He should, sorry not sorry, have been summarily executed upon conviction. Not be set free.
Iowa District Judge Randy Degeest last week gave Kraigen Grooms a 10-year suspended sentence after the 19-year-old pleaded guilty to engaging in a lascivious act with a child, a Class C felony.
Grooms, who will be on probation for five years and who has been in jail since his arrest in 2014, will not have to spend another day in custody unless he violates the terms of his probation.
The sentence has caused a backlash online. Two days after it was imposed, a petition to the White House was created to seek the judge’s removal from the bench. The petition, which called Degeest a sympathizer for a “toddler rapist,” now has more than 7,000 signatures.
That’s a petition I’d sign. This is OUTRAGEOUS even 3 years later.
Popular fact-checking website Snopes.com has announced its first official hard copy Bible: the Snopes Fact Check Study Bible.
The study Bible is designed to undermine your faith at every turn by performing shoddily researched fact checks of every claim the Scriptures make.
“Did Jesus rise from the dead? Fact check: LEGEND,” the notes read in the gospels.
“Is Jesus Christ the Truth? Fact check: FALSE. Snopes is the only verifiable truth,” another callout bubble reads in the Gospel of John.
Jesus’s parables are the target of frequent fact checks in the study Bible, as Snopes authors seem to be unable to tell the difference between Jesus’s obviously allegorical stories and historical narratives. The Bible contains a three-page-long fact check of the story of the prodigal son, for instance, pointing out that no historical evidence was ever found that the character in the parable ever existed.
One well-researched fact check asks whether or not Jesus even existed, concluding that results are “MIXED.” The Snopes Bible points to evidence such as the fact that no one living today has seen Jesus and also that it’d be really inconvenient if His claims about Himself were true.
“If you’ve ever read the Bible and been unsure about what you’re reading, the Snopes Fact Check Study Bible is for you,” said a Snopes spokesperson. “Now you can actually be sure of God’s Word because the infallible Snopes writers are telling you what to believe right there on the page.”
“Is the Snopes Study Bible on sale for $49.99 now? Fact check: TRUE,” the spokesperson concluded.
The Oxford Commentary on the Dead Sea Scrolls is a series intended for the scholarly study of the most important non-biblical Dead Sea Scrolls. It aims to provide scholarship of the highest level that is accessible to non-specialists, based on the best digitized images and readings. Each volume will include a synthetic and substantial introduction, followed by a line-by-line commentary on the scrolls. The commentary will provide an English translation, textual notes and thematic discussions of the original Hebrew text of the scrolls.
Whoever wholeheartedly serves God will be accepted, his petitions will carry to the clouds. The prayer of the humble pierces the clouds: and until it does, he is not to be consoled, nor will he desist until the Most High takes notice of him, acquits the upright and delivers judgement.
And the Lord will not be slow, nor will he be dilatory on their behalf, until he has crushed the loins of the merciless and exacted vengeance on the nations, until he has eliminated the hordes of the arrogant and broken the sceptres of the wicked, until he has repaid all people as their deeds deserve and human actions as their intentions merit, until he has judged the case of his people and made them rejoice in his mercy. (Sir. 35:16-23)
There is no forgiveness of sins without a truly repentant heart to which sin is sincerely painful and which renounces it with all its power. – Emil Brunner