to Diego. We’ve made so many new friends from bringing him to church.”

I peer out from my pulpit and take another look at my regulars. Yup, it’s true, my church is going to the dogs—and that’s just fine with me. Sometimes, when we ask God for a solution to a problem, his answer is far better (and crazier!) than we could ever imagine on our own.
eagleeye

Overland Park, KS

#7 Aug 3, 2009
Add Tony Alamo to list of born-again pedophiles
by larbabe

Fri Jul 24, 2009 at 03:54:19 PM PDT

Well, wouldn’t you know it; my wife is a prophetess.

Several years ago, while emerging from a Trader Joe’s market, she and I discovered literature from Tony Alamo Ministries, a multi-million dollar industry. The pack had just been placed on our car window. We saw the two men responsible for this a short distance away. Much to my amazement, she chased the two culprits down, handed them back their literature, and said:“You can take your pornography back!” Both vehemently denied it was porn material. Well, since their leader Tony Alamo was convicted Friday of taking girls as young as 9 across state lines for sex, I would have to disagree with them; yes it was porn! Mr. Alamo, who has been also been known as the outfitter of the stars joins a prestigious group of born-again pedophiles.

* larbabe's diary ::::
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DAVID KORESH was the leader of the Branch Davidian religious sect in Waco, Texas. He was known to have had sex with numerous young girls, claiming that God directed him to do so.

LOUIS BERES was Chairman of the Christian coalition of Oregon. According to its web site, the group describes itself as Oregon's leading grassroots organization defending our Godly heritage, and is affiliated with the national organization founded by Pat Robertson. Beres was accused by three of his female family members of molesting them when they were pre-teens. Some heritage!

JOHN ALLEN BURT, an anti-abortion extremist, was charged with sexual misconduct involving a 15-year old girl. He was caught by police 150 miles from the scene of the crime, obviously trying to make his escape. The girl, one of two who have brought about allegations against Burt, was living at Our Father's House, Burt's home for unwed mothers. The home was accredited and inspected by the Florida Association of Christian Childcare Agencies. Burt has a long history in connection with violence against abortion clinics.

EARL "BUTCH" KIMMERLING was a moral majority advocate. He gained statewide attention in Indiana by fighting a gay couple's attempts to adopt an 8-year-old girl, who at the time was under Earl's foster care. The Kimmerlings and their pastor, Brad Brizendine of Center of Faith Church, launched a campaign opposing homosexual adoption. Republican representatives also took up the issue by proposing a bill to ban gay adoptions in Indiana. More than likely, the real reason Kimmerling waged his custodial campaign was that he wanted the girl all to himself. He was charged with molesting her and was sentenced to 40 years in prison.

BEVERLY RUSSELL, Republican activist and Christian Coalition leader, admitted to an incestuous relationship with his stepdaughter, Susan Smith, whose name was later prominent in the newspaper headlines for drowning her two children.

STEPHEN WHITE, better known to Penn students as Brother Stephen, was vocal in his condemnation of gays and sexual promiscuity in his campus preaching. He was also known for his abrasive methods and harassment of students as they passed him on campus. You can add Brother Stephen to the list of vicious GOP closet queens. He was sentenced to jail after soliciting a 14-year-old boy, offering $20 to perform oral sex on him.

This was not met to slam the majority of those who actually practice their faith!
eagleeye

Overland Park, KS

#8 Aug 3, 2009
New Blasphemy Law in Ireland
Monitoring the Illogic of Modern-Day Religious Persecution
COMMENTARY
By JOHN ALLEN PAULOS

Aug. 2, 2009 —

When a modern Western country whose economy is based on science and technology adopts an absurdly medieval law, one would think that this would be a news story of at least moderate size.

Oddly though, almost no attention has been paid in the United Stares to the passing last month of a bill establishing a crime of blasphemy in Ireland.

Approved by the Irish parliament, it states: "A person who publishes or utters blasphemous matter shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable upon conviction on indictment to a fine not exceeding 25,000 euro."

Furthermore, "a person publishes or utters blasphemous matter if (a) he or she publishes or utters matter that is grossly abusive or insulting in relation to matters held sacred by any religion, thereby causing outrage among a substantial number of the adherents of that religion, and (b) he or she intends, by the publication or utterance of the matter concerned, to cause such outrage."

Even if I weren't the author of a book entitled "Irreligion: A Mathematician Explains Why the Arguments for God Just Don't Add Up," I would find this bill abysmally wrong-headed.

Even Parodies and Bad Jokes Liable to Fine

Although it provides for exceptions to prosecution if a "reasonable person" finds literary, scientific or other significant value in a work, it would allow for atheists to be prosecuted for denying the existence of God, a denial that clearly causes outrage in many.

Those writing parodies and bad jokes would also be liable to the 25,000 euro fine. Even an innocuous riff on God rescinding the Bible in the middle of the night the way Amazon called back the Orwell book from its Kindle reader could be prosecuted.

And if the reaction of some irate readers of my book is any indication, so could an imagined instant message exchange between me and God that appears in the book.

But non-believers would not be the only, or even the primary, ones affected by this blasphemy bill. People, irreligious or not, presumably could be prosecuted for drawing cartoons of Mohammad. Christians could be prosecuted for expressing scorn or even disbelief in the Christian teachings of other denominations.

Likewise, Jews and others could be prosecuted for denying the divinity or even the existence of Jesus. Or, if atheism is considered a religion (which it is not), atheists also could claim to be outraged by the expressions of their religious countrymen, each of whom could then be required to cough up 25,000 euro.

Law Allows for Confiscation of Blasphemous Materials

The law also allows for the confiscation of blasphemous materials -- novels, non-fiction books, short videos, full-length movies, etc.

Interestingly, the blasphemy law is not the only medieval aspect of Irish law. The preamble to the Irish Constitution maintains that the state's authority derives from the most holy trinity, stipulates that no one can become president or a judge without taking a religious oath, and declares that all citizens have obligations to Our Lord Jesus Christ.

Similar but less overt sentiments and statutes exist in this country. Witness the arguments put forth by many that the U.S. is a Christian country.

More analogous is a little-known example involving the state of Arkansas, which has not yet roused itself to rescind article 19 of its constitution: "No person who denies the being of a God shall hold any office in the civil departments of this State, nor be competent to testify as a witness in any court." A few other states have similar laws.
Pat

AOL

#9 Aug 3, 2009
Every church preaching the true word of God realizes that there are those who would stray from the truth into many things ungodly it has been foretold these things would happen .
For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.
Like some Christians that do these things we see JW and others who have also done these things by accepting and teaching a false doctrine , maybe they still hold to the biblical stance on homosexuals yet the teach false doctrine in other areas just as bad they just condone a different sin but sin is sin JW twist scripture to justify there false teaching just as some churches twist scripture to justify supporting homosexuality and the practice of it .
they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.
unlisted

Greensboro, NC

#10 Aug 3, 2009
pat how does a so called demented jw woman like this have the time to do this stuff.
eagleeye

Overland Park, KS

#11 Aug 3, 2009
unlisted wrote:
pat how does a so called demented jw woman like this have the time to do this stuff.
Do you shave your armpits and legs? I know you don't wash your feet or let anybody else do it.
mike

North Charleston, SC

#12 Aug 4, 2009
unlisted wrote:
on second though no lets not lower ourselves to the gutter level she is at...
I agree.
Let her keep posting all this stuff.
She's on her soapbox advertizing for her cause.
Truely a sad and pathetic person.

Since: Dec 08

Location hidden

#13 Aug 4, 2009
EE since you like to surf the net and find articles about churches I'll ask you the same question you asked me:

Do you preach the good news of God's Kingdom and put that kingdom first in your life as Jesus commanded?

Matthew 6:33

Matthew 24:14, 28, 29

Apparently you don't because you are here posting articles about churches
eagleeye

Overland Park, KS

#14 Aug 5, 2009
Americas News
Mexican drug boss captured in raid on church service
By DPA
Aug 3, 2009, 16:04 GMT

Mexico City - A top Mexican drug boss was captured in a church while celebrating mass with fellow members of drug cartel, security forces said Monday.

Miguel Angel Beraza Villa, one of the country's top dealers of synthetic drugs, was among the 32 people arrested in the raid. About 250 people were worshipping in the church at the time.

Security forces stormed the church in Apatzingan in the state of Michoacan after an anonymous tip said members of the cartel were in the building.

Beraza Villa is known as the top smuggler of methamphetamine into the United States, with estimates of up to a ton of the drug brought from Tijuana into San Diego.

Weapons, hand grenades, 11 luxury cars, 13,000 dollars and 30 mobile phones were also seized in the several-hour raid that involved 200 police officers and soldiers.

In a separate raid, security forces in Michoacan captured Rafael Hernandez Harrison, aka 'The Knife', a leading member of The Family cartel that is believed responsible for the killing of 17 police officers and two soldiers in attacks last month.
eagleeye

Overland Park, KS

#15 Aug 5, 2009
Catholic sisters queried about doctrine, fidelity
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By ERIC GORSKI (AP)– 17 hours ago
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A Vatican-ordered investigation into Roman Catholic sisters in the U.S., shrouded in mystery when it was announced seven months ago, is shaping up to be a tough examination of whether women's religious communities have strayed too far from church teaching.
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The report, for example, asks communities of sisters to lay out "the process for responding to sisters who dissent publicly or privately from the authoritative teaching of the Church."
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It also confirms suspicions that the Vatican is concerned over a drift to the left on doctrine, seeking answers about "the soundness of doctrine held and taught" by the women.
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Still other questions explore whether sisters take part in Mass daily, or whether they follow the church's rules when they take part in liturgies. Church officials expect consistency in how rites and services are celebrated, with approved translations and Masses presided over by a priest.

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"The sisters being investigated have for many years made almost nothing, took very little and gave everything," said the Rev. James Martin, an editor at America, a Jesuit magazine.
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But she said the focus on doctrine puts it in the context of establishing a "correct" and exclusive interpretation of the Second Vatican Council of the 1960s and of women's religious communities.
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She said the inquiry should be seen "as part of a much older tradition of misogyny in the church and especially distrust of women who are not directly and submissively under male, ecclesiastical control."
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Catholic sisters, Cardman said, have repeatedly over history been "returned to the confines of the cloister" or restricted in the kinds of ministries they could perform in public view.
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Conservative Catholics, however, have long complained that the majority of sisters in the U.S. have grown too liberal and flout church teaching. Some have taken provocative stands, advocating for female priests or challenging church teaching against abortion rights or gay marriage.
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Helen Hull Hitchcock, director of St. Louis-based Women for Faith and Family, a Catholic women's group that includes sisters and lay people, said an examination of women's religious communities' claims to "the right to complete self-determination" with no regard to church hierarchy is 30 or 40 years overdue.
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"Some good can come of it by identifying where the main problems are, or at least by dealing openly and honestly with a problem that has been going on for a long time," she said.
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After Vatican II, many sisters embraced Catholic teaching against war and nuclear weapons and for workers rights, shed their habits and traditional roles as teachers or hospital workers and took up activism.
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The Vatican is concerned about sisters' shrinking and aging ranks. The number in the U.S. declined from 173,865 in 1965 to 79,876 in 2000, according to Georgetown University's Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate. The average age of a member of a women's religious community was between 65 and 70 in 1999.
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The inquiry is being directed by Mother Mary Clare Millea, superior general of the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, a more conservative order.
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eagleeye

Overland Park, KS

#16 Aug 5, 2009
Pastor arrested on fraud charges
Taylor faces charges of fraud, money laundering and racketeering.

By Karen Voyles
Staff Writer

Published: Thursday, July 16, 2009 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, July 15, 2009 at 11:52 p.m.

A Columbia County minister has been arrested on charges of defrauding his former church of more than a quarter million dollars. Another man is still being sought in the case.

Samuel Darin Taylor, 61, of 275 S.E. Rosewood Circle in Lake City, was arrested Tuesday by the Columbia County Sheriff's Office on charges of money laundering, mortgage fraud, racketeering, conspiracy to commit grand theft, and scheming with intent to defraud.

The alleged target of the crimes was a church at 1571 E. Duval St. in Lake City, which had been known as the First Assembly of God and more recently has been the site of Community Mercy Center. Taylor is a former pastor of the church.

In a news release about the arrest, the Sheriff's Office also noted that an arrest warrant has been issued for Anthony Raburn for allegedly conspiring with Taylor to defraud the church. Raburn has apparently left the area. Authorities say there may be other arrests as well.

Financial irregularities at the church were reported to the Sheriff's Office in June after the church board and bookkeeper told investigators that they noticed accounting discrepancies

Detective Walter Douglas determined that Taylor appeared to have forged documents to receive loans and mortgages from a local bank. Taylor is also accused of opening credit card accounts without the church board's approval and using donated land as collateral to receive the loans.

Douglas calculated that Taylor's alleged financial dealings defrauded the church of more than $250,000.

Calls to the First Assembly of God's published phone number on Wednesday were answered by a woman who identified the church as Community Mercy Center. A man who identified himself as Stacy Jenkins said Taylor "is no longer affiliated with this church or this center."

Jenkins also said he had no additional information about Taylor and could not identify anyone else who would be able to answer questions about Taylor.

Taylor was being held at the Columbia County jail on Thursday. His bond was set at $50,000.
eagleeye

Overland Park, KS

#17 Aug 5, 2009
Court memo claims former Darien priest had affair with married church finance board member
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By Monica Potts
Staff Writer
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STAMFORD -- As a trial date approaches, an attorney for the whistle-blower in the case of the priest convicted of embezzling $1 million from his Darien parish filed a memorandum that said the priest had an affair with a married member of the church's finance board.
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The memorandum, filed in state Superior Court in Waterbury on Monday, said allegations made by the whistle-blower, bookkeeper Bethany D'Erario, were not immediately acted upon by the diocese in part because the priest, the Rev. Michael Jude Fay, had tight relationships with board members.
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"Fay not only handpicked the Board members, but he also admitted to Plaintiff that he had engaged in a homosexual affair with a married Church finance board member, often bragging to the Plaintiff that he was 'in bed' with the Board, both 'figuratively and literally,' " the memorandum states.
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The memorandum does not name the board member.
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D'Erario filed a lawsuit last year, claiming her employers at St. John Roman Catholic Church on the Post Road and the Bridgeport Roman Catholic Diocese created a hostile work environment that forced her to resign after she hired a private investigator, Vito Colucci, in 2006 because of suspicious financial activity by Fay, who had been pastor there since 1991.
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After several delays, he began serving his prison term in October in a Massachusetts facility, where he was allowed to continue a drug trial for prostate cancer.
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Among other things, the lawsuit claims that Rev. Frank McGrath, who took over after Fay, helped spread rumors that D'Erario and Madden were having an affair, that the diocese repeatedly sent people to interrogate D'Erario and that the diocese wanted to take away her health care benefits and deny her a raise.
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The latest claims were made in a memorandum arguing against the diocese's motion to dismiss the lawsuit.
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Schwartz said that the diocese already had asked the United States attorney's office to investigate Fay by the time D'Erario hired Colucci, and that she was motivated by worries for her own job and not by a civic concern, as required by the state's law protecting whistle-blowers.
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"She admitted that she was aware and had concerns about Father Fay's activities for several years before she actually hired the private investigator or took any other meaningful action," Schwartz said.
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In the memorandum filed Monday, D'Erario stated that she was scheduled to work 28 hours a week but had always stayed late or worked on her days off to qualify for the health benefits.
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"The only motive Beth and Mike Madden had in blowing the whistle was to stop Father Fay's embezzlement," D'Erario's attorney, Mark Sherman, said in a statement. "As a thank-you gift, the Church and Diocese cut her health benefits, slandered her name, and did everything they could to push her out the door. It's time for the Diocese to be held accountable."
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If the motion is denied, the trial is set for Sept. 14.
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"We have every intention of calling the bishop as a witness in this case," Sherman said, referring to Bishop William Lori of the Bridgeport Diocese.
Prime

United States

#18 Aug 5, 2009
Jehovah's witness in door to door SEX SCANDAL

When a Kitchener (Ontario, Canada) man inadvertently discovered his teenage daughter’s diary in his basement, he was shocked to see it contained the name of a former elder at the family’s Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses.

The name Claude Martin was written in bold text, the Kitchener man told a judge yesterday at Martin’s trial for sexually assaulting that girl and another girl who attended Martin’s Jehovah’s Witnesses sect.

Martin, 76, allegedly touched the man’s daughter with his hand between January, 2001 and December, 2002. He allegedly touched the other girl with his penis between January, 1988 and December, 1989.

The man’s daughter testified that Martin touched her buttocks with his hand and put his finger on her vagina during a Saturday morning door-to-door sales visit to a home.

The girl said they were standing on a landing inside the front door when the householder had gone downstairs.

She and Martin often made the door-to-door sales visits to attempt to gain members to the sect of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Her parents were nearby in a car with other sect members making similar visits in the area.

After the parents read the content of the diary they did not know what to do, he said. Several Jehovah’s Witness elders heard about the allegation and visited their home.

The girl’s father said,“The impression we were left with was pick up the carpet and sweep it under, and carry on with your life,… We wanted to know there was going to be something done in the organization.”

The family had attended Martin’s Jehovah’s Witness Kingdom Hall for over ten years before leaving because of stress long before they found the diary.

The girl’s father said outside court,“The only thing I have to say negative is how they tried to sweep it under the carpet.”

The girl, who is now 16, told the Crown prosecutor that she never told her parents about the alleged sexual assault because,“It was embarrassing and private.”

After she and her parents reported the alleged incident to police in 2005, the girl said her parents were told about a second alleged complainant. That girl was allegedly standing up against a counter when Martin came up behind her and rubbed his pelvic area against her, she said.

When the trial continues, the Crown will argue that the judge should admit a statement he said Martin made to police. Based on the statement, Poland will argue Martin engaged in prior discreditable conduct with yet a third female.

The trial continues on Dec. 5.

THIS IS AN EXAMPLE OF WHAT EE SAYS DOESN'T HAPPEN!
karen

Fenton, MO

#19 Aug 5, 2009
She's always to busy with other church stuff by posting it here to do much of Jehovah's work. How she ever puts in her required time I will never know.

Now we must ask her, why doesn't the WTS have any kind of charity set up to help those less forunate than themselves. With a multi million dollar business, they should be able to help at least in some way.
Kenneson

Tallahassee, FL

#20 Aug 5, 2009
LOL
Does that mean that Jehovah's Witnesses are never involved in sex scandals?

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