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California: Pastor James Ray Guerrero charged with molesting "two young relatives" beginning when the boys were 11 years old.
Italy: A yearlong Associated Press inquiry uncovers 235 male victims of priest molestation.
Connecticut: Father Michael Jude Fay dies in prison 18 months after being convicted of stealing $1.3 million from his congregation. Fay spent the money on luxury trips, imported cars, jewelery, and shopping sprees at Saks, Nordstrom, and Bergdorf's.
Ohio: Pastor Hence Hamblin charged with gross sexual imposition for fondling underage female.
Florida: Pastor Rodney McGill sentenced to 20 years in prison for mortgage fraud.
Arizona: Pastor Charles Carfrey sentenced to two years in prison for sexually abusing congregants, including an underage female.
Mexico: Pastor Jose Marc Flores Pereira surrenders after hijacking an Aeromexico jet, telling authorities he was "on a divine mission" to protect the country from earthquakes. A total of 104 passengers and crew were on board when Pereira took over the plane by falsely claiming he had explosives.
Kentucky: Registered child molester of an 11 year-old boy, Pastor Mark Hourigan to be ordained as the preacher of a local Baptist Church. Parishioners unsurprisingly described as nervous.
Pennsylvania: Pastor Dennis Spangler charged with exposing himself to 13 year-old boy.
Washington DC: Pastor Jennifer Michelle Brennan charged with ten counts of sex with a minor. Brennan is a "youth minister," of course.
This Week's Winner-
Tennessee: Pastor Henry "Defender of Marriage" Lyons has been defeated in his bid to retake the presidency of National Baptist Convention. The three-times married Lyons was convicted in 1999 of stealing $4M from the organization, but totally wanted to run the show once again. He used the stolen money to buy luxury homes and support his mistresses (plural!), but after five years in prison he felt God had called him to lead the 7.5 million member organization one more time. Almost 20% of National Baptist conventioneers agreed and supported Lyons' failed bid.
I am a voting member of your congressional district here in Arizona. I'm telling you now that if you don't get off of your high horse and DO something besides being an obstructionist, I WILL do everything in my power to make sure you loose your seat in the next election. Yes, my mouth is that big.
OK, so boo hoo, the Democrats won. Get over it and get on with helping to govern the US like you should be instead of behaving like a spoiled child who just ate his last piece of candy and can't have anymore. We, the public, are getting awful tired of your behaviour. I may be a registered Democrat, but I DO vote on ALL sides of the ticket, and so do most of my friends.
I expect an answer, and not a form letter.
Micheal R ******
Thank you for contacting me regarding our nation's healthcare system. I appreciate hearing from you about this vital issue. Inflation in healthcare prices has reached double digits. Single year premium increases can be as high as 50 percent. Millions of Americans have no plan to address their current and future healthcare needs. The situation is dire, and Congress must act to restore some fiscal sanity to our healthcare marketplace.
As a business owner, I have seen first-hand the difficulties in providing health coverage. As an elected Representative, I strongly believe that the surest way to improve American healthcare is to empower individuals to make their own decisions. I believe that increased access and greater competition will make health plans more responsive to the demands of their customers, improve service, expand benefit options, and increase the numbers of small employers who provide coverage. To that end, I have supported:
Health Savings Accounts: HSAs are tax free personal accounts that individuals can use to cover routine medical costs. When combined with a high-deductible insurance plan to cover catastrophic costs, HSAs provide an ideal healthcare solution for many individuals and families. Additionally, HSAs foment price competition in the medical community, provide a lower cost option for employers who otherwise would be unable to offer plans for their employees and limit administrative costs (currently 20 percent of all health care dollars). Further, HSAs are completely portable, staying with the individual even after job loss.
Association Health Plans (AHPs): Would provide access and choice for small businesses with respect to health care for their employees. With so few remaining competitors, benefits and health plan choices are decreasing. Association Health Plans can help remedy this lack of access to affordable health insurance for small businesses.
Additionally, I strongly support:
Medical Liability Reform: Without exception, every sector of the health care system would benefit from limiting the increasing awards of non-economic damages. These punitive damage awards often benefit only trial lawyers and do nothing to protect patients from malicious medical practices. We must reform the system so that frivolous cases get thrown out while genuine malpractice cases are brought to a fair and just conclusion.
Overhaul the Medicare reimbursement structure: The current Medicare payment structure provides inadequate reimbursement for hospitals and doctors. In fact, the only thing this system provides in abundance is paperwork. The system provides too much bureaucracy and too little access to care. Further, since Medicare is our nation(s largest healthcare provider and many private insurers base their fee schedule on Medicare rates, the repercussions are felt throughout the system. Medicare reimbursement rates must be brought in line with the actual cost of services provided.
I will continue to work diligently to turn these reforms into law.
Again, thank you for taking the time to contact me. I wish you the very best in life, and I hope you will continue to inform me of the issues that concern you. In the meantime, please feel free to visit my website at www.house.gov/franks.
United States Congress
ok, where in my email did anyone see anything about health care?
Minnesota: Pastor John Kameron Erbele busted in prostitution sting.
Nevada: Pastor Ladislao Morales charged with molesting a 10 year-old girl.
Florida: Pastor Robert Riddle charged with defrauding his church of $200K. Riddle was previously convicted of stealing $70K from a 91 year-old congregant.
Wisconsin: Father James Blume charged with sexually assaulting a 12 year-old boy in 1978. Blume has been sued numerous times in various jurisdictions for similar crimes.
Texas: Pastor Rodney Terrell charged with grand theft for using the "Nigerian check scam" to defraud parishioner.
Manitoba: Father Raju Madanu charged with breaking and entering his own church to steal a "considerable amount of cash."
Illinois: Father Wayne E. Wigglesworth arrested for picking up a 15 year-old boy in an internet chat room.
Georgia: A Hindu temple has declared bankruptcy after its leader, Dr. Commander Selvam, was arrested for credit card fraud and practicing medicine without a license.
North Carolina: Pastor Johnnie Ray Lewis charged with embezzling $22K from his church.
Florida: Pastor Clevon Ghent charged with child molestation for having multiple three-ways with his adult nephew and a 12 year-old girl.
South Africa: An unnamed archbishop has been arrested for raping two girls aged 10 and 13. Bonus: The archbishop has been divorced nine times.
Ohio: Father Patrick O'Connor charged with molestation of teenage boy. O'Connor was suspended from 2003-2007 while similar charges were investigated.
Washington: Victims of Pastor Robbin Harper win $574K settlement for child molestation. Last year Harper was sentenced to 26 years in prison for child rape and assault.
Delaware: Pastor Timothy J. McDorman sentenced to two years in prison for possession of child pornography and having sex with underage girl.
Montana: The Jesuit Society of Jesus has filed for bankruptcy after paying out more than $25M in child molestation settlements. An organization for children molested by priests claims the bankruptcy is a ploy to discourage more victims from coming forward.
This week's winners-
Colorado: Pastor John Smoker charged with abuse of the mentally disabled. Smoker is accused of blindfolding and dumping garbage on a mentally-challenged man after becoming angry that the victim had not cleaned a church bus to his satisfaction. And at the church's school, Silver State Christian Principal Daniel Brock is under arrest for allegedly fondling several male students. It was a busy week for Red Rocks Baptist Church.
New York: Pastor Victor Figueroa sued for $30M for sexually assaulting congregant.
Alabama: Pastor John Picard convicted of 42 counts of sexual battery of six women.
Ontario: Father Bernard Prince defrocked by the Vatican for his conviction for molesting 13 boys.
Virginia: Pastor Gregory Biehl pleads guilty to possession of kiddie porn. Biehl was formerly convicted of climbing a tree to videotape a woman undressing.
North Carolina: Pastor Keith Devon Pettis charged with molesting 12 year-old girl.
Alabama: Pastor David Webb sued by underage victim he transported across state lines for the purposes of sex. Webb was sentenced to five years in prison in May.
Louisiana: Pastor Martin Denesse accused of defrauding 175 people out of the money they paid him to secure a FEMA trailer home after Hurricane Katrina.
Oklahoma: Pastor Joshua Spires charged with ten counts of child molestation.
Virginia: Pastor Steven Bruce Joplin charged with five counts of felony child molestation of pre-teen girls.
Peru: Father Antonio Jose Calle arrested for molesting 9 year-old girl with Down's Syndrome.
New York: Rabbi Yaskov Weiss charged with molesting two 13 year-old boys.
This Week's Winner-
Florida: Pastor Wiklan Moran-Mora didn't want his wife to catch him cheating, so he concocted his own kidnapping, sending his wife multiple text messages saying he was negotiating his release from his captors, all so he could spend more time with his mistress. Moran-Mora's wife called the police and more than a dozen Hillsborough County deputies closed in on his cell phone signal, finding him with his paramour.
California: Pastor E. Joshua Sims arrested for embezzling $800K from his church.
Nebraska: Pastor Efrain Umana arrested for sexually assaulting a 14 year-old girl. Umana has "numerous prior arrests" for similar crimes.
North Carolina: Rabbi David Alan Stein sentenced to three years probation for eight counts of having sex with an underage student.
Tennessee: Pastor William Charles Lohn indicted for embezzling $73K from his church.
Florida: Pastor Scott Dewayne Wright sentenced to four years for sexually assaulting a minor.
Michigan: Pastor Randy Strong found guilty of sexually assaulting a ten year old boy.
Louisiana: Pastors Jason Cooper and Victor Mitchell convicted of sexual battery and indecent behavior with a minor.
California: Pastor Timothy Han charged with felony copulation with a minor.
Arizona: Pastor Christopher Decaire found guilty of six charges of molestation and sexual misconduct.
This week's winner-
Ghana: An unnamed Christian pastor has been charged with "fondling the private parts of his lady followers," telling them that they had "mysterious objects" in their vah-jay-jays that was rendering them childless. After soaking their genitals in a "solution" and "stirring" them with his hands, the pastor told his parishioners he'd removed the sterility-making objects. He's been doing this for 15 years. Allegedly.
Ohio: Pastor Dwight Smith charged with hiring a prostitute.
Alabama: Pastor John Picard charge with 42 counts of sexual battery on parishioners.
Virginia: Pastor John Duffer charged with taking indecent liberties with a minor.
New Jersey: Pastor Robert Carlino confesses to possession of child pornography.
Texas: Pastor Matthew Wood resigns after being accused of sexually cyber-stalking a parishioner.
Ghana: Pastor Kwame Kussi arrested for lashing a suspected witch to death.
Arizona: Pastor Charles Cafrey pleads guilty to sexual misconduct with a minor.
Georgia: Pastor Dennis Reedy charged with multiple counts of sex with a minor.
West Virginia: Pastor Sandy Cook and his church sued by four men alleging sexual abuse by Cook.
Missouri: The Diocese of Jefferson City agrees to pay $600K sexual abuse settlement to man abused by a priest.
there is no winner this week. we all won by getting these perverts off the streets. but there is always more out there to take their place. using religion for thier sick perversions. i dont know how much longer i can keep doing this.
South Carolina: Pastor Ronald Jones arrested for sexual misconduct with a child. Jones has prior convictions.
Minnesota: Pastor Arthur Ree charged with sexual assault on a minor. Bonus: Ree is 82.
Missouri: Father James P. Grady slammed with federal charge of recruiting a minor for a commercial sex act. Unusual: The minor is female.
South Carolina: Pastor Marion Leon Kosier Jr. charged with exposing himself to a five year-old girl. Kosier has twice been convicted of similar crimes, most recently in 1995 when he exposed himself to girls selling donuts door-to-door.
Pennsylvania: Youth Pastor Violet Davison pleads no contest to embezzling $68K from her church. Davison has a criminal record in Canada for extortion and fraud.
Uganda: Pastor Edward Bwanika charged with beating orphans who didn't work hard enough in his water selling business. The boys are 6-10 years old.
South Carolina: Pastor Tyrone Moore sentenced to 30 years for molesting young boys. Moore has two prior convictions for the same crime.
Virginia: Pastor Kenneth Montgomery sentenced to ten months in prison for embezzling $200K from his church. Montgomery was convicted in 1994 for grand theft and burglary.
Kentucky: Father James R. Schook placed on leave after being accused of molestation. The Archdiocese of Louisville has paid $30M in molestation settlements since 2002.
Arizona: Reverend John Stone arrested for defrauding 35 business to whom Stone had sold advertising on benches he did not own.
This week's winner:
The churches of South Carolina, for so generously giving convicted child molesters a second chance to preach the word of God. Or a third chance, even.
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