Archive for January, 2018
January 30, 2018
The Mercury News reports that Luis CruzCruz of Fremont (California) was booked into the Santa Clara County Jail on January 17 accused of two counts of sending harmful matter to a minor. Bail has been set at $50,000.
According to the San Jose Police Department (SJPD) Internet Crimes Against Children and Child Exploitation Detail, CruzCruz allegedly sent multiple illicit images to the teen in November and December of 2017 and there is no evidence that the teen sent anything in response.
Sgt. Enrique Garcia of SJPD said that an examination of the device used by CruzCruz indicated that he may have sent illicit images to more than one person.
The church is part of the Adventist denomination’s Central California Conference.
January 30. 2018
The General Secretary of one of Blackburn’s biggest mosques has been suspended after being arrested on Thursday morning after allegedly trying to meet a 15-year-old boy for sex.
Mufti Ashraf Sidat, 45, of Masjid-e-Noorul Islam, was apprehended in a sting operation in Flixton, Manchester, by what appeared to be vigilante paedophile hunters.
Police arrested him shortly afterwards and he has since been released on bail until February 9.
Greater Manchester Police said in a statement: “At around 9.50am on Thursday 11 January 2018 police were called to Roedean Gardens in Flixton to a report of child grooming. Officers attended and a 45-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity. He has been bailed until 9 February 2018 pending further enquiries.”
January 30, 2018
Duh! For good examples see the two posts below.
“Dear god, do things my way.”
Religious people are not as smart as atheists, according to new research.
Scientists claim believers have diminished intelligence because they rely on intuition and not facts.
The strength of religious conviction is inversely linked with intellect, researchers found.
Religious people are less smart than atheists, according to new research.
Religious people are less smart than atheists, according to new research.
Researchers led by Imperial College London surveyed more than 63,000 participants on online tasks that measured planning, reasoning, attention and memory.
Participants indicated whether they were atheist, religious or agnostic and completed a 30-minute set of 12 cognitive tasks.
Scientists found that the effect of religiosity was robust regardless of people’s age, education and country of origin.
Agnostics are smarter than believers but less intelligent than atheists, researchers found.
January 26, 2018
Stephen Allwine, a good Christian murderer
He didn’t want a divorce because divorce is a sin. Soon he’ll be married to a 300 pound cellmate named ‘Bubba’. No way to get out of that marriage, Steve.
A trial is under way in Minnesota for a husband, father and devout Christian who stands accused of shooting dead his wife and staging the crime scene to make it look like a suicide after failing to hire an assassin on the Dark Web.
Prosecutors allege that Stephen Allwine, 44, a deacon and church elder with the United Church of God, had at least three extramarital affairs with women he had met on the notorious cheaters’ website Ashley Madison, and that he no longer wanted to be married to his wife, Amy Allwine.
Because of his position within the church, which views marriage as a lifelong commitment and prohibits divorce for its members, Washington County prosecutor Jamie Kreuser told the court on Tuesday that the defendant decided to rid himself of Amy by killing her following a botched murder-for-hire plot.
Allwine, a church elder, is charged with first-degree premeditated murder in the November 2016 shooting death of wife
Amy, 44, a mother-of-one and a dog trainer, was found dead from a gunshot wound to the head inside the family’s home in Cottage Grove on the evening of November 13, 2016.
Her husband told police he and their adopted son discovered the body and suggested that Amy had taken her own life, but police quickly determined that physical and ballistic evidence were inconsistent with a suicide.
Stephen, an information technology specialist, was arrested after a two-month investigation and was initially charged with second-degree murder, before a grand jury indicted him on a charge of first-degree premeditated murder in March 2017. The upgraded count carries a mandatory life sentence.
Kreuser told the court on Tuesday that months before Amy’s death, her philandering spouse had begun scouring the Dark Web in search of a hit man to kill his wife, reported the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
Using the nickname ‘dogdaygod,’ the prosecutor alleged that Stephen went on a website called Besa Mafia, which has been used to solicit murders and assaults for hire, and forked out $6,000 for a hit on his wife Amy, which was never carried out.
According to the prosecution, Stephen then decided to take matters into his own hands and concocted an elaborate plot, which involved sending his wife threatening emails urging her to kill herself, buying the nausea drug scoplamine – dubbed the ‘devils’ drug’ for its ability to erase memory – and ultimately killing her and disguising the crime as a suicide.
January 25, 2018
A man from Maryville, Tennessee allegedly flipped his truck five times because ‘Jesus was calling him and advised him to let go of the wheel.’
According to police Chad O. England, 33, was arrested after he got out of the vehicle and attempted to run away, carrying a jar and ‘speaking gibberish.’
We thought gibberish was the local language in Tennessee.
Deputies were notified about an accident on I-81 North in Sullivan County, Tennessee around 10 am on Sunday.
When deputies searched the vehicle they found six grams of marijuana, 0.6 grams of cocaine, a pipe, rolling papers, a 3/4 empty bottle of Crown Royal, a small empty bottle of Crown Royal and several cans used for ‘huffing,’ according to the police report.
England faces multiple offences including drug and traffic charges. He was charged with driving under the influence, felony possession of Schedule II drugs for resale/manufacture/deliver, possession of Schedule VI drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia, according to Bristol Herald Courier.
Two witnesses confirmed the story as they said England was speeding down the highway and for no apparent reason he decided to leave the road on the right side.
Police reported England said that he did not take off running, but he was ‘being called and was traveling to bow before someone.’ He also stated he was not driving, but he was behind the wheel. He denied a blood draw, but was obviously under the influence of drugs, according to the incident report.
If there are voices in your head telling you what to do, see a doctor. Really.
January 22, 2018
He’s already in the running for hypocrite of the year, 2018.
Pope Francis has apologised for suggesting that victims of sexual abuse by priests should show “proof”, in a rare act of self-criticism, while continuing to defend a Chilean bishop accused of covering up abuse.
In an extremely rare admission of a mistake, the Pope acknowledged his comments about Juan Barros had “wounded many” when talking to reports abroad the plane returning from a week-long trip to Chile and Peru.
In 2010 Father Fernando Karadima was accused of abusing several teenage boys in the Chilean capital Santiago and in 2011 the Vatican found him guilty and sentenced him to a lifetime of “penance and prayer”. In other words no penalty at all.
But Bishop Juan Barros at the time, was then accused of covering up the claims and helping to protecting Karadima while he and several other future bishops were training to be priests under his tutelage.
He himself has not been accused of abuse but one of Karadima’s victims alleges that he was present while Karadima was abusing and groping him.
Both Bishop Barros and Karadima have denied the allegations against them.
Pope Francis angered many victims groups in 2015 when he promoted Bishop Barros even after he had twice offered to resign.
But the Holy Father added fuel to the fire on Friday when he said those accusing Bishop Barros of covering up Karadima’s crimes of “slander”.
And, oh year, fuck the pope.
January 20. 2018
So much for due process under the law.
Jack Robison, listens to the funny little voices in his head
A state district judge in Comal County said God told him to intervene in jury deliberations to sway jurors to return a not guilty verdict in the trial of a Buda woman accused of trafficking a teen girl for sex.
Judge Jack Robison apologized to jurors for the interruption, but defended his actions by telling them “when God tells me I gotta do something, I gotta do it,” according to the Herald-Zeitung in New Braunfels.
The jury went against the judge’s wishes, finding Gloria Romero-Perez guilty of continuous trafficking of a person and later sentenced her to 25 years in prison. They found her not guilty of a separate charge of sale or purchase of a child.
Robison, who also presides in Hays and Caldwell counties, did not respond to a message left with his court coordinator, Steve Thomas, who said the case is still pending. Robison is scheduled to return to the bench in Comal County on Jan. 31.
The Herald-Zeitung reported that Robison recused himself before the trial’s sentencing phase and was replaced by Judge Gary Steele. The defendant’s attorney asked for a mistrial, but was denied.
Robison’s actions could trigger an investigation from the State Commission on Judicial Conduct, which has disciplined Robison in the past.
In 2011, the commission slapped Robison with a private reprimand for improperly jailing a Caldwell County grandfather who had called him a fool for a ruling Robison made in a child custody case involving the man’s granddaughter.
The reprimand, the commission’s harshest form of rebuke, said Robison “exceeded the scope of his authority and failed to comply with the law” by jailing the man for contempt of court without a hearing or advance notice of the charge.
The act of intervening in a jury’s deliberations is not addressed in the state’s list of judicial canons, which serves as an ethical code for judges. However, it states judges shall “comply with the law and should act at all times in a manner that promotes public confidence in the integrity and impartiality of the judiciary.”
Eric Vinson, executive director for the commission, said he would not be able to confirm or deny if a complaint had been filed against Robison.
January 20, 2018
A new survey shows that only 24% of Catholic women of all ages in America attend Mass once a week — Sunday Mass attendance is mandatory in Catholic teaching — but for those women born prior to the liberal reforms of Vatican II, a higher percentage (53%) of them go to Mass weekly.
The survey, conducted Aug. 3 – 24, 2017, was carried out by CARA (Center for Applied Research), a social science division at Georgetown University. CARA interviewed 1,508 self-identifying Catholic women by telephone and online. The results were released this week.
The survey results indictae there are 37.3 million Catholic females in the United States, among which 28.8 million are adults.
When asked, “Aside from weddings and funerals, about how often do you attend Mass?” 20% said “every week.” Another 4% said “more than once a week.” However, 26% said “rarely or never,” 27% said “a few times a year,” 12% said “once or twice a month,” and 11% said “almost every week.”
In other words, only 24% of the Catholic women in the United States attend Mass at least once a week. Under Church teaching, if a Catholic deliberately skips the Sunday Mass obligation, they have committed a serious sin and must go to Confession before receiving the Eucharist, the sacrament of Holy Communion in the Church.
Thus, 76% of Catholic women are objectively disobeying Church teaching on Mass attendance.
However, for those who are objectively faithful — the 24% — the survey showed that 53% of Pre-Vatican II respondents (born before 1943) go to Mass at least once a week, as do 31% of the Vatican II respondents (born 1943-60).
But for Millenials (born 1982 or later) and Post-Vatican II generation (born 1961-81), “they are less likely than older Catholic women to attend Mass at least once a week,” said the survey.
“Seventeen percent of Millenials and 18% of Post-Vatican II respondents indicated they attend Mass at least once a week,” according to the survey.
CARA further found that “married Catholic women are significantly more likely to attend Mass weekly (29%) than those who are divorced or separated (19%), never married (16%), or who are living with a partner.”
As for Confession, only 3% of Catholic women go “once a month or more.” Another 27% go either “several times a year” or “once a year.”
38% of the Catholic women said they “never” go to Confession and another 32% said they go “less than once a year.”
Youth pastor, 30, is charged with repeatedly sexually abusing two teenage girls at his father’s church
January 17, 2018
Gerardo Custodio Jr, child molester
A California youth pastor has been charged with repeatedly molesting two teenage girls, including at the Ontario church led by his father.
Gerardo Custodio Jr, 30, was arrested on Sunday on multiple charges of engaging in lewd acts with a minor stemming from alleged incidents that occurred between 2012 and 2015.
According to a press release from the Ontario Police Department, Custodio has served for many years as a youth pastor at the Iglesia La Familia De Dios, a church on North Euclid Avenue in Ontario, where his father, Gerardo Custodio Sr, is the senior pastor.
Police say Custodio Jr had spent time away from the church while attending college but resumed his duties there in 2011.
On Saturday, police interviewed two young female parishioners from La Famila De Dios who had come forward to report that they had been asexually abused by their youth pastor.
Custodio is a long-time youth pastor at Iglesia La Familia De Dios in Ontario, California, where police say some of the sexual encounters had taken place.
The suspect’s father, Gerardo Custodio Sr 61, is the senior pastor at the church
One of the victims was 14 years old in 2012 when she said Custodio Jr, then aged 24, allegedly began abusing her. According to the woman, some of the sexual encounters took place at the house of worship between 2012 and 2014.
The second victim said she was 15 years old when her encounters with the then-26-year-old pastor took place between 2014 and 2015.
Police said Custodio Jr, of Upland, also faces additional unspecified charges involving both victims.
Following his arrest, Custodio Jr was taken to the West Valley Detention Center, where his bail was set at $3million.
Investigators believe there may be more victims out there and they are encouraging them to come forward.
January 13, 2018
So, maybe he is not universally loved.
Vandals that have attacked three churches in Chile, leaving notes threatening Pope Francis ahead of the pontiff’s visit to the country next week.
The vandals, whose identity is still unknown, attacked the churches in the nation’s capital city Santiago and tossed pamphlets on the street as they fled.
Pamphlets left at one of the churches backed the cause of the indigenous Mapuche people, some of whom have been staging violent protests, and added: ‘Pope Francis, the next bomb will be in your robe.’
The churches were hit with firebombs then sprayed with accelerant and at one, the doors were burned before firefighters extinguished the blaze.
Later in the day, police found barrels of flammable liquid at two other churches that had not been ignited. They were handled by the bomb squad without incident.
Chile’s President President Michelle Bachelet described the incidents as ‘very strange’.
And oh yeah, fuck the pope.
January 12, 2018
Chinese authorities have demolished a well-known Christian megachurch, inflaming long-standing tensions between religious groups and the Communist Party.
Witnesses and overseas activists said the paramilitary People’s Armed Police used dynamite and excavators to destroy the Golden Lampstand Church, which has a congregation of more than 50,000, in the city of Linfen in Shaanxi province.
ChinaAid, a US-based Christian advocacy group, said local authorities planted explosives in an underground worship hall to demolish the building following, constructed with nearly $2.6m (£1.9m) in contributions from local worshippers in one of China’s poorest regions.
The church had faced “repeated persecution” by the Chinese government, said ChinaAid. Hundreds of police and hired thugs smashed the building and seized Bibles in an earlier crackdown in 2009 that ended with the arrest of church leaders.
Those church leaders were given prison sentences of up to seven years for charges of illegally occupying farmland and disturbing traffic order, according to state media.
There are an estimated 60 million Christians in China, many of whom worship in independent congregations like the Golden Lampstand. Millions of Christians, Buddhists and Muslims also worship in state-sanctioned assemblies.
But the surging popularity of non-state-approved churches has raised the ire of authorities, wary of any threats to the officially atheist Communist Party’s rigid political and social control.
Oklahoma mother is found guilty of murdering her daughter, 33, by forcing a crucifix down her throat to rid her of Satan
More from the wonderful world of religion.
An Oklahoma woman has been convicted of killing her 33-year-old daughter by forcing a crucifix and medallion down her throat because she believed she was possessed by the devil.
Juanita Gomez, 51, was found guilty of first-degree murder on Thursday in the gruesome 2016 death of her daughter Geneva Gomez.
Jurors recommended a sentence of life in prison without parole.
Police were called to Gomez’s home in Oklahoma City in August 2016 after the victim’s boyfriend came across her bruised and bloodied body lying on the floor.
Geneva was found with her arms spread out as if she had been crucified and a large crucifix had been placed on her chest.
The boyfriend, Francisco Merlos, testified during the trial that when he asked Gomez why she did not seek medical help for Geneva, the woman ‘kept mumbling about “devil and money”,’ and told him that her daughter was ‘possessed’.
When Merlos tried to leave, he said Gomez put him in a headlock but he was able to free himself from her grasp and call police.
Court documents indicate that Gomez told police her daughter had been speaking in tongues in a demonic voice the night before her death, her eyes had rolled back in her head and that she had threatened to kill her mother.
Gomez also said the bruises on her arms and hands were from her daughter resisting her attempts to exorcise Satan from her body.