Backstory: “EEOC Sues Tulsa Lighting Supplier for Religious Discrimination,” June 22, 2012
Qualified Applicant Denied Job Because His Religious Beliefs Differed From the Company’s, Federal Agency Charged
• “Sacked, Sort Of: Cardinal Roger Mahony,” February 1, 2013
• “Cardinal Mahony Says He’s A ‘Scapegoat,’ Compares Himself to Jesus & Mary,” February 25, 2013
• “Black Collar Crime Round-Up” (Michael Stephen Baker), March 14, 2013
Over the weekend, a serious medical emergency occurred at ConBab HQ, preventing us for the time being from focusing on the never-ending parade of right-wing miscreants. We will be posting syndicated articles sporadically, but original posts, backed by all our usual obsessive research (and fronted by our pithy wit) will be in short supply for a while.
We hope you understand, and thank you for sticking with us.
Your pals at ConBab
Charged: Robert A. “Bob” Buss, 49, catechist (religion teacher), St. Anthony’s Catholic Parish, Dubuque, Iowa; member, (typically homophobic) St. Anthony Knights of Columbus Council 8384; and missionary to Haiti; with misdemeanor dissemination of obscene material to a minor; i.e., sending nude pictures of himself to a 16-year-old Haitian boy he met on one of his youth mission trips. The Telegraph-Herald reports: “Police said they were provided email records, Facebook messages and photos that had been sent between Buss and the male, who is now 18 years old, but was (more…)
We swear we did not go looking for War-On-Drugs hypocrites today — they’re just popping up right and… well, actually, only on the Right. As soon as we finished telling you about Lake Forest city council member Peter Herzog, a real hard-ass on medical marijuana, who was busted on a DUI charge, up popped Steve Katz. (more…)
Claims to fame: Attorney; 19-year city council member & sometimes-mayor, Lake Forest, California; charter member, Lake Forest Kiwanis Club; longtime Republican donor (El Toro; Lake Forest); endorser of fellow Conservative Babylonian Mike Carona; endorser of endless stream of other forgettable, expendable and/or useless Orange County Republicans; accused drunk driver
Moral apex: Busted on a DUI after reportedly blowing a whopping (more…)
On March 5th, we wrote about William Steven “Bill” Albaugh (left), the Maryland Roman Catholic deacon allegedly stupid enough to store child porn on his Verizon cloud account. Now ABC2 reports discovering that Albaugh’s son-in-law, 31-year-old Daniel William Garrett (right) — “who angrily defended” Albaugh — is himself a convicted sex offender. Sheesh!
Settled: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles for $9.99 million to resolve four sex-abuse cases, including that of former priest Michael Stephen Baker, who was convicted of molestation in 2007, reports NBC Los Angeles, which notes that in 1986 Baker met with Cardinal Roger Mahony — who was “particularly hounded by the case” in the days leading up to his resignation — “and confessed to molesting two brothers for nearly seven years. … Mahony sent Baker for psychological treatment but eventually put him back in ministry, where he molested again. (more…)
Joseph “JoJo” Giorgianni — the “Quarter-Ton Sex-Offender” who was elected three times as Republican Committeeman for New Jersey’s North Ward after being convicted of sexually molesting a 14-year-old girl he got liquored up in the back room of his Trenton restaurant — is one of those Conservative Babylonians whose story just plain sticks in our collective craw: He was sentenced to 15 years in prison but served only a measly three.
Thus, certainly unfairly but most unashamedly, we’re happy to see him up on charges of anything else — that’s how bugged we are that he’s been allowed to walk around free all these years (since 1985, when he was paroled, having nearly avoided prison altogether; his lawyer argued that his massive, and asthmatic, 565-pound bulk should amount to a get-out-of-jail-free card). (more…)
Jennifer Carroll, the lieutenant governor of Florida who shot back at rumors she was a lesbian by implying that she’s not ugly enough to be a black lesbian, is no longer lieutenant governor of Florida, having “abruptly resigned on Tuesday, the result of a criminal investigation into an Internet sweepstakes company for which she once served as a consultant,” according to the New York Times, which notes: (more…)
Charged: Wendel Palmer, 44, 22-year Washington, D.C., Metropolitan Police officer and youth choir director, Bethuel Temple Churches of Christ Apostolic, Inc., founded by his father and now led by his brother, “Bishop” and “Presider” Winston R. Palmer, and “First Lady” Sonya Palmer, (which believes “sinner [sic] are driven by the MIND OF THE DEVIL, which in scripture is known as ‘THE CARNAL MIND’”), with first-degree child sexual abuse. Palmer is accused of molesting an 11-year-old girl repeatedly over the course of two years, beginning in 2004, inside the pastor’s (more…)
Because you haven’t heard Pat Robertson say anything really stupid since… well, since this, which happened a mere three days before the story you’re about to read: “Pat Robertson: Out! Out, You Demons of Goodwill!.”
Is it just us, or is Pat getting weirder, faster…? (more…)
It’s been a while since we looked under Larry Craig‘s stall, and it’s still full of exactly what you’d expect to find in an airport toilet. Only there’s even more of it, and it really stinks.
Actually, we may be wrong about that — this guy might even be worse. While Ratzinger said gays were mental cases (“intrinsically disordered”), we don’t recall him ever saying marriage equality was the domain of Neanderthals. No matter; essentially branding gays children of the devil puts Ratso and this new guy on equal footing. In any case… (more…)
Ricky, Ricky, Ricky… Either you think you’re too clever by half (you’re not), or you really are so dumb, you think American Atheists is (yes, “is,” not “are”; it’s the name of an organization) was silly enough to pay for a platform to express your impotent dreams of a ca.-14th-century Catholic theocracy.
Either way, Ricky, you are too dumb to realize that every American in his right mind will be scared to death at the idea of a nation under your god. And that includes Catholics. Well, at least those whose names aren’t Bill Donohue. (more…)
Charged: Joel Kent Hodges, 31, former “contemporary worship leader,” Gardendale-Mount Vernon United Methodist Church, Gardendale, Alabama, with felony solicitation of a child by computer and traveling to meet a child for sex, also a felony. Story: North Jefferson News, January 2, 2013; WBRC, January 17, 2013. Just a few weeks after Hodges’s arrest, Gardendale-Mount Vernon’s pastor, Terry Greer, was arrested and charged with the shooting death of his wife. See backstory here and here. (more…)
Sentenced: Matthew “Matt” Abid, 30, former youth ministry leader, Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Alpine Township, Michigan, to just six months in jail, less 34 days served, plus five years’ probation and sex-offender registration, after pleading guilty in January to second-degree criminal sexual conduct (amended from third-degree criminal sexual conduct, which is defined as “penetration”), committed against a 15-year-old girl who belonged to Abid’s “Credo” youth group. WOOD adds: “Investigators say Abid admitted to touching the teenage girl and that there were several (more…)