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PostPosted: Mon Oct 15, 2007 5:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote



Reverend Gary Aldridge, a graduate of Jerry Falwell's Liberty University and was found dead from Auto-erotic asphyxiation.

"He went on to become one of the deans and the students loved him. He had a tremendous impact on them," said Dr. Bob Miller of Liberty University.

Aldridge was the senior pastor at Thorington Road Baptist Church for the last 15 years.
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For the Love of Jesus: Christian Minister Died In Rubber Suit With Dildo

On 24 June this year, 51-year-old Reverend Gary M Aldridge, senior pastor at the Thorington Road Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama, was found dead at his home having failed to put in an appearance at that morning's services.

A preliminary autopsy by Dr Stephen Boudreaux "indicated that Aldridge died of suffocation, and that there was no sign of injury". Boudreaux subsequently declared that Aldridge's demise "was not the result of suicide".

Move along, nothing to see here, you might be thinking. However, suspicions were aroused when the District Attorney for Montgomery County, Ellen Brooks, then imposed an embargo on further information about the case, ordering the medical examiner in writing "not to disclose his findings from the autopsy".

In July, local paper the Montgomery Adviser requested information about the incident, but was told that "...report(s) cannot be released to the public at this time because the District Attorney has determined that the case is still under investigation. Your request will be kept on file in the event that it may be released at a future date."

According to EDGE Boston, Aldridge's church also moved to keep the matter under wraps, issuing a press release asking people to "refrain from speculation" about the circumstances of the pastor's untimely shuffle from the mortal coil.

And no wonder, because The Smoking Gun claims to have got its hands on the full autopsy report, which states the cause of death as "Accidental Mechanical Asphyxia".

The "Evidence of Injury" section elaborates:


In case you imagine that auto-erotic asphixiation is a peculiarly US-based Baptist-specific practice, your attention is drawn to the sad case of Tory MP Stephen Milligan who in 1994 was found dead at his flat in Chiswick, west London, wearing stockings and suspenders and black bin liner over his head. An autopsy revealed he'd died of asphyxiation caused by an electrical flex tied round his neck.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 16, 2007 3:53 am    Post subject: AFRICA Reply with quote

BinaBecker wrote:
"George Bush doesn't care about black people." --Kanye West

Unless, of course, one of them commits a peccadillo. Then it doesn't matter if he's a perfect Oreo like this guy. He's suddenly someone Prince Hal doesn't know anymore.

The big crooks, needless to say, go unpunished...which is awful white of them all.

'Bina.


That is right. It has always been about the exploitation of the resources in Africa. These rotten criminals built their republic on the backs of black slaves.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 16, 2007 4:04 am    Post subject: the government Reply with quote

The government has everybody crying about tolerance.......when we should be crying about acceptance.

they give us civil rights when we just want human rights.

They separate us by color and sex and gender. We are all human.

I defy the State.

....and so should you.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 16, 2007 4:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

BinaBecker hasn't been around for over a year. Is she back?
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 21, 2007 8:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Oral Roberts University facing HUGE scandal
by John Aravosis (DC) · 10/20/2007
Saturday, October 20, 2007

Read the university's own internal report on the scandal for yourself, below, for all the juicy details. And more here from CBS News.

Scandal Vulnerability Assessment
Oral Roberts University, Oral Roberts Ministries
Original Draft Prepared by Stephanie Cantees

Investigation of potential areas of legal and/or financial issues in the university and ministry have yielded the following areas of potential vulnerability:

• As of 2003, Richard Roberts was compensated at the following levels -- $181,469.00 in annual salary from ORU; in excess of $100,000 as Vice President of City Plex; and an additional $41,530/year from the Oral Roberts Evangelistic Association. Additional incomes from "Make Your Day Count" could not be verified but are likely.

• According to the Draft report, Richard Roberts stated in a taped phone call, "I have the deck stacked -- I am elected to three year terms and if a Regent appears to give me trouble, I remove him. I stack the deck...." (Draft report cites a numbered tape as documentation.)

• Richard Roberts receives complete housing benefits from the university which includes all associated costs: e.g., 13 internet/cable connections, wide-screen televisions, hot tubs, an Imperial Stove ($15,000), Washer/Dryers ($6,000), and all furnishings. The family selects furnishings for the home, the ministry then pays for the items and arranges for delivery.

• The Roberts home has been remodeled 11 times in the last 14 years. Each time, Mrs. Roberts demands more changes. During the most recent renovation, an $800 bathtub was installed for daughter Chloe.

• Dead bolt locks were installed on all bedroom doors at the insistence of the Roberts' oldest daughter. This was precipitated by Mrs. Roberts repeatedly moving into the home her 16 year old male "friend," which made her daughters uncomfortable.

• Photos exist of Mrs. Roberts and an underage male smoking at the President's residence. (Draft report references front and rear photos of Richard Roberts’ residence with Mrs. Roberts and the young male smoking.)

• Richard Roberts sought approval from stakeholders for moving the underage male into the family residence.

• Mrs. Roberts has personally spent the night in the ORU guest house with an underage male on nine separate occasions. (Draft report references photos of these events as well as logs from security.) It is reported that this underage individual was allowed to stay in the university guest house unsupervised on numerous occasions. All living expenses for this individual were born by ORU/ORM -- despite reported compliance prohibitions.

• Draft report references 29 distinct photos of Mrs. Roberts and an underage male alone in her sports car. Time stamps on the photos indicate that they were photographed after the citywide 10 p.m. curfew for minors not with their parents. In fact, all 29 photos were taken after midnight. The Draft report cites blog entries from current students confirming these meetings.

• Draft report cites statements by Victory Christian Students and past employees of VCS confirming Mrs. Roberts’ presence at the school in the presence of the underage male companion. Security tapes showed 81 visits to VCS by Mrs. Roberts and the underage male to the campus in 2004 alone.

• A longtime maintenance employee was summarily fired so that this same underage male companion could have his position. (Draft report cites a statement from current employee in confirmation of this assertion.)

• At ORUEF, Security removed three individuals for being intoxicated. Photos of the three show that one of the individuals was Mrs. Roberts’ "boy friend." She ordered that Security ignore the infraction. (Draft report indicates existence of photos of Mrs. Roberts ordering security to ignore the drunken youth.)

• Richard Roberts ordered university employees to post a personal message for his daughter on the Mabee Center electronic marquee which read, "Matt, I'm sorry. Love, Chloe." Mrs. Roberts called an unspecified vice president at 3:00 a.m. to demand the message be posted. (Draft report cites phone logs which show a total of seven demand calls being made to the same vice president that morning. Further, a dated and time-stamped copy of written orders from the same vice president to Mabee Center employees mandating that "Matt, I'm sorry, Love, Chloe" be immediately placed on the marquee.

• A total of 32 complaints were received from employees/public regarding the personal message placed on the Mabee Center marquee. The Roberts were warned of the legal implications of retaliation against employees expressing disapproval. (Draft report cites copies of phone records.)

• Tapes were produced of Chloe Roberts vandalizing and illegally removing athletic department equipment from university property. When confronted with the incriminating tape, Richard Roberts refused to address the issue. Roberts personally benefited from the property stolen, and the damage from the vandalization was billed to the university. (Draft report references the departmental video tape, two witnesses, and a statement from one of the other students involved.)

• University property -- specifically golf carts -- sustained serious damage at the hands of the Roberts’ children. Damages caused by the daughters was billed to the university.

• During Thanksgiving break, Mrs. Roberts repeatedly demanded searches of the Girls' Dorms for illicit male visitors. Male students felt "set up" as their names were released. (Draft report indicates existence of signed affidavits by male students of university persecution.)

• Dormitories were modified for Roberts’ daughters’ exclusive use, and all costs passed on to the university.

• Mrs. Roberts provided a key to City Plex Towers, and authorized underaged students removal of furnishings from the Tower to private student apartments off campus.

• Richard Roberts' 2,000 square foot home office was remodeled into a walk-in closet to accommodate the needs of Mrs. Roberts’ wardrobe. This wardrobe has been paid for by the television production cost center.

• Receipts for clothing are routinely handed to ORU/OREA staffers with orders to "cover the charges." (Original draft notes an attached document reflecting $51,206.00 in clothing receipts) Staffers are under standing orders to modify records/cover purchases to make personal purchases appear to be business related.

• Richard Roberts' current -- and previous -- personal vehicles were donated for University/Ministry use. No one outside the Roberts’ family ever used these vehicles. These vehicles are regularly washed, waxed, and cleaned by university employees. Further, all fuel is provided by the university at no charge to the president.

• Both Mrs. Roberts' white Lexus SUV and her red Mercedes convertible are provided by ministry donors -- including all insurance costs. The Mercedes was located online at a dealership in Atlanta. At the explicit direction of Richard Roberts, Ministry Security was flown to Atlanta to take possession of the vehicle and drive it back to Tulsa. (Original draft notes an attachment indicating the ministry department which paid for the plane ticket.)

• Automobiles driven by Mrs. Roberts and the families' daughters are routinely washed, waxed, cleaned and fueled by university personnel. Richard Roberts makes token payment for compliance purposes.

• The University/Ministry pays for all the families' home and cell phone without limits. (Original draft notes receipts in excess of $7,000 for phone expenses not including overseas cell expenses.)

• Cell phone bills for Mrs. Roberts and her daughters consistently run over $800/month -- with an average of over 1,000 text messages per month. (Original draft notes names of numbers of recipients of calls and texts.) Mrs. Roberts phone records indicate a large number of text messages sent between 1 a.m. and 3 a.m. Two underage males -- one of whom Mrs. Roberts was seen alone with after 1 a.m. on 29 separate occasions. This evidence was posted on a student weblog and referenced in the original draft of this report. It should be noted that Tulsa has a 10:00 p.m. curfew for underage persons not in the company of their parents.

• Records indicate that Mrs. Roberts replaced 2I cell phones in a two year period. Fifteen of her bills during that period exceeded $800/month. Four months had text messages in excess of 800 -- many of those texts from Mrs. Roberts were sent to underage males -- often between 1 a.m. and 3 a.m. -- who had been provided phones at university expense.

• Draft report documents that university employees were required to express mail "daily care packages" to underage male at retreat in Missouri. (Statements from former employees is cited as supporting documentation.) One of these "care packages" contained a new cell phone which was billed to Mrs. Roberts’ account.

• Richard Roberts asked stakeholders to permit Mrs. Roberts’ male friend to reside in their home when questions arose concerning his use of the guest house.

• The university provides and stocks a commercial soda machine in the garage of the Roberts’ home -- with all expenses being borne by the university.

• Meals are routinely prepared by a professional chef, compensated through the television cost center, and delivered to the house for "testing." Roberts makes token payment to satisfy dictates of compliance.

• University and Ministry employees are regularly summoned to the Roberts' home to do the daughters' homework. (Original draft notes security records, photos and statements to support this contention.) The daughters take the homework completed by the employees, copy the work, and submit it to Victory Christian School as their own work. (Original draft refers to a transcript of a phone call where Mrs. Roberts personally arranges for employees to assist the daughters with homework.)

• The Roberts' daughters were "home schooled." Their teacher was on the ORM payroll for over five years. Classes were held in ORU/ORM properly which had been classified as a "guest house" for IRS purposes. (According to the Draft report, the property had been fully converted to a school house as verified by photos of the property.) Although no guests ever stayed in the home, all expenses for operation and maintenance were borne by the university.

• The university owns an airplane which is currently used for mostly personal purposes.

• Richard Roberts maintains complete, total control of the university's airplane and who becomes a passenger on the plane. No other vice president or regent has any access to this university asset. In fact, individuals have asked to rent the plane -- fully reimbursing ORU for costs -- and have consistently been refused.

• There are numerous examples of commercial airline tickets being purchased despite space being available on the private jet going to the same destination. Mr. Roberts is highly selective about who he allows on the plane. Space is especially limited if family friends happen to be passengers -- personal passengers always take precedence over ORU/ORM employees.

• The university jet was used to take one daughter -- with several of her friends --on a Senior Trip to Orlando, Florida, and the Bahamas. The Bahamas portion of the trip was spent at the luxurious Atlantis hotel and resort. This trip was billed to the Ministry as an "Evangelistic function of the President." (Original draft notes lodging bills from Orlando which included charges for liquor and supplemented with a signed statement from one of the students on the trip.) Photos of the trip show the plane to be full of non-ministry students, and the parents of the other students were reportedly told that this was the daughter's "senior trip." The university was billed $29,411.00 for the costs of this "senior trip."

• During this same trip, the Ministry had need to fly Roberts' pianist for an event at a local church in Orlando. The only ministry employee on the trip had to fly commercial airlines because the university plane was full of guests on "senior trips."

• When the older daughter graduated, Mrs. Roberts refused to allow her to attend the Victory Christian School Senior Trip. By coincidence, the university plane just happened to be in the same city at the same time as the Victory seniors -- allowing the daughter to participate in the Senior Trip but with the costs being borne by the university. Apparently, Richard Roberts will book a speaking engagement in the city the daughters wish to visit and then bill the university for the cost of the trip. (Original draft indicates existence of student statements, copies of retained memorabilia, photos of the plane/trip, and receipts from resorts in the selected cities. Further, original draft notes a van rental receipt on one of these trip in the name of Oral Roberts Ministries.)

• The Roberts flew the ministry plane to Florida on December 26th, staying at the posh Breakers Hotel. (Draft reports cites existence of photos of non-university guests in rooms with meal/room charges paid by ORU/ORM credit cards.) All vehicle rentals were charged to ORU. This was cited as another example of a single speaking event in Florida being used to cover volitional travel for multiple persons. Once again, Mrs. Roberts didn't even attend the service which justified the travel expenditure.

• Roberts routinely visits his father in Newport Beach, California, and bills the costs of the trip to the university. (Original draft included names, dates, photos, costs of vacation villas, and receipts for rental vans/cars -- all billed to Oral Roberts University and Oral Roberts Ministries.) On one trip, which lasted fourteen days, Richard Roberts visited Oral only four times, yet billed the entire cost of the trip to the University/Ministry. .

• On several speaking engagements in Dallas, Texas, Mrs. Roberts accompanied her husband. In each instance, multiple vehicles were rented by the couple and charged to the University/Ministry. Records indicate that Mrs. Roberts did not attend any of the meetings conducted by Richard Roberts. (Original draft notes several photos showing Mrs. Roberts shopping with numerous guests.) Four photos clearly show Mrs. Roberts with a young, blond male which her own sister referred to as "her boy friend.").

• Mrs. Roberts routinely has ORM provide her with security personnel as protection while on personal vacations. On one occasion, Mrs. Roberts took one of her daughters and "a male companion" on an overnight trip to Branson. All charges for transportation, lodging and meals were paid by ORU/ORM. (Original draft references receipts for clothing dubbed "TV wardrobe, Branson, Missouri.")

• According to the Draft report, nine separate statements were collected which quote Mrs. Roberts as saying, "As long as I wear it once on TV, we can charge it off..." Draft notes inconsistencies in expense account between reported TV clothing, and actual TV usage. (Draft cites photos of closets by Chloe's friends of clothes with tags charged to TV account -- cell phone photos were circulating among her friends.)

• Mrs. Roberts spent over $39,000 at one clothing store alone -- Chico's -- in less than one year. Employees in the ministry assert that other accounts exist for stores in Texas and California which greatly add to the total.

• Mrs. Roberts ordered that her children be paid $200/song on the television show. One random student was found to pay the same rate, so as to justify the amount paid her children.

• The Roberts’ daughters are allowed to use Oral Roberts' home in the compound for a token payment.

• ORU/ORM maintains a stable of horses for the exclusive use of the Roberts’ children. All costs associated with this stable are borne by the university.

• ORU/ORM Security personnel are routinely used by the family to fetch groceries, hair bows and accessories, family meals, and even undergarments for the girls -- all while on the university payroll.

• Mrs. Roberts personally awarded thirteen non-academic, non-need-based scholarships exclusively to friends of her children. Two of the recipients scored 12's on the ACT, making them academically ineligible for admission to the university. When informed that the two students with 12's on the ACT could be admitted contingently and put into the Bridge program, Mrs. Roberts demanded that they be admitted without condition and that the questioning employee be fired. (Original draft references affidavit and copies of all transcripts of students awarded scholarships. Additionally, copies of awards for fulI room, board, and tuition scholarships, bearing Mrs. Roberts signature, were attached.)

• Mrs. Roberts was informed that these unilateral scholarship awards might constitute inurement, as she often received significant "thank you" gifts from the recipients or their parents. The unfortunate aspect of these scholarship awards to questionable students was the depletion of limited resources to fund the educations of more worthy candidates.

• After awarding the thirteen full academic scholarships to friends of the family, Mrs. Roberts established the "Make Your Day” scholarship. This financial aid was advertised as serving needy students. As before, Mrs. Roberts selected the recipients from a pool of mostly friends of the family.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 16, 2007 2:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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The Southern Baptist Church Has A Dirty Little Secret
Thursday, November 15, 2007
-- by Sara

Kevin Ogle, pastor of Northgate Colonial Baptist Church in Camden, GA, pleaded guilty in May to 15 counts of sexual exploitation on the Internet. A deacon for the church said, "A pastor is human just like everybody else is."

Five years ago, the Catholic Church -- the largest Christian denomination in the country -- was torn apart when it became front-page news that hundreds of its priests, working for decades in parishes across America, had sexually molested thousands of Catholic teenagers while their bishops actively covered up the problem, or simply looked the other way. The lawsuits that followed bankrupted Catholic institutions from coast to coast. Worse, the revelations and subsequent bad publicity shook Catholics' faith in their clergy to the bone, and made their ancient church the punchline of a thousand pedophile jokes in the process. It's going to take a generation or more for the church to recover -- if it ever does.


Jeff Hannah served for at least three years as the youth minister at The First Baptist Church of Romeoville, IL -- even though the church's leaders knew he was a convicted sex predator. He resigned in August when the Chicago Sun-Times revealed his past. "We believe in forgiveness," said one of the deacons who hired Hannah.

Given the huge media circus that surrounded the priest scandal, I'm left wondering why nobody, but nobody, is giving anything like that kind of attention to the almost identical sexual predator scandal that is, right now, rocking the Southern Baptist Church. Since last January, Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests (SNAP) -- the same group that finally brought the Catholic Church's ingrained patterns of protecting pedophiles to light -- has filed legal charges against over 50 Southern Baptist ministers (they're bringing in over one a week now), and gotten convictions against 26 of them to date.


On September 13, Pastor John Bonine of the Sierra Heights Baptist Church in Fresno, CA was arrested on felony child molestation charges. "We are looking for any way we can to be supportive of the pastor's family," a church spokesman said.

This should come as no surprise to faithful Orcinus readers, since I've been pointing out for the better part of a year now that the Southern Baptist Church -- the nation's leading promulgator of Dominionist theology -- was starting to look like a broken-down old pickup rolling downhill with no brakes, bucking and wheezing headlong over the rocks toward some kind of spectacular calamity. With 16.8 million members in 43,000 congregations, the SBC is the second-largest Christian church after the Catholics. And those of us who've been sitting on the sidelines with our popcorn, watching that long parade strutting/frog-marching/displaying its wide stance as it gaily trots out of the right wing's vast walk-in closet, had no doubt that the coming SBC calamity would almost certainly involve sexual malfeasance on an epic scale.

On October 17, Steven Haney, former pastor of the Walnut Grove Baptist Church in Memphis, was indicted for sexually abusing a 15-year-old boy from his church over a five-year period. He told the boy that his attentions were "a test from God."

And so here it is -- in the form of hundreds of young women and men coming forward to tell their stories to judges and juries, exposing a decades-long pattern of unchecked predatory behavior on the part of their Baptist pastors. This parade, too, has gone on nearly non-stop and just as fast for nearly a year now -- so where are the reporters, the cameras, the headlines?

A few national papers have picked up on this, as has ABC's 20/20 (which did a report in April). Among bloggers, the perspicacious Pam Spaulding has been on the case. But mostly, the coverage has been confined to the local papers -- each one treating its own hometown pastor scandal as an isolated incident, without putting it in the context of a larger national trend. As long as the dots aren't being connected, this isn't getting anything like the 24/7/365 coverage that the Catholic scandal did.

We have to wonder: why did the Catholic Church get the full media treatment -- but all we hear about this still-exploding scandal is the sound of crickets chirping?


On November 1, SBC Deacon Roy Long of Victorville, CA was charged with molesting two seven-year-old girls over a four-year period. Police and prosecutors are looking for other victims.

I don't know the answer to this. But we do know the SBC has friends in powerful places, and an honored seat at the DC Village table. In the current climate, it's not out of line to wonder if their solid place at the Bush Administration's base might have something to do with the media's resolute determination to keep looking the other way. Or maybe it's just rank sexism at work once again: it's a scandal when priests molest underage boys, but not worth the headline when pastors abuse their authority to commit statutory rape on teenage girls, too. Either way, the national media's relative silence on this story is not only deafening -- it's infuriating.

Last week, SBC youth pastor Marshal Seymour confessed to sexually abusing several teenage boys he met through his church in Lakeland, FL. Police discovered he'd been let go from his previous church in Mobile, AL for sexually assaulting a 16-year-old boy.

I'll be rolling this story out in short installments over the next few days. There are a lot of details, including my interview with Christa Brown of SNAP about the SBC's abject state of denial; a look at a few of the most interesting and egregious cases; and a case-study view of the SBC that shows how the church's very structure is perfectly optimized to attract and bring out the very worst in high-SDO leaders.

We all understand it so well now that it hardly bears repeating -- but those who stand on the moral high ground and crow the loudest about their own righteousness are the ones we should be watching the most carefully of all. We've seen that lesson writ small over the past few years; but what's happening in the SBC looks like it may turn out to be the Broadway extravaganza version of a very old morality play.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 22, 2007 5:38 pm    Post subject: Atlanta bishop 'had child with his brother's wife. Reply with quote

Let me point out that this is a massive scandal for the Pentecostal Fundamentalist Churches--it is right in the heart of Christian fundamentalism in America.

"Paulk was born May 30, 1927 to the late Dr. Earl Pearly Paulk, Sr. (former general overseer of the Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) and Addie Mae Tomberlin Paulk.

The Church of God (Cleveland) is a Pentecostal Christian denomination, with headquarters in Cleveland, Tennessee. It has grown to become one of the largest Pentecostal denominations in the world, with worldwide membership of between 6 - 7,000,000, according to the denomination's official website[1]. It is the second largest Pentecostal denomination in the world, with the Assemblies of God being the largest."


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Atlanta bishop 'had child with his brother's wife
By Andrew Gumbel in Los Angeles
22 November 2007

It's been almost 50 years since Earl Paulk, the archbishop of a Protestant mega-church in the Atlanta suburbs, was first accused of having sex with a parishioner. Now, though, he faces the scandal of his life after his family revealed – at the pulpit – that he had slept with his brother's wife and fathered a child by her.

The 80-year-old pastor has led a charmed existence, fending off sexual harassment suits while also earning praise from politicians all the way up to the President of the United States for his "extraordinary work for God and the community". This latest revelation, though, may be a little harder to escape unscathed. The secret of Archbishop Paulk's love child was exposed by a court-ordered paternity test as part of a perjury investigation, and confirmed to the congregation of the Chapel Hill Harvester Church by none other than the love child himself, 34-year-old D E Paulk, who had been known until then as the archbishop's nephew.

"I am so very sorry for the collateral damage it's caused our family and the families hurt by the removing of the veil that hid our humanity and our sinfulness," the younger Paulk, who has inherited the mantle of head pastor, told his flock a few Sundays ago.

His confession was made public this week by an Associated Press reporter.

D E Paulk said he did not learn the secret of his parentage until the paternity test. "I was disappointed, and I was surprised," he said.

Earl Paulk has been embroiled in the fight of his life for the past two years after two of the staunchest members of his church community, Bobby and Mona Brewer, turned against him. Mr Brewer, a former pastor at the church, filed a suit claiming that Archbishop Paulk owed him $400,000 he had borrowed to settle a suit from a congregant who claimed she had been sexually abused by the archbishop since she was seven years old.

Mona Brewer, meanwhile, accused Archbishop Paulk of manipulating her into an affair that lasted 14 years, from 1989 to 2003, by telling her that sleeping with him was her surest path to eternal salvation.

Archbishop Paulk was forced to admit that he had, indeed, betrayed his wife with Ms Brewer, a longtime church singer, but said in a deposition hearing that the affair was brief and had been initiated by her. He also claimed she was the only woman he had slept with outside of marriage.

That statement triggered an investigation by both the local district attorney's office and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, which suspected he was lying under oath. That, in turn, led to the paternity test on his "nephew".

Accusations of sexual impropriety are nothing new for Earl Paulk. He was forced out of the first church he pastored, the Hemphill Church of God, because of an extramarital affair to which he later admitted.

In 1992, six women came forward to say they had had secret sexual relationships with one married minister or another from the Paulk family. One, a ghostwriter who helped write Earl Paulk's autobiography, said she had an affair with him lasting two years. Archbishop Paulk's brother, Don, admitted he was a sinner and vowed to embark on a personal "restoration". Just three weeks later, he declared: "I have risen and am ready to fight again."

For decades, the church had an unusually progressive reputation for churches of its type – admitting black members in the 1960s, ordaining women and welcoming gay congregants. The sex scandals, have, however, severely damaged the church's support base, with membership declining from about 10,000 at its peak to about 1,500 now. A support group for former congregants with a wide online following describes the church as a cult. "You escape from a cult," the group leader,Jan Royston, said. "We all escaped."


Earl Paulk with TBN favorite, Dottie Rambo
Video Report on Paulk
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Paulk has been involved with many sex scandals spanning several years. Two of the more prominent scandals involved Cindy Hall and Mona Brewer.[1]

Cindy Hall

Hall was born in 1960 and was one of the first children born into Chapel Hill Harvester. In 2003, she claimed that Paulk had convinced her into a lengthy affair that also included her having sex with Paulk's brother, Don. Hall alleges that the affair began in 1983 (in a manner much similar to Mona Brewer's a few years later) when Paulk prayed for her, then kissed her. He then would say he intended to "make love" to her. At one point, Paulk supposedly would tell her that they had a "special gift of love outside holy matrimony". Cindy Hall has never filed a lawsuit against Paulk.

Mona Brewer

Mona Manning Brewer was a Sunday School teacher who married Bobby Brewer in 1987. She was also featured regularly as a soloist on the television program as well. She came to the church at the age of 19, four years after her conversion to Christianity.

Brewer claimed that in 1989, Paulk felt " 'impressed of the Lord' to get to know her better". She then stopped by his office the next day. Soon she made regular appearances. She alleged that a church official stated that there had been a "word of knowledge" claiming that she was about to enter a new relationship that would benefit her.

As it turned out, the "relationship" in question was a sexual one with Paulk on September 12, 1989. Paulk preached the following Sunday that "when you are in despair, God will send you a resurrection", later claiming that Brewer was his resurrection. She didn't break the relationship off until September 2003. Not long afterwards, Bobby Brewer reportedly punched Paulk in the nose. The Brewers eventually sued Paulk and his church on August 31, 2005, claiming Paulk misused his position to manipulate her into a sexual relationship, and claiming Paulk owed US$400,000 for a loan Brewer issued to settle the Jessica Battle suit. On Monday, March 5, 2007, at a pretrial hearing, the Brewers' lawyer wrote out a request for dismissal of the case by hand and handed it to lawyers for Paulk and the church. Levenson acted just as a ruling was about to come on a motion by Paulk's lawyers to dismiss the allegations. By dropping the case before the ruling, the Brewers left open the possibility of filing another suit with the same allegations. "We were having difficulty even at this point getting witnesses to speak out against the acts of Bishop Paulk and the church," Levenson said. "Sometimes you just have to do this." [2] However, the case has since been refiled.[3]

Tricia Weeks

Weeks was a biographer/ghostwriter for Paulk when she allegedly had a two-year affair with Paulk in 1992.
Jessica Battle

Between the Weeks incident and the stories breaking about Brewer and Hall, in 2001; Jessica Battle, a college student who had been part of the dance team, accused Paulk of molesting her between the ages of 7 and 11, and later of forcing himself on her when she was 17. Lynn Mays (Battle's grandmother and a pastor on the staff) sided with Paulk. The suit was settled out of court in 2003 for $400,000.

Donnie Earl Paulk

On October 14, 2007, Donnie Earl (D.E.) Paulk, nephew of Earl and senior pastor of the Cathedral at Chapel Hill, informed the congregation that he is actually the biological son of Earl Paulk, and not the son of Donald Paulk. A court-ordered DNA test confirmed this and prompted the revelation. [4]
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Warren Steed Jeffs (born December 3, 1955 in San Francisco, California) is the convicted accomplice rapist of a fourteen-year old girl and the leader of a controversial Mormon fundamentalist polygynist sect known as the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (FLDS Church).] Jeffs' position in this organization is reportedly that of an absolute ruler.

Jeffs gained international notoriety in May 2006 when he was placed on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted List for unlawful flight to avoid prosecution on Utah state charges related to his alleged arrangement of extralegal "marriages" between his adult male followers and underage girls. He was arrested in August 2006 in Nevada, and agreed to be taken to Utah for trial. In May and July of 2007 the State of Arizona charged him with eight additional counts—including sexual conduct with minors and incest—in two separate cases.[4] His trial, begun early in September of 2007 in St. George, Utah, lasted less than a month, and on September 25 the verdict was read declaring him guilty of two counts of rape as an accomplice. On November 20, 2007 he was sentenced to imprisonment for 10 years to life....

In 2005, the Southern Poverty Law Center published the following statements of Jeffs:

* "The black race is the people through which the devil has always been able to bring evil unto the earth."
* "[Cain was] cursed with a black skin and he is the father of the Negro people. He has great power, can appear and disappear. He is used by the devil, as a mortal man, to do great evils."
* "Today you can see a black man with a white woman, et cetera. A great evil has happened on this land because the devil knows that if all the people have Negro blood, there will be nobody worthy to have the priesthood."
* "If you marry a person who has connections with a Negro, you would become cursed."
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VATICAN CITY — A Vatican official suspended after being caught on hidden camera making advances to a young man said in an interview published Sunday that he is not gay and was only pretending to be gay as part of his work.

In an interview with La Repubblica newspaper, Monsignor Tommaso Stenico said he frequented online gay chat rooms and met with gay men as part of his work as a psychoanalyst. He said that he pretended to be gay in order to gather information about "those who damage the image of the Church with homosexual activity."

Vatican teaching holds that homosexual activity is a sin.

"It's all false; it was a trap. I was a victim of my own attempts to contribute to cleaning up the Church with my psychoanalyst work," La Repubblica quoted Stenico as saying.

Vatican spokesman the Rev. Federico Lombardi said Saturday that the monsignor had been suspended pending a Vatican investigation. Stenico is a top official in the Vatican's Congregation of the Clergy.

The Vatican after acted Vatican officials recognized Stenico's office in the background of a television program on gay priests that was broadcast on Oct. 1 on La7, a private Italian TV network. Stenico was secretly filmed making advances to a young man and asserting that gay sex was not sinful.

In the Repubblica interview, Stenico said he had met with the young man and pretended to talk about homosexuality "to better understand this mysterious and faraway world which, by the fault of a few people _ among them some priests _ is doing so much harm to the Church."

He said he had never been gay and was heterosexual, but remained faithful to his vow of celibacy.

Italy's Sky TG24 said Stenico had written a letter to his superiors with a similar defense.

Calls to Stenico's home and Vatican office went unanswered Sunday.
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VATICAN CITY — A Vatican official suspended after being caught on hidden camera making advances to a young man said in an interview published Sunday that he is not gay and was only pretending to be gay as part of his work.

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Why is this...

October 14, 2007

... the only differance between your two last posts?

It sure looks like a pathetic "BUMP" to me.
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That was a duplicate. Thought I deleted from my cache. Thanks for pointing that out to me.
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Are FLDS women brainwashed?
Wednesday, April 16, 2008

The FLDS's first consecrated Mormon Temple at the YFZ Ranch in Eldorado, TX.
It was built by the order of Warren Jeffs, and consecrated by him
while he was a fugitive on the FBI's Most Wanted List.


-- by Sara

I've spent the day wrangling with a post (which will probably turn into several posts) about the FLDS raid in Eldorado, TX. Oddly, last week's events occured while I had my nose buried in the best new book on the subject of the FLDS since Jon Krakauer's bestselling Under the Banner of Heaven came out in 2003, so I've got a lot of fresh and deep perspective on the matter -- too much, in fact, to be wrestled down into one coherent post.

Over dinner, I'd just about decided that the only way to deal with the overload was to chip away at the story in short blats over the next few days, which will attempt to put some new context to these events. And then I got an e-mail from Pastor Dan Schultz of Street Prophets, containing ample proof of just how badly that context is needed now that the media talking heads are all holding forth on this story.

Dan pointed me to the second most inane thing ABC News has produced today (the first, of course, being Charlie Gibson's and George Stephanopoulos' performance at the Pennsylvania debates) -- an odd little story by Emily Friedman asking "experts" whether or not FLDS wives are "brainwashed."

Between hysterical sobs, the women of the Yearning for Zion Ranch in rural Texas tearily pleaded Monday for the return of their children from state custody, but at the mere turn of a phrase, those tears mysteriously, uniformly stopped.

When conversations with reporters shifted away from the 416 children in state custody toward touchier subjects surrounding the mysterious religious sect, the overflowing emotions were quickly replaced with blank stares and terse replies.

Clad in conservative prairie dresses, hair back in buns and tight braids, the women stuck to monotone, emotionless responses in declining to answer reporters' questions concerning allegations of plural marriages and sexual assault within the sect.

Asked whether 14- and 15-year-old girls get married on the compound, a tight-lipped woman who would only give her first name, Marilyn, gave what appeared to be a rehearsed response.

"We are talking about our children now," she said, shaking her head, unwilling to stray from the subject of her children.

The shift to blank-faced denial was jarring in both its immediacy and consistency. Not a single one strayed from the script, an impressive display of solidarity, if a bit peculiar to the outsiders granted unprecedented access to the members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

To outsiders, everything about these people is strange — from the way they dress to the way they talk and especially the way they live. To the uninitiated, it may even appear that these women must be brainwashed to live within the confines of the isolated, controlled sect.

Questions about rumored child brides, teen pregnancies and men assigned multiple wives garnered stoic expressions and a relentless determination to defend the sect's lifestyle.

"Do you know the definition of Zion?" responded Marie, when asked by a reporter what life within the sect's gate is really like. "Heaven on Earth."

It's an extreme statement, and the women of the sect have begun to realize that their devotion to their lifestyle is unusual to those on the outside.

So, are these women just fanatically, independently religious, or are they victims of something more sinister, like mind control?....

Mental health professionals told ABCNEWS.com that it may all depend on how you define brainwashing.


The piece goes on to interview several mental health professionals, who (except for one outlier) ome to the consensus that no, probably, these women aren't brainwashed -- just weirdly socialized. Brainwashing, after all, would require real coercion:

"Just because they are different doesn't mean they've been brainwashed," said H. Newton Malony, a senior professor of psychology at the Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, Calif. "Brainwashing occurs when a person is physically incarcerated in order to believe something."

As far as we know, said Malony, these women and children — and even men, for that matter — have not been held against their will, but rather, have grown up in the sect and have become socialized to its customs.

"Are these woman just parroting strong pleasure or is this a strong religious conviction?" asked Malony. "I doubt it; they grew up in this [environment].

"This is just an example of a different culture," added Malony....

Nancy Ammerman, professor of the sociology of religion at Boston University and author of "Bible Believers: Fundamentalists in the Modern World," also discourages the labeling of the West Texas polygamists as victims of brainwashing.

"Brainwashing is actually extraordinarily rare," said Ammerman. "It implies that the person has literally lost the ability to think independently and to make choices.

"We really don't have any evidence that anything even vaguely resembling that is going on with this particular group or with most religious groups," Ammerman told ABCNEWS.com.
....Most of these experts sided with Maloney, who said, "It only becomes brainwashing when a person is physically held against their will."


The problem, as it so often is with the mainstream media, is that absolutely everybody involved with reporting or commenting on this story has been airlifted into it in the past few days. (You'd think somebody would have at least taken the time on the plane flight to skim Krakauer's book and get up to speed. You'd be wrong.) And this is just one example of the ways that ignorance of the backstory cheats the rest of us out of a real understanding of what's going on here.

Because, by the definition offered by these experts, the FLDS is very coercive indeed.

Almost every feature of these women's lives is determined by someone else. They do not choose what they wear, whom they live with, when and whom they marry, or when and with whom they have sex. From the day they're born, they can be reassigned at a moment's notice to another father or husband, another household, or another community. Most will have no educational choices (FLDS kids are taught in church-run schools, usually only through about tenth grade -- by which point they girls are usually married and pregnant). Everything they produce goes into a trust controlled by the patriarch: they do not even own their own labor. If they object to any of this, they're subject to losing access to the resources they need to raise their kids: they can be moved to a trailer with no heat, and given less food than more compliant wives, until they learn to "keep sweet."

At the very least, women who do decide to leave the sect leave without money, skills, or a friend in the world. Most of them have no choice but to leave large numbers of children behind -- children who are the property of the patriarch, and whom many of them will never see again. If a woman is even suspected of wanting to leave, she's likely to be sent away from her kids to another compound far yonder as punishment for her rebelliousness. For a woman who's been taught all her life that motherhood is her only destiny and has no real intimacy with her husband, being separated from her children this way is a sacrifice akin to death.

At the very worst, death is indeed what awaits them. The FLDS preaches "blood atonement" -- the right of the patriarchs to kill apostates who dare to defy them, usually by slitting their throats. And they've done it: Krakauer hung his entire book on the murder of Brenda Lafferty and her year-old daughter, who were both killed by her husband's brothers because Brenda rejected (and mocked) her husband's desire to take plural wives. (Warren Jeffs also liked to rouse people out of their beds in the middle of the night for dramatic mass meetings testing their readiness for the Final Judgment -- meetings that had dark shades of Jonestown.) Brenda is the only one known to have been killed, but others who've left report being threatened with the same fate.

So ABC's reporters blather on about how these women aren't really brainwashed, because that would require coercion and being held physically against their will. One hopes that if they understood that they're holding forth about a group that routinely controls women by threatening to take away their kids -- and tells them that God justifies the slaying of wayward brides and their babies -- they'd change their minds and admit that this isn't just another odd, quaint sect on the American religious scene. Without that information, though, everything else that's going on in Texas loses much of its context.

There's a whole lot more depth and nuance to this story, and I'll try to get at some of it over the next several days. But let's start with the premise that almost nothing you're hearing in the mainstream media about this group can or should be taken at face value. Stand by for more.
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By Kathryn Kennedy, Carolyn Casey
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Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Sandra McMillan

Brice McMillian

More than 300 of Tyler McMillan's family and friends gathered at a Greenville church Monday to mourn his passing, even as his father and stepmother faced their first appearance in Edgecombe County Superior Court.

Brice McMillan, 41, and Sandra McMillan, 36, are charged with first-degree murder and felony child abuse in connection with the youngster's death. The 13-year-old Tyler was tied to a tree for 18 hours before he died Thursday, according to the arrest warrants released at his father and stepmother's hearing Monday morning.

The two appeared in court with separate attorneys and made no acknowledgment of one another. Brice McMillan tried to fight back tears for most of the 8-minute court hearing, while his wife stared at the floor.

"It's a sad case," said defense attorney Allen Powell, who represents Brice McMillan, after the hearing. He declined to comment further.

A probable cause hearing is scheduled for July 2.

Reading the arrest warrants, Judge Joseph Harper Jr. said Tyler suffered serious bodily injury that resulted in bruising to the wrist, cuts to the entire body and missing flesh from the buttocks — all results from being tied to the tree.

Brice McMillan told Edgecombe County deputies last week that he tied his son to a tree in the family's yard at 1110 Felton Farm Road because he had misbehaved, the Edgecombe County Sheriff's Office said. Tyler slept tied to the tree Tuesday and Wednesday nights.

He was released from the tree Wednesday morning, but after another day of disobedience was forced to sleep outside that night, the sheriff's office said. Tyler was found unresponsive by his stepmother around 4:30 p.m. Thursday. Paramedics responded to the family's home and he was pronounced dead at Heritage Hospital.

Tyler's funeral was held Monday at 10:30 a.m. at Jarvis Memorial United Methodist Church.

He was buried beside his mother, who died of cancer in 2004, in the family cemetery. The teen began his education at Greenville Christian Academy and then attended Trinity Christian School.

"We would like to thank the many friends and family who have shown support for us during our time of loss," the family said in a statement to the press. "We will miss Tyler very much and are in shock, disbelief and unbearable grief."

In lieu of flowers, donations for an educational fund for his surviving brother in the name of Ryan Wesley McMillan may be sent to P.O. Box 2483, Winterville, N.C. 28590.

The couple is being held at the Edgecombe County Detention Center without bond.

Brice McMillan is listed as one of the owners of Greenville company Advance Concrete, 3105-G S. Evans St. No one there could be reached for comment.
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Burn, Baby, Burn

Honestly, we were joking when we called Bobby Jindal a child abuser. Well, no we weren’t. But we were speaking metaphorically. We weren’t accusing Our Favorite Exorcist of physically harming children.

Not like this guy.

Meet John Freshwater, a good Christian who teaches science in Mount Vernon, Ohio. His competencies include promoting Creationism, questioning carbon-dating, and damning homosexuals.

Oh, and burning crosses into the flesh of students.

He brands them scientifically, of course, using a gizmo called a “high frequency generator” to carve what he considers a highly stylized “X” — one line just happens to be significantly longer than the other. The wounds heal in a mere three or four weeks, after which the kids are free to forsake our savior and burn in hell.

But he’s a great guy, really. Just ask his friend Dave Daubenmire:

“With the exception of the cross-burning episode… I believe John Freshwater is teaching the values of the parents in the Mount Vernon school district,” he told The Columbus Dispatch for a story published Friday.

Well, yes, of course. Teaching values is what science is all about.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 14, 2008 2:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Texas Supreme Court rules that it's perfectly acceptable to pin an underage girl to the ground and beat the crap out of her as long as you're doing it for religious reasons.
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A woman who claims she was injured during an exorcism performed by a Texas church group is reportedly planning to take her case to the US Supreme Court after state judges ruled the actions of the church were protected by the First Amendment.

By Catherine Elsworth in Los Angeles
Last Updated: 1:34PM BST 29 Jul 2008


Laura Schubert Pearson's lawsuit accusing members of the Pleasant Glade Assembly of God Church of subjecting her to a two-day exorcism ordeal in 1996 that left her so distressed she attempted suicide was dismissed by the Texas Supreme Court last month.

The judges overturned a lower court's decision awarding her damages and ruled that because Mrs Schubert Pearson's claims of injury amounted to a religious dispute over church doctrine it would be "unconstitutional" for the court to get involved.

Religious freedom campaigners say the case strikes at the heart of the US Constitution's First Amendment, which prohibits government interference in the free exercise of religion, and were the US Supreme Court to rule in Mrs Schubert Pearson's favour, it would signal "the end of church independence and religious freedom" in America.

Mrs Schubert Pearson, 29, claims she was left bruised and traumatised after members of her church group allegedly kept her captive for two days so they could perform an exorcism in which was pinned to the ground and "pummelled".

The incident happened after fellow members of the church group became convinced she was possessed by demons. She was 17 at the time.

After the alleged ordeal, she dropped out of school and tried to slit her wrists.

She told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, a Texas paper, that she was determined to seek justice from her alleged abusers after the Texas Supreme Court threw out her case claiming physical and emotional injury.

"You can't use your religious beliefs to get away with harming a child," the mother of two who now lives in Georgia told the paper. "This is so much bigger than myself. This is about not allowing the cover of religion to permit physical abuse in a church, and particularly to a child."

In the Texas Supreme Court ruling, Justice David Medina, writing for the majority, said that were the court to get involved and dictate a church's religious activities it would have "an unconstitutional 'chilling effect'".

The decision was opposed by three dissenting justices. Chief Justice Wallace Jefferson said it was "inconsistent with US Supreme Court precedent and extends far beyond the protections our Constitution affords religious conduct."

"The First Amendment guards religious liberty; it does not sanction intentional abuse in religion's name," he wrote.

Hiram Sasser, director of litigation for Liberty Legal Institute, a non-profit organisation representing litigants in religious freedom cases, said the separation of church and state prevented government interference in religious practices except in extreme examples such as sexual abuse.

And while this might mean "certain harms may go unaddressed", he said, "the larger protection of the church and religious freedom is the overriding concern."

Mrs Schubert Pearson's claims were largely emotional and "so interwoven with religious practices" there was no way for a court to get involved, he added.

"The government can't get involved in overseeing religious practices. The best way to say it is it's not American.

"If she did prevail that would erase about 150 years of law in this country from the Supreme Court saying the government does not get involved in the internal affairs and operations of the church. It would effectively be the end of church independence and religious freedom in our country."
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[url="http://exchristian.net/2/2006/11/pastor-held-for-murder.html"]PREACHER ON TRIAL FOR MURDER: Prosecutors say Rev. Howard Douglas Porter staged car crash as part of a plot to kill for millions.[/url]
Nov. 27, 2006

Doug and Vicki Porter stand by Hickman Community Church in 2004

HICKAM, CA — A former Hickman Community Church pastor has been arrested on a murder warrant linked to the death of an 85-year-old Hickman man in 2004.

Doug Porter was detained by federal authorities Monday afternoon at a border checkpoint near San Diego while trying to return to the United States from Mexico.

Stanislaus County authorities said they believe Porter, 55, intended to kill Frank Craig in a pair of auto crashes two years apart in order to inherit Craig's reportedly multimillion-dollar trust. Craig died in the second crash in April 2004.

Porter is in custody in San Diego. He will be handed over to Stanislaus County sheriff's deputies and returned to Modesto, said Vince Bond, a public information officer for U.S. Customs and Border Protection in San Ysidro.

Stanislaus County Superior Court Judge Donald Shaver signed the no-bail arrest warrant Wednesday. It includes charges of attempted murder, elder abuse and grand theft, Chief Deputy District Attorney John Goold said.

"It's just the culmination of a long investigation," Goold said. "We'll get into the courtroom and see how it plays out."

Longtime acquaintances from the Hickman area, Craig asked Porter in the late 1990s to help him build an ag-themed museum.

By all accounts a cantankerous character, Craig inherited stocks and real estate when his brother, J.C. Craig, died in San Mateo County in 1998. Frank Craig's other brother, N.J. Craig, said the trust might have contained as much as $4 million.

Frank Craig dreamed of building the museum in eastern Stanislaus County to showcase farm equipment he had acquired over decades. He turned to Porter when he couldn't find anyone to help him with the project. At the time, Porter was a well-known pastor who had built a large congregation at Hickman Commu-nity Church. He also had coached numerous state wrestling champions, including one of his sons, at Hughson High School.

Porter agreed to help Craig. Soon, he gained control of Craig's finances. In November 1999, Craig signed an amendment to his revocable trust. The changes excluded his two sisters as heirs, replacing them with Porter as the successor trustee and Hickman Community Church as the new heir.

Porter created a board to build the museum, naming to it, among others, Lonni Ashlock, who is to stand trial next year on charges of real estate fraud and grand theft. But Porter never broke ground on the museum. Craig, friends said, became frustrated and vocal about the lack of progress.

In March 2002, Porter and Craig were driving east on Lake Road in Porter's pickup when it veered off the road and struck an oak tree. Craig, the passenger, suffered broken legs and injuries to his pelvis, sternum and lungs.

He never walked again without assistance. Porter walked away with minor injuries.

On April 22, 2004, Craig was again the passenger and Porter the driver when Porter's pickup veered into the Turlock Irrigation District's Ceres Main canal, about 1˝ miles west of Craig's ranch.

This time, Craig died. Again, Porter walked away.

Some of Craig's friends voiced their suspicions to authorities soon after the accident, and Stanislaus County sheriff's Detective Mark Copeland began to investigate.

Within days of Craig's death, Porter began removing items from Craig's home, Craig's friends said. Two months after Craig's death, Porter told The Bee that Craig "basically left everything in the trust to me, Doug Porter."

Eight months after the crash, Porter sold Craig's 17-acre ranch to a neighboring nursery for more than $400,000, according to Stanislaus County assessor's records.

Since Craig's death, investigators from the Sheriff's Department and district attorney's office have been trying to determine how much money Craig had and how much of it Porter spent.

"It took lots of time," Goold said. "First to get them (financial records) and then to go through them completely."

Porter used $469,000 of Craig's money to buy property for the church, including land where the museum was supposed to stand.

The complicated investigation took more than two years for a number of reasons. It began in the middle of the Scott Peterson case, which tied up many people at the district attorney's office. And in February, Copeland needed five heart bypasses, which took him out of commission for about four months.

Porter resigned from Hickman Community Church in November 2005 "to protect the church from further negative focus," according to an ad the church placed in The Bee. His son, Aaron, replaced him at the pulpit but resigned a few months ago.

Doug Porter's home at a sprawling family complex named Rivendell in La Grange — complete with a lake — is listed for sale at $895,000.

Doug Porter reportedly has been living part time in Mexico while building a new ministry. His wife, Vicki, remains a trustee on the Hughson Unified School District board.

Meanwhile, Craig's family received an undisclosed settlement from Porter's auto insurance provider. They filed a civil lawsuit against Porter in December 2004 contesting the trust. That case is working its way through the courts.

TIMELINE

Late 1990s: Frank Craig enlists Hickman Community Church pastor Doug Porter to help him build a museum to display Craig's collection of farm implements.

November 1999: Craig changes his revocable trust, eliminating his sisters as heirs. He names Porter the successor trustee, essentially giving Porter control of the trust, and names Hickman Community Church as the heir.

March 2002: Craig is the passenger in a pickup driven by Porter. The pickup strikes a tree along Lake Road, west of La Grange. Craig survives, but suffers broken legs and other injuries.

April 2004: Craig again is the passenger in a pickup driven by Porter. This time, the vehicle plunges into an irrigation canal. Craig dies at age 85.

December 2004: Porter sells Craig's ranch to a neighboring nursery for about $400,000.

November 2005: Porter resigns as pastor of Hickman Community Church and concentrates on developing a ministry in Mexico.

Nov. 27, 2006: Porter is arrested on a murder warrant at a border crossing near San Diego as he tries to re-enter the United States from Mexico.
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Couldn't Victoria clean it up herself? It was only a half-dollar-sized spill. Was she that helpless? Or was it a social class issue--the servants clean up messes no matter what the size. I think that was the message Victoria conveyed. Airline stewardesses are not maids. I guess Victoria forgot she wasn't at home.
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Victoria Osteen and her husband, Joel Osteen, testified at the trial Friday in Houston, Texas.
HOUSTON, Texas (AP) -- The wife of megachurch evangelist Joel Osteen told jurors Friday that she was "dumbfounded" and "shook up" after a flight attendant accused her of assaulting her over a spill on a first-class seat.

Victoria Osteen, in court because the flight attendant is suing her, said she pushed no one and even ended up cleaning the spill that sparked the incident herself.

Continental Airlines flight attendant Sharon Brown claims that Osteen grabbed, elbowed and pushed her before the start of a 2005 flight to Vail, Colorado. Osteen and her husband, who also had been on board and testified earlier Friday, denied that account.

"I love people. I'm guilty of that," Osteen said.

Dressed in an orange pant suit, Osteen was animated while testifying, often moving her hands while she talked. A couple of times during her testimony, she cried.

Joel Osteen called the incident "an unfortunate misunderstanding." He testified that his wife never raised her voice or grabbed the flight attendants, though he said he could not hear his wife's voice from his seat.

"We would never disrespect authority or disrespect" the flight attendant, Joel Osteen said.

The couple are co-pastors of Houston's Lakewood Church, a converted basketball arena that draws about 42,000 people each week. Joel Osteen's weekly television address is broadcast nationally and internationally, and he has written books that have been sold around the globe.
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On Thursday, another flight attendant on the plane, Maria Johnson, testified that Victoria Osteen demanded special attention to clean up a half-dollar-sized spill on her armrest.

When Victoria Osteen didn't get her way, Johnson testified, the passenger became verbally and physically abusive to both flight attendants. She said Osteen eventually grabbed Brown by the shoulders, elbowed her in the chest and pushed her out of the way in an attempt to get into the cockpit. Video Watch: A closer look at the case »

But both Joel and Victoria Osteen, who were called to the witness stand by Brown's attorney, disputed Johnson's testimony.

Victoria Osteen said that when she first told a flight attendant about the spill, she was handed some napkins. She said she responded, " 'It's not my job.' I didn't say it in an ugly tone of voice."

Victoria Osteen denied Johnson's claim that she later grabbed Johnson and pulled her in order to have her see the spill.

Victoria Osteen said she tends to talk with her hands. She said that when she was talking with Brown, she was holding her sunglasses but did not point them at the flight attendant.

Victoria Osteen told jurors that Brown's response was to fling her hands at her and accuse her of pointing and pushing the flight attendant.

"It freaked me out. I asked a simple question," she said.

Brown claims in her lawsuit that after pushing her, Victoria Osteen tried to get into the cockpit. Victoria Osteen denied that, telling jurors she just wanted to get away from the situation.

"I was already freaked out because she was accusing me of stuff I didn't do," she said. "I was dumbfounded."

Victoria Osteen said she told Brown, "If I've done something to offend you, I'm sorry" and then got some napkins and went back and cleaned up the spill.

Reginald McKamie, Brown's attorney, asked Joel Osteen why he said in one of his religious messages that if it wasn't for him, his wife would be in prison.

Osteen said he meant it to be a comical statement about the differences between him and his wife, that he likes routine and considers himself boring while his wife is outgoing and likes to go to new restaurants and new places.

"You don't go to jail because you like different restaurants, do you?" McKamie asked, as the packed courtroom laughed.

"No, sir," Joel Osteen said.

Brown has claimed that the flight attendants asked to have Victoria Osteen removed from the plane, but Joel and Victoria Osteen testified that they left voluntarily.

The Federal Aviation Administration fined Victoria Osteen $3,000 for interfering with a crew member.

The Osteens said they did not want to pay the fine but thought it would be the best way to put the incident behind them even though they felt that Victoria Osteen did nothing wrong.

Brown wants an apology and punitive damages amounting to 10 percent of Victoria Osteen's net worth as part of her lawsuit. Brown claims that she suffers from depression and post-traumatic stress disorder because of the incident and that her faith has been affected. She is also suing for counseling expenses.

Rusty Hardin, Victoria Osteen's attorney, says there is no evidence that Brown sustained any injuries.

The trial was set to resume Tuesday.

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....According to passenger accounts, the Osteens were sitting in first class. Soon after the plane's door was closed, the FBI says Victoria Osteen was removed following what Continental would call only a disturbance. The Osteens' spokesman confirms it involved a flight attendant, but that's all. However, one passenger tells Eyewitness News she was alerted to the front of the plane when she heard a commotion.

"She violently ran towards the cockpit, scaring everyone around her," said passenger Knicky Van Slyke. "Everyone was terrified about what was going on. And a bunch of flight attendants ran up and had to restrain her. She was banging on the door."

"Of the cockpit?" we asked.

"Yes."

Passengers say Victoria was removed first. Joel and the children followed. Meantime, everyone waited.

"They unloaded all the luggage to get their luggage and deplaned her, Joel, and the kids," said passenger Dawn Dixon.

Passenger Chad Clay said, "They kept telling us they were waiting on some passengers to find their luggage underneath in the plane, and it was going to be delayed for looking for that luggage."

According to the Transportation Security Administration, federal air marshals were never involved. Local authorities also know nothing of this event. Continental would not discuss details....
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