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.
Inside Candace Owens’ $37,500 Reparation Check
Months after graduating Stamford High in Connecticut, Candace Owens received $37,500 from the government after Owens received racist voice mails. This is the same woman who claims that racism doesn’t exist– and that she “made it on her own.”
The supposed ringleader was fellow student Evan Kopek, who “had a shouting match” with Owens two days before the incident in February 2007. Kopek was suspended, but the school refused to “discipline him and the other boys for an incident committed off school grounds unless the police made an arrest.” This decision caused Owens to miss school for six weeks because “it was traumatic to attend with the alleged callers.”
The NAACP even offered its support.
Years later, during a 2019 appearance at CPAC, the annual conservative conference, Owens had this to say about racism in America (via Daily Beast). “Stop selling us our own oppression,” she said. “Stop taking away our self-confidence by telling us that we can’t because of racism, because of slavery. I’ve never been a slave in this country.”
Oliver North Resigns: NRA Civil War Goes Public
Wayne LaPierre, who has been the public face of the NRA for decades, claims that the NRA is in serious trouble and may shut down after the latest public battle. The civil war between NRA executive vice president Wayne LaPierre and now-departing NRA president Oliver North exploded into the open Friday night with yelling, threats and screaming.
In a statement read to members of the group Saturday, North said he believes a committee should be set up to review the NRA’s finances. He said there is a “clear crisis” and “it needs to be dealt with” if the NRA is to survive.
He also then said he is resigning, and will not seek re-election.
Making this weirder, NRA is currently suing their public relations firm, Ackerman McQueen, over access to documents detailing how the firm spent the NRA’s money.
NRA board members grew increasingly concerned about whether they were getting their money’s worth from their long time advertising and PR firm; according to financial documents cited in The New Yorker, the NRA paid Ackerman McQueen just under $41 million in 2017 for ads that often just involved a logo. North is also an employee of Ackerman McQueen.
NRA board members have grown increasingly concerned about whether they were getting their money’s worth from their long time advertising and PR firm; according to financial documents cited in The New Yorker, the NRA paid Ackerman McQueen just under $41 million in 2017 for ads that often just involved a logo. North is also an employee of Ackerman McQueen.
North had sent a letter to the NRA board contending that the NRA had paid for, through a vendor, more than $200,000 of clothing purchases by LaPierre, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Additionally, there is an issue that the NRA has been delving into topics that have nothing to do with gun education and rights. Some members claim the NRA has compromised its values and is more aligned with politicians and enamored of power than its membership.
As a non-profit, they could be in trouble, if its found they are ignoring their primary mission and working in politics.
New York State could close down the NRA entirely by moving for dissolution if found that they are not following the law. As a nonprofit chartered in New York, the NRA falls under New York law and the purview of the NRA-hating NY Attorney General. She has frequently expressed her desire to tear down the organization, and has been signaling a pending investigation into NRA finances.
MAGA Border Militia Weirdo Has Been Plotting Assassinations for years.
The leader of an armed militia that’s been detaining migrants at the border was just arrested over the weekend, but he’s been on the FBI’s radar since at least October 2017 for allegedly plotting assassinations, according to federal documents unsealed Monday.
The FBI received a tip in late 2017 that Larry Mitchell Hopkins, who heads the United Constitutional Patriots, claimed he was training his group to assassinate liberal billionaire George Soros, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton because of their “support of antifa,” and was stockpiling guns despite being a felon.
After the civil liberties group called on New Mexico’s governor and attorney general to investigate the militia’s activities, Hopkins was arrested for possessing a firearm as a felon, which is itself a felony.
Hopkins, who also goes by the alias Johnny Horton Jr., has been described as the “commander” of the United Constitutional Patriots, a militia group that has recently been detaining asylum-seeking families at the southern border, drawing outcry from local politicians and activists.
In a court filing Monday, FBI special agent David S. Gabriel said FBI agents “immediately observed approximately 10 firearms” upon entering what Hopkins told them was his “office,” inside his home in northern New Mexico in November 2017. Per the filing, Hopkins told the officers the guns belonged to his “common law wife.”
Hopkins has prior convictions for felony possession of a firearm and felony impersonation of a peace officer.
Videos posted to Facebook showed members of the militia rounding up hundreds of migrants at a time at gunpoint, including many children, forcing them to kneel in the dirt, before turning them over to Border Patrol.
Earlier this month, UCP set up a base near the border, claiming that Border Patrol had asked for their help.
In a statement last week, Border Patrol said that they do “not endorse private groups or organizations taking enforcement matters into their own hands.”
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