Archive for April, 2015
April 22, 2015
A Maui minister is behind bars and charged with sexually assaulting a young child.
Dennis DeRego fainted in court Tuesday afternoon during a bail hearing while his attorney asked the judge to let him out of jail on supervised release. DeRego was rolled out on a wheelchair and loaded onto an ambulance.
DeRego was arrested on Friday after a Maui grand jury indicted him earlier in the week on ten different charges. The charges against him include eight counts of sexual assault of a minor, ranging from first degree to fourth degree, and two counts of promoting child abuse in the second degree.
Other ministers on Maui who know him are stunned.
“It was obviously shocking to have a man of his stature, and obviously touching the lives of many people, to have him arrested,” said Reverend Laki Kaahumanu. Yeah, he touched a lot more than their lives. That’s why he was arrested.
Kaahumanu says he has worked alongside DeRego for many years because they both conduct weddings on the beach. He says ministers should be held to a higher standard.
“We as ministers have to be held accountable to what we know…and if we just put an outward appearance on the outside that we are teachers, we are lawyers, we’re a judge, we are president, mayor, pastor, whatever…it’s just an outward appearance (down deep inside most of us ‘holy people’ are monsters),” Kaahumanu said.
According to DeRego’s website, he is a non-denominational ordained minister and founder of Aloha Nohea Church which he started in 1997. On the site he’s referred to as warm and gentle who will bring aloha to any couple’s wedding.
The indictment says he sexually assaulted the child for over the course of a year.
The judge denied DeRego’s attorney’s request for supervised release, but did grant his bail reduction. His bail was originally set at $226,000 dollars. Now it’s at $126,000.
The fact is that most of the time the pope is just goofing off, as you can plainly see with our exclusive PopeCam©, a live webcam feed from the pope’s own living room.
Right now the pope is waiting for his assistant, Giovanni Molesto, to bring him his nightly delivery of a young sodomite, a 16″ stuffed-crust pizza, and a small bag of meth.
Are there voices in your head telling you what to do? If so, read the following very carefully.
One of the many negative effects of religions is that they all tell us that we should obey the commands of god. If you accept this idea and believe god or the devil or angels speak to you, you are having serious delusions and you are potentially putting yourself and those around you at risk. There is no difference between gods or devils speaking to you and typical symptoms of schizophrenia or other mental illness.
Even if the voices are telling you to do something benign, like lighting a candle in your church, if you do the bidding of those voices you may eventually be told to do something terrible like bomb an office building or murder your children. Read the post directly below this one and our posts titled ‘the devil made me do it’. The headlines are full of instances of otherwise decent people killing innocents on the commands of god.
If you fall into the habit of obeying the commands of the voices in your head you may find yourself in jail or locked away in a mental institution for hurting or even killing someone.
If this post describes you, see a doctor. Right now.
April 15, 2015
A suspected California bank robber reached into his pocket while on the witness stand, pulled out a handful of his own feces and ate them, grossing out everyone else in the courtroom.
Forty-year-old convicted sex offender Andrew Gilbertson said the Virgin Mary commanded him to eat his own excrement at his trial Wednesday in San Luis Obispo Superior Court, according to the Cal Coast News.
The revolting display of the munchies caused an uproar, and Judge Donald Umhofer called a recess.
Eating is not permitted in California courtrooms, much less eating one’s own waste, divine intervention nothwithstanding.
Police say Gilbertson, of Paso Robles, robbed a Bank of America in San Luis Obispo in July 2013. Again acting on the instructions of the Mother of God, he reportedly disguised himself by wearing a hat and a pink child’s backpack.
We wonder where he found a pink child.
He has pleaded not guilty and not guilty by reason of insanity.
A mental health expert testified that he had observed Gilbertson hitting himself in an attempt to quell the voices in his head, according to KSBY.
It appears that jurors will have to decide if Gilbertson is actually insane or going to great lengths to fake it.
Perhaps he decided to do this after seeing the movie Training Day.
April 25, 2015
A Catholic priest in northern Italy has been busted on charges of sexually abusing young boys in his parish, the local archbishop said.
Police arrested Father Massimo Luculano on Friday on charges of soliciting sex from minors and sexual assault.
His three confirmed victims are a 14-year old Italian boy and two 17-year old foreign boys.
However, Luculano, based in Vercelli, a town to the west of Milan, had forged a dense set of relationships with different people and older minors for sexual purposes, police say.
Luculano, claiming to be a physical therapist alongside being a priest, lured the young victims using Facebook, WhatsApp or text messages and offering them gift phone cards, soccer shoes and even money in return, investigators say.
Vercelli Archbishop Marco Arnolfo said in a statement that Luculano had been “immediately” suspended and offered “affection and prayers to the families that may be implicated” in the affair.
Over the past few years, the Roman Catholic Church has been facing numerous scandals of child sexual abuse by priests all over the globe.
Although this is very tame by today’s standards (see the post Our Theme Song), in the 1960s it was revolutionary. Many copies of the album ‘An Evening Wasted With Tom Leher’ were thrown in the trash by outraged parents. For many it was a much-needed irreverent anthem against the Catholic Church and its insane beliefs and rituals.
Of course he offers NOTHING from the filthy-rich Vatican to the desperate immigrants at Italy’s doorstep. He wouldn’t part with a dime of Church money to help anyone but his pedophile priests, bishops and cardinals.
The pope has urged governments to help migrants reach Europe, to avoid more tragic shipwrecks in the Mediterranean.
In a letter to the International Labour Conference, Francis said that mass migration was one of the ‘grave issues’ confronting our world today.
After touching on the issue of unemployment, Francis wrote: ‘Another grave and related problem confronting our world is that of mass migration: the sheer numbers of men and women forced to seek work away from their homelands is a cause for concern.’
He wrote to delegates, meeting in Geneva this week: ‘Despite their hopes for a better future, they frequently encounter mistrust and exclusion, to say nothing of experiencing tragedies and disasters.’
April 19, 2015
KANNAPOLIS, N.C. — A former youth pastor at a church in Kannapolis is behind bars on charges of statutory rape and indecent liberties.
Benjamin Hollifield, 25, is being held on a $ 1 million bond.
Hollifield was fired from his position as youth pastor at Piedmont Baptist Church following the arrest.
The Pastor there released a statement saying Hollifield was “terminated for abusing a child and violating the church’s trust and policies.”
According to the statement– the alleged victim was a member of the church.
Visitors can decide for themselves if it’s a 14th century hoax or a 13th century hoax.
The Turin Shroud has gone back on public display in the Italian city’s cathedral, after a break of five years.
The 4.4-metre-long (14-ft) cloth is on show until 24 June.
Viewings are free but must be booked. One million people have already signed up.
Some devotees believe the shroud is the burial cloth of Jesus Christ.
Skeptics point to carbon dating that
suggests proves it is a medieval forgery from the 1300s.
By Patricia Wen and Stephanie Ebbert, Globe Staff | January 13, 2005
SPRINGFIELD — A 12-year-old Springfield boy was arraigned in juvenile court yesterday on charges of rape and murder in the death of a 3-year-old family friend, making him one of the youngest accused killers in state history.
Later yesterday, prosecutors charged his mother with murder and reckless endangerment of a child.
The 12-year-old boy is being held without bail and has not been identified, because he is a juvenile.
Prosecutors said he raped Jeremy Rosario Milan at least twice during a seven-day period last month and beat him repeatedly.
Jeremy died on Dec. 19 of blunt trauma to the brain, two days after he was hospitalized in critical condition at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, according to an autopsy report.
Rivera and other relatives were at the Springfield police station when the juvenile was being questioned, and said they saw him laughing and smiling. Alverio was there at the time and said the boy had said, ”The devil made me do it,” Rivera said.
So much for Pope Francis being the champion of minorities. He talks about equality and inclusion but his prejudices and actions are as antiquated and absurd as those of all of his predecessors.
April 18, 2015
Pope Francis has reportedly rejected an openly gay Frenchman as the country’s new ambassador to the Vatican.
Laurent Stefanini was nominated for the position in early January, but has not been confirmed.
The 54-year-old’s nomination has received backing from Cardinal Andre Vingt-Trois of Paris and Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, the former Vatican foreign minister and president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue.
The Elysee called Stefanini’s nomination “a wish by the president and a cabinet decision,” and said that Hollande considered him “one of our best diplomats.”
The Vatican normally takes about six weeks to confirm nominations, and silence following that period is considered a rejection. A Vatican source allegedly told Le Journal du Dimanche that the rejection was “a decision taken by the pope himself.”
The Telegraph noted that a gay ambassador to the Vatican was nominated in 2007, but also ignored by the Church.
Francis is considered one of the most liberal popes, and has urged LGBT tolerance throughout his pontificate.
He has warned against having a “prejudiced mentality” that marginalises others, and famously quipped “Who am I to judge?” when asked about homosexuality in a 2013 press conference.
The pontiff has also said that the Church should support families of gays, and had lunch with gay and transgender inmates during a trip to the Giuseppe Salvia Detention Center in Poggiorale, Italy last month.
However, Francis has affirmed the Church’s stance that homosexuality is a sin and calls himself a “son of the church.”
“I’m not one to change doctrine,” Francis said.