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Array of anti-gay Christians busted

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Editor’s note - Journalist Graham Grenmore has hit the Trifeca. And then some. His stories about anti-gay Chrisitians who have recently been busted on all sorts are circulating on the Internet. Below are three recent Grenmore stories – child sex charges, offering children candy, and ‘sit on my face requests’. Again I write: Excessive religiosity is a form of mental illness.

Well, whaddya know? Another antigay pastor has been busted on child sex charges.
This time it’s a well-known Alabama evangelist, youth pastor, public speaker, and self-proclaimed “best-selling author.”

37-year-old Paul Edward Acton Bowen was arrested yesterday and charged with second-degree sodomy, enticing a child to enter a vehicle or house for immoral purposes, and second-degree sex abuse of a minor.
The victim was a young male, but police did not release his age other than to say he is over 12 but under 16 and was a “family acquaintance” of Bowen.

Hoover police Capt. Gregg Rector said his department’s Special Victim’s Unit first launched an investigation into Bowen three weeks ago.
“This is certainly one of the more disturbing cases that we’ve investigated in quite some time,” Rector told media. “Mr. Bowen is in a highly-respected position of influence and he is trusted by many. We believe he betrayed that trust in the worst kind of way.”

Bowen is the founder of Acton Bowen Outreach Ministries. Since his arrest, the ministry’s website and social media pages have all gone dark. According to the now defunct website, Bowen is “a speaker, best-selling author, and visionary.” He’s currently being held on $90,000 bond.

Indiana pastor and wife charged

An Indiana pastor accused of child molestation and his doting wife were both arrested.

72-year-old Garry Evans is, er, was the pastor of the Rushville Baptist Temple in Rushville, Indiana where he regularly preached about the evils of homosexuality for nearly three decades.

 

Last October, he was arrested after several girls from his church, all under the age of 10, told their parents he had lured them into his office with candy then touched them inappropriately. Evans made bond as was released from custody.

 

Well, now, he’s back in jail. This time for trespassing and resisting law enforcement.

 

On April 14 Evans a

nd his wife Gay stormed their son’s property. Apparently he and his parents had a falling out after the sex scandal broke last October.

The Evans circled their son’s yard then banged on the door. When their daughter-in-law told them they “weren’t welcome there,” they refused to leave and remained screaming and yelling on the front porch until the daughter-in-law chased them off with a baseball bat.

 

Police were called. According to reports, when they intervened, Evans and his wife became “verbally abusive and physically resisted officers.” They were arrested. Gay eventually posted bond and was released, but Garry remains in custody.

 

But the drama doesn’t stop there.

 

After getting home, Gay allegedly left her estranged son several threatening voicemails, which her daughter-in-law then shared on Facebook.

“I just got out of jail,” she said in one of the messages. “I hope you’re a very happy, son. Your daddy is in there and he’s probably going to be staying in there. What is wrong with you? You are sick!”

 

Other family members also joined in on the attacks.

 

“This is insane,” another voicemail from a different family member said. “What the f*ck is wrong with you, you stupid idiot?”

 

“You’re fine with them arresting your 72-year-old father and 70-year-old mother? Really? Really? Are you that big of a piece of scum?” said a third person in a third voicemail.

 

A jury trial in the molestation case was scheduled for March 20.

 

Tennessee pastor abruptly resigns

Another day, another antigay pastor caught being a total perv.

Matthew Dennis Patterson is, er, was the pastor at Nolensville Road Baptist Church in Tennessee. That is until he abruptly resigned after congregation members began complaining about his requests to “engage in strange activities” with children, authorities say.

Now, after a six-month investigation, 45-year-old Patterson has just been arrested for molesting at least eight children, mostly little boys, over a period of 20 years.

The Tennessean reports: "Children at the church told adult members that Patterson had asked them to sit on his face and stomach, sometimes in their underwear, according to a police statement.

"After interviewing multiple church and staff members, police said the detectives identified multiple victims, most of them boys, who were molested from 1998-2017. Police did not say how old the children were at the time of the alleged abuse.

"Patterson has been indicted on eight counts of aggravated sexual battery. Each count is linked to a different child, according to police."

According to the newspaper's website, Nolensville Road Baptist Church “cites the Bible as the only authority for faith and practice, belief in the sinful nature of man, biblical family roles and local church autonomy.”

Patterson has been described as a “vocal opponent” of LGBTQ rights, including opposing several state anti-discrimination bills designed to protect LGBT people from bias in housing and employment.

Patterson is currently in police custody. Bond has been set at $100,000.