Mojoy over at Deep Thoughts is keeping a running watch of Pastors and Priests behaving...badly. As in criminally badly. The map is part of the project, showing every incident for the last half of 2009 alone. Click to see how it's shaping up.
The black dots indicate a sexual component to their crimes. Think on that.
Here's a copy of his current list:
Rev. John Wielebski suspended
Rev. Gaston Smith raises ethical questions
Rev. Edgar Sepulveda arrested
Pastor Paul Meeks to stand trial
Student Leader Jordan Vernon arrested
Pastor Dieugrand Jacques arrested
Pastor Kenneth Terrell arrested
Rev. Alejandro Flores discovers he cannot fly
Pastor Dean Tarkington arrested
Pastor Edwin House arrested
Youth Pastor Robert Weber arrested
Pastor Phillip Joubert charged again
Pastor Lloyd Sartain arrested
Pastor Steve Hilman arrested
Pastor Emmanuel William on trial for rape
Archbishop Edgardo Gabriel Storni sentenced
It's only porn and hypocrisy
And that's just what he reported in January 2010. He currently has 766 posts in his hypocrisy watch.
Why does religion crop up in every culture, when there is no proof of a supernatural deity? Maybe because it provides the perfect excuse for a small group to stay in power, have unlimited authority over others, do whatever they want, and not be questioned for it.
Why do they hate atheists so much? Maybe because we don't grant them unlimited authority and power, and we question everything.
Just a thought.