Tennessee megachurch pastor publicly admitted to engaging in a “sexual incident” with a under-age girl when he was working at another church.
His admission — which was made on the platform of Memphis’ Highpoint Church on Sunday, was met with applause instead of condemnation
Memphis pastor Andy Savage’s confession comes just days after a woman named Jules Woodson publicly revealed the “sexual incident” that reportedly took place when he was a staff member at a Texas church where she belonged.
Woodson published the details of the incident Friday on Watch Keep.
According to the website, Woodson said that during a 1998 ride home from a church event, Savage — who was driving her alone — purportedly pulled off the road.
“Suddenly Andy unzipped his pants and pulled out his penis,” Woodson told the website. “He asked me to suck it. I was scared embarrassed, but I did it. I remember thinking this must mean that Andy loved me. He then asked me to unbutton my shirt. I did.”
She’s angry that the Church refused to do anything.
“The church, however, never came out with an official statement addressing what had happened and/or what was being done about it,” Woodson said. “Instead, they held a going away reception for Andy at the church in which he was allowed to simply say that he had made a poor decision and that it was time for him to move on from our church.”
Christian Music Festival Legend Found Guilty of Being a Pedophile for 16 Years
If this dismal, apocalyptic era hasn’t left you questioning whatever faith you might have in some sort of god, here’s some more clarity: The founder of Creation Music Festival, billed as “the largest Christian rock festival,” has been sentenced to 18 years in prison for sexually abusing four minors in addition to “inappropriate” interactions with another minor that lasted for 16 years.
The founder is Harry Thomas, a 75-year-old pastor based out of Medford, New Jersey, who, according to Deadstate, “pleaded guilty to one count of first-degree aggravated sexual assault, three counts of second-degree sexual assault, and one count of second-degree endangering the welfare of a child.” Thomas’ attorney tried to retract his plea, calling it a “death sentence.”
Burlington Country Prosecutor Scott Coffina likened the case to “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,” saying, “An individual who professed to be a man of faith and who has made many positive contributions to strangers committed the ultimate act of betrayal against family members who loved and trusted him.
“There is no sentence that can approximate justice in light of this defendant’s despicable acts against these children, but it is gratifying that the victims have been spared the pain of a trial and the defendant almost certainly will spend the rest of his life in prison, where he never can harm a child again.”
The ex-pastor wept in court and admitted that he deserves a heavy punishment for what he has done. Superior Court Judge Jeanne Covert said that the 18-year sentence was appropriate for Thomas’ crimes, however, even though she recognized he might die in prison due to his advanced age.
“I’m very sorry for the pain I’ve caused,” he said.
“I agree with the scriptures. It would be better for a millstone to be hung around my neck and be cast into the sea. That’s what I deserve,” he added, seemingly referring to Luke 17:2 in the Bible.
Thomas had admitted earlier this year to sexual crimes involving five minors over several years. In his plea agreement, the former pastor said that he sexually assaulted a 9-year-old girl in 2005; had sexual contact with three girls aged between 7 and 9 in 2000 and 2010; and that he exposed himself to another girl between 2008 and 2010.
Relatives of the child victims, who weren’t named, said in their testimony that Thomas was a “ravenous wolf” and a “hypocrite” for what he did.
Thomas founded the Creation Festival in 1979 alongside Timothy Landis, which has since split into two annual, four-day music festivals that take place in Pennsylvania (Creation Northeast) and Washington (Creation Northwest). This past January, the festival announced that this year’s installment would be postponed to 2019, which remains the case as of publishing.
Jewish Black Man Claims Almost Shot by Cops for Buying Hair Conditioner
Ben Faulding, also known as the “Hipster Rebbe” on Twitter and Instagram, was walking back from his gym in Long Island when two cops drew weapons on him, for buying hair products.
On Twitter, he narrated how he was put on the ground, police with guns drawn – because they were told that he was involved in an “armed robbery.” The entire story is harrowing, partially because they were screaming at him while he was wearing headphones and threatening to shoot him.
You can read the entire thread on twitter
Here’s a story about how I nearly just got killed by this cop. pic.twitter.com/3IYZFM9Ggh
— Ziggy 🌹 (@TheHipsterRebbe) January 3, 2018
Why Are Sexual Assault Victims Often Silent? Choose Necessity over Nostalgia.
This week’s Torah (Five Books Of Moses in the Old Testament that is read weekly by Jews) portion is VERY on point with the cultural shift we are witnessing regarding sexual harassment and abuse.
People wonder, why didn’t the victims speak up earlier? Why are they silent?
Isaac loved Esau and Rebekah loved Jacob. We are very accustomed to this arrangement. Clearly, the story vindicates Rebekah. She was right all along. It seems that Isaac’s geriatric blindness was a physical manifestation of something that preventing Isaac from realizing that Jacob was his true heir.
The confounding thing to me, is that Rebekah never seems to tell Isaac that Jacob is more deserving of Isaac’s blessing than Esau. Why not have a conversation and get on the same page? Isn’t that what we would do? Isn’t that what we actually do?
If you examine the text, you’ll notice something pretty amazing. There is not a single recorded conversation between Isaac and Rebekah until Jacob must flee to Haran and then the first conversation occurs between Isaac and Rebekah. The first! Rebekah begs Isaac to prevent Esau from marrying a Hittite woman. That’s it. Isaac doesn’t even respond to his wife. He just prohibits Esau from marrying a Canaanite woman. Rebekah is not heard from again.
When Rebekah and Isaac meet for the first time, they do not speak.
A quarrel between Sarah and Abraham is recorded in the Torah. A quarrel between Rachel and Jacob is recorded in the Torah. We don’t even get an argument between Rebekah and Isaac.
When the couple settles in Gerar, Isaac does not even tell Rebekah that she is to say she is his sister. Isaac just says it to the people of Gerar inquiring about his wife. Abraham asked Sarah nicely if she would please say that she was his sister. Isaac and Rebekah never even discuss it.
It seems that a lot of heartache could have been prevented if Rebekah and Isaac would have been able to communicate. But they did not communicate and so we can assume they could not communicate. Rebekah was the invisible wife and it led to catastrophe.
Rebekah was chosen for her kindness. How often are we silent because “it’s not nice to say anything” or “it will be uncomfortable” for the other person. That’s kindness. That’s nostalgia. We don’t want to ruin the superficial peace. But sometimes it’s necessary to say speak up. Sometimes it’s better to speak and feel awkward or make another person feel awkward, than it is to protect ourselves and others from discomfort. Sometimes we need to choose necessity over nostalgia.
It’s not just about speaking up or staying silent. We often choose nostalgia. But we can not afford to choose nostalgia over necessity. We need to do what must be done even when it appears to create disharmony for a moment. But usually the sacred unity we are protected was counterfeit. It was pure nostalgia.
Necessity over nostalgia.
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