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Bank Robbing Baptist Minister
August 15th, 2008 under Baptists, crime. [ Comments: 1 ]

faith-bag.jpgJim Creason, the minister of music in a small Baptist church in Edison Georgia, told police that money troubles drove him to rob a bank at gunpoint recently.

Creason robbed the HeritageBank of the South of more than $36,000. The minister wasn’t very smart.

“He had come to the bank earlier “under the pretense” of opening a checking account, and he provided bank officials with his new address and copies of his driver’s license and Social Security card, Vick said.”

Also, the bank manager knew Creason because Creason’s ex-wife had worked at the branch. He knew many of the employees there and called many of them by name during the robbery.

“I guess he got nervous and left,” said Vick, who investigated the case. “He came back about 20 minutes later with a black bag that had ‘Faith’ written on it.

Members at a church where Creason formerly served as an associate pastor said that they would have helped Creason if he had asked them for help.

So sad.


Man Booked with Having Sex with Pit Bull
August 9th, 2008 under crime, dogs. [ Comments: 1 ]

pitbull2.jpgStrange things going on in Avondale Louisiana. Talk about your dysfunctional family! Seems momma turned in Roy Laborde Jr. for having sex with Sissy, their pit bull! Twice!

I was once interviewed for a position as a pastor in Avondale. Luckily I wasn’t their type. They don’t teach you how to deal with stuff like that in seminary. That may be a good thing.

Can you imagine? I’ve heard of some weird things put on prayer lists in churches, but here’s hoping that if the Laborde family attends a church that they list this prayer request as “unspoken.”

It’s been a weird weekend folks!


If There Is a Hell…
August 7th, 2008 under Christianity, ChristianWalk, crime, Katrina, Louisiana, New Orleans, Rant, Recovery, Tacky, violence, Walking Like Jesus. [ Comments: 5 ]

No I’m not talking about Adrastos! In fact, as someone who has been labeled a heretic, I don’t joke about hell. But if anyone deserves to go there it’s Stacey Jackson, former director of NOAH. Lee Zurich and Karen Gadbois have been exposing the corruption in the city-run Non-profit (yeah right!) that has milked the recovery effort and given the city a black eye.

Here’s the real kicker! Christian teenagers have been coming down here for years to gut houses and help our citizens rebuild their lives. The bad part of that is that today’s Times-Picayune article, which has been WAY behind the curve on this thing, informs us that NOAH contractors actually got paid for work that these sweet kids did to make our city a better place.

Holy Crap! Somebody better get on their freakin’ knees right now. As I said above, I don’t take this lightly–but somebody better get ready to fry like a sausage in hell! You *&^%$@’s better be looking for asbestos wetsuits because you’re going to be treading water on the lake of fire for quite some time for this!

Damn. I hope Stacey and the Board of NOAH go to jail for a long time for this.


Help Prisoners by Donating Books
August 4th, 2008 under Books, Christianity, ChristianWalk, crime, God, Poor, Walking Like Jesus. [ Comments: none ]

prisonerreading.jpgI use Bookmooch to recycle and get used books. It’s a pretty cool way to get free books and even donate books to charity. This past weekend one of the books I have listed was “mooched” by a prison ministry. I read about the ministry and was convicted about sending some of my books to them.

You can send the books to:
Prison Book Program
C/O Marlene Cook
1306 Hancock Street
Quincy, MA 02169

It’s a great ministry that fills a tremendous need…According to an article I read today,
A recent report by the Pew Center on the States’ Public Safety Performance Project, stated that for the first time in history more than 1 percent of adults in the United States — one in 99.1 persons is held in jail or prison. Also, As reported in the May/June issue of Correctional News, the United States leads the world in the number of inmates per capita, with 750 inmates per 100,000 residents, according to the Pew report. During 2007, the U.S. prison population increased by more than 25,000 inmates to almost 1.6 million inmates, and local jails throughout the United States held 723,131 inmates at the end of 2007.

Prison Fellowship provides the following rationale for Christians to minister to prisoners:

God, unlike the world, has always chosen to identify closest with those who are isolated and broken. “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison, and you came to visit me . . . I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me” (Matthew 25:35-36, 40).

I know that I also have a lot of atheist readers. Feel free to send books to the above address because it’s a good thing!


God Caused Accident Not Hogan’s Drunk Son!
June 2nd, 2008 under Christian Crap, crime. [ Comments: 1 ]

Hogan’s son Nick was sentenced to 8 months in jail for reckless driving. Above, we hear that the young man who was in the car with Nick who, BTW will need “a lifetime of medical care,” was not injured because of Nick’s negligence, but because “God laid some heavy sh*t on him.”

One of the chief problems with a Calvinist theology that focuses on the sovereignty of God to the exclusion of human responsibility is that God always comes across as the “bad guy” and humans get a free pass. Not only is it bad theology, it’s also offensive.

Why not make money off the situation, note Hogan’s son can’t even correctly pronounce reality, it’s God’s fault any way?


Hate Crime Update…
December 6th, 2007 under crime, New Orleans. [ Comments: none ]

UPDATE: Seems Arnie has changed his mind. Could he have read my blog?


Jena 6: Proud of My Texas Baptist Brother!
September 19th, 2007 under Baptists, crime, Louisiana, poor, Racism, Social Issues, violence. [ Comments: none ]

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I’ll have to admit, after the exchange between some racist knuckleheads from Texas on the second anniversary of Katrina, I was ashamed to be a Texan. But Bruce Prescott reminded me today about a fellow Baptist Texan that is concerned with racial issues (in a good way). His organization, Friends of Justice, is a criminal justice reform organization formed in response to the infamous Tulia drug sting of 1999, in which over half of Tulia’s black males were arrested, about 15% of the town’s black population.

Recently his organization that began as an alliance of Baptist ministers, farmers, school teachers, meat packing workers, fork lift drivers, defendants and their family members also turned their attention to the Jena 6. They’ve done a heck of a job organizing and getting the word out about the Jena 6.

Keep up the good work my brothers and sisters from Texas!

From Ethics Daily:

An American Baptist pastor in Arlington, Texas, is credited with bringing international attention to a civil-rights case in a small Louisiana town known worldwide as the Jena 6.

Thousands of activists were expected to descend on the rural community of 3,000 people–about 350 of whom are black–this Thursday to protest the racially charged sentencing of a black teenager convicted of a felony in the beating of a white student.

 

 

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Why Get Rid of Eddie Jordan Now?
July 13th, 2007 under crime, NewOrleans, Politics, Racism, violence. [ Comments: 1 ]

jordan.jpgThere’s been quite a bit of outrage about Eddie Jordan lately. Seems one of the biggest murder cases since Katrina has been bungled. The day after he dropped the charges against the man accused of last summer’s quintuple murder because the key witness couldn’t be found, NOPD promptly located the witness within hours of their finding out about Jordan’s dilemma.

To top this off, last night every TV news outlet showed lawyers pointing out that Jordan’s negative comments about the witness compromised the case by shedding doubt on her integrity. A District Attorney who calls a key witness a liar on television is either trying to get the murderer off the hook or a complete idiot. I don’t know which one, but my question is this: Why all of a sudden is Jordan not good enough to be our DA?

Nobody (almost nobody) got pissed and asked for his resignation when he was found guilty of racial discrimination by a federal jury. I don’t remember a city council member asking for his resignation then. If someone is found guilty of hiring and firing folks based on race, why would you think he would do a good job?

If he hires prosecutors based on race, why do you think his office can do a good job? This isn’t a new development. We’re just seeing the consequences of looking the other way AGAIN when someone breaks the law or is incompetent or both.

Why should we be asking for a boycott of New Orleans? Not because of Eddie Jordan. It’s because we don’t care enough to demand that those who serve us do so with dignity, honesty, and integrity.


Cold Blooded Kansas Folk
July 5th, 2007 under crime. [ Comments: 4 ]

Kansas FlagWow! The following story from Kansas:

As stabbing victim LaShanda Calloway lay bleeding on the floor of a convenience store at 25th North and Hillside, no fewer than five store patrons stepped over her to complete purchases — and at least one took cell phone pictures of her — before bothering to call 911, police said.

Police have been told that some of those photos landed on the Internet.

“It’s on the video,” said Wichita Police Chief Norman Williams. “She laid on the floor while people continued to do their shopping. They’re taking photographs. That’s our frustration. They didn’t call immediately. If people would have been calling us, who knows what the outcome might have been.”

Calloway, who was stabbed after an altercation June 23, eventually died at a hospital from her injuries.

A witness questioned last week whether a policy that prevents fire crews from entering potentially violent situations until police have secured the site contributed to Calloway’s death. He said he and others frantically waved to firefighters to come and help, but they didn’t move in until a Highway Patrol cruiser entered the parking lot.

Yet Calloway lost approximately two precious minutes while patrons strangely ignored her, according to Wichita police spokesman Gordon Bassham.

“This is one of the most disgusting examples of disregard for life I’ve ever seen,” Bassham said of the video. “It is a very, very tragic video to watch. It was revolting to see this lack of humanity.”

The video showed the 27-year-old Calloway struggling to her feet and collapsing three times without anyone helping her.

Worse, one woman who stepped over Calloway four times while shopping eventually paused to snap a photo of her with a cell phone.

And now, police are trying to track down photos of a dying Calloway that someone told them had been posted on the Internet.

“This is just appalling,” Williams said. “I could continue shopping and not render aid and then take time out to take a picture? That’s crazy. What happened to our respect for life?”


Laws That Really Matter: Louisiana Proud!
June 15th, 2007 under crime, Humor. [ Comments: none ]

DELCAMBRE, La. Mayor Carol Broussard said he would sign an ordinance the town council approved this week setting penalties of up to six months in jail and a $500 fine for being caught in pants that show undergarments or certain parts of the body.Broussard said he has nothing against saggy pants but thinks people who wear them should use discretion. “It’s gotten way out of hand out here,” he said.”

I wish that was our only problem. Guess I’ll buy a new belt and head for Delcambre.


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