Hiring a New Pastor? Consider a Criminal! 5

Sometimes, organized religion looks for all the world like a rehabilitation racket for criminals.

Consider: Ex-cons with long criminal records, including assault and murder, can conveniently declare themselves reborn. Upon their conversion and release, the most convincing ones are instantly regarded as great pastor material by Christians whose penchant for forgiveness is as naive as it is fatal. The latest example:

The former pastor of the Cowboy Church of Marshall County was convicted Friday of sexual assault in Navarro County, Texas, and sentenced to 50 years in prison, a district attorney said.

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Mark Allen Green, 42 [photo], was convicted of “continuous sexual assault of a child,” a Texas charge for ongoing crimes, for incidents involving a 13-year-old girl, said Lowell Thompson, criminal district attorney for Navarro County.

Green had served several prison sentences in Texas before being hired as pastor of the church in Albertville, according to a spokeswoman for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Green had been in prison there “multiple times” on theft and burglary charges, with his latest sentence beginning in 2006, she said. [emphasis added]

Just the guy you want to go see in church every Sunday, preaching about right and wrong.

Look, I love the concept of forgiveness, in principle. I’m just not a fan of throwing caution to the wind and putting innocents in harm’s way. Christians think forgiveness is a feature of their faith; as I’ve argued before, I think it may be a bug instead.

For instance, two weeks ago, we learned of the guilty plea of John D. White, a mid-Michigan minister charged with killing a young woman in her mobile home. White is a violent ex-con who only needed to profess a faith in Jesus to be rehabilitated and employed as pastor — by a flock of well-intentioned if over-credulous forgiveness junkies.

He’s an ex-convict who settled outside Mt. Pleasant and became pastor of a tiny church, Christ Community Fellowship. Police say he confessed to killing 24-year-old Rebekah Gay on Oct. 31 as part of a sexual fantasy [necrophilia].

In 2007, [White had been] released from prison, after serving nearly 12 years for manslaughter in the death of a 26-year-old woman in Kalamazoo County, according to the Michigan Corrections Department. He had previously been sentenced to probation for choking and stabbing a 17-year-old Battle Creek girl in 1981. [emphasis added]

There’s nothing wrong with forgiving others and moving on. I’ve done it plenty of times (and I keenly appreciate that I’ve been the recipient of people’s forgiveness, too). But churches appointing known rapists and murderers as their clergy … sorry, that’s just another reason why people like me avoid the pews, and so-called holy men, on any day of the week that ends in a y.

5 thoughts on “Hiring a New Pastor? Consider a Criminal!

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  2. cavendar green Dec 30, 2013 8:17 pm

    just saying that is my father and I don’t like this web site posting things like this!!!! you should get the permission from the family before you go and post things like this!!!! I got this in an email and I am furious!!!! this needs to be taken down NOW!!!! do you think him going to jail is not enough!!!! yes he did wrong but find some one other than a newborn child and Jesus Christ that has NEVER commited a sin god forgives if you just ask and repent!!!! TAKE THIS DOWN ASAP!!!

  3. Terry Firma Dec 31, 2013 2:25 am

    Please don’t presume you can yell at me to take down what I wrote. It won’t work. Your father, if that’s who he is, is a career criminal with a rap sheet that includes theft, burglary, and the rape of an underage teenager. His crimes are documented, and his convictions are a matter of public record.

    The only time we amend an article on this site is when any of the information is factually incorrect.

    I don’t need your permission to post about anything or anyone at all, and it’s completely irrelevant to me that you are “furious.” If I were you, I’d be pissed at good old dad for making a career out of fucking over other people. I wouldn’t start screaming like a banshee at the various media people who truthfully report what he has been convicted of doing. But that’s just me.

    • cavendar green Jan 1, 2014 1:51 am

      well I don’t in any way agree with what my father did but he is my father. If your father did something you probably would not agree with it but he still is your dad and you would not like it if people kept reminding you of what he did!! I have read past posts by you and this one got sent to me in an email. I was just upset that I have to go every day only being 17 and not having my father!! I am very sorry if I offended you I miss my dad bit in no way do I think what he did was right!! I will take back what I said. and god forgives anyone who asks for forgiveness. again I apologize for taking this out on you! I just have not got over this whole thing!!

  4. Bones Jan 14, 2014 10:49 am

    Cavendar, probably a good idea to stay away from stories about your Dad on the Net.

    It wasn’t your fault.

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