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Church Ordains a Sex Offender

In black collar crime, religion, stupid people on September 30, 2009 at 9:04 pm

Worst Idea Since Mixing Guns and Booze

The potential for jokes aside, a sex offender as a minister (a position of authority over children) is an idea so bad, so nonsensical, so misguided, and so blind to reality, that only a theist could have dreamed it up. So, guess who just got ordained!

Via MSNBC

Mark Hourigan is also a sex offender. Almost a decade ago, long before he joined the flock at the City of Refuge Worship Center, he was convicted of sexually abusing an 11-year-old boy in central Kentucky. Hourigan served a five-year sentence and the 41-year-old was placed on Kentucky’s sex offender registry for the rest of his life.

“He’s still a threat” to children, said Cal Pfeiffer, who was abused by a Catholic priest as a young student in Louisville in the late 1950s and early 60s. Pfeiffer and experts on religion and sexual abuse believe it could be the first time a convicted sex offender has been knowingly ordained as a minister in a Christian church.

“It sets a precedent,” said Pfeiffer, a member of a group that has protested Hourigan’s ordination. “It elevates him to an ordained minister which almost automatically conveys a level of trust and responsibility.”

I know these people love to talk about forgiveness, but since when do theists practice what they preach?

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  1. Perhaps setting aside jokes for this topic isn't appropriate. It's no laughing matter but its certainly is a laughable move (and even slap happy) on the part of the church.

  2. Wow, good luck with that one, dumbest church ever. Seriously when I saw this I thought…okay, maybe he had a jailbait girlfriend who was 15 when he was 21 or something….nope, an 11 year old. and if it was "almost a decade" ago and the guy is 41, that means he did it in his early 30s. that's about as bad as it gets, kiddy-diddling in your 30s. But hey, if his congregation is fine with it and he's served his time…as I said…good luck with that.

  3. Wow- this guy is a scumbag.

  4. Ah, that is certainly what the Christian church needs – another child molester in it's ranks. I wonder if there is a special seminary that attracts these people or they use a correspondence seminary while in prison.

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