Church leaders rally to support pervert

Church leaders rally to support pervert

Yesterday, Darren Paden, above, of Dearborn, Missouri, was jailed for 50 years for sexually abusing a girl over a 10-year period, starting when his victim was just five.

A particularly shocking aspect of the case is the level of support Paden received from church and community leaders who, according to this report, begged a judge to go easy on the paedophile. Worse, the victim is the one who is now being vilified by many community members.

Said Gene Blankenship, a trustee at the New Market Christian Church in Dearborn:

Only God, Darren and (the victim) know what truly happened. I feel Darren may have admitted to things he did not do after hours of interrogation and all the pressure to admit guilt.

Blankenship was among about 16 community members who began sending letters to the court from September, praising Paden for his service in the Gulf War and a junior deacon at New Market Christian Church.

Wrote friend Adele Brightwell:

Darren is one of the most admirable people I know. He holds fast to his morals.

Another supporter was Darla Hall Emmendorfer:

I truly believe that Darren has already suffered extensively for his actions by being kept away from his young children and his home life, and by not being able to provide for his family. Because of the significant difficulties that will face his innocent family, I would ask you, Judge Van Amburg, to grant Darren a sentence of probation or at least the lowest possible sentence.

Paden’s great-aunt, 82-year-old Dixie Wilson, said she would “feel sorry for the girl” if she had been abused — but she doesn’t believe the victim’s claims and instead sees the case as a test of the community’s religious faith.

Our community is one that we deeply believe in God and we’re not going to buckle under anything. We’re not going to let it destroy all of us. We’re going to keep doing our good works and doing what we believe and rely on each other.

Missouri prosecutors are reportedly mystified that so many community members are supporting the admitted sex offender. Paden was sentenced to 50 years after pleading guilty in August to two counts of first-degree statutory sodomy. Said Platte County Prosecuting Attorney Eric Zahnd:

There are certainly a few good people in this community who have offered support to this young victim. It is shocking, however, that many continue to support a defendant whose guilt was never in doubt. If it takes a village to raise a child, what is a child to do when the village turns its back and supports a confessed child molester?

Paden’s 28-year-old son, Anthony, has also been charged with sex abuse, although his case remains pending.

Paden told police shortly after his arrest that he began watching pornographic videos with the girl in 2001 or 2002 and abused her once or twice a month for the next 10 years, but he refused to plead guilty as he had publicly accused the girl of lying.

13 responses to “Church leaders rally to support pervert”

  1. Graham Martin-Royle says:

    And this shows how religion is so fucked up, the victim is blamed and the criminal is praised. Un-fucking-believable.

  2. Angela_K says:

    Another shining example of religious morals; I’m surprised he didn’t come out with the usual Satan made me do it bollocks. This vile creature and his supporters are as bad as the Muslims who stone to death rape victims. Just as well us atheists don’t have a Christian moral compass.

  3. Even if there is a God, that does not stop man pretending to have his message. God and religion are simply masks. Man cannot claim to be God for he will soon be exposed so man does the next best thing – claim to be inspired to speak for God. Though we are not to condemn something just because it can be abused, we can condemn religion for the harm it has done because religion is an abuse. Let me explain.

    Hearing a voice does not mean it is God’s and only God can know if he is really speaking. Even the person who hears cannot be sure but can only guess. If anyone claims to be hearing the voice of God and giving his message to others he is a liar. To think that you don’t know where the voice comes from means it is not from you is arrogant. It is, “I don’t know where this inspiration comes from so it comes from God.” It makes no sense. By spreading your message you inspire a worse arrogance in others. The arrogance takes the form of “X has a voice in his heart or head and doesn’t know where it comes from therefore it is from God.” That is not logical. The more your faith in a prophet is based on hearsay the worse the problem gets.

    The bottom line is that religion is really based more on the implicit worshipping of religious leaders than on anything else. That is why the believers are defending this man no matter what he does. That is why religion is so toxic.

  4. John says:

    Why do religious leaders defend a pervert?
    Because they are all perverts too.
    Obvious, is it not?

  5. Broga says:

    “Wrote friend Adele Brightwell:
    Darren is one of the most admirable people I know. He holds fast to his morals.”

    Darren and his religious supporters are the sewage that pollutes the rest of humanity. A man, who sexually abuses a five year old girl, is defended, admired and held up as an exemplar of morals. Religion poisons the mind. It is toxic.

  6. barriejohn says:

    This appears to be the church, and I’m pretty certain that the poor victim of false accusations and misunderstandings is right there in the pic, standing centre right as you look at it:

    Some other interesting photos on their site. Glad to see that they support Prison Ministries!

  7. barriejohn says:

    Doing a bit more detective work I now think that that might be a different church in Dearborn. This seems to be be them:

    Not much info so very little to be gleaned!

  8. thegodless says:

    This perfectly shows how Muhammad could marry a girl when she was like 5 and “consumate” the “marriage” before she turned 10, while also preaching violence and bigotry and Jesus could be a convicted criminal that preached violence, bigotry, and abandonment of families and yet, both are still revered and worshipped by millions of religionists.

  9. Broga says:

    These Christians seem to be missing many common human feelings: shame, guilt, embarrassment. These appear to be replaced by a self righteous certainty that whatever their despicable behaviour it cannot possibly be wrong. And to the extent that might be wrong the fault lies elsewhere.

    How many of these people with their perverted values are getting into government in the USA? They seem acceptable to the USA voters whereas religious sceptics are regarded as beyond the pale.

  10. JohnMWhite says:

    I think the other John, above, is completely right. They defend this because they are ok with it. This is what children are for in religious communities – abuse and control, in one form or another.

  11. dennis says:

    Just sick. Just sick. i hope the girl makes a wonderful life for her self and forgets this town and this pervert.

  12. barriejohn says:

    JMW: Not only that – it’s the whole physical world, which is why they don’t even begin to understand environmentalism, yet claim to be the best custodians of the environment! Man was given “dominion” over the natural world, and is commanded by God to “subdue” and control it. The children whom their god has “entrusted” to their care are to be “brought up in the ways of the Lord”. If they fail in this respect then they are committing sin and betraying their sacred trust. It’s a subtle yet pernicious doctrine.