Ah yes the relationship of children and opression. Very common in the bible. This is yet just another sign of the creeping christian sharia.
GOLDEN, Colo. -- An assistant pastor at Red Rocks Baptist Church in Morrison faces charges of neglect with an at-risk person.
According to an arrest warrant, Jason Smoker, 36, allegedly dumped trash on a mentally handicapped volunteer after the volunteer was forced to lie down blindfolded in the church parking lot.
Smoker was not satisfied with the way the church volunteer cleaned out a church van and used trash from the van to pour on him, according to the arrest warrant.
The alleged incident occurred on Aug. 27, 2008, and Smoker has since been put on probation by the church, which is located at 14711 Morrison Road.
The affidavit said Smoker told assistant pastor Ben Klaus that he was going to "disciple" (sic) the volunteer and discussed how he was going to do it. According to the affidavit, Klaus told him he didn't think it was an effective form of discipline, but didn't tell him not to do it.
However, Krista Nash, a spokeswoman for Red Rocks Baptist Church, said Klaus had no prior knowledge of the alleged assault.
"Certain media reports have suggested that Pastor Ben Klaus of our church had knowledge of the complained-of events before they occurred. However, such reports are incorrect. The information to correct this misimpression has been communicated to and received by the Jefferson County District's Attorney's office," the church said in a statement issued Friday. (Read full statement.)
When Klaus learned that Smoker carried out the discipline, Klaus informed church pastor Les Heinze, who said he would take care of it. The incident was not reported to police and the Jefferson County Crimes Against Children unit began an investigation on June 8, 2009, when it received a tip.
Smoker was arrested Aug. 28, after turning himself in to authorities.
Heinze issued a formal letter to Smoker, calling his behavior in the incident "completely unacceptable" and said his actions "displayed a lack of judgment," the affidavit stated.
The arrest affidavit did not state the age of the volunteer. Initially, it was believed that the volunteer was a juvenile, since the case was being investigated by the Jefferson County District Attorney's Crime Against Children Unit.
However, the church said that the volunteer is an adult.
"It is our position that the actions of Jason Smoker, which occurred in August of 2008 against a church member who has developmental disabilities, were completely unacceptable and do not reflect the Christian character espoused by Red Rocks Baptist Church," the church said in the statement.
"Because we considered this to be a serious act against a fellow church member, we consulted with an attorney at the time to determine if this was an incident that should be reported to the Jefferson County District Attorney's Office. We were advised that this was not a reportable offense because the church member who was assaulted was over the age of 18 at the time of the incident. Therefore, we followed our internal policies and took swift action against Jason Smoker, including severe reprimand, changes in duties and job status, and a lengthy disciplinary process," the church said.
"The person upon whom this act was perpetrated is kind and gentle, and he continued to volunteer his time at the church until very recently. We deeply regret the incident," the statement continued. "Mr. Smoker is no longer employed by Red Rocks Baptist Church."
What we see here is just plain and simple excuses churches throw. A murder, a rape and more christian jihad will go by, but all we can hear is "Unacceptable".