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“EXPOSING CHURCHianity!”

Since: Oct 07

Seattle, WA

#1 Jun 26, 2010
Shall we get back to Scripture?
Were we ever there in the FIRST place?
Or should I conmtinue withe the MANY thousands of such cases for every year in every denomination?

“By grace you have been saved”

Since: May 09

Croydon, UK

#2 Jun 26, 2010
the Mad JW wrote:
Shall we get back to Scripture?
Yes please

“EXPOSING CHURCHianity!”

Since: Oct 07

Seattle, WA

#3 Jun 26, 2010
Looks like the churchoids want to continue to have themselves exposed!

“EXPOSING CHURCHianity!”

Since: Oct 07

Seattle, WA

#4 Jun 26, 2010
The first time the pastor of her church made sexual advances, Deborah Dail said no.

"No" was her answer the second and third time the Baptist pastor propositioned her, the Denton mother of two said.

But as her resolve unraveled and her confusion mounted, Dail became sexually involved with the pastor in the county where she lived then.

"I refused and refused and refused until I didn't say `no' anymore," Dail said.

It was a relationship that she now calls "the most horrible experience of my life." Dail, a slender woman, lost 25 pounds and even considered suicide during the five years it continued, she said.

Dail now considers the sexual relationship an abuse of clergy power, and her attempts to confront area, state and national Baptist leaders have left her alienated, angry and ultimately disillusioned, she said.

Dail is not alone in her criticism.

Women who say they have been subjected to abuse by clergy say their complaints are often handled by Baptist church leaders as confessions of adultery, leaving them ostracized from their church friends and their support network.

Unlike other Protestant denominations that have national or regional policies that address clergy sexual misconduct, Baptists do not have policy suggestions for individual churches.

But with growing concern about sexual misconduct complaints, Texas and national Baptist leaders say that may change.

"It's clearly a widespread and growing problem," said Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission. "We do not live in a vacuum as Christians and churches. We live in a society in which infidelity is more and more rampant."

At a staff retreat in Nashville, Tenn., next month, Land's commission will formulate suggestions for a possible denominationwide "response" to dealing with ministers who become sexually involved with congregants, Land said.

In addition, the Christian Life Commission of the Baptist General Convention of Texas formed a Clergy Sexual Abuse Task Force last spring to generate policy suggestions for churches, members of the task force said.

But setting guidelines for dealing with sexual misconduct may be difficult in a denomination that purposefully does not have a national structure. Each Baptist church is autonomous and is responsible for setting its own rules, Baptist leaders say.

Any policies developed nationally or regionally will be suggestions to individual churches. That doesn't mean that leaders of churches wouldn't welcome suggestions on how to handle complaints of sexual misconduct or how to best avoid the misconduct, said Joe E. Trull, a professor of Christian ethics at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and a member of the Texas group's task force.

"The church and the denomination are, just by the sheer number on the news, realizing that we are going to have to do more than hope it doesn't come to our doorstep," he said.

The policies in the works by the Texas convention will help churches, pastors and congregations, task force members said. But leaders also hope that the policies will be a way to reach out to women who say they have been abused.

"One of our goals is to heighten awareness of the problem so that women would find strength in dealing with this issue if they have been abused -- to know there are people somewhere that will hear you and believe you," said Nancy Allison, family coordinator for the Baptist General Convention of Texas' Christian Life Commission and a member of the task force.

Accusers want to be heard

Hearing and believing is something that Baptist leaders have not done well, some women say.

“EXPOSING CHURCHianity!”

Since: Oct 07

Seattle, WA

#5 Jun 26, 2010
Minister gets 10 years for child molestation

COLUMBUS -An associate pastor in Columbus has been sentenced to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to two counts of child molestation and one count of aggravated child molestation.

Michael Krug, an associate pastor at Calvary Baptist, pleaded guilty to the charges at the Muscogee Superior Court.

The 35-year-old minister, who turned to religion after 14 years in the Army, faced his teenage accuser in the courtroom, who in turn asked Superior Court Judge Bill Smith to "show mercy on (Mr. Krug)" and to help him get counseling for his problem.

“EXPOSING CHURCHianity!”

Since: Oct 07

Seattle, WA

#6 Jun 26, 2010
07/16/02 - A Butler County pastor faces charges for allegedly aiding and abetting a parishioner accused of sexually assaulting a 5-year-old Allegheny Township girl.

Jeffery F. Cox, pastor of the Fellowship Baptist Church in Allegheny Township, obtained airline tickets for accused molester Jeremy James Whitmire, and helped Whitmire enroll in a home for troubled young men in Texas, court documents said.

State police said Cox, 41, of 105 Scott Lane, Emlenton, enrolled Whitmire in the home after the girl’s parents notified the pastor that Whitmire had molested their daughter.

Cox allegedly told the parents, who are members of the Fellowship Baptist Church, not to report the allegations to authorities, police said.

District Justice Kelley Streib on Saturday arraigned Cox on felony charges of hindering apprehension or prosecution. Cox is free after posting $15,000 bond.

Whitmire, 23, of 116 Pine St., remains in the Butler Country Prison in lieu of $25,000 bond on charges he assaulted the girl on numerous occasions over the past several months at the child’s home.

“EXPOSING CHURCHianity!”

Since: Oct 07

Seattle, WA

#7 Jun 26, 2010
ACKSONVILLE — A businessman and former church deacon already accused of molesting a minor was arrested Thursday on charges he molested two other youths.

Stephen Lee Edmonds, 44, was charged with five counts of lewd and lascivious assault, said David Sembach, Jacksonville police assistant chief of detectives.

The victims were 14 and 15 years old, authorities said.

Edmonds, who owns a home-building company, was released Thursday night on $100,000 bond. He had been free on $50,000 bond following an arrest April 15, when he was charged with molesting a 16-year-old and sending him Internet messages discussing sexual practices.

Edmonds resigned as a deacon at First Baptist Church after his first arrest.

The 16-year-old alleged that Edmonds improperly touched him twice in 2000. Following Edmonds' initial arrests, police seized two computers from his home and began investigating additional molestation claims.

Edmonds does not have a listed phone number.
Topsy Crett

Houston, TX

#8 Jun 26, 2010
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Sexual involvement by Baptist leaders with others is a real problem in North America. A 1991 national survey of mainly Protestant pastors by a group at the Center for Ethics and Social Policy, Graduate Theological Union, in Berkeley, California -- described by its researchers as "small and not scientifically controlled" -- uncovered similar findings: About 10 percent of those surveyed had been sexually involved with a parishioner. Another study published in the winter 1993 Journal of Pastoral Care found that only 6.1 percent of Southern Baptist pastor respondents admitted to having sexual contact with a person either currently or formerly affiliated with their church.

Surveys of ministers reveal the existence of a growing moral breakdown in pastors' lives. Almost one in four pastors answered yes to the question, "Since you've been in local church ministry, have you ever done anything with someone (not your spouse) that you feel was sexually inappropriate?" One in five pastors confessed to sexual misconduct of some kind, with one in eight admitting adultery, and only 4 in 100 were found out by their local church.(1988 survey in Leadership magazine).

On April 8, 2002 the Christian Science Monitor reported that 'Despite headlines focusing on the priest pedophile problem in the Roman Catholic Church, most American churches being hit with child sexual-abuse allegations are Protestant, and most of the alleged abusers are not clergy or staff, but church volunteers. These are findings from national surveys by Christian Ministry Resources (CMR), a tax and legal-advice publisher serving more than 75,000 congregations and 1,000 denominational agencies nationwide.

The CMR findings also reveal:
- Most church child-sexual-abuse cases involve a single victim.
- Law suits or out-of-court settlements were a result in 21 percent of the allegations reported in the 2000 survey.
- Volunteers are more likely than clergy or paid staff to be abusers. Perhaps more startling, children at churches are accused of sexual abuse as often as are clergy and staff. In 1999, for example, 42 percent of alleged child abusers were volunteers - about 25 percent were paid staff members (including clergy) and 25 percent were other children.

On March 25, 2002 the LA Times in an article by TERESA WATANABE, Times Staff Writer Sex Abuse by Clerics-a Crisis of Many Faiths wrote

The wave of clergy sex scandals now engulfing the Roman Catholic Church has battered other denominations as well, producing an uneven record of response that ranges from the Episcopal Church's aggressive and detailed policies to the Southern Baptist Convention's widespread lack of written standards…

Similar charges have been leveled against the Southern Baptist Convention, the largest of the Baptist bodies in the United States. Dee Ann Miller, a victim's advocate and author of books about the topic, said she had received complaints from victims in 30 states, half of them involving minors. She said church officials have not been responsive.

When she first told church officials about her own sexual assault by a Southern Baptist missionary in Africa several years ago, Miller said, she was told by two leaders that it was at least partly her fault.
In a 1993 survey by the Journal of Pastoral Care, 14% of Southern Baptist ministers surveyed said they had engaged in inappropriate sexual behavior, 70% said they knew a minister who had and 80% said they lacked written guidelines.

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Molestors are everywhere, victims are hurt, and many try to find ways to get the molestors organizational affiliation involved instead of accepting that they were victimized by the choices of one sick individual who preyed upon thier trust.

“EXPOSING CHURCHianity!”

Since: Oct 07

Seattle, WA

#9 Jun 26, 2010

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Ex-Sutton pastor charged with rape of girl from church

Wednesday, August 13, 2003

Emilie Astell
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WORCESTER- A former pastor at the First Congregational Church of Sutton who now heads a church in Ohio has been indicted here on charges of unnatural rape of a child and posing a child in a state of nudity.

Andrew J. Bierkan, 54, with a last known address of 5361 Desertgold Drive, Colerain, Ohio, resigned from the First Congregational Church in 1992 after four women accused him of sexual harassment and ministerial misconduct.

He is now pastor of St. Paul United Church of Christ in Cincinnati, according to Worcester District Attorney John J. Conte.

Accusations made by the four women did not result in criminal charges, Mr. Conte said.

The indictments, issued by a Worcester County grand jury, relate to incidents that allegedly took place between 1989 and 1992 at First Congregational involving a female under the age of 14. The alleged victim is now an adult, according to Mr. Conte.

The child did not complain at the time, Mr. Conte said, but came forward in March 2002.

"We've been working on this for a year and four months with the Sutton police," Mr. Conte said yesterday. "Sutton police did an outstanding job."

Sutton Police Chief John Hebert said the investigation is ongoing.

The Rev. Bierkan is scheduled to be arraigned Sept. 16 in Superior Court. If he does not show up in court, Mr. Conte said, a summons would be issued for his arrest.

Assistant District Attorney Jeffrey T. Travers, of the district attorney's child abuse unit, is prosecuting the case.

In most circumstances, incidents from the past fall under the statue of limitations, which extends 15 years beyond the 16th birthday of the alleged victim, Mr. Conte said. Because Rev. Bierkan left the state, the statute does not apply, he added.

A woman who answered the telephone yesterday at St. Paul, referred all questions to Rev. Bierkan. Messages left for him at the church and at his home were not returned.

In May 1992, the four women who filed complaints against Rev. Bierkan aired their grievances at a public meeting at First Congregational.

The complaints involved inappropriate counseling, sexual harassment, unequal ministry and breach of trust regarding an inappropriate picture taken at a youth group outing and divulging confidences of parishioners Rev. Bierkan counseled.

Rev. Bierkan, who urged the congregation to discuss the claims, called for understanding and healing within the church during his final sermon at First Congregational.

He acknowledged at the time that problems began with his "extremely poor handling of a pastoral counseling relationship in 1979" and culminated with a picture of a female Pilgrim Fellowship member that embarrassed her and others.

Rev. Bierkan said in an earlier interview that he resigned partially because of the libelous rumors that ripped through the community, destroying any chance for restored trust and reconciliation.

Since: Nov 09

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#10 Jun 26, 2010
This has all been covered before by EEs topic of bad things other churchs do. We all know there is evil in all religions. No religion is exempt from evil doers.

“EXPOSING CHURCHianity!”

Since: Oct 07

Seattle, WA

#11 Jun 26, 2010
A former Milpitas elementary school teacher has admitted to sexually molesting four children, including two of his students, and will be sentenced to 14 years in prison.

Craig Allen Harward, 54, pleaded guilty Monday to three counts of lewd and lascivious acts on children under the age of 14, and no contest to a fourth count of the same charge, said Milpitas Police Cmdr. Dennis Graham. A no- contest plea is essentially the same as a guilty plea except it cannot be used to establish liability in a civil lawsuit.

Graham said 10 children, two of them girls, had come forward since Harward's arrest last summer to say he had fondled them, among other things, between the years of 1997 and 2002. One was a child from Southern California, Graham said.

Prosecutors chose the four strongest cases, Graham said, and Harward agreed to a plea bargain. The charges carried the potential of a life sentence.

They involved four boys -- two of whom were 10, one 11 and another 13 years old at the time they were molested.

Two had been students at Joseph Weller Elementary School, where Harward worked for six years teaching kindergarten through third grade.

He was named teacher of the year for 2001-02.

The other two boys knew Harward from the Mormon Church in Fremont, where Harward was a secretary to the bishop. One of the boys from church also knew Harward from the neighborhood where Harward lived with his wife.

Harward has been in Santa Clara County jail since his arrest, Graham said, and will remain there until his May 9 sentencing.

Police began their investigation on July 30 based on information from one boy's parents. Harward was arrested the following day, after surrendering at the police station with his church bishop at his side.

“EXPOSING CHURCHianity!”

Since: Oct 07

Seattle, WA

#12 Jun 26, 2010
Two pastors who run a Pentecostal church in Central Islip were arrested and charged with sexual abuse of a homeless child left in their care by a church member, Suffolk police said yesterday.

James Taylor, also known as Bishop J. Andre Taylor among his Provision of Promise Pentecostal Church congregation, was charged with second-degree sodomy and second-degree sexual abuse.

Police said Taylor, 33, of 77 Adams Rd., Apt. 2-D, in Central Islip, engaged in sexual acts with the 14-year-old for two years, since he took the minor to live in his apartment. The child's mother had agreed to the living arrangement until she found a permanent home.

Assistant pastor Rasta Wright, a church elder, was also arrested for allegedly sexually abusing the child, when he stayed overnight's at Taylor's apartment sometime in May. Wright, 25, of 221 Hawthorne Ave. in Central Islip, was charged with second-degree sodomy.

“EXPOSING CHURCHianity!”

Since: Oct 07

Seattle, WA

#13 Jun 26, 2010
Former Minister Fatally Stabbed in Prison Cell
Barbara Hoberock
06/14/1994
TULSA WORLD (FINAL HOME EDITION Edition), Page N9 of City State, News

OKLAHOMA CITY - Less than a month after being removed
from protective custody, a former Presbyterian minister
serving a 40-year prison sentence for lewd molestation and
rape was stabbed to death in his cell.
At least two inmates have been implicated in the stabbing
death of Robert Bruce Bridgen, 60, who was found at 7 p.m.
Sunday in his cell at Oklahoma State Reformatory in Granite.
He was pronounced dead on arrival at Elkview General Hospital
in Hobart.
The two prisoners, who were not identified, and several
other inmates also tied to the stabbing, were separated
from the prison's general population shortly after the attack,
prison spokesman Josh McCurdy said.
Bridgen originally was charged with 20 counts of lewd molestation
and one count of rape by instrumentation stemming from acts
involving girls age 4 to 14 who attended his Alva church.
He was convicted in June 1992 of eight counts of lewd molestation
and one count of rape by instrumentation.
Trish States of Alva, whose daughter testified against Bridgen,
said she was relieved at the news of the former minister's death.
"I feel sorry for the family, don't get me wrong, but I'm
glad Mr. Bridgen is gone because he can no longer do harm
to any more children or any other innocent families," she
said. "Right now I feel like whoever did this, I thank
them for it because justice has been done."
Bridgen, who maintained his innocence, was appealing his
conviction to the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals, said
Ron W. Bittle, Bridgen's trial lawyer, of Alva.
"The sad thing about this is I believe he had an excellent
chance of getting a new trial," Bittle said.
McCurdy said at least two inmates entered Brigden's cell
about 7 p.m. Sunday and stabbed him numerous times in the
chest and legs.

“EXPOSING CHURCHianity!”

Since: Oct 07

Seattle, WA

#14 Jun 26, 2010
LOWE Robert Arthur Selby, 57 Melbourne Sunday school teacher and Presbyterian church elder. Receives life jail sentence in Melbourne Supreme Court after being convicted of kidnapping and choking to death girl, aged 6, whose decomposed body was found in 1991 near Rosebud, south of Melbourne. Court hears Lowe, who attended Rowville Presbyterian Church, killed "for sexual purposes". Report says Lowe on two occasions waved Bible at courtroom, swearing he "never saw girl". Earlier, in 1984, Lowe was charged with exposing himself to schoolgirls at Glen Waverley shopping centre, Melbourne; in 1991, he was warned for indecent exposure at Croydon, Melbourne. In 1997, report lists Lowe as one of VIC's top 4 sex fiends.(Victoria, Australia).

“EXPOSING CHURCHianity!”

Since: Oct 07

Seattle, WA

#16 Jun 26, 2010
PRESBYTERIAN REFORM URGED. The Presbyterian General Assembly, meeting in Baltimore in June, voted 446-78 to recommend abolishing the statute of limitations for reporting sexual misconduct by clergy. The church, citing critical proportions, has a 3-year time limit for reporting sexual misconduct by church officials. The vote must be ratified by 2/3 of the church's 171 regional presbyteries. It also voted 491-26 to establish a policy on sexual misconduct, advising local churches to set up "sexual misconduct response teams" & notify secular authorities "when appropriate". The adopted policy said there is evidence that "10-23 percent of clergy nationwide have engaged in sexualized behavior or sexual contact with parishioners, clients, employees, etc., within a professional relationship". Source: AP 6/12/92.

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#15 Jun 26, 2010
That's crazy!..I guess sick people don't think of consequences.

“The Truth Shall Make You Free”

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Boston, MA

#17 Jun 26, 2010
Real Yuni is wonderful

“EXPOSING CHURCHianity!”

Since: Oct 07

Seattle, WA

#18 Jun 26, 2010
Steven C. Haney, 48, pastor of Walnut Grove Baptist Church in the Memphis suburb of Cordova, Tenn., for 20 years before his resignation in December 2006, pleaded guilty April 29 to rape and sexual battery by an authority figure in a settlement intended to allow victims and their families to avoid the stress of testifying.
According to the Memphis Commercial Appeal, Judge John Colton Jr. approved the settlement, sentencing Haney to probation for eight years and adding his name to the Tennessee Sex Offender Registry. He was given suspended, concurrent sentences of eight and three years. Haney still faces federal child pornography charges in an indictment handed down in October 2007, punishable by a minimum of 10 years in prison.
Shelby County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Haney in July 2007, after a 21-year-old man told detectives that Haney molested him for more than five years beginning when he was 15. The alleged victim testified at a preliminary hearing in September 2007 that Haney lured him into a long-term sexual relationship by convincing him it was God's will and a test of his faith.
After the arrest, a former member of Haney's church told a Memphis television station she wasn't surprised by the allegation, because about 30 members left the congregation after similar accusations involving another teenager surfaced in the 1990s.
At one point police said detectives were interviewing as many as 10 people who may have been former victims of Haney.
In 2008 Haney's former church changed its name from Walnut Grove to Gracepoint Baptist Church, seeking a fresh start and break with the recent past.
Because Southern Baptist churches are autonomous, they make their own decisions about hiring and firing ministers. t."

“The Truth Shall Make You Free”

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Boston, MA

#19 Jun 26, 2010
the Mad JW is wonderful

Jehovah's true organization is wonderful

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#20 Jun 26, 2010
The MadJW doth protest too much, methinks.

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