Cross-posted @ the Atheist Oasis
The empty life of this ugly little charlatan proves only one thing, that you can get away with the most extraordinary offenses to morality and to truth in this country if you will just get yourself called reverend. – Christopher Hitchens, on Jerry Falwell.
Here’s more proof that Christians are among the weirdest wackjobs around:
There are some parts of the country that are filled with religious centers. It almost seems like the churches outnumber the residents. Members of these communities check their day jobs at the door of the church as they walk in. Sometimes they check their sanity at the door too.
This was most clearly the case in Middletown, Pennsylvania at the Glad Tidings Assembly of God. Members of this particular church decided it would be a great idea to kidnap the teenagers--at gunpoint--and take them to their pastors house. The would be assailants then pretended to assault the pastor. At no point did the children know what was going on, and many of them left the exercise traumatized and bruised.
The ramifications could be huge for the church. False imprisonment of a minor can carry a 10 year prison sentence.
I have had the privilege of driving through the great town of Middletown, PA. It is a very nice place. That being said, there isn't a a whole lot to do for entertainment in Middletown. I guess they have resorted to kidnapping children for fun.
Ok, maybe it wasn't for "fun," but the excuse the church gives is weak. They claim the exercise is used to show the kids what it is like to be a persecuted Christian missionary.
They probably could have gotten their point across the legal way by just showing the youth group the film "The Passion of the Christ." Eh, the legal way is too boring for the folks of Glad Tidings. They go hard.
One would think the church, when confronted with the legal ramifications of their actions, would apologize profusely for their actions. Nope. The pastor of Glad Tidings, Andrew Jordan, says he will continue the exercise despite complaints. Rest assured, Andrew does however promise to get parental permission next time. I'm sure the justice system of Pennsylvania will feel much better now.
I hope somebody talks some sense into the good people of Good Tidings. What they are doing is a terrible idea and it could land someone behind bars if they aren't careful. Having a system of faith is great, but there is a certain degree of common sense that is lacking among a large portion of the religious population. We need to start putting the rule of law, and our American values of freedom and fairness back in the forefront of our decision-making.
Accurate though it may be, if you read between the lines, it gets even more infuriating.
One would think the church, when confronted with the legal ramifications of their actions, would apologize profusely for their actions.
Wait, nobody was arrested? Of course not: it turns out one of the main wackjobs is a cop:
WHTM also reported the man who "kidnapped" the teens was an off-duty cop, using a real, but unloaded, gun.
And what does the witch-doctor-in-charge say?
In the midst of potential legal ramifications, Andrew Jordan, the church's pastor, told WHPTV he will still continue to carry out this lesson, but he will ask for parental permission.
It is a sad state of affairs for any country, that the only time people get a free pass on this sort of behavior, is when they hide beneath the umbrella of the delusional. Had it been anyone else besides a religious cult doing this, we would be able to hear the bars of the cell slam shut on them.
But instead the populace sings paeans to this poop: oh, to believe, to bathe in the self-indulgences of belief as if it were bubble bath; to become all warm and squishy inside at the thought of societally approved mental masturbation.
It is to weep, at the idiocy of others.
(As an aside, I searched assiduously for the video for the episode Pier Pressure, where George Bluth Sr. used a one armed man to scare the shit out of his pre-pubescent kids to ‘teach them a lesson’, but could only come up with the video above: I felt, however, that it was still quite illustratory.)
Till the next post, then.