Three men are accusing a Presbyterian minister in New Jersey of sexually assaulting them under the guise of exorcising evil spirits.
The men claim Rev. Dr. William Weaver performed sex acts on them when they came to him for private counseling at Linden Presbyterian Church.
The 69-year-old would allegedly tell the men that he needed to “suck” out demons through their semen, citing Native American rituals and a verse from Ephesians telling Christians to “put on the full armor of God.”
According to the victim impact statements, Weaver would order each to strip naked and lie down.
Weaver would then place an “angel coin” on their foreheads and have them balance stones on their hands and ankles.
He would then allegedly perform oral sex on them.
One of the victims, A.J. Meeker, says he began seeing Weaver about family problems in 2000 when he was 20.
“I refuse to stay silent any longer,” he wrote in his statement. “I need to make sure that this never happens to anyone else ever again.”
Another victim, Jared Staunton, said that after his assault, Weaver “lifted my head up and looked into my eyes, and said, ‘You don’t have to be afraid anymore, I’m your protector now.'”
Staunton said the minister then kissed him on the lips.
Weaver worked at Linden Presbyterian for 39 years and also served as chaplain for the local chapter of the Vietnam Veterans Association.
Audrey Pereira, a representative for the chapter, described him as “a Jekyll and Hyde.”
“He did good on one hand,” she told My Central Jersey. “On the other hand, he did this evil to who knows how many. It can’t just have been these guys. There has to be more.”.
An investigation by the Presbytery found credible evidence of “multiple acts of idolatry and sexual misconduct.” It also reportedly uncovered gay porn on a church-owned computer in Weaver’s office.
A church trial was set to start on January 25, but Weaver renounced the Presbytery and its jurisdiction the day before. He has subsequently moved to a gated retirement community in Lakewood, about an hour away from Linden.
Meeker, Staunton and another male parishioner reportedly took their case to secular authorities, as well, but the Union County Prosecutor’s Office says it cannot confirm or deny any details.
In June, the three men, along with a woman who claims Weaver similarly assaulted her, filed a lawsuit in Middlesex County Superior Court. In addition to Weaver, they are suing the Linden Presbyterian Church, the Presbytery of Elizabeth and the Presbyterian Church (USA).
Police on Long Island are investigating a possible hate crime after a lesbian couple in New York were brutally attacked by a group of men, reports NBC News.
Authorities say Kimberly Page and her girlfriend were in an alleyway just west of the Patchogue-Medford Library around 3:30 a.m. on July 7 when they were approached by a group of men.
One of the men allegedly made lewd comments toward the women before he assaulted Page.
“It originated by him asking her (Page’s girlfriend) ‘if she would want some real (expletive),'” Page said. “From there, we ignored them. It eventually got to the point where they were much closer to us. It was becoming a lot more heated.”
One of the men told Page’s girlfriend, “I’m not going to fight you, I’m going to fight her,” because Page is “a dude.”
The man allegedly slapped Page’s girlfriend and then punched Page.
“From that first punch I fell to the ground and I was unconscious for part of it, but what I know now is he was bashing my head on the ground,” she said.
When the girlfriend tried to intervene, she was pushed down by the group of men. The men fled the scene before police arrived.
“My knee has a gash in it,” she said. She also suffered injuries to her eye, face, and back of the head.
The couple was taken to the hospital, and Page had to stay overnight.
“Seeing her and what was done to her tore my wife and I up,” said Timothy Page, Kimberly Page’s father.
“Yes, I want to find person who did it but I want understanding to come out and people to understand we’re all different but we have to live together.”
Her mother, Marie Page, said that she fears for her daughter’s safety now.
“Honestly, every time she leaves the house I’m a little bit afraid, I’m a little bit afraid because there’s a lot of hate in the world,” she said.
Suffolk County Police have offered a $5000 reward for information leading to an arrest.
House Republicans are reportedly urging their colleagues in Congress to pressure Amazon to resume selling books that promote gay conversion therapy.
Vice News reported on Friday that it had obtained a handout distributed on Wednesday by the Republican Study Committee — a conservative caucus that includes more than 70% of all GOP House members – urging members to “contact Amazon with concerns” about what they referred to as “Amazon censorship.”
The “censorship” in question concerns Amazon’s decision to remove books by Dr. Joseph Nicolosi who is known as the “father of conversion therapy.”
Vice News notes:
Amazon removed books by Dr. Joseph Nicolosi, a clinical psychologist who is credited with originating gay conversion therapy, a debunked — and in some cases illegal — pseudoscientific method of trying to turn gay people straight.
Nonetheless, the Republicans want to lobby to get his books — such as “A Parent’s Guide to Preventing Homosexuality” and “Reparative Therapy of Male Homosexuality” — back in circulation.
“In recent days, Amazon has banned the sale of several books addressing unwanted same-sex attraction,” according to the handout, obtained by VICE News. “Catholic psychologist, author and therapist Dr. Joseph Nicolosi (deceased) penned multiple books to assist men struggling with unwanted homosexual attractions, feelings and lifestyles.
“These books were available on Amazon until an LGBT activist repeatedly petitioned Amazon to remove the ‘homophobic books’ from the company’s website. Amazon removed Dr. Nicolosi’s books and those of several other authors on similar topics,” the document continues. “It is not clear that any of the banned books have violated an Amazon policy, but rather that the company is choosing to censor speech.”
Amazon confirmed earlier this month that it had stopped selling books because they violate Amazon’s content guidelines.
The Republican Study Committee’s memo recommends that House members read an article from the Federalist, which claims Amazon is being hypocritical because it still sells books by Adolph Hitler, Joseph Goebbels, Benito Mussolini, Timothy McVeigh and David Duke.
“The gay community, a supposedly oppressed and marginalized group, wields an extravagant amount of power today, and does so without regard for the rights of anyone who chooses to not support them,” according to the article. “How long until the most widely read book in the world is banned because it takes a dim view of homosexuality?” the author asks, referencing the Bible.
A Change.org petition urging Amazon to stop stocking Nicolosi’s books had been signed by more than 82,000 people prior to decision to remove them.
Sky Gray, the leader of the online petition, said in an e-mail to Vice News that he anticipates the effort to ban conversion therapy books will get harder now that members of Congress are involved.
”It shouldn’t be surprising that the conservatives are in support of conversion therapy; they’ve made it clear they are in the past,” Gray said. “It looks like this is going to be a bigger fight than previously anticipated, though I knew it would be an uphill battle. Looks like the hill just got a lot steeper, with this knowledge in mind.”
Eighteen states and a number of cities and municipalities — including the District of Columbia — have passed bans on conversion therapy.
Colorado became the 18th state to ban the practice earlier this year, with openly gay Gov. Jared Polis signing the ban into law.
President Trump met with human rights activist Nadia Murad, an Iraqi who was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize in 2018 for speaking out about her rape and torture while in Islamic State captivity, for several minutes in the Oval Office on Wednesday, reports the Washington Post.
Murad implored the president to help her Yazidi ethnic minority return to Iraq while standing beside a seated Trump, who “mostly avoided eye contact with Murad.”
Murad, who now lives in Germany, explained that the ISIS may be gone but that Iraqis and Kurds are now fighting for control over Yazidi lands, reports the Post.
“If I cannot go to my home and live in a safe place and get my dignity back, this is not about ISIS,” she told Trump. “It’s about I’m in danger. My people cannot go back.”
Murad told the president that she never wanted to be a refugee but that ISIS murdered her mother and six brothers.
“They [ISIS] killed my mom, my six brothers,” Murad said.
“Where are they now?” Trump interrupted.
“They killed them,” she repeated. “They are in the mass grave in Sinjar, and I’m still fighting just to live in safety.”
“I know the area very well that you’re talking about,” Trump responded.
Trump reassured her he would look into it “very strongly.”
As she began to back away from his desk, Trump said: “And you had the Nobel Prize. That’s incredible. They gave it to you for what reason?”
“For what reason?” Murad replied. “For, after all this happened to me, I didn’t give up. I made it clear to everyone that ISIS raped thousands of Yazidi women.”
She explained she was the first woman to get out and speak publicly about what was happening to her community.
“Oh, really, is that right?” Trump said. “So you escaped.”
“I escaped, but I don’t have my freedom yet,” she said.
As the Post notes: “Trump has said that he deserves a Nobel Peace Prize for his work on Syria and North Korea and has lamented that President Barack Obama received one during his first year in office.”
Watch the exchange, below:
-Nadia Murad: “They [ISIS] Killed my mom, my six brothers” -Donald Trump: “Where are they now?” -Murad: “They Killed them..they are in the mass graves in Sinjar” [Trump nods…]pic.twitter.com/g4YPUFStWI
A gay teenager says his family cut off his earlobe to permanently “mark” him as an abomination.
The 19-year-old, who has only been identified as “Modou” in the press, is seeking asylum in the Netherlands on the basis of his sexual orientation.
Homosexuality is currently punished with life imprisonment in his home country of The Gambia.
Former Gambian President Yahya Jammeh had previously threatened to “cut the heads” off any LGBTI person.
“I was so afraid to tell my family about my sexuality,” Modou said in an interview with Gay Star News.
According to the news outlet, Moudou was discovered in bed with another boy at age 15. The other boy told his family that Modou assaulted him to save face.
“I couldn’t lie,” Modou said, explaining why he decided to come out to his family at the time. “I thought, maybe, my family will accept me because I am their family. This is who I am. That was the biggest mistake I ever made.”
Moudou’s family informed the police in his village in western Gambia of the incident.
His father locked him in a room and used a razor blade to cut off his right earlobe to mark him as an abomination, the teen said.
“It was the most painful thing in my life,” Modou said. “The worst thing is they didn’t take me to hospital or give me medication. They just locked me inside a room as I tried to stop the bleeding. I also remember every moment like it was yesterday.”
The teen was concerned that everyone would see his butchered ear in public and know why his father cut off his earlobe.
“I was marked as an abomination,” he said. “I thought I would just stay home – be a recluse.”
A few months later, Moudou managed to travel to Leiden, Netherlands, where his uncle lives.
“My uncle is a Muslim and they don’t accept [being gay],” he said. “I just want to finish school and live a free life.”
Republican Rep. Mike Kelly (Pa.) on Tuesday attempted to take the heat off President Trump after his racist tweets targeting four congresswomen of color by cliaming he is “a person of color” because he is white.
“Why do we get wrapped around the axle about everything he says,” Kelly, a member of the House Ways and Means Committee, told VICE News. “Listen, he’s not a politician.”
The conservative Republican said charges of racism against the president are “way beyond the pale.”
“You know, they talk about people of color. I’m a person of color,” Kelly revealed.
“What color?” the reporter asked.
“I’m white. I’m an Anglo Saxon. People say things all the time, but I don’t get offended,” he said.
“Has anybody ever told you to go back to your country?” the reporter pressed.
“Yeah, I have as a matter of fact,” Kelly stated.
“With a name like Mike Kelly you can’t be from any place else but Ireland,” he said.
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Former Sand Lake Village President Tom Norton is running to unseat newly-Independent Rep. Justin Amash, who currently represents Michigan’s 3rd Congressional District.
The Republican candidate on Tuesday unveiled a new campaign ad claiming that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Rep. Amash “both support taxpayer-funded sex changes.”
“Justin Amash is having an identity crisis,” Norton says in the ad titled “Hold the Sausage.”
“He, like Nancy Pelosi, both support taxpayer funded sex changes,” Norton claims as he can be seen serving his children breakfast. “In Michigan, we take a more binary view on things. And taxpayer funded sex changes just don’t cut it. Guess Justin’s gotten a little confused after spending years of being something he’s not… like a Republican.”
“I’m Tom Norton. I’m a pro-Trump Afghanistan war veteran, a family man, and a tireless advocate for our Military veterans,” he added. “And when I get to Washington, I’m gonna get busy cutting the pork — NOT the sausage.”
This is a real political ad………… in which Amash-challenger Tom Norton stands between his kids and talks about sex changes, saying that Amash is having an "identity crisis" and is "confused."
Amash appeared to be hemorrhaging Republican support in the aftermath of his impeachment comments. A June 29-July 1 Strategic National poll found him with just 17 percent of the GOP primary vote. That put him in second place behind state Rep. Jim Lower (27 percent), tied with state Rep. Lynn Afendoulis (17 percent), and ahead of former Sand Lake Village President Tom Norton (5 percent) and Iraq/Afghanistan war veteran Pete Meijer (4 percent). Even though he’s a first-time candidate, Meijer could have outsize name identification because his family owns a large chain of grocery stores in the Midwest.
Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill (R), who announced his candidacy for U.S. Senate last week, claims Americans are too “preoccupied with homosexual activities” and “the wife swap shows” and it is ruining everything from TV to the country’s moral direction.
Merrill, one of multiple Republicans looking to challenge Sen. Doug Jones (D-Ala.) in 2020, made the controversial comments over the weekend at a town hall event in Dekalb County, according to the Yellowhammer News.
One attendee asked Merrill about the culture shift and how the country’s principles have allegedly been eroded.
“[T]hat’s what we’ve allowed to happen,” Merrill said. “How have we allowed it to happen? There are no more good TV shows on like ‘Gunsmoke,’ ‘Bonanza,’ ‘The Virginian,’ ‘Andy Griffith,’ ‘I Love Lucy.’ We don’t have those shows anymore. We’re too interested in homosexual activities.”
“We’re too interested in seeing how this family’s finding a way to mess on this family or to see how people are trying to date on TV, or having wife-swapping on TV. That’s what we watch. When we push back against that, and we quit allowing it to be in our homes — that’s how those changes have occurred because we’ve allowed them to slowly but surely come into our lives,” he said.
Merrill confirmed his comments to Al.com Monday night in a phone interview.
“The foundational principles which we have grown up as a nation are no more,” Merrill said.
“I meant what I said. People are too interested in anything that is not uplifting, edifying. They’re too busy being preoccupied with homosexual activities and the wife swap shows,” he told the newspaper, declining to give examples of how Americans are too preoccupied with “homosexual activities.”
He said there are no longer TV shows “that are based on biblical foundations. … shows that promote family and culture with a father, a mother and children based on biblical teachings and biblical principles on which our nation was founded.”
Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) on Tuesday defended President Donald Trump amid widespread backlash for his comments urging four progressive Democratic congresswomen of color to “go back” to the “totally broken and crime infested places from which they came,” even though they are all U.S. citizens.
Speaking at a press conference Tuesday, Cheney accused Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley, Rashida Tlaib, and Ilhan Omar of refusing “to mandate care for babies who are born alive” and accused Pressley of making “racist” comments over the weekend.
“I want to talk about what’s gone on over the last few days. I want to make absolutely clear our opposition to our socialist colleagues has absolutely nothing to do with their gender, with their religion or with their race,” said Cheney. “It has to do with the content of their policies” which she claimed “would destroy America.”
“Our colleagues are wrong when they tell Americans, just as Congresswoman Pressley did just last weekend, that any individual seat at the table is only valuable, is only legitimate if that person espouses some pre-approved set of beliefs deemed appropriate based on their religion or their gender or their race,” said Cheney. “When they say that, that is racist.”
“This is the greatest nation that has ever existed,” Cheney said. She said they’re wrong when they “fail to recognize this the greatest nation, the exceptional nation,” and “they are wrong when they fail to recognize that no people have ever lived in greater freedom.”
“Our colleagues, our socialist colleagues on the other side of the aisle are wrong when they advocate abortion up until the moment of birth including partial term abortion, late-term abortion and when they refuse to mandate care for babies who are born alive,” she continued.
“They’re wrong when they say their programs help people at the lower end of the economic spectrum,” Cheney said. “Every one of their socialist programs would create massive new government dependency and end the very economic growth we need to ensure everyone can prosper.”
Our opposition to our socialist colleagues isn’t because of their race, religion, or gender. It’s because their policies are dangerous, wrong, and would destroy America. pic.twitter.com/0rHcmL3j0G
Alan Turing, a crack World War II code-breaker and visionary mathematician who was convicted under Victorian-era anti-gay laws, will be the face of Britain’s new £50 note.
“Alan Turing was an outstanding mathematician whose work has had an enormous impact on how we live today,” said Bank of England governor Mark Carney.
“As the father of computer science and artificial intelligence, as well as a war hero, Alan Turing’s contributions were far-ranging and path-breaking. Turing is a giant on whose shoulders so many now stand.”
Turing, who was educated in Sherborne, Dorset, played a crucial role in WWII by helping accelerate Allied efforts to read Nazi Naval messages enciphered with the Enigma machine.
His efforts to crack Germany’s Enigma code, which remained a secret for decades, is now credited with saving thousands of lives and shortening the war.
He is also celebrated for the pivotal role he played in the development of early computers, first at the National Physical Laboratory and later at the University of Manchester.
In 2013, he was given a posthumous royal pardon for his 1952 conviction for having a homosexual relationship with a 19-year-old Manchester man.
Turing killed himself in 1954 after he was subjected to chemical castration.