Archive for November, 2019
You are still the stupidest person in the Trump administration.
26 November, 2019
If anyone needed more convincing here it is –
“God’s used imperfect people all through history. King David wasn’t perfect. Saul wasn’t perfect. Solomon wasn’t perfect,” Perry said in the clip.
“And I actually gave the president a little one-pager on those Old Testament kings about a month ago and I shared it with him,” he continued. “I said, ‘Mr. President, I know there are people that say you said you were the chosen one and I said, ‘You were.’ “
November 16, 2019
A married, churchgoing Long Island dad at least twice tried to kidnap prostitutes, driving them against their will to secluded locations only to have them leap for their lives from his moving car, federal authorities said in announcing his arrest.
Andrew Frey, 54, of Coram, Suffolk County, manages an airplane parts factory, and neighbors and relatives say he is a born-again Christian who’s very involved in his church — but the feds painted a different picture Friday.
Frey, the father of two adult kids, sobbed quietly as he pleaded not guilty to attempted kidnapping and attempted sex trafficking for allegedly picking up lone sex workers on two occasions, in October, 2018 and July, 2019, and trying to take them captive while making violent threats.
In both incidents, Frey’s alleged victims, identified as Jane Does in court papers, escaped by jumping out of his moving vehicle, injuring themselves in the process.
Frey continued to threaten the women even after the kidnapping attempts, and approached his first victim “armed with a weapon” in another failed attempt to abduct her by force, the feds alleged in papers arguing against his being released on bail.
“Jane Doe #1 managed to evade his attempt,” the papers said.
Frey has prior convictions for a felony drug sale and misdemeanor drug possession, possession of stolen property, unauthorized use of a vehicle and criminal mischief.
He faces a mandatory 15-year minimum sentence if he is convicted.
During his arrest Friday morning, authorities found rope and zip ties at his tidy ranch home, as well as a manual on how to tie knots, according to court papers.
They also found “phone records and photographs documenting the injuries sustained by his actions,” the papers said.
“People need help for problems and hopefully that will be the outcome,” his wife, Gina, told reporters before court.
After the arraignment, a still sobbing Frey turned back to look at his wife, putting his arms in the air as if he didn’t understand what was happening before he was led off to jail.
He was ordered held without bail.
“He’s been arrested? For what? This is surprising. He’s like minister material at a church he’s involved with,” his brother, Martin, told The Post, referring to Smithtown Gospel Tabernacle.
“He was a good father for many, many years and did everything families are supposed to do together.”
Neighbors, too, met the news with disbelief.
“My wife saw a lot of cops out here this morning around 6 a.m.,” Alex Goldberg, 34, who lives next door, said Friday afternoon.
Authorities hauled away Frey’s Jeep Cherokee on a flatbed truck, Goldberg said.
“He’s always been very nice, always willing to help out with baby-sitting he offered,” he added.
“He was very involved with the church. It is very shocking and concerning. He’s always working on his cars and is very neighborly.”
November 12, 2019
n 11-year-old Italian girl has been hailed as a hero after using her cell phone to document the alleged sexual abuse inflicted on her by a Catholic priest.
Father Michele Mottola, 59, was arrested this week in Trentola Ducenta, near Naples, after audio recordings said to be of him and the girl were given to local press.
The bishop of Aversa, Angello Spinillo, was made aware of the allegations as early as May 2018 and suspended Mottola at the time, as well as reporting the allegations to the Public Prosecutor of the Commissariat of Aversa. However, no further action was taken against the priest.
Almost a year and a half later, action was only taken when the recordings were aired on Le Iene, a political TV show. It was then that the Public Prosecutor’s Office in Naples gave orders to arrest.
The audio, which was filmed over several occasions, contains several highly disturbing passages.
“Look, there’s nobody there,” a voice that is allegedly Mottola’s said in one, according to translations by Church Militant. “You are scared? Embrace me, kiss me.”
“Do you know that I love you?” the voice said in another. “Do you want a little kiss?”
November 11, 2019
FARMINGTON — A Kaysville resident and bishop in a Davis County ward for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of possessing child pornography.
Timothy James Hallows, 61, is being held in the Davis County Jail without bail after he was booked on eight counts of enticing a minor by internet or text, all second-degree felonies.
Police began investigating Hallows in August after a complaint was filed to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children when an online user uploaded “child sexual exploitation material,” according to a probable cause affidavit.
Investigators found the IP address associated with the online user, and police found that the IP address was registered to the same address as Hallows’ home in Kaysville.
On Oct. 3, police were informed that there were three other complaints were made against the internet user regarding files of “child sexual abuse.”
On Wednesday, investigators served a search warrant to Hallows’ home in Kaysville, where he allegedly admitted to distributing the child porn online.
“Hallows admitted to owning an unknown amount of images of child sexual abuse, but estimated the numbers over 100,” the affidavit says.
Police say that Hallows refused to take a polygraph test and answer questions regarding “hands-on sexual contact with young children,” according to the probable cause statement.
Hallows allegedly said that he has gone on camping trips with children and took pictures with those children, and explained that could lead to him failing a polygraph test. He told police that he went on the camping trips “while acting his role as a Bishop for the LDS church.”
Police requested that Hallows be held without bail because of his role as a bishop in Kaysville, citing how he has “unfettered access to children in his congregation and in private,” the affidavit says.
Investigators believe that he has had sexual contact with children, and he has possibly engaged with children in other states and other countries. They added that Hallows has a “high net worth.”
In a written statement, church spokesman Eric Hawkins said the allegations against Hallows are “serious and deeply troubling.”
“The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has no tolerance for abuse of any kind, including child pornography, and teaches its members and leaders that such behavior is offensive to God and to His Church,” Hawkins said.
Hawkins added that Hallows was immediately removed from his leadership position when local church leaders learned of his arrest.
“This is done to ensure the safety of others and to allow this individual to address these serious allegations,” Hawkins said.
According to online records for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Hallows was a bishop for the Wellington Ward in Kaysville, and the meeting house is located at 235 N. Bonneville Lane.
Hallows has yet to be formally charged in Farmington’s 2nd District Court, and he does not have an initial appearance date set. He does not have an attorney listed in court documents.
November 11, 2019
A Jurupa Valley pastor allegedly sexually assaulted a minor female parishioner, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department said in a release Saturday.
Sean Ortiz, the 51-year-old lead pastor at the New Beginning Community Church, was arrested on two counts of sexual battery after a minor female reported a sexual assault at her church on Friday, authorities said.
Ortiz allegedly sexually assaulted a minor female parishioner at the church on at least two separate occasions, according to the release.
Ortiz was arrested at his home and booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center, deputies said. He posted $50,000 bail and was released Saturday, Riverside County booking records show.
It was not yet clear whether the minor who reported the assault was the victim.
The Norco campus of the New Beginnings Community Church posted a message on their Facebook page Sunday, saying they were aware of a “possible situation concerning Sean Ortiz.”
“We want to be proactive and err on the side of cautionary proper practice, so we are making you aware of this today,” the post said. “The board will keep you informed as the situation would dictate. Thank you for your trust and know that we care about each person which calls Jurupa Valley Campus their family and their home.”
The investigation is ongoing and any other victims are asked to come forward, deputies said.
Those with information related to the incident are asked to contact the Jurupa Valley Sheriff’s Station at 951-955-2600.
November 10, 2019
Elliezer apparently receives messages from god through the tiny television he has strapped to his head.
Police have opened an investigation into convicted sex offender Rabbi Eliezer Berland following an investigative report alleging he told a cancer patient not to accept medical treatment and instead pay him money so that she will live.
After her daughter died as a result of that advice, Nurit Ben Moshe filed a police complaint on Thursday, with her lawyer arguing that Berland’s conduct constituted manslaughter.
“I’m here so no mother will suffer like I suffered and in order that [Berland] will pay for what he did,” Ben Moshe was quoted saying by Channel 13 news as saying outside the police station.
The investigation will focus on trying to get inside information from Berland’s supporters, a tough task since they are a closed circle and tend to be extremely devoted to their leader. Many of them have taken violent action and threatened those who speak against Berland.
The report on Channel 13’s “HaMakor” program last month detailed how Berland instructed Ben Moshe’s daughter to forgo cancer treatment and instead pay him thousands of shekels to pray for her to be cured.
Among his instructions were for her to eat a simple diet including soups made only from orange vegetables, something the report said had a significant negative impact on her health.
After intensive efforts by Ben Moshe, Berland eventually gave the go ahead for her daughter to seek medical help, but by then the cancer was already too advanced to save her.
The investigative report featured extensive hidden camera footage, including of Ben Moshe giving Berland thousands of shekels to pray for her daughter.
Berland has long been known to take “pidyonim” — contributions in exchange for blessings. In late-night visits, and surrounded by dozens of followers, Berland frequently shows up at Israeli hospitals across the country, unattended by staff, to bless the sick, according to footage uploaded by his followers.
In one instance, journalists made up the case of a woman declared brain-dead, with Berland promising to revive her for a NIS 20,000 ($5,700) fee.
Activists who have spoken to The Times of Israel in the past have cited several cases of followers who, they say, have sold their houses or have been plunged into debt for these benedictions, in what they argue is tantamount to extortion by a leader with undue influence over his followers.
The donations — provided by ostensibly consenting adults for a religious service — are not illegal under Israeli law.
Long considered a cult-like leader to thousands of his followers, Berland fled Israel in 2013 amid allegations that he had sexually assaulted several female followers. After evading arrest for three years and slipping through various countries, Berland, 81, was sentenced to 18 months in prison in November 2016 on two counts of indecent acts and one case of assault, as part of a plea deal that included seven months of time served. He was freed just five months later, in part due to ill health.
Since then, he has resumed his activities as the leader of the Shuvu Bonim community, an offshoot of the Bratslav Hasidic sect that has been disavowed by the broader Bratslav dynasty.
November 10, 2019
Seventeen years ago, two teenagers approached a Southern Baptist church in Indiana with allegations that their youth pastor had used his position of authority to sexually abuse them.
Megan Frey and Jo Anna Hendrickson claim that back then, the church’s leader tried to sweep the reports under the rug. The 18-year-olds were allegedly blamed for getting “duped,” their families were pressured to keep quiet, and the accused pastor, Wes Feltner, went on to establish a solid career in ministry.
Over the past few days, fearing that yet another Southern Baptist church is refusing to heed their warnings about the pastor, the women have started speaking up again.
But this time, they’re bringing with them the strength of the #ChurchToo movement, which seeks to raise awareness about abuse in Christian communities. And they are hoping that by going public, they’ll help create change in the Southern Baptist Convention, America’s largest Protestant denomination.
Hendrickson, who is part of a Southern Baptist church in Evansville, Indiana, told HuffPost she’s speaking out to educate the denomination about the nature of pastoral abuse and to make sure that no one else will experience what she did.
“This not just about Megan and I, or Wes Feltner,” Hendrickson said. “This is about a big problem in our churches and it has been a problem for way too long.”
The Southern Baptist Convention has made addressing sexual abuse a top priority after it was rattled by multiple scandals in recent years. In September, the SBC organized a high-profile conference meant to give churches advice on how to prevent abuse and support survivors.
Feltner, who received his master’s in divinity from a Southern Baptist seminary, is currently lead pastor of Berean Baptist Church in Minnesota, which is not an SBC church. The allegations against him resurfaced after he became a top candidate for a senior pastor position at a Southern Baptist church in Tennessee, First Baptist Church of Clarksville.
Feltner told HuffPost he believes he is facing a concerted effort from a small group of people who want to prevent him from working in ministry.
“They accuse me of ‘pastoral abuse’ based on events that occurred 17 years ago when I was a single young man working as youth leader in a church in Indiana. They have widely circulated statements of two women whom I dated with the permission of their parents when they were 18 years old,” Feltner told HuffPost.
He said he and his family have been facing a “withering barrage of online attacks and personal threats,” and that he would respond to the women’s allegations after his current church wraps up an investigation into the matter.
“I agree with some of the facts alleged in the statements and deeply regret the hurt I may have caused them. But some of the allegations are not accurate,” he said.
Frey and Hendrickson allege that the abuse occurred in 2002, when they were both 18 years old and attending First Southern Baptist Church in Evansville, Indiana, where Feltner was a youth pastor. Both say they initially approached Feltner for counseling after going through bad breakups with former boyfriends. Both also claim they were emotionally manipulated by the pastor and that he asked them to keep the encounters a secret from their church.
Frey claims the counseling sessions soon transformed into meetings with Feltner at his house, then shared bubble baths, sex and a trip to Las Vegas. Sexual contact with the pastor began while Frey was still in high school, she says.
Hendrickson alleges that Feltner initiated a physical relationship with her in the fall of 2002, while he was also pursuing Frey. She says Feltner told her “he felt God leading him to pursue me” because she was also interested in ministry.
“The physical side of our relationship progressed quickly, but did involve sexual intercourse,” Hendrickson told HuffPost. “When I expressed my concerns to Wes Feltner about how quickly things were moving physically, and not [publicly] with our relationship, he would dismiss it, and defend his actions by saying this was who he is.”
Both women said that their respective parents were aware of their relationships, but trusted Feltner with their daughters since he was a pastor.
Things came to a head at a church youth retreat in the winter of 2002, when another youth leader discovered that Feltner was pursuing relationships with the two teens. The situation was brought to church leadership, who the women said “simply dismissed it all,” blamed the teens and pressured them to keep silent.
HuffPost has reached out to First Southern Baptist Church for comment, as well as the current church of its pastor at the time.
The Minnesota church where Feltner currently works, Berean Baptist Church, announced a third-party investigation into the allegations on Wednesday. When reached by HuffPost, the church’s elder board declined to name the experts who are conducting the review or to say if Feltner is being removed from his position while the investigation is underway.
November 8, 2019
A 90-year-old priest found battered to death at his home in northern France had been under investigation for sexual offences against boys, it has been revealed.
Father Roger Matassoli was found dead in his home on the Oise département on Monday. Police say he had suffered blows to the abdomen, skull and face and there were also traces of asphyxia, although officers refused to respond to reports in the French media that a crucifix had been placed in his throat.
The cleric had served as the parish priest of Froissy from 1988 to 2009, when he was removed from the ministry after accusations of sexual assault.
“In 2009, having heard a victim, I took measures against Fr Matassoli to remove him from the public exercise of the ministry,” said a spokesman for the local diocese.
“After a civil complaint was filed, a canonical procedure was initiated to hear known victims. Fr Matassoli was then banned from any ministry, even private.”
The Beauvais public prosecutor’s office reported two complaints in 2018 “concerning sexual assaults committed on two young boys when, aged 10 to 14, they were altar boys in Father Matassoli’s parish”.
The case was not proceeded with because under French law the complaints were time-barred, since they were committed in 1962 for one of the victims, and between 1976 and 1980 for the other.
A 19-year-old local man has been arrested on suspicion of the murder of the priest, but has been hospitalised due to what police described as serious mental health issues.
November 4, 2019
A prayer leader from Sukkur’s Pano Aqil tehsil was arrested on Thursday for allegedly having raped a ten-year-old girl.
A case was registered by Sukkur Police against the suspect who leads prayers at a mosque in Dildar Samejo village.
“We arrested the prayer leader of the mosque after he was accused of raping a 10-year-old girl and registered a case against him,” said Sukkur SSP Irfan Samoon.
According to the SSP, a letter was issued by the police so a medical exam of the girl could be carried out. The girl used to take Holy Quran lessons from the prayer leader, he said.
The minor girl, narrating the incident, said that when she reached the mosque premises for her lesson, she was told by someone that the teacher was calling her. “When I went to see him, he shut the door and window, grabbed me, covered my mouth and pinned my arms down.”
The girl’s father told DawnNewsTV that the suspect had “subjected the girl to rape multiple times”. “She informed us only after falling ill yesterday,” he said.
November 4, 2019
A former Roman Catholic priest, Arthur Perrault who fled to Morocco before he was returned to the United States and convicted of sexually abusing an altar boy in New Mexico in the 1990s was sentenced on Friday to 30 years in prison, prosecutors said.
“There are few acts more horrific than the long-term sexual abuse of a child,” Anderson said. “At long last, today’s sentence holds Perrault accountable for his deplorable conduct.”
Perrault’s trial attorney, Samuel Winder, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Perrault was convicted by a federal jury in April on six counts of aggravated sexual abuse and one count of abusive sexual contact with a minor in 1991 and 1992 at Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque and at the Santa Fe National Cemetery, prosecutors said.
The victim, now an adult, testified that Perrault befriended him when he was 9 years old, showering him with gifts and trips before sexually assaulting him, prosecutors said.
Although he was convicted of abusing just one victim, prosecutors alleged in court filings that Perrault was a serial child molester who abused numerous young people over more than 30 years as a priest in New Mexico and Rhode Island.
At his trial, seven other alleged victims testified that Perrault, ordained in 1964, abused them during the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s.
The Roman Catholic Church has been roiled by allegations of sexual abuse since 1992, when the Boston Globe newspaper revealed a decades-long cover-up by church hierarchy of sexual misconduct by its clergy.
The U.S. Catholic Church has paid out more than $3 billion to settle clergy abuse cases, according to BishopAccountability.org, which tracks the issue.
Under federal law, a convicted defendant must serve at least 85% of a sentence, meaning Perrault will likely die in prison.
Perrault fled the United States in 1992 when his criminal conduct became public, prosecutors said. He was located in Morocco, where he was arrested in 2017 following his indictment on the sex charges, and was extradited to New Mexico.
Linda Card, a spokeswoman for the Air Force Office of Special Investigations, said Perrault served in the Air Force Reserve Chaplain Corps, and for a time was on active-duty status.
If Trump is removed from office, says famous pastor, “veterans, cowboys, mountain men” will go on a Democrat killing spree
November 4, 2019
Pastor Rick Wiles has a warning for Democrats: if Trump is removed from office, “veterans, cowboys, mountain men, guys that know how to fight” will “hunt down” those responsible. Pastor Wiles chokes up and gets a faraway look in his eye when he says “veterans, cowboys, mountain men,” almost as if these macho characters were members of a Village People tribute band and he was the president of its fan club.
Wikipedia has a grab bag of fun facts about Pastor Wiles:
- asserted that the effects of Hurricane Harvey upon the city of Houston, Texas resulted from Houston’s “LGBT devotion”
- described Judaism and Islam as “the Antichrist”
- called Central American immigrants a “brown invasion” being used by God to punish American whites because of abortion
- claimed that the Las Vegas massacre was conducted by government death squads
- asserted that Antonin Scalia was murdered
- predicted an imminent coup that would result in the nationally televised decapitation of the Trump family on the White House lawn.
November 4, 2019
Putting Jesus to work.
A Texas woman yesterday repeatedly struck her mother over the head with a crucifix during a domestic altercation that left the victim with a fractured skull, police report.
According to cops, Christian Lydia Martinez, 25, had been out drinking when she returned Sunday afternoon to her family’s San Antonio residence and began quarrelling with her 46-year-old mother.
During the argument, investigators allege, Martinez removed a 10-inch wooden crucifix from a wall and began battering her mother with the religious item. Martinez allegedly hit the victim over the head with the “bulky” crucifix several times, leaving the woman with a fractured skull.
Martinez’s mother was later transported to a San Antonio hospital for treatment of her injuries.
Seen above, Martinez was arrested on a felony aggravated assault with a deadly weapon charge. She is being held in the Bexar County lockup in lieu of $30,000 bond, according to jail records. (1 page)