Two Pastors in the News: Darkness and Light

First, the tale of the totally depraved reprobate arrested for public lewdness

The pastor of a Nassau Bay Catholic church is among the people who have been charged with public lewdness following a raid at two adult video stores along the Gulf Freeway.  Alberto A. Maullon Jr., 52, is scheduled to appear in court Thursday, Dec. 9 for the public lewdness charge.  Rev. Maullon has served as the pastor of St. Paul the Apostle Church in Nassau Bay near Johnson Space Center since 2002. He has “requested and been granted a leave of absence from his ministerial duties,” according to a statement issued Friday by the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston. …  The adult video stores were raided Wednesday and several clients were arrested.  Houston police say at least three men are accused of inappropriate behavior in booth theaters inside Big City Video & News and 24/7 Video Store.  Officers arrested two men inside Big City Video & News on charges of public lewdness and indecent exposure and an employee was also arrested.

And the second Pastor, also arrested, but for a very different reason

A pastor was arrested for loitering after passing out Gospel tracts on a public sidewalk outside of a local mosque in Wichita, Kansas. Pastor Mark Holick, of the Spirit One Christian Center, told the Gazette he was with 14 members of his church passing out packets containing copies of the Gospel of John and Romans along with a DVD featuring testimonies of former Muslims. Holick said they offered the packets to individuals as they exited services at the mosque. When offering the packets, members of Holick’s group said, “We have a free gift for you.”

I suppose if Muslims had been passing out copies of portions of the Qur’an in front of Churches everyone would applaud and throw a parade and laud the openness and tolerance of Muslims merely trying to spread the message of their faith.

All of which is to say- in America, it’s better to be arrested for passing out tracts to Muslims than it is to be arrested for exposing yourself in an adult bookstore…  Or as the First Epistle of Peter (3:17) puts it,

κρεῖττον γὰρ ἀγαθοποιοῦντας, εἰ θέλοι τὸ θέλημα τοῦ θεοῦ, πάσχειν ἢ κακοποιοῦντας.

2 thoughts on “Two Pastors in the News: Darkness and Light

  1. steph 3 Dec 2010 at 8:48 pm

    I doubt that’s true. I think there would be as much public opposition to the former as there would be to the latter. Take your american anti reglious atheist organisations. They are incapable of recognising the differences, degrees, moderations and flavours of religions. They’re simplistic. “I’m a divider” says Dawkins the other day, whom they worship so much, ““Without division there is no progress.” The alternative is dictatorship, and this is relevant to religion and the rebellion against it. “The first rebellion against mental slavery comes from saying this is man-made, it’s not divine.” The Koran and the Bible are “fiction … All of these are depraved works of man-made fiction.” They condemn all religions as evil and dangerous. They are as offended by mosques as they are by churches. There are different degrees of atheism and unbelief too, but the vile anti religious simplistic ignorami are the loudest.

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  2. Michael Acidri 4 Dec 2010 at 3:55 pm

    Jim here is 1peter 3:17 in a language you could tweet 🙂
    ومن الأفضل ، إذا كانت مشيئة الله ، يعاني لفعل الخير من أجل الشر.

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