Thursday, September 29, 2011

Another Christian honor killing, and where's the media?

Like Pastor like son.

After a Houston pastor's wife was shot execution-style in her garage last year, police suspected her husband.

They later came to charge the pastor, his son and the woman who was dating both men.

Pastor Tracy Bernard "T.B." Burleson distracted Pauletta Burleson with a shouting match so his 21-year-old son could creep up and shoot her in the head for part of her life insurance money, prosecutors said Monday.

"He manipulated his son, who was easily manipulated," prosecutor Kari Allen said Monday in opening arguments of Burleson's capital murder trial. The 46-year-old faces life in prison without parole if convicted.

Defense lawyers for Burleson said a web of skulduggery, including an affair Burleson had with a woman his son was in love with, led to the slaying.

Attorney Laine Lindsey said William Fuller was trying to frame his father for the shooting so he could date Burleson's mistress, Tyonne Palmer.

"William ended up dating Ty after the shooting," Lindsey told jurors. Fuller, who is charged with murder, is expected to testify against his father.

Lindsey also suggested an even more nefarious plot alleging that Palmer, 32, orchestrated the shooting to be with the pastor whose church burned down a week earlier. Palmer also is charged with capital murder, accused of picking up Fuller after the shooting and helping him destroy the murder weapon.

$60,000 policy

Jurors in state District Judge Susan Brown's court spent Monday afternoon listening to the first half of Burleson's recorded statement to police.

The pastor is accused of convincing his son to shoot his 56-year-old wife as she sat in the family's garage on May 18, 2010.

For more than two hours, he can be heard saying he was not involved.

"I'm giving you the truth," Burleson said. "I did not shoot my wife."

Jurors also heard there was a life insurance policy on Pauletta Burleson totaling about $60,000. They will hear the rest of the statement today.

Police investigating the shooting said a neighbor heard a gunshot about 10:15 p.m.

An hour later Burleson called police to report that he had just arrived home to find his wife was dead.

He said the couple argued in the driveway, then he went to a convenience store for chips and candy, neither of which were found in his car, according to court records.

Police did discover, however, that the store he said he went to closed at 10 p.m. that night.

A confidential informant later told police Fuller admitted to shooting his stepmother in exchange for money from his father, court records show. He also said he often fought with his stepmother.

No charges in fire

Before the shooting, Fuller was diagnosed with sickle cell anemia. He was living with Palmer, who acted as a caretaker.

He is expected to testify that he fell in love with her, but his father became involved with her first. Then, after the shooting, Palmer also began dating Fuller.

Investigators said she was dating both men at the same time.

After being arrested, Fuller led police to the murder weapon that he said he tried to burn with Palmer.

During his taped interview, the pastor also denied any wrongdoing involving a fire that destroyed his Fifth Ward church, the First New Mount Calvary Baptist Church, the week before the shooting.

No charges are expected to be filed in the connection with the fire.

Burleson's trial is expected to last a week.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Tennessee Pastor arrested for soliciting the rape of a sixteen year old girl

KINGSPORT — A former Kingsport pastor has been arrested for allegedly soliciting the statutory rape of a 16-year-old girl via text messages.

Anthony Michael Adinolfi, 55, 2109 Faulk Lane, Kingsport, is charged with solicitation of statutory rape by an authority figure, a Class D felony, and solicitation of aggravated statutory rape, a Class E felony.

Sullivan County Assistant District Attorney Julie Canter said Tuesday that Adinolfi was pastor of The Church of Jesus Christ, 3300 Bloomingdale Road, Kingsport, when he allegedly sent sexually explicit texts to the teen.

Sealed indictments a Sullivan County grand jury returned Aug. 30 allege Adinolfi solicited conduct from the alleged victim which, if completed, would constitute the offenses of statutory rape by an authority figure and aggravated statutory rape.

The indictments allege the solicitations occurred between August 2010 and October 2010.

Adinolfi reportedly turned himself in at the Sullivan County jail on Sept. 16. He was released on a $10,000 bond the same day.

Kingsport Police Detective Sgt. Chris Tincher, who investigated the allegations, said Adinolfi “was, but is no longer” the church’s pastor.

Court records indicate he was employed at a Knoxville business at the time of his arrest

Chicago Pastor being investigated for asking women to strip

In a small house overlooking a lake in Wauconda, a minister directed his female followers to go into a back room and take off their clothes.

In one-on-one sessions, he got naked, touched their bodies and told them to touch his.

He called them prayer sessions.

What allegedly happened in that room over a series of months would spur a criminal investigation in one county, spark civil litigation in two others and reopen the age-old debate on what's a cult.

Calling it "light therapy," the minister, Philip Livingston, testified in a Kane County case that he repeatedly performed the naked ritual — claiming it helped cure everything from drug addictions to yeast infections. He said it was done only with consenting adults who were members of his donor-funded Light of the World Ministries. But one participant testified that a teenage girl was involved too.

The case offers a window not only into the evolution of a fringe church, but also the struggles of authorities to know when such a group warrants their attention.

Livingston's supporters have maintained he's an earnest, albeit unconventional minister who has done no wrong. But a Kane County judge this summer ordered that three children be kept away from Livingston and his church. That was after police in Wauconda, inLake County, where Livingston's church is now based, launched a pending criminal investigation.

Since then, aCook County judge has ordered Livingston, his wife and his top assistant to stay away from the onetime follower whose allegations of child endangerment sparked the latest legal rounds.

The cases cap allegations that have long dogged the onetime contractor — a man whose preaching career sprang from leading a renegade prayer group at one of the area's largest churches.,0,6374377,full.story

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Colorado Pastor gets ten years probation for sexually abusing teen girl

A former Colorado Springs lay pastor who pleaded guilty to a three-year sexual relationship with a troubled teenage girl was sentenced Monday to a minimum of 10 years’ intensive supervised probation.

Under the plea agreement, Eric Caverly, 37, won’t face prison time, and an additional count alleging that Caverly sexually abused a second girl while serving at Springs Community Church was dismissed.

Caverly must register as a sex offender, and he was banned from using a computer until counselors in a sex treatment program give their approval.

At the time of the assaults, Caverly and his wife, Nicole, were both lay pastors at the church at 7290 Lexington Drive. They declined to comment after the sentencing.

The parents of one victim said their family was nearly “destroyed” by the abuse after their now-adult daughter stepped forward to report Caverly last December.

The girl, who was 15 when the abuse started, struggled with depression so severe that she stopped eating and lost hair, they said. At one point, she received eight staples in her leg after cutting herself in despair.

“This supposed man of God was the source,” the girl’s mother said, charging that Caverly slowly encouraged the girl to push her family and friends away until her “world revolved around” him alone.

The Gazette does not generally identify victims of sexual assault, and the names of their relatives will also be withheld.

The girl’s father, who also served as a lay pastor at Springs Community Church, told 4th Judicial District Judge David S. Prince that Caverly manipulated his daughter by drawing on information the father disclosed at weekly prayer meetings.

While praying with Caverly, the man said he freely shared concerns about his daughter’s depression and recently diagnosed bipolar disorder – privileged details he said Caverly used to earn the girl’s trust and ultimately lure her into a sexual relationship.

The second victim stepped forward six months after Caverly was arrested on suspicion of abusing the 15-year-old. She, too, was a teenager at the time of her alleged assault, and said in court she feared there could be others.

Another former Springs youth pastor, 22-year-old Joshua Amoroso, was sentenced to 60 days in jail and at least 10 years' probation Sept. 8 after pleading guilty to a similar relationship with a girl from his congregation.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Ghana Pastor arrested for sexually assaulting female worshippers

2 years old.

A spiritual pastor in Adenta, a suburb of Accra, is in police grips following accusations that he fondled the private parts of his lady followers.

“What he does is that when the victims went for healing, he stripped them naked and covered their faces and asked them to sleep on a mat that he had spread in his consultation room. Then he will ask them to open their thighs, pour some concoction into their private parts and stir with his hands,” Superintendent of police, Stephen Ahiatafor told Joy News.

According to him, the said pastor whose name he will not disclose will ask victims to open their eyes after he brings out mysterious items he purports to have removed from their private parts.

He then attributes the childlessness of his victims to those mysterious items.

The spiritual pastor, police say has been practicing for 15 years.

The police superintendent has asked female victims of the church who have fallen prey to the wanton abuse by this pastor to assist with investigations.

This report comes barely a week after another Teshie based pastor was found guilty for 'cleansing' the private parts of his lady followers.

He was fined by the La Magistrate Court to pay an amount of GH¢ 600.00

Ghana Pastor arrested for raping his own daughter

An Accra-based pastor, is in police custody charged with committing incest.

Nana Kofi Yirenkyi, head pastor of the Jesus One-Touch Church at Oblogo near Weija in the Greater Accra Region is alleged to have had sex with his 10-year-old daughter.

Sources at the Domestic Violence and Victims Support Unit (DOVVSU) told Joy News a relative of the pastor detected some changes in the bahaviour of the girl and therefore lodged a complaint with the police

About a year old. Nontheless why are pastor's frequently raping their own flesh and blood?

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Pastor arrested for raping his own granddaughters

A pastor of a Hunter Valley-based Christian church has been committed to stand trial for the alleged indecent assault of his three young granddaughters.
The man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was in his 60s when the alleged offences occurred in October and November last year.

He appeared in Newcastle Local Court yesterday with a female supporter, and his solicitor, Warwick Hill, waived the right to enter a plea to 15 counts of indecently assaulting a person under the age of 16 and two counts of sexual intercourse with a person under the age of 10.

Magistrate Mark Buscombe committed the matter for trial and the man will appear in Newcastle District Court on September 29.

According to a police statement, the accused is the senior pastor of the church in which the families of the three children are members.

Crown prosecutors will allege the accused was in a significant position of authority over all three children at the time of these offences.

They say the parents of three alleged victims and their siblings are vigilant about what they are exposed to through television, leaving them sexually naive.

The offending began when the accused’s daughter was taken to hospital on October 13, the court heard.

The accused and his wife looked after her children for the night and the first alleged indecent assault occurred on a seven-year-old girl.

The offending allegedly continued against another seven-year-old girl and a nine-year-old girl until November 26, when the girls spoke to their sisters about the assaults.

The girls’ parents were told about the allegations on November 30 and immediately confronted the accused.

Police were notified on December 1 and a provisional apprehended violence order was put in place to protect the girls.

The children were interviewed by specialist police on December 7 and two days later police executed a search warrant at the man’s home and arrested him.

Mr Buscombe granted the man conditional bail and continued the interim AVO until December 20, when the man will appear for hearing in Newcastle Local Court.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Pastor on trial for raping nine year old girl

FREEPORT - Albert Alexander Whylly, the clergyman accused of having sex with a nine-year-old girl, gave sworn testimony before a Supreme Court jury yesterday after the prosecution closed its case.

Whylly, 59, denied having sex with the victim, who was a fourth grade student on February 6, 2011, when the incident is alleged to have happened.

According to earlier evidence, the mother of the victim dropped her daughter at the Whylly home around 6.30pm on the day in question.

The mother asked Whylly's wife to watch the girl for about three hours while she was at a Super Bowl party.

The mother testified that she had known Whylly for 18 years. She took her daughter to the home about once or twice a week, she said.

Whylly, a pastor and fruit vendor, told the court he was at home when the alleged victim arrived.

He took her, with some other children who were at the house, to a nearby party at his sister's house in the church van, he said.

After getting them some food, he decided to take the children home, he said.

After dropping the children, he said he went home to pick up his wife while the alleged victim stayed in the van.

When he got home, his wife and daughter were leaving in another car, he said.

The prosecution asked Whylly if he had a conversation with his wife.

"I didn't speak with my wife, I went inside to use the bathroom," he replied.

Whylly testified that he left the victim in the van alone and in the dark. He said they returned to the party around 7pm.

The prosecution asked if it had crossed Whylly's mind to send the alleged victim with his wife, who was also going to the party.

"No, it never crossed my mind," he said.

According to earlier testimony by the alleged victim, she was told to stay in the van while Whylly went inside. After his wife left, she said, Whylly told her to come inside the house.

It is alleged that Whylly had sex with the girl on a blanket on the floor in the front room of the home.

The alleged victim said Whylly told her not to tell anyone, and instructed her to say he was in the bathroom if anyone asked what he had been doing.

The alleged victim wrote her mother a note the following day (February 7) telling of what had happened, according to testimony.

The mother said after reading the note, she contacted the police and put her daughter's clothing and underwear in a bag which she gave to investigators.

The note, which was signed by the alleged victim, was entered as evidence by the prosecution.

Sgt Terryjo Lowe of Sexual Crimes Unit, the lead investigator, told the court she went to the Rand Memorial Hospital around 7.28pm on February 7, where she saw the mother and daughter and filled out a police hospital form.

Sgt Lowe said she collected a sexual assault evidence kit from the doctor and proceeded to CDU.

Some time around 10pm, Sgt Lowe and Sgt Michael Merinard went to a home on Jobson Avenue, where they arrested Albert Whylly.

Sgt Lowe said she instructed scenes of crime officers to take photographs of the home.

She said Albert Whylly was interviewed by police, but refused to give a statement.

During cross-examination, Carlson Shurland asked Sgt Lowe if his client had been co-operative.

The officer said Whylly was co-operative and agreed to go to the hospital to give a blood sample.

"Did you check for evidence inside the Whylly residence?" Mr Shurland asked.

"No," she replied.

"Did you find a sheet or blanket?" he asked.

"No," she replied.

According to earlier testimony, no DNA evidence was found on the victim's clothing.

The trial resumes today.

Pastor arrested for raping five year old girl

Following the alleged rape case of a 5-year old girl, the matter came up on Saturday 27th August 2011 before Magistrate J. O Wellington at the Freetown Magistrate Court No 2. Led in evidence by Inspector Dunia, the child alleged that one day in the afternoon the accused, Emmanuel Kelly, called her and sexually abused her, after which her stomach started aching and something came out of her.
After the incident, she was afraid to tell her mother but while her mother was taking her bath she tried to clean her private part properly but she was feeling pain but her mother suspected that something has happened.
After the testimony of PW1, the mother of the victim then took the witness stand. The woman recognized the accused in the dock as a pastor living in the same area with them.
She recalled the 9th August 2011 at 8:00 pm while she was relaxing her daughter’s hair and washing it, she noticed that when she was going around her private part, she proved reluctant and the mother asked her what happened but she was afraid to talk and after she was threatened by her mother, she finally spilled the beans.
Her mother realized that she was badly damaged and when she started crying, her mother called her father to come and see for himself but he vehemently refused.
At around 12:00 pm she continued, “We went to the Congo cross police station, but they said that they don’t have family support unit at that station” therefore she was sent to the Lumley police station where she made a statement.
She was later given a medical paper which she used to take the child to the hospital and was examined and proper care was taken of her. The accused was arrested on that day and taken to the Lumley police station.
The matter was adjourned to Saturday, 3rd September 2011.

Pastor rapes his sister-in-law

Notice how in that culture the father would kill his own daughter if she was raped. Hmmm now if this was in a Muslim country....

A woman has been accused of trying to conceal a rape incident involving her husband at her home last Wednesday night.
It is said the woman tried to cover up the rape of her younger sister in fear of their father. However, things did not go as planned. It is said the girl was raped by the woman’s husband, who is also a pastor.
According to a source the girl (16) was visiting her sister, who lives with her husband at Msunduza when she suffered the sexual abuse. It is said after she was raped the sister frantically called her mother and they colluded that the matter be kept a secret.
“Instead of calling the police, she started looking for a car around the neighbourhood but the first one she got was a company car, which could not help her. She eventually got one,” said the source. The car ferried the raped girl together with her sister to hospital, where her plan to hide the rape was foiled by the nurses on duty.
The nurses are said to have demanded a police report of the incident but she could not produce it and they were eventually called.
After they were called, it was discovered that the sister had been trying to cover up the whole rape incident of her younger sibling.
“She told the police she tried to cover up because her father would kill her for allowing her younger sister, who is doing form two, to be raped,” she said. It was also gathered that the girl had left home to visit her sister against the will of her father. When called yesterday, the woman confirmed the incident.
She said she tried keeping the matter under wraps because she feared her father would kick her sister and mother out of their home.
She wondered how the matter leaked to the media because she had made a pact even with the police that it would not be made public.
When questioned further, she confessed that she tried concealing it because her husband was the rapist. Police PRO Superintendent Wendy Hleta confirmed that the man was eventually arrested and charged with rape. “He has already appeared in court,” she said.

Swaziland Pastor arrested for trying to rape 15 year old girl

IN what is likely to shake the pillars among the Christian fraternity, a pastor from one of the churches in the Shiselweni region is said to have dangled his manhood and fondled a 15-year-old, squeezing her private parts.
The incident happened on a Sunday, a few hours after the man of God had ministered to his church.
It is said Pastor Percival Nhlabatsi, who is in his late 60s and leader of Philadelphia Church at KaPhunga, arrived at the homestead, where he attempted to rape the 15-year-old minor doing Grade Seven at KaLaMdladla Primary School.
Information gathered is that little *Nombuso (not her real name) was at home with her two younger brothers aged seven and nine when Pastor Nhlabatsi arrived unannounced.
The parents were away to attend another family gathering. They were shocked upon return home when they found their three children crying, with the eldest daughter crying uncontrollably.
It is said Pastor Nhlabatsi, who looks after orphans from the area, claimed to have gone to the homestead to look for an exercise book with a list of the orphans fed at his home. The said exercise book had been lost and was found by the little girl. When the pastor arrived at the homestead, he explained the purpose of the visit and it was then that the little girl went inside the family’s main house (endlini ka-gogo) to fetch the exercise book. However, the pastor followed her and closed the door.
The unsuspecting girl got only curious when Pastor Nhlabatsi made sexual advances and later touching her.
It is reported that the terrified little girl tried to resist as the pastor approached her with his manhood already dangling.
It is said the pastor started romancing the little girl who, it is said tried to warn him against what he wanted to do to her. Even warnings that she would report him to her father fell on deaf ears. It is said the pastor tried to coerce the girl to sleep with him by pledging to reward her with anything she wanted.
The pastor is said to have then touched the girl’s private parts. He allegedly also fondled her buttocks and breasts, and pressed her against the wall. Just when he tried to advance his actions, the girl started screaming. The scream attracted the girl’s two younger brothers, who were playing in the family yard. they rushed to the house. The two found their sister with her head buried between her arms and crying. Their parents found them crying and upon enquiry, the three narrated the whole incident. Without any waste of time, the parents went straight to the police (KaPhunga) to report the incident.
The police investigated the allegations and arrested the pastor last Friday, where he was slapped with an indecent assault charge.
Deputy Police PRO Assistant Supt Stephen Dlamini confirmed the matter. “It is true that a matter of a minor sexually abused by a pastor has been reported.
It is still being investigated in as far as the reports I have received are concerned,” said Assistant Supt Dlamini.

Christian Parents let a Pastor rape their own daughter

KYTX -- A man and his wife face charges of organized criminal activity and aggravated sexual assault involving their own daughter.

Anderson County deputies arrested Jerry Ham, 56, and Christina Ham, 36, of Palestine according to the Palestine Herald.

It's in relation to alleged abuse of the couple's daughter by a pastor living with the family when the girl was 12. The girl is 14 now.

Deputies arrested Pastor Larry Martin, 68, in the case in January.

Friday, September 16, 2011

16 Filipino Christian women embrace Islam in Dubai

DUBAI — The department of Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities in Dubai on Wednesday saw the conversion of 16 women into Islam.

According to a senior official at the department, the new converts are all Asians and mostly from the Philippines.

“The new Muslims willingly approached the department to officially declare Shahada (conversion words) believing that Islam is the true religion and reason for happiness in life and the Hereafter,” said Dr Omar Al Khatib Assistant Director General of the Department.

The Islamic Department in Dubai, paying much attention to new Muslims, explains and educates them on how tolerant and merciful Islam is. “We develop their awareness about the new religion; its teachings and principles in an attractive, persuasive and gentle way as instructed in the Holy Quran.”

As per official statistics, Dubai hosts expatriates from around 204 nationalities. “Our staff preachers and counsellors, who speak 11 languages, including English, French and Asian languages, simply brief people about Islam in shopping centres, hospitals and community gatherings,” Dr Al Khatib said.

New Muslims also join courses on the five daily prayers which top the most pivotal pillars of Islam. “They learn how to perform Prayers as instructed by Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him),” he added.

Aisha Al Kash, Head of Religious Cultivation and Counselling Section, said the converted women were touched by the special treatment they received from both Muslim Emiratis and expatriates. “They have felt no discrimination here based on religion, colour, language, country, or ethnic backgrounds,” she said.§ion=theuae

Thursday, September 15, 2011

How reliable is MEMRI? Non-Muslim scholars respond

Get this, Jewish and Arab Christian academics put MEMRI in its place.

The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) provides daily English translations of film and print media stories originating in Arabic, Iranian and Turkish media. It also furnishes original analysis of cultural, political and religious trends in the Middle East.

It sends its daily postings to every news outlet in the United States and Europe, in addition to politicians and cultural leaders.

And it's free, which makes it a Godsend for journalists, editors and policy analysts.

But according to its critics, it is also a dangerous, highly sophisticated propaganda operation, disseminating hate and disinformation on an unprecedented worldwide basis.

"They use the same sort of propaganda techniques as the Nazis," Professor Norman G. Finkelstein, a well-known scholar on Israel/Palestine, told InFocus. "They take things out of context in order to do personal and political harm to people they don't like."

Take the case of Professor Halim Barakat, a novelist and scholar associated with the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies at Georgetown University.

In 2002, he published an article on Zionism in London's Al-Hayat Daily, but says that in certain instances, MEMRI selectively edited what he wrote.

"I know how to make a distinction between Judaism and Zionism, but they distorted the article," Barakat told InFocus. "They left out certain things and tried to make it look anti-Semitic."

Shortly afterward, Campus Watch, the brainchild of notorious Islamophobe Daniel Pipes, used the allegedly doctored translation in an effort to smear Georgetown University.

Finkelstein, an outspoken critic of Israeli policies and the U.S. pro-Israel lobby, also had a run-in with MEMRI.

In 2006, he gave a TV interview in Lebanon on the way the Nazi Holocaust is used to silence critics of Israel.

Finkelstein later wrote on his Web site: "MEMRI recently posted what it alleged was an interview I did with Lebanese television on the Nazi Holocaust. The MEMRI posting was designed to prove that I was a Holocaust denier."

Far from being a Holocaust denier, Finkelstein's own parents were Holocaust survivors, a fact he has often spoken about.

But MEMRI was able to create the opposite impression, as Finkelstein demonstrated on his Web site, by editing out large chunks of the actual interview.

When some comments by the moderator were included, it appeared that Finkelstein's interview was about nitpicking the number of Jews who died in the Holocaust rather than about Israel/Palestine.

MEMRI's obsessive interest in protecting Israel derives from the people and interests that founded, fund and manage the institute's international operations.

It was founded in 1998 by Yigal Carmon, a former colonel in the Israel Defense Forces (Intelligence Branch) from 1968 until 1988, acting head of civil administration in the West Bank from 1977 to 1982; and Israeli-born Meyrav Wurmser, an extreme rightwing neoconservative now affiliated with the Hudson Institute.

Meyrav is married to David Wurmser, at one time an American Enterprise Institute "scholar" and then a State Department apparatchik under John Bolton.

Both participated in the collective writing of "A Clean Break: A New Strategy for Securing the Realm," a seminal 1996 neocon document that advocated an end to negotiations with the Palestinians and permanent war against the Arab world.

They also worked with Douglas Feith, Elliot Abrams, Richard Perle and other rightwing ideologues who promoted and embellished the fiction that Saddam Hussein was behind 9/11.

MEMRI has offices in Jerusalem, Berlin, London, Washington and Tokyo, and in a 2006 Jerusalem Post interview, Carmon claimed to have one in Iraq.

It translates film and print into English, German, Hebrew, Italian, French, Spanish and Japanese.

Tax returns for 2004 indicate American funding of between two to three million dollars, much of it from conservative donors and foundations - but those who have followed its far-flung operations suspect much higher expenditures.

Besides Carmon, several MEMRI staffers are former Israeli intelligence specialists. Especially troubling are suspected links between MEMRI and the current Israeli intelligence establishment.

According to a 2005 article in Israel's Ha'aretz, the Israeli Defense Forces plants fake stories in the Arab media, which it then translates and tries to retail to Israeli journalists. How much of MEMRI is simply an extension of such IDF operations?

The questions raised by the Ha'aretz story caused Proffesor Juan Cole to write, "How much of what we know from Arab sources about Hizbullah terrorism was simply made up by this fantasy factory in Tel Aviv?"

British journalist Brian Whitaker, Middle East editor of the Guardian, dismisses MEMRI as "basically a propaganda machine."

Ken Livingstone, mayor of London, accuses them of "outright distortion," and former CIA case officer Vince Cannistraro has written that "they (MEMRI) are selective and act as propagandists for their political point of view, which is the extreme-right of Likud."

With characteristic bluntness. Norman Finkelstein has written: "MEMRI is a main arm of Israeli propaganda. Although widely used in the mainstream media as a source of information on the Arab world, it is as trustworthy as Julius Streicher's Der Sturmer was on the Jewish world." (Der Sturmer was a rabidly anti-Semitic newspaper, and Streicher a notoriously cruel Nazi.)

In an e-mail to InFocus, Cole characterized MEMRI as "a Right-Zionist propaganda organ, which usually does its propaganda unobtrusively, by being very selective in what it translates."

Indeed , MEMRI appears to view the Arab world as a malevolent, mind-numbing monsters' ball, populated almost exclusively by fanatics, freaks and fundamentalists.

Every story that could possibly make Middle Eastern people look deranged, hateful or diabolical gets translated; anything that could make them look informed, talented or admirable is ignored.

MEMRI says it covers reformers in the Arabic-speaking world, but longtime observers point out that people who make Islam or Arab culture look attractive rarely get translated, regardless of their position.

Nor does MEMRI feature stories about Palestinian suffering, Israeli dissenters, moderate Islamists, Christians in Arab governments or the growing nonviolent movement against the apartheid wall in the Occupied Territories, especially around Bal'in.

Instead, it promotes highly-edited footage featuring people like Wafa Sultan.

It was MEMRI that translated the sound bites from her famous al-Jazeera debate with Dr. Ibrahim al-Kouly that ended up on YouTube, making her an instant rock star to those who promote an international clash of cultures.

It is said by TV viewers who watched the entire debate that al-Kouly was rather patient with Sultan despite her extreme opinions.

(Among other things, Sultan has declared herself an atheist.) But MEMRI never bothered to translate and promote the whole debate.

MEMRI President Yigal Carmon was contacted to ask why the entire Sultan debate wasn't translated and circulated, at least in a print version.

"MEMRI couldn't do the whole interview because of the limitations of our resources," Carmon told InFocus. "And it was just our best judgment of what was fit to translate." He said he thought there was an "almost" complete version in the archives.

InFocus asked Carmon why MEMRI didn't post more stories about domestic events in Israel and the OTC.

"Eighty percent of such stories are already in English," Carmon said.

Then why not buy a few every week and send them out in order to give a more balanced picture of the Middle East, InFocus asked, "It probably wouldn't be legal ," he responded.

That brought up the thorny issue of copyright, ownership and power.

Why, Carmon was asked, does MEMRI copyright all the stories it translates, when most stories are written by Arab authors?

"Of course we copyright," Carmon told InFocus. "Once we translate a story into another language, it becomes ours, because it's our work."

To test this theory in an American context, InFocus contacted The New York Times.

"If you translate copy from the Times, it would still belong to us, because we originated it," said an employee of the Rights and Royalties Department who did not wish to be named.

When war and peace hangs on the translation of a single word or phrase, nuance is everything.

But can we trust the translator?

According its critics, until MEMRI starts translating Hebrew stories about the rightward drift of Israeli society, torture of Palestinians in Israeli jails, the forced exile of Ilan Pappe and Azmi Bishara, and the elevation of the neo-fascist Avigdor Lieberman to deputy prime minister of Israel, they aren't really covering all Middle Eastern media.

"I think it's a reliable assumption that anything MEMRI translates from the Middle East is going to be unreliable," Finkelstein said.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Massachusetts Priest charged for having images of prepubescent girls on laptop

Seems like a Catholic thing however they're still holy spirit guided Christians. And if a Shia person or group did something un-Islamic it'd be ALL over the news.

A FILIPINO priest in Massachusetts was arraigned in court on charges of possessing child pornography and stealing from the parish.

Lowe B. Dongor, who was the Diocese of Worcester’s first Filipino priest, was arraigned in Fitchburg District Court on Monday, September 12, after an investigation by the Worcester district attorney’s office found that he had been stealing from St. Joseph Parish where he was associate pastor and that one of his laptops contained images of child pornography.

Dongor, 35, has been charged with larceny of over $250, larceny from a building and possession of child pornography, according to The Worcester Telegram.

He was released on personal recognizance by Judge Andrew L. Mandell and was ordered not to use computers and not to have unsupervised contact with children under 14, the report states.

Dongor was placed on administrative leave of absence and relieved of his duties last July after state police were notified by an independent computer service that one of Dongor’s laptops contained images of child pornography.

The Worcester Telegram, citing court documents, reports that the images found on his computer were of “prepubescent girls around the ages of 10 and 11 in various states of undress.”

Police said the chest and genitals of the girls in the images were “prominently displayed,” the report states.

Dongor also allegedly admitted to police in an interview that on several occasions he stole “$40 or $60” from the parish office in Fitchburg to wire home to his family in the Philippines and also admitted to visiting several child pornography websites.

A pre-trial hearing is scheduled for Oct. 25

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Bethlehem Pastor raped young girl for 13 years, molested another in 2007

A former Bethlehem pastor admitted Tuesday to systematically sexually abusing a girl for years starting when she was 12, a crime a prosecutor said shows that no one can be trusted.

Santos A. Rosado, 45, pleaded guilty to offenses that could bring a maximum of 35 years in prison, acknowledging that he repeatedly had sex with a girl that eventually resulted in her pregnancy.

It is just one of two sexual assault cases that Rosado, who had a South Side ministry, faces sentencing for. On Friday, Rosado will be before another Northampton County judge in the abuse of a troubled teen who sought his help while he was pastor of a congregation at the Bethlehem Community Fellowship building in the Marvine-Pembroke housing development

"Don't trust anybody," Assistant District Attorney Patricia Broscius said when asked if she could bring perspective to Rosado's case.

The crimes Rosado admitted Tuesday began in 1993, his victim, now in her 30s, has testified. Rosado would crawl into bed with her, pull up her nightgown and rape her, Broscius related in court.

At 18, the victim got pregnant by Rosado and he tried to force her to get an abortion. As part of the plea agreement, Rosado agreed to renounce parental rights to the son who was born — a "very important" component for the victim, Broscius said.

The assaults were such a part of the victim's life that Rosado continued to have sexual contact with her until she was 25 years old, said Broscius and Bethlehem police detective Thomas Galloway, who investigated Rosado.

"She was programmed to respond in a certain way, and she was forced to respond in a certain way," Broscius said.

The guilty plea was to two counts of statutory sexual assault and one each of indecent assault, corrupting a minor, and endangering the welfare of a child. Judge Craig Dally underscored for Rosado that plea negotiations did not include a fixed sentence when he is before Dally again on Dec. 16.

Rosado, handcuffed and in a prison jumpsuit, paused at length when Dally asked him if he admitted the crimes outlined by Broscius, and whether he would give up his parental rights to the now 10-year-old boy.

"Yes," Rosado finally said both times.

Under the charges, Rosado will have to register as a sex offender for 10 years after he is released from prison, and could be required to register for life if Dally deems him a sexually violent predator.

Defense attorney Ron Creazzo told Dally that he advised his client to refrain from any statements until his sentencing. Creazzo declined to comment to the media after the hearing.

In July, Rosado admitted to corrupting a minor and two counts of indecent assault for molesting 14-year-old girl he met in 2007.

The girl, a runaway who was in and out of foster placement, was counseled by Rosado until the age of 16, Broscius has said. The inappropriate contact started with a kiss and continued to mutual fondling, Broscius told Judge Leonard Zito, who will sentence Rosado on that case.

Rosado was charged in August 2010. Seven months before, he was arrested for stealing from Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem, where he worked.

Police said Rosado created fake player cards and loaded them with promotional credits to bilk money from the casino. He eventually pleaded guilty to theft and access device fraud and was sent to Northampton County Prison for three to 23 months.,0,5681089.story

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Kenyan woman and lover stoned to death

Four people have been killed in two separate incidents in Nathu village, Igembe North District.

In the first incident, a man and a woman were stoned to death by angry villagers on suspicion they were having an illicit love affair.

Mr Alexander Mukangu, 45, and Ms Lillian Nkatha were allegedly found in a compromising position in a miraa farm house.

Mr Mukangu was said to have taken Ms Nkatha to his matrimonial home while his wife was away. Ms Nkatha was in her late 20s.

The wife got wind of the relationship and informed the villagers who confronted the two lovers.

On arrival at the home, they found the two in bed.

“They were beaten with stones and other assorted weapons. They died as they were being taken to hospital,” said Igembe police boss Ali Zimbu

Friday, September 9, 2011

Notable Maryland Pastor arrested for sexually assaulting young girl

Two communities are in shock after a popular pastor was arrested and charged with sexually assaulting a child.

Joe Ivey is a pastor at Barnesville Baptist Church in Montgomery County.

The man people call Pastor Joe is known to be very close to his parishioners. Their children would sometimes spend the night at his house.

According to a charging document, the 74-year-old pastor made inappropriate sexual contact with one of his parishioners daughters' on two occasions. One incident allegedly happened at the pastors' home in Walkersville, Md., nearly two years ago when the girl was 10.

“I think it's a shame either way ... either he's been accused of something he didn't do or if he did something he shouldn't have done,” Barnesville resident Robin Garrett said.

Authorities say the girl spent the night at Ivey’s house during a snowstorm. The next morning, Ivey's wife left and he allegedly initiated sexual contact with the girl for half an hour.

The girls' mother went to police Monday after hearing her daughter's story two days before. Authorities then arranged a monitored phone call between the girl and Ivey. The charging document says when the 11 year-old asked him if she should tell anyone, he replied no, saying"this is between you, me and God."

Many of Ivey's Frederick neighbors are shocked at the allegations and say the pastor has been a good neighbor.

“I don't have any complaints… not my business is the way I look at it," said Larry Shepley.

Authorities say the man denied having sexual contact with any other minors, including the victim's two younger siblings.

"We are sorry to the church for what this has caused and to the family involved. A lot is exaggerated and the truth will come out. I am standing by my husband. He is a good man,” his wife said over the phone. There was no answer at Ivey's home Friday.

Ivey is no longer a pastor at Barnesville Baptist church. He's been released on bail and a preliminary hearing is set for September 28th.

Ghana Pastor jailed for raping 15 year old girl

A circuit Court at Akim Swedru in the Birim South District has sentenced Paul Nkansah, head pastor of the Jesus Faith Tabernacle Prayer Centre, Akim Achiase, to 20 years imprisonment for defiling a 15-year-old student.

Nkansah pleaded guilty to defilement and was convicted on his own plea.

Presenting the facts of the case to the Court, presided over by Mr Yaw Atta Sampong, Police Chief Inspector Adelaide Appiakorang said the complainant (name withheld) is a form one student of a Junior High School at Akim Oda.

Chief Inspector Appiakorang said sometime in July this year, the victim’s mother and sister became ill and were sent to the pastor at Akim Achiase for spiritual healing.

She stated that on July 15, the girl visited her mother at the prayer camp and when Nkansah saw her he claimed that he had a vision that the girl was being tormented by the “spirit of prostitution” and could expel it through deliverance.

The Police Chief Inspector said as at 0100 hours the following day, Nkansah accompanied the 15-year girl to a hilly site near the prayer camp to bath her.

On their return to the prayer camp, she said, the victim went into a room to dress up but Nkansah forcibly entered and demanded to have sex with her and when she refused, Nkansah struggled with her and sprinkled some powder on her face to put her to sleep.

When the victim woke up, she realised the convict had defiled her, the prosecutor said, as there was spermatozoa around her genitals.

Nkansah warned her not to inform anybody otherwise she would die, but the victim made a report to the Police who arrested the convict.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Nigerian Pastor arrested for raping 12 year old girl

Uromi (Edo State) : The police in Edo have arrested a pastor who allegedly raped a 12-year-old choir member of his church at Afuda-Uromi, Esan North East Local Government Area of the state.

The incident incurred the wrath of some residents around the area, who destroyed some church equipment, while the pastor was detained at the Uromi Police Divisional headquarters.

Narrating her ordeal to newsmen on Thursday, the rape victim said she had gone to church for choir rehearsals when the incident occurred.

She said she and three other children were in the church, awaiting the arrival of other members, when the pastor and founder of the church drove into the premises in his Mercedes Benz car, and started enquiring about their names.

She said after they had given their names, the pastor called her into his office and asked her to sit on his laps.

While on his laps, the victim alleged that the pastor began to suck her breast and dipped his finger into her private part.

She added that she felt severe pains in her stomach, and consequently struggled to regain her freedom.

The incident, she alleged, also caused her to bleed as a result of the injuries she sustained.

The father of the victim, Mr Lawrence Okoduwa, an operator of a rental service, told newsmen that he and his family became members of the church barely two months ago.

He noted with regret that joining the church had caused him pains, because he never expected that his daughter could undergo such unfortunate experience.

Okoduwa appealed to government and the police to ensure that justice was done in the case to serve as a deterrent to other randy pastors.

He alleged that the suspect, who told him he was merely carrying out deliverance on his daughter, was arrested and later released on bail by the police.

The Chairman, Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), Esan North East Local Government Area chapter, Rev. Francis Okhai, confirmed that the matter had been reported to the PFN, to which the alleged rapist pastor belongs.

He said several cases of misconduct had earlier been reported against the pastor, but that it was the first time that allegation of rape was reported.

Okhai added that disciplinary action would be taken against the pastor if found wanting “in the abominable act, because the PFN does not condone any misconduct from its members”.

He said the pastor had, however, denied the allegation when questioned by some PFN officials.

The Divisional Police headquarters at Uromi, a police officer, who pleaded anonymity, confirmed the arrest of the pastor