Friday, April 29, 2011

Christian women rebel against FGM in Kenya

So Kenya is 80% Christian, and polygamy and other types of Christian matter (like honor killings) are widely found. AND the article doesn't mention Muslim names, making the women most likely Christian.

When two women in rural Kenya refuse genital mutilation, the social costs are high

A remote village in the hills of Northern Kenya, two teenage girls attempt an unprecedented rebellion, and refuse female genital mutilation. This is an extraordinary film because it shows you something that outsiders rarely see: the conflicts within intimate relationships triggered by social change.

Female genital mutilation (FGM) horrifies – and bewilders – westerners who find it incomprehensible that a mother would allow her daughter to be so brutally amputated with all the risks of infection, difficult childbirth and deprivation of sexual pleasure. What this film does is to show how custom – even when violent and dangerous – embeds itself in social expectations. These girls are not considered eligible by prospective husbands until they have been cut; their parents need the income from a dowry to shore up precarious family finances. Standing out against such powerful conventions is difficult, dangerous, and costs money.

But even worse it causes huge emotional conflict within the closest, most important relationships. We see a daughter arguing with her mother over why she refuses to be cut, and a wife arguing with her husband. One of the most poignant moments is when Nancy, an exemplary daughter in every respect, challenges her mother's authority. She doesn't want a life like her mother's, she declares. You can see the bewildered hurt on the mother's face; this kind of rejection may be familiar to many a western parent but perhaps still a novelty in a culture where the idea of making your own fate in life, particularly for a girl, is completely alien.

Implicit in this rejection is a judgment of the inadequacy of the mother's life, a repudiation of her form of love. "I don't want to grind stones all my life like you," says Nancy. "I bury you, you bury me in a vicious cycle of daughter and mother."

"You are killing me," says Nancy's mother, adding: "I am defeated, I am confused." It's painful to witness her humiliation at the hands of her daughter. In a culture where respect and deference to your elders, particularly from women, is sacrosanct, such rebellion requires a huge strength of character and determination.

Nancy is also challenging her mother's preferential treatment of her brother. Nancy's cutting is the price of her brother's secondary education. Her dowry will pay his school fees. If every aspect of a culture reinforces this kind of preferential treatment of sons, how does a girl begin to challenge it.? At one point Nancy even threatens to run away and cut all ties with her family. This kind of process of social change requires a rejection of crucial aspects of identity as a woman, as a member of a family with strong ties of responsibility.

Another girl, Gertrude, is equally defiant in her rejection of FGM. She runs away to her grandmother, she threatens suicide. She is much loved by her father but he has already received some of a dowry for her and he insists she must be cut; he is conflicted between his affection for his daughter and his hard-headed calculation of family material wellbeing. That is a conflict only understandable within the context of real poverty. Gertrude's mother is the heroine as we see a scene in which she skilfully manages the father, defending her daughter. He threatens to throw her out, rejects her food. She calmly sits out his temper. But the risk of family breakdown over the issue is clearly apparent.

A girl cutting herself off from her family with all the risks that entails; a divorce: these are the worst possible scandals in rural life in Kenya with punishingly high costs for the women involved. The film is a vivid depiction of how high the stakes are for women to challenge convention in many parts of rural Africa.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Pastor arrested for raping teen choir girl

A Murrieta man and assistant pastor was arrested today on suspicion of raping a choir girl.

Joseph Jermaine Spencer, 26, turned himself into San Bernardino law enforcement and was booked into the West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga, according to sheriff’s department records.

He was charged with raping a 16-year-old member of the choir he directed at Mountain View Community Church in Temecula. He was on probation for a sex crime conviction, according to the Murrieta Police Department.

A bio published on the church's website can be seen by clicking here.

He was booked on suspicion of rape by force or fear, oral copulation with a person under 18, sex with a minor three or more years younger and penetration with a foreign object. He was being held today in lieu of $50,000 bail.

Information on a court date was not immediately available.

Murrieta police were told the incident happened at Spencer’s Murrieta home on Monday, according to Murrieta police Sgt. Julie Hoxmeier.

The girl also told police the suspect had inappropriately touched her weeks ago at his home.

The terms of his probation prohibit him from being around minors without supervision, police said. His capacity as choir director meant he worked among 40-50 female minors.

A search of San Bernardino County court records revealed that Spencer was convicted in 2008 of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor, with the perpetrator being over 21 and the victim being 16 years or less.

A second charge of committing sexual penetration with a foreign object was dismissed as part of a plea agreement.

Spencer, who was granted four years probation, never went to trial, but in 2009 was brought back before a judge for failing to report to the Glen Helen Rehabilitation Center to serve a mandated 180 days in jail.

At the 2009 court hearing, probation was reinstated and he was sentenced to 240 days local jail time.

His name was not found on the state sex registrant database.

Spencer has already been charged in Riverside County Superior Court and is awaiting a court date, records indicate

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Three Christian brothers kill Sister for converting to Islam

They also killed her husband and her child. Can FOX news say 'honor killing'?

Three Coptic brothers are arrested on suspicion of murdering their sister, her husband and five-year-old son, allegedly as punishment for her conversion to Islam.

Three Coptic brothers have been arrested on suspicion of murdering their sister, her husband and five year-old son in what seems to be a sectarian hate crime.

The couple’s six year-old daughter, Nada, was the only survivor, even though she sustained neck wounds. The outrageous murder took place in the Cairo district of Boulaq Al-Dakrour.

Salwa Atallah, 33, converted to Islam over six years ago and reportedly that’s the reason why her siblings decided to finish her off, according to initial investigations.

Over the past few years Atallah’s three brothers, two manual labourers and a driver, paid regular visits to their sister without showing any signs of hostility.

Husband, Khaled Ibrahim, was still alive when the police arrived on the crime scene. He was rushed to Boulaq Al-Dakrour Hospital where he was pronounced dead after succumbing to his fatal injuries.

However, police say he was able to give a testimony before his demise at 48.

Ibrahim said his late wife’s younger brother Momen, 22, paid them a visit and stayed till the crack of dawn, before the other two arrived to carry out their murders.

Police have given the following transcript of Ibrahim’s deathbed testimony:

“I was hesitant to open the door but he [Momen] told me ‘open it I am with you’” (meaning that he’s got his back) said Ibrahim.

“I went to the kitchen to bring a knife to defend myself… when I opened the door my wife started to scream.”

“Her elder brother followed her to the bedroom while Raafat [third broteher] punched me in the face and stabbed me many times.”

“Momen also snatched my knife to stabbed me… I lost control, I tried to get up more than once but I was bleeding heavily.”

“After killing my wife, Raafat brought a scarf and wrapped it around my son’s neck. He squeezed till he died.”

The three men reportedly confessed their crime upon being held captive by neighbours.

Atallah converted to Islam on 15 March, 2005.

The crime is expected to contribute to sectarian tensions, which have been rampant in the southern province of Qena since the appointment of Christian Emad Mikhail as governor.

Christians break into art gallery and slash insulting Jesus art

ANDRES Serrano’s Piss Christ has been destroyed by Christians who broke into a French gallery and slashed the photograph after weeks of protests.

The New York photographer’s controversial work shows a small crucifix submerged in a glass of the artist’s urine.

It outraged the US religious right in 1987, when it was first shown. It was vandalised in Melbourne in 1997, and neo-Nazis ransacked a Swedish show by the artist in 2007.

The work has previously been shown without incident in France, but for the past two weeks Catholic groups have campaigned against it, culminating in hundreds of people marching through Avignon on Saturday in protest.

On Sunday morning, four people in sunglasses entered the gallery. One took a hammer from his sock and threatened security staff. A guard restrained one man but the others managed to smash an acrylic screen and slash the photograph with what police believe was a screwdriver or ice pick.

Last week the gallery complained of ”extremist harassment” by Christians who wanted the image banned.

The Archbishop of Vaucluse, Jean-Pierre Cattenoz, called the work ”odious” and said he wanted ”this trash” taken off the gallery walls. Saturday’s street protest against the work gained the support of the far-right National Front.

The owner of the work, Yvon Lambert, had complained he was being ”persecuted” by religious extremists who had sent him tens of thousands of emails. He likened the atmosphere to the Middle Ages.

French Culture Minister Frederic Mitterrand condemned the vandalism as an attack on the fundamental freedoms of creation and expression.

The gallery’s director, Eric Mezil, said he would keep the exhibition open to the public with the destroyed work on show ”so people can see what barbarians can do”.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Pastor arrested for licking a woman's vagina

The Odorkor Police have arrested a Pastor of Crown Power Church at Omanjor, near Sowutuom, Stephen Andy Pori, for allegedly licking the private part of a 30-year-old woman at Sowutuom, a suburb of Accra.

A 30-year-old trader (name withheld), told Asempa News that about a week ago, she received a call from the pastor who claimed to have received a revelation about her and wanted to pray for her for healing.

According to the lady, the pastor asked for the direction to her house at Sowutuom, which she obliged.

The pastor, upon reaching the house allegedly asked two other people who accompanied him to the house - a lady and a gentleman - to wait for him outside whilst he entered the lady's room ostensibly to pray for her.

The lady claimed that because she was in her house, she was wearing a mini dress when the pastor entered and told her to lie down for prayers.

She added that in the course of the prayer, the pastor allegedly tried inserting his finger into her vagina.

Initially, she said, she resisted the pastor's advancement, but she was overpowered by him and he pounced on her and started doing his own thing.

“I struggled with him, freed myself and then I rushed to tell the gentleman who accompanied the pastor to the house, and I went to report him to the Police at Anyaa,” the victim narrated to Asempa News.

The Odorkor Police have confirmed the story but said they are still investigating the case.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Lutheran Pastor charged for sexually assaulting Hispanic woman

A Graham pastor is facing a charge of aggravated sexual assault after being indicted Friday by the Young County grand jury.
Owen Davis, vicar at Faith Lutheran Church, was indicted on the first-degree felony charge and could face between five and 99 years in a state prison if convicted.
Young County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Capt. Tim Bay said he began investigating Davis in October when he was told a Hispanic adult female who was in the country illegally and worked at Davis’ home in Graham alleged the pastor had sexually assaulted her.
“She wanted to report she was sexually assaulted by Mr. Davis,” Bay said. “She was afraid to come forward because of her legal status in the country.”
The woman told her story to another preacher in the area who contacted Bay. Bay then interviewed the woman.
“She was working for him, cleaning and doing various jobs around the house,” Bay said.
Bay said after the woman began working at Davis’ home, he made her sign a contract that appeared to be a confidentiality agreement.
“He told her she had to comply with his demands because she had signed a contract,” Bay said. “He then assaulted her, and he videotaped everything.”
Bay said the sex act was caught on tape. While the video does not show the woman struggling, Bay said Davis had coerced her with threats to gain her compliance.
“It was force by intimidation,” Bay said.
During the investigation, which was run jointly by Bay and the local Texas Ranger, four search warrants were served at Davis’ home in Graham, Faith Lutheran Church, a hunting property in Jack County and another home Davis owns in Highland Park. During the searches, which were run at the same time, officers seized computers, cameras and other items.
Bay said at least two videos of Davis with women, including the one who made the allegations, were found.
The computers and cameras have been sent to a company that specializes in finding deleted items to see if other items can be found on the computers.
“We found some video already,” Bay said.
Bay said the alleged victim claims Davis said he had to videotape their sexual encounter because he needed to send the tapes to a doctor. Bay said Davis admitted to being a member of a website where members trade sex tapes.
During the investigation, Davis was interviewed by the Texas Ranger. Bay said during the interview, Davis claimed the sexual encounter was consensual.
Bay said he’s afraid the alleged victim is not alone.
“While we were running the search warrant, another lady showed up from Wichita Falls to clean his house and do his yard,” Bay said.
While that does not point to problems, Bay said he is fearful other victims may be out there and are afraid to speak up.
“My biggest fear is there are other victims that are afraid to come forward,” Bay said. “He’s probably done it to others who are here illegally or have other issues. It seems to me that’s who he’s preying on. It scares me that there are other victims who are afraid to come forward.”
District Judge Stephen Crawford signed the indictment Tuesday and set bond at $50,000.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Brazillian school shooter was a devout Christian

Actually if you visit Loonwatch here:
Robert Spencer claims the shooter was inspired by Jihad. If I remember correctly he also called the Finnish mall shooter a devout Muslim cause he was pissed at his girlfriend for cheating on him?

Brazil: Rio school gunman ‘motivated by bullying’

A Brazilian gunman who shot dead 12 children at his former school in Rio de Janeiro last week before killing himself was motivated by bullying, letters he wrote have revealed.

The messages left by Wellington Menezes de Oliveira, 23, were released by police along with videos and photos.

In them, he praises a US student who killed 32 people in 2007, calling him his “brother”.

The school massacre in Rio was the first of its kind in Brazil.

“I hope this serves as a lesson, especially to those school officials who stood by with their arms crossed as students were being attacked, humiliated, ridiculed,” Menezes de Oliveira says in one video.

“I want to leave very clear that I am not responsible for the deaths that will occur, even though my fingers will be on the trigger,” he adds, blaming the murders he went on to commit on bullies.

The rambling messages also mention God and quote from the Bible.

Photos show him posing with the two handguns that he used to attack the Tasso da Silveira school in Realengo, a poor suburb in western Rio.

If you go back to the Loonwatch article you'll find this:

A transcript of his suicide note suggests a ritualistic spiritual longing he somehow expected to be fulfilled upon his death. In it, he asked that his body be cleaned by glove-wearing orderlies, buried next his adoptive mother and visited by a religious person so that his soul would be ready for the second coming of Jesus

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Pastor arrested for sex with teen girl

Look, when having sex with a minor, its considered an act of rape cause they don't know any better.

BROOKSVILLE - A former youth pastor was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of having sexual relations with a 17-year-old girl last summer while employed with a local church.

Brian S. Brijbag, 35, of 122 W. Fort Dade Ave. in Brooksville, was charged with one count of unlawful sexual activity with a minor.

Brijbag is accused of having sex with two teenage girls in his office. He was charged because one of the women was younger than 18, police said.

Brooksville Police Chief George Turner said one of the sexual encounters occurred on or around July 17, 2010, and more sexual relations took place on "other dates during the summer."

Brijbag was hired in March 2007 to be the youth pastor at First Baptist Church of Brooksville. The pastor learned of the allegations against Brijbag a couple weeks ago and placed him on administrative leave with pay, said Alan Arick, the worship director at the church.

Brijbag, a married father of three, submitted his resignation to Pastor Matthew Ellis the day after the accusations were made. It was accepted the day of his arrest, Arick said.

"One of the young people involved brought it to the attention of the pastor," said Arick, who declined to be more specific.

Turner said the church contacted his agency with the allegations and conducted its own investigation. Its findings were turned over to police.

"They had meetings with the subjects involved," said Turner. "Everyone they spoke to we spoke to also."

Turner said roughly six people were interviewed, including the victim and the 18-year-old who participated.

Detectives tried to contact Brijbag on several occasions, but he could not be reached, said the chief.

"The church was very concerned about that kind of conduct," said Turner. "They reported it to us … They didn't waste any time in giving any information to us."

The First Baptist Church of Brooksville is located at 420 Howell Ave.

In addition to his church activities, Brijbag is an active community volunteer and one-time organizer of the Bandshell Bash, a once-per-month free concert series that used to be held at Hernando Park in downtown Brooksville. In 2006, he was the city's redevelopment coordinator.

Brijbag also was an active member of the Hernando County Fine Arts Council, but resigned a week ago citing "family reasons," said Executive Director Myndee Washington.

She said Brijbag stopped being active with the council late last year after he decided to go back to school.

"This is a very sad situation for everyone involved," said Jerry Cowling, who is the secretary of the council.

Brijbag hosted an AM radio show — called "Fire Escape" — one night per week on WWJB 1450 in Brooksville. A station manager said he stopped doing the show about six months ago.

On his Facebook page, Brijbag stated he is a host for an internationally syndicated radio program, but wasn't specific.

His Facebook profile also includes a quote from Augusten Burroughs — "I myself am made entirely of flaws, stitched together with good intentions."

Brijbag turned himself in Tuesday afternoon at the Hernando County Jail, according to the sheriff's office. His bond was set at $10,000 and he subsequently posted bail.

A message left on Brijbag's cell phone Wednesday afternoon was not returned.

Turner said the sex among the victim, Brijbag and the 18-year-old woman was "consensual."

The victim was about three months away from her 18th birthday, Turner said.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Korean Pastor held wife and daughter hostage at knife-point

A 49-year-old man, surnamed Lim, jumped off a balcony of his apartment on the 17th floor, Friday, after holding his wife and daughter hostage for four and a half hours, according to police.

Jeonju Wansan Police Station said the former pastor, who suffered from manic depression, threw himself off the balcony when three members of the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team attempted to enter the apartment after descending from the rooftop by rope.

He was immediately taken to a nearby hospital, but pronounced dead upon arrival. Lim took his wife and daughter hostage at knife-point at 6:50 a.m., claiming Park had tried to kill him.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Tired of Christian attacks against Islam?

Due to a blogger bug my sidebar that showed this below got screwed up. So temporarily it's here:

Thank you Christians for attacking Islam. Thank you for exposing the holy spirit inside you. And most importantly thank you for using your bible to support your actions. For centuries Christians have been trying to proselytize Muslims using false methods (found in verses Philippians 1:18 and in 1 Corinthians 9:19-23) however thanks to God they've never achieved success. Absolutely no one can deny that Christians do indeed lie very much about the Muslim faith. And as for Muslims, we have never done such a thing that hurts others. Thankfully most Muslims ignore abusive Christians, and our ministries are nothing compared to theirs. You can do a comparison of Muslim-Christian sites; Muslims are not liars or deceivers.

We carry articles and responses, about and to evangelists (and a few non-Christians), who believe Muslims are literally something foreign and full of mischief. Don't believe us? Refer to the Christian sites below. As everyone knows Christian propaganda is everywhere. We can't go for more than 2 seconds without running into some Christian scheme. The sad thing is not many are aware of their lies about Muslims and our Prophet. There are TV shows, sites, books, pamphlets targeting us. All of it Christian run. There are hundreds of sites on the web attacking Islam. What kind of god would allow it's people to do this?

Christians insist they are loving people (contradictory to their scriptures), yet their attacks and hate on our Prophet and our holy book is just simply annoying. When you choose to ignore Muslims and blindly follow anti-Islamics that is the same thing as lying/hating. Its obvious Christians only love when you agree with their pseudo ideology.

Muslims and non-Muslims, remember we are the ones who pray 5 times a day, read the Quran daily and fast. Shouldn't we be preaching Islam instead of Christians? Missionaries and Evangelists love it when a bomb goes off, when an 'honor killing' occurs (interesting to know, Jesus himself commanded children who dishonour their parents to be killed in Mathew 15:4 and Mark 7:10) and just basically when a person with a Muslim name does something. It's because it helps their ministry. They don't care for the victims, due to the obvious fact that Islam bashing is a VERY BIG business that's extremely easy to do. Below some major Christianofascist/Christian-supremacist sites that get all the attention about Islam. Notice the riddled amount of inconsistencies and contradictions they present. None of these sites have any scholarly backing; they're only self assured by Christians. The over-exaggerations, paranoia and flat out lies, quite humorous. And just a little warning, some of these sites are very sick (as noted by several non-Muslim academics): (A Christian site that's copied that colours, texts and design or the Islamic response site Answering Christianity) (Cute children's site. Is this what they teach to kids in churches?)

There is nothing wrong if Christian sites just challenged Muslims (instead of ignoring us) or shared their view in a fair, professional and mature manner, but that isnt the case with these sites above. There wouldn't be a problem if these Christian sites didn't make up stories or re-interpet Quran verses and hadiths. Nor would there be a problem if Christians openly claimed they stood corrcted on certain misconceptions. But again, that's not the case with those sites. There's many Christian sites that have articles on Islam but they're neutral and fair and admit when they're wrong. These sites we have no issue with. And PS, don't bother commenting in the sections of those sites. You'll get harassed and outflooded with Christian attacks. Now look at these lie-misconception destroying sites. Not only do they refute but also help people recognize why Islam is the right path, furthermore reminding Muslims about salvation. And too bad they get no attention:

Some Q and A/Dawah sites (formerly Islamonline, it is a high ranking site we really recommend) (aka the Islamic Institute of Toronto) (run by

There is no doubt Islam is the truth. Unfortunately miscons and lies get in the way. Prophecies, miracles, science, math, wisdom, equality, governing, tolerance, pluralism, kindness and love is all in Islamic scriptures. God knows whats good and whats bad for us and it's a shame many Christian's, even some Muslims and obviously some Muslim countries fail to recognize this. Lets look into the Quran and Hadith. Without Islamic knoweledge you are lost. You will either be a hating Christian (which is equivalent to binge drinking, gambling, adultery) or even a suicide bomber. The facts and figures of God's final path are all available, we just need to pray for that "guidance" part.

The one's who rejected Islam are clearly visible. There's so many errors and faults in Western Society, because of that freedom ideology. Teen pregnancy, drugs, alcohol, adultery, depression, high rape and murder rates, domestic violence etc. Everything Islam forbids has the West at a prime example (which ironically is built upon Christian values).

Also there is no point in trying to evangelise us. We already know what the bible says and we know the abuse Muslims have to handle because of the holy spirit. We do not trust it, we don't trust the unknown authors, the many vulgar parts about women (see our other blog) and non-Christians (Mathew 7:6 calls non-christians dogs and pigs, Luke 19:27 says to kill those who don't call Jesus king), nor the mythical concept of god dying for "sins". We know the bible is full of errors. Contradictions, false prophecies and science wise. And, it's well known the books of Mathew, John, Luke and Mark are too ambiguous. Would God really send a book like this for mankind to follow? And let it be known we do not detest (nor should any Muslim) anyone who critisizes Islam. Furthermore we shouldn't stress about all the abuse and harassment we face because verse 16:127 tells Muslims to ignore the actions of them and be patient (note: This verse can refer to anyone (Jews, Hindu's Atheists and even to non-practicing Muslims that defame our religion). Meaning not to take them personally or seriously because God will deal with them. These people are still creations of God and they might turn out Muslim one day. Hater's throughout time have been guided by God. We can only pray and do what we can, leaving everything else for our creator to handle.

Pastor arrested for sexually assaulting a woman

I must say the people who spoke here are quite strong. May they be guided to Islam.

Owen Deane Davis was behind bars Wednesday night when he was arrested by the Highland Village police on a Young County district court warrant.
Davis, the former vicar at Faith Lutheran Church, was arrested on a warrant alleging he sexually assaulted a woman at his Graham home on Spivey Hill.
Davis posted a $50,000 bond Thursday and was released from custody.
The Rev. Ron Halamka, interim pastor at Faith Lutheran, said Davis left the church in January when he took a leave of absence after being interviewed by the Texas Ranger as part of the investigation into the case.
“He felt it was best he sever his relationship with the church until he settled this,” Halamka said. “He has not had any relationship with us, any function with us, since the second Wednesday in January after he was interrogated by the Texas Ranger.”
Halamka said for the last several months he has held out hope that Davis would be able to return. That appears unlikely now, he said.
“The Lutheran Church Missouri Synod has a no-tolerance policy,” Halamka said. “Anyone who is aspiring to leadership that is involved in sexual misconduct is immediately removed.”
Halamka said while Davis was leading Faith Lutheran, he was not a full pastor. As vicar, he stood in as pastor but had not finished schooling and was not ordained.
While Halamka said he and the church are moving on, he admitted to be stunned to learn about the allegations against Davis.
“This seems inconceivable,” he said. “There was absolutely no hint whatsoever. He and his wife have been married many years and really loved each other. They had wonderful children and grandchildren. He seemed like a really fine man of God.”
Despite the issues with Davis, the congregation at Faith Lutheran will continue to serve God together. Halamka, a longtime Lutheran pastor who retired in Graham, volunteered to lead when the church needed him.
“For the sake of the church, so there’s no disruption and there’s spiritual continuity, I will serve them until there’s another man of God,” Halamka said.
While Halamka is struggling to believe the man he knew could be involved in sexual assault, he said he hopes the full truth comes out.
“Whatever it is he’s done is absolutely inconceivable to us,” Halamka said. “However, if law enforcement has evidence, we don’t want to get in the way of that.”
Sheriff’s Office Investigator Capt. Tim Bay said the investigation into Davis, 63, began in September 2010 when the alleged victim told another preacher that she had been assaulted. The preacher contacted Bay, who began looking into the allegations.
During the course of the investigation, search warrants were served on Davis’ home on Spivey Hill in Graham, at Faith Lutheran Church, a hunting property in Jack County and at the home Davis owns in Highland Village.
Law enforcement officials seized computers, cameras capable of making videos and more during the searches. The computers and the cameras have been sent to a lab to determine what is on their hard drives.
Bay said at least two videos were found on the computers, including one showing Davis engaged in a sex act with the alleged victim.
Bay said the alleged sexual assault was not a forcible attack but rather force by intimidation. Bay said the woman was in the United States illegally when she was hired to work for Davis. He asked her to sign a confidentiality agreement that he later said was a contract requiring her to do anything — even sex.
After completing his investigation, Bay presented the case to District Attorney Brenda Gray.
Gray presented the case to a grand jury last week and received an indictment on one count of aggravated sexual assault. District Judge Stephen Crawford signed an arrest warrant Tuesday.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Report: Pastor hired men from his congregation to murder his own wife

'Someone in the way': Pastor arrested for hiring hit men to murder his wife - and recruited them from within his own church

A murder-for-hire plot is unravelling in a small south Texas town after a pastor and one of his parishioners have been arrested for the murder of his wife this weekend.

Pastor Julio Cesar Perez is suspected of recruiting men from within his own community church to gun down his wife.
Sonia Perez was found dead in her van with several gunshot wounds on Thursday night. She had been shot twice - once in the side and once in the head. There were reportedly signs of a struggle in the car.

Authorities said in court documents released Monday that Perex said that 'someone was in his way,' and allegedly paid the men $1,300 to kill his wife.
Pastor Perez, 40, and 20-year-old Gabriel Apolinar Escalante were arrested on Saturday night following the discovery of her body.
Earlier today police also arrested Daniel Lopez, 37, who is suspected to be the 'trigger man' in the slaying. He will be charged with capital murder.
Sheriff Omar Lucio said Mr Perez hired the two hit men to kill his wife, according to

‘(Perez) made contact through a mutual friend at his church and they contacted people,’ Lucio told the Brownsville Herald.

Capital murder charges have been filed against both men, according to Cameron County Sheriff Omar Lucio. Perez and Escalanate were arraigned Sunday and are being held without bond.

Lucio would not indicate which of the two men is accused of firing the fatal shots.

Julio Cesar Perez leads the Ministerios Manantial de Vida near San Benito, Texas, which sits 20 miles northwest of the city of Brownsville, Texas.

Sonia Perez, who was 39 at the time of her death, was a third-grade teacher in Rio Hondo, Texas.

Pastor arrested for raping adopted daughters

FAIRVIEW — A Fairview church pastor has been arrested on complaints of rape and lewd acts with a child.

Major County Sheriff Steven Randolph said Monday that Tommy Pitts could face up to 70 counts. Pitts, who is pastor of the Midway Assembly of God Church, hasn't been formally charged.

Authorities said the allegations against Pitts involve relatives. The Associated Press generally doesn't identify possible victims of sexual assault.

Randolph said Pitts' wife told authorities her husband threatened to commit suicide after she confronted him about the alleged molestations. The sheriff said Pitts tried unsuccessfully to shoot himself then crashed his vehicle into a semi in traffic.

Randolph said the minister hasn't retained an attorney.

Assemblies of God district superintendent, Rev. Frank Cargill, said Pitts has been suspended pending the investigation's outcome.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Gender-neutral Bible draws heavy criticism from conservative Christians

Look no matter how hard you try, the Bible is ALWAYS going to be sexist against women. Perhaps these folks should pick up a Quran and see what gender equality is all about.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- In the old translation of the world's most popular Bible, John the Evangelist de­clares: "If anyone says, 'I love God,' yet hates his brother, he is a liar." Make that "brother or sister" in a new translation that in­cludes more gender-neutral language and is drawing crit­icism from some conserva­tives who argue the changes can alter the theological mes­sage.

The 2011 translation of the New International Version Bible, or NIV, does not change pronouns referring to God, who remains "He" and "the Father." But it does aim to avoid using "he" or "him" as the default refer­ence to an unspecified per­son.

The NIV Bible is used by many of the largest Protes­tant faiths. The translation comes from an independent group of biblical scholars that has been meeting yearly since 1965 to discuss ad­vances in biblical schol­arship and changes in Eng­lish usage.

Before the new translation even hit stores, it drew oppo­sition from the Council on Biblical Manhood and Wom­anhood, an organization that believes women should sub­mit to their husbands in the home and only men can hold some leadership roles in the church.

The council decided it would not endorse the new version because the changes alter "the theological direc­tion and meaning of the text," according to a state­ment. Similar concerns led the Southern Baptist Con­vention to reject the NIV's previous translation in 2005.

At issue is how to translate pronouns that apply to both genders in the ancient Greek and Hebrew texts but have traditionally been translated using masculine forms in English.

An example from the translator's notes for Mark 4:25 to show how the NIV's translation of these words has evolved over the past quarter-century.

The widely distributed 1984 version of the NIV quotes Jesus: "Whoever has will be given more; whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him."

The more recent incarna­tion of the NIV from 2005, called Today's New Interna­tional Version, changed that to: "Those who have will be given more; as for those who do not have, even what they have will be taken from them."

The CBMW had com­plained in 2005 that making the subject of a verse plural to convey that it could refer equally to a man or a woman "potentially obscured an im­portant aspect of biblical thought -- that of the person­al relationship between an individual and God."

The NIV 2011 seems to have taken that criticism into account and come up with a compromise: "Whoev­er has will be given more; whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them."

While the translators' for­mer grammar teachers may not like it, the translators of­fer a strong justification for their choice of "they" (in­stead of the clunky "he or she") and "them" (instead of "him or her") to refer back to the singular "whoever."

They commissioned an ex­tensive study of the way modern English writers and speakers convey gender in­clusiveness. According to the translators' notes on the Committee on Bible Transla­tion's website, "The gender-neutral pronoun 'they' ('them'/'their') is by far the most common way that Eng­lish-language speakers and writers today refer back to singular antecedents such as 'whoever,' 'anyone,' 'some­body,' 'a person,' 'no one,' and the like."

Randy Stinson, president of the CBMW and dean of the School of Church Ministries at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, said the changes are especially important to evangelicals.

"Evangelicals believe in the verbal plenary inspira­tion of scripture. We believe every word is inspired by God, not just the broad thought," he said.

So if the original text reads "brothers" -- even if that word in the original lan­guage is known to mean "brothers and sisters" (such as the Hebrew "achim" or Spanish word "hermanos") -- many evangelicals believe the English translation should read "brothers."

Stinson said a notes sec­tion would be the best place to point out that the original word could be read to in­clude men and women.

It's not yet known if the Southern Baptist Conven­tion will reject the new translation the way it did the 2005 version. The nation's largest Protestant denomi­nation still sells the 1984 translation in its stores. If it chooses to condemn the new version, that would happen at its national convention in June.

The publisher said the NIV 2011 will replace both the 1984 and 2005 versions.

Even while panning the new translation, the CBMW thanked the Committee on Bible Translation for being open about the process they used to develop it. That in­cluded taking comments from all sides of the gender debate.

And the new version doesn't always use gender neutral language. It takes reader sensibility into ac­count by not using inclusive terms for some of the most fa­miliar verses where that might sound jarring. For in­stance, Matthew 4:4 is ren­dered, "Man shall not live on bread alone."

That's a change from the TNIV, where the same phase read, "People do not live on bread alone."

"I think that clause has en­tered into standard Eng­lish," translator Douglas Moo explained of the move back to the more traditional "man." "People know it who don't know the Bible."

Moo said the translators hope that the phrasing of the new NIV is so natural that the average reader won't be aware of any of the gender language concerns that are debated by biblical scholars and linguists.

The group's website said its goal is "to articulate God's unchanging Word in the way the original authors might have said it if they had been speaking in English to the global English-speaking audience today."

While the change to the ge­neric "man" in verses like Matthew 4:4 is applauded by the Council on Biblical Man­hood and Womanhood, lin­guist Joel M. Hoffman, au­thor of "And God Said -- How Translations Conceal the Bible's Original Mean­ing," said it is simply incor­rect.

"'Anthropos' (the Greek word in the original text) means 'person,' plain and simple," he said. "It's as much a mistake as translat­ing 'parent' as 'father.'"

He doesn't buy the argu­ment that "man" is under­stood in English to refer to men and women.

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Friday, April 1, 2011

Tulsa Pastor sexually abused young girl for 6 years

TULSA, Oklahoma -- A former pastor at a Tulsa church was booked into the Tulsa County jail Thursday afternoon following his arrest on 7 charges of child sexual abuse.

Court records show Vincent Brookfield is accused of sexually abusing a 7-year-old girl between April 2, 2003 and April 2, 2004 and the same female when she was between the ages of 11 and 14 from April 2, 2007 to November 29, 2010.

Police tell News On 6, they know of no other victims.

An Internet search shows Vincent Brookfield was the pastor of Evangelism and Outreach at the New Hope Baptist Church in Tulsa.

The church's website shows he is no longer employed at the church.

Tulsa Police arrested Brookfield on Thursday, the same day the child sexual abuse charges were filed.

Brookfield's bond is set at $350,000. He is scheduled for a hearing in Tulsa County District Court on April 11, 2011.