It’s been alleged that many bartenders are drunks but the cause is not clear. It could be the temptations of the trade or it could be that drunks like to be around booze and choose the profession. With the death of Jerry Falwell, it’s a time for reflection on sinners and Church and trying to decide whether other sinners are drawn to a profession. I mean can the temptations of church turn a normal person into a sinner and can the pressures of Homeland security turn a man into a pedophile or are sinners attracted to these groups.
The antics of priests are near legendary and as an organization, the Catholic Church is economically paying for past transgressions. If we look at Jerry Falwell’s life he first came to national prominence when Jim and Tammy Bakker asked him to take over the Praise the Lord Club after Jimmy was caught paying church secretary Jessica Hahn about $265,000 in blackmail money over an affair in 1980.
When Falwell began examining the accounts, he discovered that the Bakkers were taking large amounts of money from the ministry fund, including hundreds of thousands of dollars for salaries, insurance, property and other fees. After the Internal Revenue Service investigated the accounts, they discovered that the couple had diverted $4.8 million for personal use.
Now Jerry Falwell who was a spiritual mentor for President George W. Bush, inherited PTL ministries after Bakker’s arrest, drove the organization to its bankruptcy and in 1989 dissolved the Moral Majority, a ministry that he had founded, as well. Mean while other famous ministers were keeping busy. Moral Majority minister Jimmy Swaggart confessed to a “sin,” which later was said to involve his use of prostitutes. Two years later he was discovered in a car with a prostitute and a pile of pornographic messages perhaps even the picture of him and his prostitute from Penthouse magazine.
I guess it’s possible that all that exposure to sinners and all that forgiveness can lead a decent man to sin.
If the forgiveness of Church seems to promote sin, maybe the heavy hand of the Homeland Security and Kiddie Porn Agency was a good national experiment in sin prevention and to control the uncontrollable desires of the Moral Majority. After all poor Mark Foley was a member of the Moral Majority and stalked little boys. Also, 86% of adult males occasionally surf some kind of porn.
If it was just such an experiment, it’s time to shut it down. The deputy press secretary for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security was arrested for using the Internet to seduce what he thought was a teenage girl. Brian J. Doyle, 55, was arrested at his residence in Maryland on charges of use of a computer to seduce a child and transmission of harmful material to a minor. He thought the teenie teen he was trying to screw was a cancer survivor and it never slowed him down. Of course he was just a press secretary with national security clearance.
On the other hand, Frank Figueroa was the former head of the Department of Homeland Security’s program to stop child predators (Operation Predator). He pleaded no contest to charges he exposed himself to a 16-year-old girl. According to the victim, “Figueroa pulled up a leg of his shorts, exposed himself and masturbated for about 10 minutes” in front of her.
If your not sick and tired of graveside reflections for Jerry Falwell and his Republican Moral Majority, you can find more sins of the Moral Majority here. (Don’t go- the list is not funny, it’s disgusting!)
Post script. When I reread this blog I found I owe an apology to Michael Hampton who whote about porn and Homeland security over a year ago and got me thinging about the attraction of perverts to the service. (Who’s reading pornography at Homeland Security?)