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.
Facebook Bans Alex Jones After Threatening Women and Immigrants
Facebook and Apple have removed content belonging to controversial radio host Alex Jones.
Jones’ pages were removed from Facebook for “repeatedly posting content over the past several days that breaks” community standards, including urging his followers to harass and illegally threaten minor victims of violent shootings,
“All four pages have been unpublished for repeated violations of Community Standards and accumulating too many strikes,” a Facebook post said. The four pages were Alex Jones Channel Page, the Alex Jones Page, the InfoWars Page and InfoWars Nightly News page. Jones himself was placed on a 30-day block for his role in posting the content.
Facebook said the violations included posts that glorified violence and others that used dehumanizing language to describe people who are transgender, Muslims and immigrants. Jones is able to appeal the ban but if he doesn’t or those efforts fail, the pages will be removed permanently.
The pages have more than 2.5 million followers.
The Facebook ban comes after Apple, YouTube and Spotify removed Jones’ podcast and videos from their platforms. Apple’s decision removed five of Jones’ six podcasts, including “The Alex Jones Show.”
Jones is known for promoting a host of conspiracy theories, most noticeably one that claims the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School was fake and those involved were actors. Families in the massacre that claimed the lives of 20 young children have filed defamation lawsuits against Jones.
NRA’s Dana Loesch Claims Trump Supporters Want to Rape Her and Kill Her
We have uncovered with the help with William LeGate a series of weird tweets that Dana Loesch sent out, claiming that among other things that people working for Trump have not only threatened to rape her, kill her, but were sending her threatening messages on a frequent basis. This comes only days after Loesch made claims that children who were protesting the lack of gun control in schools did the same.
This raises a lot of questions about not only Loesch’s honesty, as she is constantly claiming people are trying to hurt her, and claimed for years that Trump supporters wanted to rape and kill her.
Trump supporters have called me a whore, slut, told me I should die, said I had abortions, and attacked my marriage. I win the Internet!
— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) January 23, 2016
Like I said, Trump supporters, the friendliest! (Also pretty sure that’s called rape.) https://t.co/jk331z8GLn
— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) March 2, 2016
I’ve been told repeatedly by Trump supporters that I am “the enemy” & should be “taken off air” because I support someone else. Free speech?
— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) March 12, 2016
Trump supporters have actually Photoshopped rape fetishes of me that are too graphic to share here.
— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) February 10, 2016
The single, unemployed male Trump supporters think that accusing women of adultery is a substitute for intelligent debate. #WhyTheyreSingle
— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) March 28, 2016
Charlottesville White Supremacist Planned Massive Terror Attack Says FBI
A white supremacist and Trump supporter and who reportedly forced the emergency stop of an Amtrak train in Nebraska was planning on committing criminal acts or acts of terrorism, court documents show.
But now the FBI says that Wilson, of St. Charles, Mo., has ties to a white supremacist group and has shown interest in “killing black people,” and committing terrorism on the train and other places.
Documents state that Taylor M. Wilson, 26, of St. Charles, Missouri, reportedly breached a secure area and triggered an emergency stop control panel when the train was traveling through Furnas County, Nebraska on Oct. 22
Wilson was detained by the train engineer and other Amtrak personnel once the train stopped.
It took roughly an hour for the nearest deputy to arrive on scene, and upon arrival witnessed the train engineer and the passengers holding Wilson on the ground, the documents state.
Wilson was handcuffed, and a fully loaded speedloader and a fully loaded .38 caliber handgun were discovered in his waistband.
A backpack on the train belonging to Wilson was searched, and three additional speed loaders, a box of .38 ammunition, a hammer, a knife, and other objects were found.
Wilson was arrested and charged with use of deadly weapon to commit a felony and felony criminal mischief. He was lodged in the Furnas County Jail.
On Dec. 11, Wilson was released on bond from Furnas County Court.
He is now facing charges of terrorism and violence against railroad carriers in District Court in Lincoln.
As the FBI began investigating Wilson, they say they found that he had attended an August white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va. That rally left one woman who was demonstrating against the white supremacists dead.
On Dec. 21, a search warrant for Wilson’s residence in Missouri was obtained, and “a tactical vest, 11 AR-15 ammunition magazines with approximately 190 rounds of .223 ammunition, one drum-style ammunition magazine for a rifle, 100 rounds of 9mm ammo, white supremacy documents and paperwork, several additional handgun and rifle magazines, gunpowder, ammunition reloading supplies, and a pressure plate ” were located inside a hidden compartment behind his refrigerator.
On Dec. 22, Wilson was ordered to have a competency evaluation and competency hearing, and he was deemed competent to proceed.
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