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.
Lucy Parsons Project Racists Protest Pakistanian Middle Eastern Cafe in San Fransisco
Looks like the GOP can’t help funding fake “progressive” organizations under the guise of fighting for black rights. What’s the new “cause?” A half dozen white women have been daily protesting a local Middle Eastern Cafe owned by a Manny Yekutiel, a man of Pakistani Jewish Descent whose family fled persecution in Pakistan.
Manny Yekutiel opened his eponymous Manny’s in November, calling the Middle Eastern cafe and restaurant in downtown San Francisco a “civic social gathering space.” His goal for the Mission District eatery was “to create a central, accessible and affordable place to go to become a better informed and more involved citizen,” he told the San Francisco Examiner.
Manny’s has earned praise for hosting talks with speakers on issues ranging from Black Lives Matter to urban sustainability.
But Yekutiel, who is Jewish, is being protested weekly, accused of espousing “racist, Zionist, pro-Israel ideals.” His café has been vandalized and painted with anti-Semitic and anti-Israel slogans over and over again — mainly by White racists.
The only allegation seemingly against him is that he is Jewish. Yekutiel has even said he does not support everything the Israeli government does and disagrees with its treatment of the Palestinians — and has many friends who are Palestinian.
Yekutiel reportedly has met nearly all the requirements of United to Save the Mission, a coalition of more than a dozen neighborhood nonprofits and activist groups. They include bilingual signage and staff, moderate prices (a cup of coffee is $1.75) and food prepared by a nonprofit employing homeless, formerly incarcerated and low-income community members, who earn all the food revenue. Community groups can use the space for free.
Brooklyn District Attorney Drops Charges Against Mother Who Had Child Ripped Away by Police
A video showing NYPD officers violently removing a woman’s one-year-old child from her arms has sparked national outrage — even after NYPD and the Brooklyn DA informed us that they would be not pursuing charges. Additionally, NYPD Commissioner O’Neill has informed the public he is personally looking into the case..
Nyesha Ferguos posted the video to her Facebook page on Friday. It shows 23-year-old Jazmine Headly clinging to her son, Damone, and telling officers they are hurting him as they attempt to yank the child away from her. One officer waves a yellow stun gun at the outraged crowd, which includes children, several of whom are filming on their cell phones.
When she refused to stand, security called the police. The situation quickly escalated. Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams told CBS2 News that “a Taser was used” and that HRA peace officers tried to remove Headley because of what they described as “disorderly conduct towards others and for obstructing the hallway.”
NRA Lost $55 million in 2017, and Expected to Lose More
According to tax records obtained by The Daily Beast, the NRA reportedly lost a whopping $55 million in income from 2016 to 2017—a devastating downswing for an organization whose public profile has only grown in the gun-loving radiance of the Trump administration. Notably, almost 20 percent of the $98 million dollars taken in by the NRA in 2017 came from a single—and wouldn’t you know it, anonymous—donor.
Also, should be noted the National Rifle Association is doing away with free coffee and water coolers for employees at its Fairfax, Virginia, headquarters — a cost-cutting move that has NRA insiders “freaking out.”
The coffee cutback is the just latest indication that the NRA is hurting for cash.
In May, the gun group sued Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York, claiming that his state’s zealous regulatory efforts against its Carry Guard insurance program had cost the NRA “tens of millions of dollars” in lost revenue, legal fees, and other damages. (A federal judge recently ruled that the suit can go forward.)
Additionally, the FBI investigation into their connection to Russia is “on going” and will most likely lead to more legal fees and financial problems.