Monday, September 28, 2009

GA - Sex Offenders Thrown Out of Woods

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Looks like Jerry Keen is getting his way, forcing offenders out of the counties and possibly the state, and it looks like Georgia is also following in the foot steps of Florida and their leper colony.

09/28/2009

By Jaye Watson

COBB COUNTY - Members of the Georgia Department of Transportation accompanied by the Cobb County Sheriff's Department walked into the woods at a nearby business park and told the dozen sex offenders camped out there that they had to leave.

This happened just hours after it was reported in print publications that homeless sex offenders were living in the woods in Cobb County because they couldn't find any other place for them to go.

"That flood was ridiculous." 11Alive's Jaye Watson talked to a sex offender who wanted his name withheld. He said he lived here for a little over a month. That he had had a home and a job, but lost both because they were within a thousand feet of a church.

The state's law that prohibits sex offenders from living with a thousand feet of a church, a school, bus stop, or any place children congregate has made it virtually impossible for some sex offenders to find homes or work.
- Bus stops are not included.

For homeless sex offenders, the problem is compounded. They cannot seek shelter at a church, or sleep in a park, because those are placed from which they are barred.

The sex offender Watson interviewed said his probation officer directed him to this spot of woods.

Watson asked, "Did she say there's a place in the woods you can go?"

"Yeah, she said there's a place by this address that is compliant," he replied.

The other sex offenders tell the same story, that their probation officers told them this was only place left. The men in the woods visit their probation officers once a week and weekly visits were made to the men in the woods.

"We're putting them in a place where they have no restroom and winter is going to be coming. This is not a solution," said attorney Gerry Weber.

Weber is with the Southern Center for Human Rights -- and he says it's also hard for police to keep tabs on the offenders.

Some police showed up while 11Alive was filming, saying they had read about it and that citizens were already calling, concerned.

A few hours later, the men were told they had 24 hours to get off the property or be arrested. Within another 72 hours they must be registered with a new address.

None of the men know where they can go next.

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GA - Homeless Sexual Offenders Fear Jail After AP Article

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09/28/2009

By John Sepulvado

On Monday morning, the Associated Press published a report about nine sex offenders living on state owned land in Marietta.

By the afternoon, news organizations from CNN to the local paper came through the camp, looking to pick up the story. And all that scrutiny is making campers nervous.

I’m very worried I’ll end up in jail because of all this attention,” _____, told GPB. The 30 year old continued, "CNN has been here, WSB [TV] has been here. People aren’t going to be happy.”

The concern is that officials, both state and local, will kick them out of the camp. With no where else to go, they could end up in jail for violating their probation, _____ and others say. According to court documents, _____ was convicted of child molestation in October of 2008.

With four years left until he can remove himself from the registry, _____ says he is just trying to get through this period of his life and move on.

This is the last place I can stay, I’ve been everywhere else, and if this is taken from me, I’ll have no where to go but jail… Although, being stuck here is a lot like being in jail, just on the outside,” _____ says.

In Cobb County, registered sex offenders are barred from living within 1,000 feet of schools, churches and parks where there might be children. Out of work, broke and without family, _____ says a probation officer told him about the camp.

I won’t say who, but I came to them and told them I couldn’t find a place in compliance, and they told me about this place. The sheriff’s office can check up on us, they come three to four times a month, and my probation officer knows I’m back here.”

County and city officials did not return calls for comment. The AP article quotes Ahmed Holt, manager of the state's sex offender administration unit, as saying the camp is a “last resort” for homeless sexual offenders.

According to signs at the edge of the land, the men and woman at the camp are trespassing on state property. But _____ is worried he is violating his probation by living there with other homeless offenders.

They told me I can’t associate with felons. Well, what do you call it when I’m camping out every night with them?


"TThey who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." - Benjamin Franklin (United States Constitution, Bill of Rights)

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OH - Hopedale Residents Defend Former Chief Charged With Sex Crimes

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How ironic. When it's a cop, celebrity or someone in politics, people rally around defending them, but not for the average Jane or John Doe. More double standards!

09/28/2009

Just days after a former police chief was charged with sex crimes, some Hopedale residents said they don't believe the allegations are true.

"I just can't believe it. I think he was set up somehow. I don't know," said Terry Nichols.

Ronald Bone, who was previously chief in Hopedale, is accused of having sex with a 17-year-old boy. Investigators said one of the encounters happened in the city building while Bone was on the job.

Bone resigned from Hopedale on Aug. 31 but officials said his resignation had nothing to do with the investigation. Last week, Bone was arrested and charged with two counts of sexual battery against a teenage boy.

Several people said they were surprised by the charges.

"I don't believe it's true at all," said Hopedale resident Seth Norman.

Tom Oler agreed.

"I think he was set up but I don't know," Oler said. "I hope for his sake it's not true. I don't want to see nobody go to jail for something they didn't do."

Neither the mayor nor the village attorney would comment on the case. A notice at the city building said a special meeting was called Monday for personnel matters.


"TThey who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." - Benjamin Franklin (United States Constitution, Bill of Rights)

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To Make A Predator


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09/28/2009

By Lenore Skenazy - Videos

What's the difference between a 17-year-old who touches a 13-year-old's breast and a 34-year-old creep with a 13-year-old girlfriend?

Nothing -- not when it comes to sex offender registries, at least -- because we are talking about the same guy.

In fact, I was talking to him myself the other night, when he called in to a blog radio show called "Americans Reality Check." That's a show mostly devoted to sex offender registry issues, and I was a guest because I have written that these lists are rife with folks who've committed such "sex crimes" as peeing in public, visiting a prostitute or even streaking -- in other words, folks who don't pose much of a threat to kids.

Well, this caller was not a streaker or a john. He actually fondled a young teen when he was a teen, 17 years ago. Now he's 34, but on the registry next to his name and current age, it states his offense: "Indecency with a child."

As if that's still what he's doing today!

So to the casual observer -- or freaked-out parent -- it looks as if there is a middle-aged guy down the street who molests young girls.

Now look: No one is in favor of grown-ups having sex with kids. But right now, there are more than 600,000 people on the sex offender registries, many there for the sex they had as teens with other teens!

So rather than making our kids safe from predators, the registry is turning them into "predators." It's labeling them that! Boys as young as 14 can find themselves on the registry for years -- for decades -- and our rationale? It's "for the sake of the children."

And yet the vast majority of abused children are molested by people they know (relatives, family friends, etc.). The need to protect kids from strangers is far less than the need to protect them from those they know and love.

Meantime, the chance of a young life being ruined by getting on that registry keeps growing.

Check out the Web site http://freestudents.blogspot.com. You'll see pimply face after pimply face -- all young men now branded as sex offenders for crimes like, well, Ricky's. Ricky  is a kid who was 16 when he had sex twice with a girl he thought was 15. Turns out she was 13. When this came to light, the cops arrested Ricky.

Now he's on the sex offender registry for life. Yes, life, because he is a "Tier 3 offender" -- the most dangerous. His offense was classified as "aggravated and violent" because of the three-year difference between him and the girl, not because of any actual violence.

Once you're a registered sex offender, you can't live near a school, park or day care center. You can't work with kids. If you have a younger sibling at home, most states will make you move out. Finish your high school? You're not even allowed in the building! Get a job? Just try. (And we're not even talking about the jail time many young "offenders" have to serve.)

A just-released study by David Finkelhor, head of the Crimes Against Children Research Center at the University of New Hampshire, found that rather than put more names on the sex offender list, a far more effective way to keep kids safe is to teach them how to identify dangerous situations and summon help.

So what is the alternative to a registry that's like a great big dump filled with streakers, public urinators, once-horny teens gone gray and the occasional rapist?

How about a registry with JUST the rapists? Folks like Phillip Garrido, who is accused of abducting Jaycee Dugard. Maybe if cops didn't have to keep checking on every guy who had sex as a high-school senior with a freshman girlfriend, they could concentrate on the actual criminals out there. That way, all our kids would be safer.

Including the ones who have sex in their teens.


"TThey who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." - Benjamin Franklin (United States Constitution, Bill of Rights)

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GA - Homeless Ga. sex offenders directed to woods (WELCOME TO THE NEW CONCENTRATION CAMPS!!!)

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Homeless sex offender colonies will become the norm, if the laws do not change.  Many of these offenders could get a job and home, if it were not for the cruel & unusual punishment laws.  So we can all thank Jerry Keen and the other goons across this country for this.  And when sex offenders are forced to live like lepers, it's only a matter of time before someone, with nothing to lose, commits a crime to survive.

09/28/2009

By GREG BLUESTEIN

MARIETTA - A small group of homeless sex offenders have set up camp in densely wooded area behind a suburban Atlanta office park, directed there by probation officers who say it's a place of last resort for those with nowhere else to go.

The nine sex offenders live in tents surrounding a makeshift fire pit in the trees behind a towering "no trespassing" sign, waiting out their probation sentences as they face numerous living restrictions under one of the nation's toughest sex offender policies.

"It's kind of like a mind-game, it's like 'Survivor,'" said _____, a 34-year-old who said he was directed to the campsite two weeks ago after being released from prison for violating probation for failing to register as a sex offender in Georgia.

The muddy camp on the outskirts of prosperous Cobb County is an unintended consequence of Georgia's sex offender law, which bans the state's 16,000 sex offenders from living, working or loitering within 1,000 feet of schools, churches, parks and other spots where children gather.

It's not the only place in Cobb County where offenders can live — there are hundreds of other sex offenders throughout the county living in compliance with the law. But Ahmed Holt, manager of the state's sex offender administration unit, calls the camp a "last resort" for homeless offenders who can't find another place to live that complies with the law.

He said probation officers direct them to the outpost if other options fail, such as transferring to another county or state or sending them to a relative's place that meets the requirements. Homeless shelters and halfway houses are often not an option, he said, because of the restrictions that bar them from being near children.

Critics say it's an example of how laws designed to keep Georgia's children out of harm's way create a hazard where penniless sex offenders live largely unsupervised at the government's urging.

"The state needs to find a responsible way to deal with this problem," said Sarah Geraghty, an attorney with the Atlanta-based Southern Center for Human Rights who represents another man living in the camp. "Requiring people to live like animals in the woods is both inhumane and a terrible idea for public safety."

The outpost also illustrates the unique dilemma the law creates for homeless sex offenders, who unlike other homeless people, cannot take shelter in a church or curl up in a park because they are barred from both.

Geraghty said she has found only one homeless shelter in the state that meets the residency requirements for homeless sex offenders. The shelter, she said, is in the northwest Georgia city of Rome and has only two beds, which are often unavailable.

The tent city is similar to one in south Florida, where dozens of sex offenders moved under a remote bridge because it was among the few places that complied with local ordinances. Florida officials say the sex offenders found the bridge on their own, while some residents of the camp dispute that.

In Georgia, however, Holt said state probation officers have directed homeless offenders into the woods.

"While having an offender located in a camp area is not ideal, the greater threat lies in homeless offenders that are not a specified location and eventually absconding supervision with there whereabouts unknown," he said.

Several of the sex offenders in the camp said they did a double-take when their probation officers told them about the outpost.

"Even the probation officer, he looked at me and said there's nothing he can do," said _____, a 52-year-old who moved to the woods after he couldn't find a job and couldn't afford $60 a week for rent at an Atlanta shelter. "He knows it's wrong."

Holt said the sex offenders at the camp were monitored closely by their probation officials, adding public safety is a chief concern. He said sex offenders at the site are required to report once a week and the office sends a field agent to the camp at least twice a week.

He added two of the sex offenders at the camp have landed jobs and are now moving toward more permanent housing, which he said is the department's "goal for all the offenders residing at this location."

Some of the homeless sex offenders living in the woods say the rugged conditions make life seem hopeless.

"I'm living like an animal. It's just bad," said _____, who was convicted in 2002 of child molestation. "You can't clean up, you can't clean yourself, you can't do nothing. I'd rather be dead. I'm serious. I'd rather be dead."

For _____, it feels like an extension of his prison time.

The former truck driver has been on the registry since he was convicted of attempted sexual battery of a 12-year-old in 1991 when he was 15. He said after he emerged from his latest stint behind bars without a place to live, he was directed to the forest despite pleas from his wife to allow him to live at the couple's home in Swords Creek, Va.

"I don't understand how the state gets away with it," _____ said from her home in Virginia. "This is ridiculous — especially when he has a family, a home, a support system here. It's inhumane."

Her husband has tried to make the meager outpost feel as much like home as possible as he waits for his probation to end early next year.

He wakes up each morning to brew coffee on a donated gas grill tied to a tree near his tent, showers under a bag of water he fills up at the office park and then treks into the suburban sprawl to search for a job. At night, he prepares meals like "hobo stew" — rice, sausage and veggies — purchased with food stamps.

_____ and a few others have begun preparing for winter, with little hope that they will find an alternative place to live. They are gathering a supply of firewood to keep a blaze going for the coming cold and have requested warm clothes from their family.

"You just live for the day, you live for the moment," said _____. "It's not living, though. It's surviving."

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Is this what is next?



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ARC RADIO - PA - Special Guest Thomas Armstrong (09-23-2009)

American’s Reality Check

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When: Sept 23rd, 2009 at 9:30 p.m. Eastern

Please join us SEPT 23RD-9:30pm Eastern, as we here at American’s Reality Check (ARC) welcome Special Guest Thomas Armstrong, of Pennsylvania to the show.

Tom in 2008 made National headlines when he and his family decided to house three former sex offenders in their home. This created a media frenzy for several reasons, but mostly because Tom is a ex-state legislator for the state of Pennsylvania. www.highbeam.com/doc/1A1-D92I8E9O0.html

Now, in 2009, Tom and his wife have begun working with Pennsylvania DOC to find housing and employment for former offenders coming out of prison who face tight restrictions on where sex offenders can live under Pennsylvania residency laws.

Some call Tom Armstrong a “crusader” but he is a religious man who realizes there are problems with a broken system meant to protect children, which some experts like Human rights Watch (www.hrw.org) feel is causing more harm then good.

Please join us to hear Tom’s side of this growing issue and to learn how we can all find solutions to a growing problem for former offender’s and their families.

Warm Regards,

ARC Hosts Kevin and Mary (Ricky's Mom)
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There is a fury and a sadness inside that I cannot express


09/16/2009

This is not the blog entry I intended to write. Something very disturbing happened to me that has forced me to change my topic completely. It is not a new topic, but it is one that hit me with a new sense of urgency. I saw an image earlier today, while reading an article that someone suggested to me. That image broke me down emotionally.

I looked at it for a second and turned away, not because it was horrific or grotesque, but because another few seconds of viewing it and I would have been sitting in my office in tears. Even now I fear adding the image to my blog because of the impact it had on me—it is so disturbing to me that I literally wish to avoid looking at it again, even if to share it with you. I will force myself to do it. I know that I am compelled to do it because of the great injustice that is being done.

I just wish it were not necessary. I just wish I knew how to speak so people understood this issue. Between the tears all I feel is rage, an uncontrollable rage. I want to grab our “society” by the shoulders, shake it violently, and scream at the top of my voice: “Don’t you f***ing understand what you are doing? How can you let this happen? How can you demand that it happen?”

Here is the photo. I’ve looked at it again. I can’t look at it and type at the same time, it is too upsetting. This boy is one of the many kids that our society says are sex offenders. The interfering politicans, the would-be Nannies, do-gooders and passed ill-conceived laws to protect our young, and instead, they are devouring the young and sacrificing them to the god of safety.

What was once considering a normal rite of passage, typical curiosity that the newly sexualized young have about themselves, their bodies, and the bodies of others, has become a heinous crime. Not long ago a curious adolescent or child, caught exploring, or playing doctor in the back yard, was given a talking-to, sent to bed early, and warned to not do it again—a warning most heeded for at least another few years, after which time warnings were useless. Today, it has been criminalized, and criminalized in a way far exceeding crimes of violence. A youth who has sex with another youth, even if voluntary, could well face legal sentences far worse than if they had killed their friend.

Consider two young people, confused by their own budding sexuality, curious as to the dynamics of sex, terrified by it, but drawn to it anyway. Nature, or God, if you prefer, built the human body so that that the young are flooded with hormones that inspire lust and a need for release. Perhaps the mind is not ready to grasp what is happening, but the body demands it. At the very least, it is NOT very intelligent design. But it is what it is. Wishing won’t make it different.

These two young people seek some seclusion. “I’ll show you mine, if you show me yours.” Nervous hands unzip zippers. Tentative touching, complete silence as they forget to even breathe. A door suddenly opens. They try to cover up. They don’t understand why they did it or what it means. That is part of what they were trying to figure out. Something from deep within compelled them to seek something they didn’t understand. Nature, or God if you insist, endowed the human species with a body that floods these young people with hormones, creating desires they don’t comprehend. Perhaps they are too young to fully understand. At the very least imposing such a burden on those so young indicates a total lack of intelligent design when it comes to human sexuality.

A stern talking-to, perhaps going to bed without supper, or wise parental advice is how previous, less terrified, generations handled this. But that was before we let the special interest groups and politicians terrorize us about the “threat to our children.” Since then we have passed hundreds of ill-conceived pieces of legislation “to protect our children.” Now we are sacrificing our children on the very political altars that we helped build.

Just as Abraham was willing to tie up his beloved son, Isaac, and stab a knife into the boy’s chest as a sacrifice to his God, the American public has made their children a sacrifice to the god of big government. We have allowed the politicians, no—we didn’t allow it, twe demanded that the politicians abuse and torture thousands of children per year because we were afraid of monsters that we imagined, far worse than those that really lurked in our neighborhoods. To solve a bad, but thankfully small problem, we decided to take a sledgehammer to it.

One can always kill flies with sledgehammers. It’s very effective. It will kill the fly. But in the process the damage that is done is far worse than the problem that it solves. To protect our kids we take sledgehammers to them and smash their lives.

Consider what happens today to the sexually inquisitive young. The intruding adult feels compelled to take this private matter and make it a case of the criminal law. The sledgehammer is called in. No matter that no violence or threats were used. No matter that both “victims” were very willing partners in crime.

In our new bizarre world of sexual offender legislation each child is a victim and a perpetrator. As the victim, they get no help, of course. The victim status is the excuse needed so that the sledgehammer may be used on the other child. So each becomes a perpetrator. They will be arrested; they will be forced into court. They are likely to be convicted and sentenced. They may be placed into the various prisons for children that have been established—places where they will learn what unwilling, sexual attacks are really like. They will be tortured by therapists and eventually released—maybe. Even that is no longer guaranteed under our sex panic. Today, someone who has served their sentence can then be held in preventative detention for the rest of their natural life because the mob demands it. And the politicians give the mob what it wants.

If our children happen to be released then the real torture begins. hey are branded by the cruel laws that opportunistic politicians imposed to satisfy fearful voters. First, the child will be photographed. His or her photo will be published for the world to see, much like the poor boy above. The government hit lists, called sex offender registries, will tell any would-be vigilante where to find this child. The address will be given, if the child is lucky enough to be able to live at home, and not institutionalized.

The sex offender laws will kick in and are guaranteed to destroy any ambition your child may have for success. Any attempts to better themselves, or become productive members of your community, will be throttled by these laws. Every road they try to pursue will become a dead end. It may be impossible for them to finish school. Any job they seek will require them to reveal their “sex offender” status to their employer. Any curious neighbor can find out the “crime” that was committed, though not the circumstances. Years down the road, this child, now an adult, will be listed as someone who committed lewd acts on a child. People will imagine an adult raping a child, not two children playing doctor.

Each time the child moves the police will help him feel welcomed by handing out fliers to the neighbors warning them that a “sex offender” is now living nearby. Rocks thrown through windows can be mild compared to some welcomes that are given. One young man in Maine, opened his door to be executed on the spot, by a stranger. His crime was that he, as a teen, had sex with his girlfriend. In puritanical America that is enough to make him a sex offender. For that he was murdered with his mother only a few feet away. In jurisdiction after jurisdiction this “offender” will find that most of the community is zoned off limits to him. He can’t live too close to a school, too close to a park, too close to a bus stop, too close to…., the list is almost endless and growing all the time.

Every so often he will be required to visit the police and report to them. They may show up at his home anytime they want and demand to inspect it. He could be banned from social networking websites, or from the Internet completely.

If you child grows up to have a family, a normal relationship will be forbidden. He may well be banned from all activities at his children’s school. They may be in a play; he won’t be allowed to watch it. If the kids play on a sport’s team, their father won’t be allowed to attend. Ditto for Little League. Forget having friends over for a birthday party. Dad is a pariah until he dies and his children, and his wife, will be forced to endure the torture with him.

The lucky ones barely manage to hold on. Those who are not so lucky simply end their lives. Others have the option of suicide robbed from them by vigilantes. They quickly learn to give up ambitions and dreams. To excel in life is not possible. To merely survive is hard enough. And some, robbed of all normality, robbed of all hope, mentally and emotionally raped by the state, decide they may as well become the monsters that they are imagined to be.

It takes so little for this happen to a child. A girl in school has oral sex with a boy in school. She becomes a sex offender for the rest of her life. Streaking a school event, as a practical joke, becomes a sex crime in the new America. Two kids “moon” a passerby and are incarcerated in jail as sex offenders, where they may well learn a lesson or two about rape. A teenager, who takes a sexy of photo of him, or herself, is paraded around the community as a “child pornographer” for the rest of his or her life. Two kids in the back seat of a car have fumbling sex. The law says one is an offender because the other is a “victim.” One week later, a birthday passes, and it is no longer a crime. One week’s difference and a life is ruined. In other cases an act that is legal on Monday is illegal on Tuesday because the older of the two turned one year older. That becomes enough to qualify him, or her, as an offender.

These laws are not so much protecting children from predators as they are turning them into predators. Look at this chart (see note at bottom of article). Individuals who are legally defined as sex offenders. When you look at the ages of the offenders you see that 14-year-olds are apparently the most sexually dangerous group in America. The rate declines from there, but throughout adolescence the law is far more likely to deem kids as offenders. You may imagine the dirty old man down the street. But with age people are less likely to “offend”. One reason is that they are more mature. But another reason is clear. Once you reach a certain age, having sex with people your own age is normally not considered a crime. The explosion of “youthful sex offenders” is not the result of our kids becoming perverts. It is the result of the law criminalizing what is a normal part of growing up.

These kids are criminals, not necessarily because they violated the life, liberty or property of another person. They are criminals because the politicians defined them as criminals. These damned “family values” conservatives, and compassionate feminist Leftists, who banded together to “save the children,” turned America’s kids into sex offenders by fiat. And they feel good about it. They are satisfied by it and only wish more had been rounded up earlier. The Left wants everyone in therapy and under the perpetual care of the state, and the Right wants everyone in prison, or in fear of the law, and under the thumb of the police. And that is what is happening.

Don’t think you can even explain to your kids all the ways in which the State can turn them into sex offenders. I doubt that even a qualified attorney can do that. The laws are constantly changing, usually for the worse. The mob brays for ritual sacrifices and your child is the Jacob they want placed on the altar. They will only be happy when they see the knife plunge downward, hear the tortured scream of the child; watch the blood drain from the trembling body. Then they will be satiated, until the next Jacob comes along. Unlike Jehovah, the political mob will not stay the hand that holds the knife. They will, instead, demand bigger knives, sharper knives, and more stabs into the heart, more children on the altar, even more altars. They want someone to suffer. After all, we have to protect the children.

Damn them all. Damn John Walsh and his perverted justice. Damn the politicians who don’t give a f*** about hurting kids so long as they can win votes. Damn the hysterics in the churches, the media and the special interest groups, who preach fear to terrify the mob into searching for monsters. Damn them all. If they really want to find the monsters they only need look in the mirror. Me, I can barely look into the faces of these victims of the American witch-hunt without breaking down.

Note: These photos are real. They are kids who are marked for life and displayed on the internet, by our government, for every vigilante to hunt down. Look at them. Look at then closely. They could be your kid, your neighbor, your nephew, your little brother, or yourself at a younger age. Why do we let this happen?

UPDATE: A film producer has expressed interest in a documentary based on the accumulated evidence that this blog has produced on these sorts of cases. (This wasn't our first article on the topic just the most read one.) The estimated cost to produce a documentary on this horrendous situation is about $100,000. If you would like to help fund the film, or if you have a story that should be included, please contact the film company at documentarykids@gmail.com.

First, I want to recommend some books for those interested. You can click on the link and order them online if you want. First is Harmful to Minors by Judith Levine. The book covers some of the areas discussed in this article and a lot more. Next is Dr. Richard Epstein's book The Case Against Adolescence, which documents how society has turned adolescents into children. He argues persuasively that most adolescents are capable individuals and that treating teens like children is unwarranted and harmful. The third books is Dr. Marty Klein's work, America's War on Sex, which covers the general intrusion into sexuality by Big Brother. All can be ordered from our friends at Laissez Faire Books, or you can call and order them at 1-866-686-7210. Given that this article is pulling in a couple thousand readers per hour, you might want to order on line lest the phone lines be busy.

For a response on the impact of this article and for answers to a couple of questions, go here. A list of the numerous articles previously posted on this topic can now be found here. This is not a complete list but fairly complete and documents the claims made on this blog.

Note regarding Chart: This is to correct an error, not ours but the Department of Justice. The chart is from page 8 of a DOJ report and is marked as Figure 6. However, in typesetting, in the report, someone had made a series of charts about the "age of victim," which appear on the preceding pages. At this point in the report the information shifts to the "age of offender" but the person who labeled the charts continued with the previous label in error. This is clear when you read the report as it specifically refers to Figure 6 as showing, not the age of victims but is a "detailed age profile of offenders." It says the "greatest number of offenders from the perspective of law enforcement was age 14 (figure 6). The frequency of offenders within age groups declined gradually with age, reaching half the peak frequency by the late 30s."

Some people have latched on to the error and are claiming the error proves that this site doctored the evidence (some people are very desparate to cling to these bad laws). However, they did not read the information which appears below Figure 6 which clearly shows it is a chart of offender's ages not the ages of victims. An error was made but not here. I should also note that one person is running from site to site, which mention this article, and telling people there that the DOJ reports says statutory offenses are not included in these reports. That is not true. In the comments section I quote from two different passages of the report clearly indicating that statutory offenses are included, contrary to the claims by this person. However, even though they were given exact quotes from the report they still persist in misreporting what the contents of the report.


"TThey who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." - Benjamin Franklin (United States Constitution, Bill of Rights)

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CA - The churches won't be threatened

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09/27/2009

By Pastor Joshua Beckley

The First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States states: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances."

"Or prohibiting the free exercise thereof ." Either San Bernardino City Councilwoman Wendy McCammack has forgotten these words or has chosen to ignore them, when she initiated the passing of an ultimatum to the First Church of the Nazarene, telling them, in essence, who they can and cannot minister to. Her statement, "If they think it is unconstitutional let them sue us, I'm not afraid of a lawsuit," is to me the epitome of arrogance.

The fact that Ms. McCammack and City Attorney James F. Penman think they have the right or even the authority to issue such an ultimatum to a church is unconscionable. Especially when the church in question has done nothing to warrant such action.

The chief of police, the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department and Child Protection Services all gave the church their approval that at no time is any child in danger on the church grounds with the presence of the individual who is registered as a sex offender, and the church itself has had 90 years of experience providing service to the community with ministries and outreach programs geared primarily to children. Currently, with the charter school that is renting space from the church and the community center that is housed on the church grounds, the church is and has complied with all the safety regulations required by the San Bernardino Unified School District and with the San Bernardino park district.

The "fear campaign" started by Mr. Penman and Ms. McCammack has resulted in the present mood of our city which has fostered discussions about getting rid of churches because we provided services to individuals such as the sex offender, the poor, the homeless, the marginalized and the disenfranchised. Could you imagine a city without churches?

Ms. McCammack states that the city has a responsibility to protect the participants of Operation Phoenix programs. Did she or Mr. Penman think about the protection of the families in the charter school whom they scared by passing out fliers with the man's picture on them when they arrived at school? Or when Mr. Penman attended a parent-teacher meeting that school held to address the concerns about the information on the flier and Mr. Penman summarily threatened them? Whom were they protecting then? How about the members of the Nazarene Church who will have to deal with the fallout from Ms. McCammack and Mr. Penman's actions? Are they not participants of the city?

Did they bother to get their facts straight before they launched this fear campaign? Did they bother to let the people know that the offense happened when the gentlemen in question was 19 and now he's 40, and since then has not had a similar conviction?

Did they bother to let the people know that he has not lived in the community for over a month and that he never worked on the church staff, but as an independent contractor doing work on the weekends and never was a threat to any of the children? Did they bother to let the people know that this man did not try to hide his past but notified the pastor of his conviction the moment he began working and attending the church?

Someone once said "Those who live in glass houses should not throw stones." Listen, we all live in glass houses, we all have things in our past that we would not want to be judged for today, and the message of the church and the gospel we preach is that you don't have to live in your past, that if you genuinely want to change your life for the better that you have a savior who is Christ the Lord who died for the forgiveness of your sins and for the redemption of your soul.

Jesus says if you will come to me I will in no wise cast you out. Now, if God says we all are redeemable who I am to say one among us is not?

In effect, that is exactly what Ms. McCammack and Mr. Penman would say with this ultimatum. That the city has the right to determine, based on a partnership with a church, who is redeemable and who is not.

If this is the price that a church will have to pay for wanting to work with the city to help it become a more safe and peaceable place to live, as a pastor who has served this city for the past 18 years in partnership, I say the price is too high and I will not stand by and be threatened with ultimatums about who I can and cannot minister to, and I'm sure my parishioners - their constituents - will be glad to hear that the posture of their city attorney and 7th Ward councilwoman is one of antagonism and not cooperation.

I'm also sure Mr. Penman and Ms. McCammack would say to me that this is not directed at any church but the First Church of the Nazarene. But I say to threaten one of us is to threaten all of us. We as churches in this community cannot let this precedent be set, for surely this will create more problems for us in the future. Therefore, I will be contacting the churches in the city that we have come to work with about plans to address the City Council regarding this issue very soon!


"TThey who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." - Benjamin Franklin (United States Constitution, Bill of Rights)

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