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As Christmas Approaches, Crime Spree By Christian Leaders Spreads

It’s less than one month until Christmas, and this year, debates over the true meaning of Christmas are taking on a new, harsher edge. Down in Alabama, supporters of Republican U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore have suggested that the real meaning of Christmas is that grown men can have sex with children whenever they want.

Supporting the narrative of holy pedophilia by Christian leaders in Alabama is the arrest just before Thanksgiving of Michael Glenn Rich, the head priest at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Jacksonville, Alabama. Rich has been indicted on multiple charges of child pornography. According to the Alabama Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, Rich didn’t just obtain and view child pornography, but uploaded sexual images of children, suggesting that Rich may have been involved in the sexual abuse of children and the production of child pornography.

Roy Moore’s cadre of theocratic politicians aren’t the only Christian leaders who seem have taken this holiday lesson to heart. A year ago, Todd Shane Tomko declared that the meaning of Christmas is that, ”you’re going to have somebody who loves you, you’re going to have someone who’s gonna hug you, you’re gonna have somebody who’s going to wrap their arms around you and you’re going to be okay.” A few days ago, Tomko, Pastor of the Parkview Church in Quincy, Illinois was arrested on seven charges of indecent liberties with a child.

Todd Shane Tomko Christian preacherJoseph Niemeyer, a pastor at Bankclick Baptist Church in Walton, Kentucky, was sentenced to at least 17 years in prison after pleading guilty to having sex with a girl who was under the age of 12.

James Rapp, who continued to work as a Catholic Priest even after his church diagnosed him with “ephebophilia”, a preference for sex with children, has been denied legal appeals of his conviction for sexually molesting several young children in Jackson, Mississippi.

Romello Leach, a minister with several churches in Colorado Springs, Colorado, has been arrested for sexual abuse after admitting that he had sex with a 14 year-old girl several times. The girl later gave birth to Leach’s child. According to an affidavit in the case, Leach defended himself by saying, ”it is not like he will go around and sleep with everybody’s 13 or 14 year old daughter.”

To be fair, it isn’t as if having sex with children is the only thing that Christian preachers are doing to get ready for Christmas. No, some of them are committing murder.

Chris Gattis, a youth pastor at the Grace Lutheran Church in Chester, Virginia has been arrested for killing his wife, his daughter, and his daughter’s boyfriend on Thanksgiving.

14 thoughts on “As Christmas Approaches, Crime Spree By Christian Leaders Spreads”

  1. Al Hopfmann says:

    How do the number of crimes that you are reporting about compare to the number of crimes committed by atheists?

    1. Peregrin Wood says:

      The apt comparison is to compare atheist leaders to Christian leaders, Al, not to compare Christian leaders to all atheists.

      Of course, there are no statistics about crimes by either group.

      I can tell you that if you search Google News for: “atheist leader sexual assault” nothing comes up.

      If you search for “pastor sexual assault” or “priest sexual assault” there are always recent results in the news.

      There is a dedicated hashtag #churchtoo on Twitter, used just by people who have been criminally victimized by religious leaders. There is no equivalent hashtag for the use of people criminally victimized by atheist leaders.

      There are bad apples in every bunch, of course. There seems to be a remarkable concentration of criminals among Christian clergy, however.

      Consider this story: https://relevantmagazine.com/article/if-my-churchtoo-story-hadnt-happened-i-might-not-be-an-atheist-new-new/

      1. Al Hopfmann says:

        Yes, getting the right comparative base is a perplexing problem. While criminals who are Christian, Jewish, or Muslim religious leaders usually get identified and categorized as such, other criminals who are atheist leaders (Charles Manson, Ho Chi Minh, Josef Stalin, and so many others) are seldom categorized by their atheism. As with other atheist leader criminals who hide their atheism under the cover of faked religious beliefs (Al Capone, James Jones, Alistair Crowley, Benito Mussolini, and so many others), their crimes are often so outrageous that the crimes overshadow any illumination of acceptance or rejection of religion. by these evil people.

        1. Kevin says:

          Careful there liberty boy, you just categorized most of your heroes like Trump with the “cover of faked religious beliefs”. Hell, you just indicted a good percentage of your neighbors also.

          1. Al Hopfmann says:

            Just like there can be fake news, there can be fake religious leaders. Manson and Jones are glaring examples.

          2. Al Hopfmann says:

            You apparently don’t read well. Trump is not a hero of any liberty advocates whom I know. All the same, honest people give him credit when credit is due (to wit: using executive orders to undo some of the travesties of Obama), and criticize him when he continues growing the Establishment (to wit: too many CFR type Establishment flunkies being appointed to executive positions).

        2. J Clifford says:

          Dude, when you lump people in as atheists just because you personally decide their religious beliefs are fake, you’re taking a huge leap.

          Christian leaders who commit crimes are no more routinely identified and categorized than atheist leaders are. It’s just that it’s much much more rare for atheist leaders to be caught committing notorious crimes than it is for Christian leaders to be caught doing so.

          I’ll just note that you had to search way back into the 20th century even to find examples that didn’t work.

          Charles Manson and James Jones were leaders of religious cults, Al, taking heavy amounts of inspiration from the Christian Bible.

          1. Al Hopfmann says:

            Just like there can be fake news, there can be fake religious leaders. Manson and Jones are glaring examples.

  2. Horatio says:

    Al, the fact that someone has religious beliefs you disagree with does not make that person unreligious, certainly not an atheist. Those people disagree with you, after all. That disagreement doesn’t negate your claim to be a religious person, obviously.

    How could Charles Manson be an atheist, anyway, when he believed he was an incarnation of Jesus Christ?

    1. Kevin says:

      Just play along. Al likes making shit up.

    2. Al Hopfmann says:

      To answer your question, Horatio, anyone like Manson who believes that he is an autodeist and yet violates the two most important social tenets of The Ten Commandments (Thou shall not murder. Thou shall not steal.) obviously does not accept the sanctity or existence of a higher authority (God) . That is an atheist.

      1. J Clifford says:

        No, no, you don’t undertstand what an atheist is, Al. An atheist is not someone who declares that they are the incarnation of a god. That’s what religious messiahs do.

        1. Al Hopfmann says:

          Atheism is the belief that there is no god. An atheist is one who holds that opinion, thus believes that there is no god. Logically that would include himself. What you refer to as “religious messiahs” are charlatans who are not logical or are mentally ill. Autotheism is the irrational belief that a person himself is the god. That is also cyclically illogical because a person cannot create himself unless he already exists, especially in a world of tangible entities. In order for any of those people (autotheists) to claim that they are god, they would need to reject the existence of any other god. That would make them atheists.

          1. J Clifford says:

            So, you think Jesus was illogical or mentally ill? That’s an interesting proposal.

            I’m not sure that there’s any evidence for the historical existence of Jesus at all, beyond the status of a legendary character such as Robin Hood, but could you expand upon this idea of the insanity of Christ?

            Also, are you saying that any person who believes that there is only one god is an atheist, because that person believes in the nonexistence of other gods? So, Christians, Jews, and Muslims are all atheists?

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