Unfortunately, there are too many people that try to turn any event that is supposed to focus on someone else into an event where the focus switches to them.
Take a person who behaves like this, and tell them they are the “Man of Gawd…” and well, idiocy like this happens.
I guarantee this man lacks a significant amount of empathy.
How about the look on the bride and groom’s faces? Poor people. Everyone deserves better than that on their wedding day. Hopefully this terrible person never officiates another ceremony in his life.
An associate pastor at a church in Norwalk arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting more than 20 female parishioners allegedly told his victims the sex acts were a necessary part of using “healing hands.”
Jorge Juan Castro, 53, was arrested last Friday on allegations that during his eight years as associate pastor at Las Buenas Nuevas Church in Norwalk, he repeatedly sexually assaulted at least 20 parishioners. He told the alleged victims who questioned the sex acts that they were part of the faith-healing process, said L.A. County Sheriff’s Capt. Robert Esson.
“He claimed to have healing hands and ulitized that process to eventually sexually assault them,” Esson said. “He preyed upon them from a trust position. He warned them they’d be the subject of ridicule in the church if they told others.”
Castro also allegedly threatened to have the women — who ranged in age from 18 to 39 — deported if they spoke out, Esson added.
Esson said the alleged crimes stretch from October 2004 to September 2012. Detectives in the Special Victims Unit began investigating Castro April 8 when a person who many of the alleged victims had confided in informed authorities and convinced some to speak to detectives.
Detectives know of some 20 victims in the mostly Spanish-speaking congregation had allegedly been assaulted by the pastor. Several victims provided evidence to detectives and their allegations led to the charges, said sheriff’s Sgt. Al Garcia.
Church leaders removed Castro from the church upon learning of the investigation, Esson said.
“The church and the senior pastor here worked with us. … We’ve been to services and spoken [to the parishioners]. We assured everyone they need not be concerned about deportation,” Esson said. “This is about this pastor’s crimes.”
After surveillance by undercover major-crimes detectives, Castro was arrested Sept. 13 at his home in Norwalk and booked on charges of rape, penetration by a foreign object and oral copulation. He is already charged with six felony counts, but that number is expected to rise.
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The Myth of the Empty Land and The Myth of the Mass Return — A New Look on the History of Judah under Babylonian and Persian Rule
The first of a series of annual lectures focusing on the history and archaeology of ancient Israel in memory of clinical psychologist Dr. David A. Kipper was delivered by Dr. Oded Lipschits, Professor of Jewish History at Tel Aviv University, will deliver the inaugural lecture titled “The Myth of the Empty Land and The Myth of the Mass Return — A New Look on the History of Judah under Babylonian and Persian Rule.” Dr. Lipschits’ research focuses on the history and administration of Judah and the Judeans under Assyrian, Babylonian, and Persian rule. In addition, he has directed archaeological excavations at Ramat Rahel, and the Ellah Valley Regional Project and the Lautenschläger Azekah Expedition.The lecture series was established through a gift from Barbara Kipper and the Kipper family and includes an annual public lecture as well as a lecture for scholars at the Oriental Institute, an internationally renowned center for the study of the ancient Near East.
Not so pure after all: Most holy water ‘is contaminated with faecal matter’ and could be harmful to health
- 86% of holy water contains faecal matter and in every millilitre of holy water there are up to 62 million bacteria
- Holy springs contain nitrates from agriculture which make them unsafe
- They got their healing reputation at a time when water in cities was dangerously contaminated meaning people were frequently unwell
- If they drank from a rural spring for a few days they would recover
- Now that water in cities is much safer, this no longer applies
Many people believe that holy water has healing properties but new research suggests it may actually do more harm than good.
Scientists have discovered that 86 per cent of water samples from holy sources contain faecal matter.
Austrian researchers also found that church fonts contain high levels of bacteria and that none of the holy springs they studied could be considered safe for drinking from.
The researchers, from the Institute of Hygiene and Applied Immunology at the Medical University of Vienna, analysed the water in 21 holy springs in Austria, and in 18 fonts in Vienna, at various times during the year.
They found that in every millilitre of holy water there were up to 62 million bacteria.
They also found that the busier the church, the more bacteria it tended to have in its font.
The study also revealed that holy springs contain not only faecal contamination with E coli bacteria and enterococci, but also Campylobacter, which can cause inflammatory diarrhoea.
Paul Taylor and Eric Hovind welcome guest David Rives as they discuss whether the Big Bang is ‘good science’. Rives flat-out lies, misrepresents science, falls back on his beliefs as ‘authoritative’, and ultimately falls back on a god of the gaps argument.
He obviously has no idea what the scientific method is, how it operates, or how to determine between actual science or pseudoscience.
Unsurprisingly, Mr. Rives academic credentials are hard to find, even on his own webpage, and not only is he here to sweep away ‘secular’ mainstream universities and scientists with the stunning power of his ignorance, but apparently people like Dr. Robert Cargill can stop their archaeological exploits or any work with the Dead Sea Scrolls, as Mr. Rives is here to explain what they really mean as well.
When I see someone lie and misrepresent science–actually, fundamentally mistake what the scientific method really is–this comes to mind:
It’s the same method, friends. Until you understand this, you don’t understand.