Archive for May, 2017
May 27, 2017
Ruven Meulenberg, child molester
A youth mentor at Bareback Church, sorry, that should be Saddleback Church in Lake Forest has been accused of lewd acts involving two teenage boys while he volunteered there, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department said Friday.
Ruven Meulenberg, 32, was arrested Thursday and booked on suspicion of lewd and lascivious acts on a child and is being held on $100,000 bail, authorities said. Jail records show he is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday in a Santa Ana courtroom.
Detectives were alerted after a 14-year-old boy told his parents that Meulenberg had molested him, Lt. Lane Lagaret said. The parents told the church’s youth pastor, who called the Sheriff’s Department, Lagaret said.
Another 14-year-old boy turned up during the detectives’ investigation, Lagaret said.
Meulenberg is a Lake Forest resident who had been volunteering at the church for six years, and during that time, he developed relationships with the two boys, Lagaret said. Some of the conduct allegedly took place on church property, officials said.
In a statement to its conregation, Saddleback Church said it was “shocked and grieved to share that this week a Saddleback member reported that a student ministry volunteer had acted inappropriately with two 14 year old boys.” The church said its volunteers are fingerprinted, their backgrounds are checked and that they receive annual training on appropriate conduct.
The statement continued: “We ask you to do two things: First, please pray for the Saddleback families who are involved in this sad matter. Second, please pray for the investigators as they determine the facts. As followers of Jesus, we always want the whole truth to come out because Jesus taught us that lies enslave us, but the truth sets us free.”
Authorities say there could be more possible victims and are asking for the public’s help in finding them.
Anyone with information is asked to call the department’s special victims unit at (714) 647-7418.
May 21, 2017
It’s been a year since former altar boy Roy Quintanilla accused Archbishop Anthony S. Apuron of sexually abusing him in the 1970s.
Over the past year, not only has the Vatican promptly stepped in but it has also placed a global spotlight on Guam’s clergy sex abuses.
“We’ve come a long way,” Quintanilla said. “We wouldn’t have come this far were it not for the Catholic community’s support. It’s amazing what we can do as a community.”
In a predominantly Catholic community, publicly accusing any priest, much less the Guam archbishop for some 30 years, was unthinkable, until Quintanilla and other former Agat altar boys stepped forward.
Pope Francis suspended Apuron about three weeks after Quintanilla accused the archbishop.
The Vatican has also put Apuron on a groundbreaking canonical penal trial. The trial could wrap up as early as this summer, a member of the Vatican tribunal told those who testified in the Apuron trial.
Former altar boys Walter Denton and Roland Sondia accused Apuron of raping them in the 1970s. Doris Concepcion, mother of a now deceased former altar boy, accused Apuron of molesting her son.
“Were it not for Apuron’s arrogance, I believe this would have ended rather quickly,” Concerned Catholics of Guam President David Sablan said. “If only Apuron had been more humble and showed humility and apologized to the victims because that’s what the victims were waiting for at the time. Instead, he threatened to sue them.”
Sablan said the “silver lining” in Apuron’s “arrogance” was that Guam, and even the Vatican, now knows the extent of clergy sex abuses on the island and the community has come together to help clean the Catholic church.
May 19, 2017
After signing an executive order earlier this month that seeks to relax restrictions on the political activities of tax-exempt churches, President Trump said the order was an important affirmation of the American identity. “We’re a nation of believers,” he said. Trump is right in one sense — 69 percent of Americans say a belief in God is an important part of being American — but he’s wrong demographically: Atheists constitute a culturally significant part of American society.
We’re not sure how significant, though. The number of atheists in the U.S. is still a matter of considerable debate. Recent surveys have found that only about one in 10 Americans report that they do not believe in God, and only about 3 percent identify as atheist. But a new study suggests that the true number of atheists could be much larger, perhaps even 10 times larger than previously estimated.
The authors of the study, published earlier this year, adopted a novel way to measure atheist identity. Instead of asking about belief in God directly, they provided a list of seemingly innocuous statements and then asked: “How many of these statements are true of you?” Respondents in a control group were given a list of nine statements, such as “I own a dog” and “I am a vegetarian.” The test group received all the same statements plus one that read, “I do not believe in God.” The totals from the test group were then compared to those from the control group, allowing researchers to estimate the number of people who identify as atheists without requiring any of the respondents to directly state that they don’t believe in God.1 The study concludes that roughly one-quarter (26 percent) of Americans likely do not believe in God.2
May 19, 2017
‘I am despicable’: Former sheriff who stole marijuana from his precinct and had it sold off for profit blames ‘Satan’ for his actions in groveling apology video.
Logan August and Derrick Penney pleaded guilty in California court on Monday to conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute marijuana.
August, a former Kern County deputy, posted an apology video online on May 7
He said ‘Satan playing games’ forced him to make the decision to steal the drugs
The former officers will be sentenced in August and could be jailed for five years.
Logan August (pictured), a California cop who pleaded guilty to stealing marijuana during criminal investigations and conspiring to sell it, has blamed ‘Satan’ for his actions.
Logan August (pictured), a California cop who pleaded guilty to stealing marijuana during criminal investigations and conspiring to sell it, has blamed ‘Satan’ for his actions.
A California cop who pleaded guilty to stealing marijuana during criminal investigations and conspiring to sell it has blamed ‘Satan’ for his actions.
Logan August, a former Kern County sheriff’s deputy, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute marijuana. Another former Kern County cop, Derrick Penney, did the same.
August attempted to explain his actions in a confession video posted to YouTube on May 7.
‘I want to, first of all, just express how sorry I am,’ the 30-year-old said, while sat with his wife.
‘I accept 100 per cent what I’ve done… I put it on my heart to be honest, and to just own up to it, and to use this as a learning situation.
‘I made a horrible decision, it was nobody else’s fault, I made that decision based on Satan playing games with me and making me feel like I was prideful and unable to go to family members for help.’
August, a former Kern County sheriff’s deputy, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute marijuana.
Another former Kern County cop, Derrick Penney (pictured), also pleaded guilty in a California court Monday
Court papers claim August and Penney, on one occasion, handed over about eight pounds of marijuana to a seller – after stealing it and having it trimmed
Another former Kern County cop, Derrick Penney (pictured), also pleaded guilty in a California court Monday.
August goes on in the video, which lasted nearly seven minutes, to accept the flood of negative attacks he has received on social media.
‘I am deserving of everything you said… I am despicable and I am a piece of crap and that is me in this world,’ he said.
The Los Angeles Times reports August and Penney pleaded guilty at the federal courthouse in Fresno on Monday, after their crimes were uncovered last month.
The ex-deputies had been accused of working with former Bakersfield sheriff Patrick Mara and others to steal marijuana from the Kern County Sheriff’s Office.
The marijuana, which had been seized during drug investigations, was going to be sold off as part of the plan.
May 19, 2017
Menachem Chinn, child sex predator
A Jewish teacher and youth group director is being held in central New Jersey for the alleged sexual assault of a 12-year-old boy.
Rabbi Menachem Chinn was arrested April 18 and charged with assaulting the boy at the teacher’s home in Marlboro in 2012. A judge ordered that Chinn remain in custody following an April 26 detention hearing held in Mercer County Superior Court.
Chinn is a teacher at Shalom Torah Academy in Morganville, New Jersey, and director of the Twin Rivers chapter of the National Council of Synagogue Youth, the New Jersey Jewish News reported.
Chinn is charged with one count each of sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child.
NCSY, the youth movement affiliated with the Orthodox Union, immediately placed Chinn on leave pending the results of the investigation, NJJN reported. In a statement, NCSY wrote that it was “shocked” to learn of the arrest.
“The safety and well-being of NCSY participants is the organization’s utmost priority at all times,” according to the statement. “NCSY has zero tolerance whatsoever for improper or illegal behavior. Toward that end, NCSY maintains robust policies and procedures for its entire staff, including appropriate behavioral standards, criminal background checks, and an ombudsmen hotline that is checked multiple times daily, and extensive staff training. Any and all complaints are thoroughly investigated by seasoned professionals, who at all times are prepared to refer matters to the criminal justice system.”
NCSY said it had not been aware of any complaints against Chinn, who had been with the organization for 15 years. Parents of youth group members were notified of his arrest, an OU spokesperson told NJJN, and an interim adviser was to be appointed in his place. NCSY will hold an event May 4 for local parents and youth to discuss the situation.
NCSY adopted strict standards of conduct in the wake of the 2000 scandal involving Rabbi Baruch Lanner, the former principal at Hillel Yeshiva High School in Deal, New Jersey, and later the New Jersey regional NCSY director. Lanner was convicted in 2002 of molesting two girls at the high school and served three years of a seven-year sentence beginning in 2005. He was released on parole in 2008.
Disgraced televangelist said the first horseman of the Apocalypse is here.
And if you can’t believe Jim Bakker, who can you believe?
May 16. 2017
The “spirit of the Antichrist” is alive and well and living inside people who dare to mock President Donald Trump, disgraced televangelist Jim Bakker said.
Bakker now sells survivalist food and gear to doomsday preppers on his “Jim Bakker Show.” In a clip from Thursday that was posted online by Right Wing Watch, he claimed there was a “hatred among peoples and this is satanic.”
Then he went full “Sleepy Hollow” on his audience:
“This is the White Horse of the Apocalypse. The White Horse of the Apocalypse is the first horse. It’s a horse of speech. It’s a horse of spirit. And the spirit of Antichrist is out now. This is what you’re seeing. You want to know what the Antichrist spirit looks like? That’s what’s going on in America. These people mocking the president, the words they use, the speech they use, that’s the spirit of Antichrist. That’s the spirit of hatred.”
How about making fun of Jim Bakker? That’s still okay, isn’t it?
Did he say “White Horse of the Apocalypse” or “White House of the Apocalypse”?
We thought all churches were fronts for sex clubs.
May 13, 2017
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Metropolitan Government has filed a complaint seeking an injunction to permanently close a controversial swingers club in Madison.
The filing made Thursday in General Sessions court, states that a permit had been issued to operate a church at 520 Lentz Ave in Madison, but instead the owners have been operating a sex club.
The complaint states that Freedom 4 All, Inc. is “maintaining a public nuisance by permitting acts of lewd conduct” and is in violation of city ordinances and state law which prohibit operation of the club within 1,000 feet of a school
In March, two inspectors from the city’s Codes department paid $40 each to enter the club where they witnessed numerous sex acts being performed inside.
May 12, 2017
Denmark’s Jewish community has filed a complaint over an imam accused of calling for the murder of Jews in a case sparking political opprobrium, it emerged Thursday.
Imam Mundhir Abdallah preaches in the working class Copenhagen suburb of Norrebro at the Masjid Al-Faruq mosque, which media have previously linked to radical Islam.
He stands accused of citing a hadith or koranic narrative on March 31 calling for Muslims to rise up against Jews.
“Judgement Day will not come until the Muslims fight the Jews and kill them,” begins Abdallah’s address in footage on YouTube, according to a transcript of the original Arabic provided by US organisation the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI).
Dan Rosenberg Asmussen, the head of the Jewish community in Denmark, urged police to open an investigation into a possible case of incitement to racial hatred.
“We fear that weak and easily-influenced persons could interpret this kind of preaching as an appeal to visit acts of violence or terror on Jews,” Asmussen told the Politiken daily.
Minister of immigration and integration, Inger Stojberg, described the imam’s address as “horrible, anti-democratic and abominable”.
Neither the imam nor the Jewish community responded to AFP requests for comment.
According to broadcaster DR, Omar al-Hussein, who was behind a series of shootings in Copenhagen in February 2015 which left two people dead, had visited the mosque the day before going on the rampage.
The Dane of Palestinian origin had sworn allegiance to Islamic State and shot and killed one person at a cultural centre hosting a conference on freedom of expression, before killing a Jewish man outside a synagogue. Police later shot him dead after he fired on them in a third incident.
May 6. 2017
It’s way past time that atheist voices were heard in the halls of government.
An atheist organization has filed suit against President Donald Trump and the Internal Revenue Service over the president’s “religious liberty” executive order, arguing that it’s unconstitutional government support for religious organizations.
The Freedom From Religion Foundation, headquartered in Wisconsin, filed the lawsuit Thursday in U.S. District Court, the Western District of Wisconsin. The action maintains that the president’s order would selectively benefit churches and religious organizations by allowing them to endorse political candidates without risking their tax-exempt status.
The intent of the president’s order is to weaken enforcement of the so-called Johnson Amendment, a 1954 law that restricts all tax-exempt institutions from campaigning for — or against — political candidates.
Trump’s executive order specifically refers to religions and religious organizations, and Trump pointedly spoke only of “people of faith” and religions in his remarks in the Rose Garden Thursday as he signed the order.
“This executive order directs the IRS not to unfairly target churches and religious organizations for political speech,” he said. “No one should be censoring sermons or targeting pastors. We are giving our churches their voices back.”
“Among its many faults,” the FFRF lawsuit states, Trump’s order “requires the IRS to selectively and preferentially discontinue enforcement of the electioneering restrictions of the tax code against churches and religious organizations, while applying a more vigorous enforcement standard to secular nonprofits.”
The FFRF suit contends the order violates its equal protection and free speech rights under the Constitution, and that favoring church groups over secular groups is in violation of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment. The suit seeks an injunction preventing the IRS from implementing Trump’s order, and asks that the tax agency equitably enforce the electioneering restrictions against all tax-exempt organizations.
Trump vowed during his campaign to grant religious organizations influence in the political arena without having to give up their tax-exempt status. “I said for the evangelicals that we’re going to do something that nobody’s even tried to do,” Trump said at the GOP convention. “We put into the platform, we’re going to get rid of the horrible Johnson Amendment.”
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman on Thursday trolled Trump on Twitter following the president’s press conference touting that “religious discrimination” would no longer be tolerated in the U.S. Schneiderman reminded Trump that his two travel bans targeting Muslim nations have been blocked in court because of concerns about religious discrimination.
The American Civil Liberties Union has decided not to sue over the executive order — for now — after determining that it has no real legal clout and was little more than a “sop to religious conservatives,” according to a statement by ACLU executive director Anthony Romero.
Rachael Hilyard – I didn’t do it. God did.
May 5, 2017
Rachael Hilyard – charged with first-degree murder in the April 9 decapitation of 63-year-old Micki Davis – said Tuesday that church members performed an exorcism at Hilyard’s house days before the killing.
Hilyard said the exorcism was done because of “evil spirits” at her south Wichita house.
Hilyard, 35, said that God, not she, was responsible for the death.
“I feel horrible about this,” she said without elaborating.
Her comments came during a 20-minute interview on Tuesday with an Eagle reporter through a video connection in the visitation area at the Sedgwick County Jail. The Eagle wasn’t allowed to use a notebook or recording device.
At moments during the interview, Hilyard’s eyes appeared to tear up. She often looked away as she spoke or went silent. She wouldn’t answer follow-up questions to clarify what she did say.
Rachael Hilyard makes her first appearance on charges of murdering 63-year-old Micki Davis.
Hilyard wore green jail clothing, not the yellow garb she had on for her first court appearance after she was charged. The jail uses color codes to help classify inmates. Yellow often signifies mental-health issues.
Hilyard wouldn’t answer general questions about what happened the day Davis was killed at Hilyard’s home.
Wichita police have said that Hilyard is the ex-girlfriend of one of Davis’ sons. The day of the killing, Hilyard contacted Davis and said she was putting her son’s property by the curb if it wasn’t retrieved, police said in an affidavit filed with the court.
When Davis and her 9-year-old grandson went to Hilyard’s house on West Rita to get the items, Hilyard attacked Davis with a knife in the garage, and the boy called 911 as he ran to get help, police said. An officer found Davis’ severed head in Hilyard’s kitchen sink, according to the affidavit, released last week.
Hilyard said Tuesday that church members came to her house to do an exorcism. Asked why, she mentioned “evil spirits” at her home and referred to one of her Instagram social-media postings that displayed a photo of smoke. The caption, dated March 31, said: “Look here its the grim reaper. In a cloud of smoke.” The photo appears to have been taken under a ceiling fan.
Hilyard began the interview by saying she had stopped receiving disability money in September because of trouble filling out paperwork.
Her disability was for a 2003 car accident that left her with a “traumatic brain injury,” she said. A scar visible on the back of her head in one of her Instagram photos is from her injury, she said.
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Hilyard said her disability situation had nothing to do with “it.” She wouldn’t say what she meant by “it.”
Although she wouldn’t talk in detail about the day Davis died, she blurted out that it had been an “ordinary” day.
She said her bond – which jail records show is $226,000 – is low and that if someone would bond her out of jail, she would talk more.
May 4, 2017
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An imam was arrested earlier this week in Saudi Arabia on charges of performing illicit sexual acts and operating a prostitution network from within a mosque, the Saudi media reported.
The imam, a Bangladeshi immigrant from the city of Afif, allegedly solicited Bangladeshi housekeepers to have sex with him inside his mosque and passed them on to another man for a fee – though it remains unclear whether these acts were performed inside the mosque’s four walls.
A video of his arrest, in which several women were seen inside the mosque, sent shockwaves across the kingdom’s mainstream and social media.
It was also reported that the local branch of the Ministry of Religions appointed a special investigator.
Many social media users cursed the imam and evidenced an anti-immigrant sentiment.
“This is what happens when you give immigrants too much credit,” Amer Alshamry tweeted.
May 2, 2017
Cordell Jenkins and Anthony Haynes, child sex traffickers
The FBI busted two Ohio pastors on Friday for sex trafficking of children.
The FBI said that the two pastors, Cordell Jenkins, 46, and Anthony Haynes, 37, are “accused of knowingly recruiting, enticing, harboring, transporting, providing or obtaining a person(s) that the defendants knew was less than eighteen years old to engage in commercial sex acts.”
In addition to these charges, Haynes is facing charges of obstruction of justice, and Jenkins faces a charge of sexual exploitation of children.
Jenkins is the founder and pastor of Abundant Life Ministries in Toledo.
NBC 24 reported that court documents revealed years of alleged sexual encounters between a then 14-year-old girl and the two men. The teen reportedly alleged that Haynes had sexual relations with a woman in front of her, and Jenkins allegedly made the girl have sex in a church office.
The report read that several sexual encounters took place at the church, and other hotels and motels in the Toledo area.
The girl was reportedly paid for the encounters and was forced to participate in threesomes. She was allegedly forced to bring another juvenile to participate who was also paid for the encounters. The girl’s phone was searched and nude photos of the teen were found along with videos of some of the encounters.
In a statement given by the FBI, both pastors were arrested at their Toledo residences without incident. Both men were set to have their initial appearance in U.S. District Court on Friday.
The FBI’s Northwest Ohio Violent Crimes Against Children Task Force carried out the investigation. The task force was made up of authorities belonging to the FBI, Toledo Police Department, Perrysburg Township Police Department, Lima Police Department, Oregon Police Department, Fulton County Sheriff’s Office, Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office, Ohio State Highway Patrol, the Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Lucas County Sheriff’s Office.
FBI Special Agent Vicki Anderson made a statement to NBC 24 about sex crimes against children.
“Any crime that involves a child, exploiting a child, seizing on their vulnerabilities, on their trust that they have in adults, especially when people are in a position of trust.”