Tuesday, August 25, 2009

FL - Sex offender challenges "child safety zones"

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08/25/2009

A convicted sex offender is challenging Lee County's "child safety zones"-- the ordinance that keeps sex offenders 500 feet away from anywhere with children in Lee County.

The offender's attorney tells WINK news that the ordinance is unconstitutional.

Parents say sex offenders give up their rights the minute they are convicted.

Attorney Peter Aiken represents _____, the first man arrested for violating the "child safety zone" in Lee County.

"It's basically a feel good law. It's made to make the public feel good because everybody hates sex offenders," said Aiken.

_____ was at a Lehigh Acres pool in July and was arrested.

"We've passed an ordinance that makes it just mere presence a crime," said Aiken.

Aiken filed a motion Tuesday, on behalf of _____, challenging the law.

He says it's a violation of rights and the "safety zones" are too vague to enforce.

The ordinance makes it illegal for sex offender's to be within 500 feet of places like parks, pools, or beaches.

Parents tell WINK news they strongly support the zones.

"They can go right to jail--that's a place for them," said Cape Coral mother Jessica Hafer.

"I think you lose those rights when you become a predator," said mother Laura Bruckman.
- Just remember that when you or someone you love is slapped with the sex offender scarlet letter.

"If you talk to any sex offender they say there is no cure for them--they always have those desires. They need to be kept away from children," said Richard Jones.
- You are wrong, and clearly have been led to believe all the BS spewed by the media and politicians, and not the experts, who will tell you a different story.

Aiken says he doesn't think the safety zones are the answer because, according to his research, 80% of offenders don't come from out in the community--but inside the home.

"I've got grand kids--I want my grand kids protected. There are laws to do that--these laws don't do anything," said Aiken.

We received a comment from Lee County Sheriff Mike Scott regarding the challenge.

Sheriff Scott says "As long as there are laws there will be challenges to them. We stand fast by our efforts to protect the most vulnerable among us."

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TX - Concerns about stranger danger


Year-round program Operation Prism is an effort by the Austin Police Department to deal with sex offenders who have not registered.




"The mood and temper of the public in regard to the treatment of crime and criminals is one of the most unfailing tests of a civilization. We must have a desire to rehabilitate into the world of industry, all those who have paid their dues in the hard coinage of punishment." - Winston Churchill (United States Constitution)

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FL - Attacked by Stripper's Grandma, Garden Tool (More Media Vigilantism)

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08/25/2009

By TODD WRIGHT

Camera crews kept rolling while being chased by an angry grandma

Sometimes you get what you ask for, but in this case a Florida reporter and her crew got more than they bargained for Tuesday when they started asking questions about a local stripper.

The Brevard County television news crew was trying to get the scoop on how a 15-year-old girl wound up shaking her teen-aged booty for cash in a local club when they were attacked by an upset grandma not ready to hear that her grandbaby had taken a walk on the wild side.

Her weapon of choice: a garden hoe.

The woman cursed and swung the hoe violently at the intruders, striking the camera and sending the rest of the crew scrambling for cover. The camera man who was hit kept the camera rolling and captured the brutal assault.

This all started after the teen's mom called police Friday after getting a tip that her daughter may have been hitting the stripper pole when she was supposed to be hitting the books. The cops raided the strip club, named Playmates, and found the teen and another young girl, said to be 17.

The 15-year-old told police that she thought stripping was a great way to make cash. It's also a great way to get grandma's blood pressure up.

None of the reporters or camera crew were injured in the attack, but learned a tried and true lesson in journalism.

If you ask questions about a stripper, don't be surprised if you get hit by a hoe.




"The mood and temper of the public in regard to the treatment of crime and criminals is one of the most unfailing tests of a civilization. We must have a desire to rehabilitate into the world of industry, all those who have paid their dues in the hard coinage of punishment." - Winston Churchill (United States Constitution)

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VA - Convicted sex offender found murdered

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08/24/2009

BERTIE CO - A Colerain man has been charged with murder after another Bertie County man was found dead early Monday morning.

46-year-old Horace Sessoms was charged with killing _____.

The 36-year-old _____ was found on Farless Road near Merry Hill. A witness says _____ got into fight with another man outside a residence on Farless Road.

The sheriff's office says it's unclear how _____ died. An autopsy scheduled for Monday afternoon should shed more light on how _____ died.

_____ was a registered sex offender convicted in 2005 for taking indecent liberties with a minor.

Alcohol and Law Enforcement agents are investigating along with the sheriff's office.


"The mood and temper of the public in regard to the treatment of crime and criminals is one of the most unfailing tests of a civilization. We must have a desire to rehabilitate into the world of industry, all those who have paid their dues in the hard coinage of punishment." - Winston Churchill (United States Constitution)

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NJ - Westville Sex Offender Ordinance Declared Un-Constitutional

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08/25/2009

By Sara Martino

To come into compliance with the state law, Westville Borough Council repealed Ordinance #12-07 entitled “Sex offender residency restriction.” The state had ruled the restriction was un-constitutional.

Many governing bodies previously had passed the same type of ordinance that restricted where known sex offenders may live.

Now, most of them have also repealed the ordinance that was put in place to protect children and adults in the community.

If we did not repeal the law that we did pass several years ago, the borough may have been sued by certain individuals,” said Council President, Michael Ledrich, who presided over the Wednesday, August 12 meeting in the mayor’s absence.

A resolution was passed supporting the extension of light rail and bus rapid transit service to the County of Gloucester.

The Gloucester County Freeholder Board made a request to each county municipality to adopt the ordinance.

In new business, a public hearing was held on Ordinance #08-2009 pertaining to Westville’s municipal source separation and recycling of materials.

Although the borough has been on a successful recycling program with Recycle Bank, the state mandated that an ordinance be passed approving the recycling function.

Council adopted a resolution setting in place an “Identity theft Policy” mandated by state law and designed to protect residents when they pay their water, sewer and tax bills.

Councilman Chuck Murtaugh reported on a meeting with himself, Police Chief Fred Lederer and the principal of Parkview School. Parking has been a problem in the school area, especially on Birch, Oak and Boundary Lane.

Murtaugh said parking may be restricted to certain hours and signs indicating either “no stopping, no standing or no parking” would be installed on the problem streets.

An adult school crossing guard will receive training to patrol the areas,” Murtaugh said.

Usually, students assist other students at the crosswalks.

Chief Lederer said the Police Department will be receiving approximately $29,000 from “drug monies” that were initiated from the department arrests and seizure of drugs.

In other business, Council voted to allow Gloucester Catholic High to use Parkview School’s tennis courts. The girls will practice on the courts this fall.

Also, Council will look at requests presented by the Westville Public Library for items to purchase using $4,000 left over from the renovation fund.

Mayor Welsh and I met with the library trustees and they would like to upgrade the computers, and also the children’s area in the library,” Ledrich said.


"The mood and temper of the public in regard to the treatment of crime and criminals is one of the most unfailing tests of a civilization. We must have a desire to rehabilitate into the world of industry, all those who have paid their dues in the hard coinage of punishment." - Winston Churchill (United States Constitution)

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Injustice System - Continues to allow double standards and vigilante justice to continue!

In this first video, Tammy Lee Gibson, attacked an ex-sex offender with a baseball bat, and threatened to kill him, yet she gets a slap on the wrist. She also has a history of assaults! (More info here)

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And here, a sex offender is provoked by media vigilantes, threatens them, and he gets 36 years in prison!

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"The mood and temper of the public in regard to the treatment of crime and criminals is one of the most unfailing tests of a civilization. We must have a desire to rehabilitate into the world of industry, all those who have paid their dues in the hard coinage of punishment." - Winston Churchill (United States Constitution)

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UK - Facebook bully jailed: Death threat girl, 18, is first person put behind bars for vicious internet campaign

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Maybe the US police need to investigate all the other blogs out there for death threats, like Absolute Zero United, Perverted-Justice to name a few.

08/21/2009

By Luke Salkeld

A teenager who posted a death threat on Facebook, yesterday became the first person in Britain to be jailed for bullying on a social networking site.

Keeley Houghton, 18, said she would kill Emily Moore, whom she had bullied for four years since they were at school together.

On her personal page, Houghton wrote of her victim: 'Keeley is going to murder the bitch. She is an actress. What a ******* liberty. Emily ****head Moore.'

Two days before she made the threat, Houghton had intimidated Emily, who is also 18, after spotting her in a pub.

Sara Stock, prosecuting, told Worcester magistrates: 'When Emily was sitting on her own the defendant came over and sat next to her and asked her, "Are you Emily Moore? Can I have a huggle?" Emily told the defendant to leave her alone otherwise she would call the police. Keeley then told her, "I'll give you something to ring the police about".'

Yesterday, jobless Houghton sobbed as she was sentenced to three months in a young offenders' institution after pleading guilty to harassment.

She was also given a restraining order banning her from contacting Emily in person, via the internet or in any other manner for five years.

People have previously been jailed for harassment and stalking on social networking sites but she is thought to be the first to be jailed for bullying via the internet.

Houghton, of Malvern, Worcestershire, had two previous convictions relating to her vendetta against Emily, the court heard.


"The mood and temper of the public in regard to the treatment of crime and criminals is one of the most unfailing tests of a civilization. We must have a desire to rehabilitate into the world of industry, all those who have paid their dues in the hard coinage of punishment." - Winston Churchill (United States Constitution)

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NJ - Newark man found stabbed to death

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08/25/2009

By RUSS ZIMMER

NEWARK — Police are searching for clues in the stabbing death of a 25-year-old Newark man in a West Harrison Street rooming house late Monday night.

At 10:14 p.m., officers were called to 59 W. Harrison St. on a report of a disturbance. Unable to find the person who called police, officer began to check on the welfare of residents on the rooming house, police said.

In an upstairs bedroom, they discovered the body of _____, a resident of the home. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Newark Police Sgt. Scott Snow said that police have not identified any suspects as of this morning and are in the process of collecting detailed interviews from the other seven residents of the rooming house.

He said that none of the residents are “conspicuously absent,” but that none to his knowledge had taken credit for the 911 call.

By the time the call came in to us, the caller had disconnected,” Snow said.

There was no indication of forced entry into _____’s room, one of eight that shares common areas in the two-story home, such as a living room and kitchen, with the others, according to Snow.

He declined to comment on whether a weapon had been recovered and said he was unable to answer at this time whether police have determined if there was a struggle in _____’s room. Snow also would not say where in the room the body was found and how many stab wounds _____ had suffered.

Snow did say that _____’s death appeared to be the same day as the disturbance call.

He certainly hadn’t been there for days or even a day,” he added.

Several neighbors told The Advocate this morning that they didn’t hear or see anything to indicate that anything of this deadly nature had occurred.

Ryin Nethers said he returned to his home on West Harrison Street, west of the rooming house, after walking his girlfriend, Nicole Noblick, to work at about 10:15 p.m. Monday when he saw two cruisers down the block.

Then I saw the CSI van and I thought that was a little weird, then the hearse pulled up and I knew something was up,” Nethers said.

Unfortunately, Shirley Linn, who has lived in her West Harrison Street home with her husband for 55 years, said that the presence of police cars on her block has not been unusual.

We never had any trouble here until the last two years,” she said. “It’s been terrible.”

Noblick, who has two young children, said she is concerned that the violence in her neighborhood will continue.

It just makes you wonder what’s going to happen next,” she said.

_____ was sentenced to five years of community control and classified as a sex offender in April 2008.

Court and police records state _____ showed pornography to girls, ages 10 and 13, at the Newark Public Library in September 2007. He then walked home with the girls and asked them sexually-oriented questions. He also asked the 13-year-old to have sex with him.

About nine years before he pleaded guilty to that incident, _____ was convicted of rape in the Juvenile Division of the Licking County Court of Common Pleas, his 2007 importuning case shows.
- So what purpose does bringing all this out after someone is dead have to do with reporting a murder?  Sounds to me like the media is trying to justify this murder!

Nethers said he spoke with _____ a couple times about fishing when the victim would walk by Nethers’ home with his fishing pole, but other than that none of the five neighbors approached by The Advocate could remember any contact with the deceased.

Detectives are actively working the case. Licking County Crime Stoppers will offer a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest in the case.

Anyone with information should call police at (740) 670-7215 or Crime Stoppers at (740) 349-6888 or (888) 488-9058.




"The mood and temper of the public in regard to the treatment of crime and criminals is one of the most unfailing tests of a civilization. We must have a desire to rehabilitate into the world of industry, all those who have paid their dues in the hard coinage of punishment." - Winston Churchill (United States Constitution)

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GA - Judge weighs new Ga. sex offender rule

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08/25/2009

ATLANTA (AP) - Attorneys for a convicted sex offender are urging a federal judge to block a new Georgia law that requires sex offenders to hand over Internet passwords, screen names and e-mail addresses to law enforcement officials.

Attorneys for _____ told the judge Tuesday the law is too broad and infringes on _____'s constitutional rights.

State attorneys say the new requirements give authorities another tool to keep registered sex offenders from striking again.

The law took effect in January and made Georgia 1 of a small band of states complying with guidelines in a 2006 federal law requiring authorities to track Internet addresses of sex offenders.

But the state is among the first to take the extra step of forcing its 16,000 offenders to turn in their passwords as well.


"The mood and temper of the public in regard to the treatment of crime and criminals is one of the most unfailing tests of a civilization. We must have a desire to rehabilitate into the world of industry, all those who have paid their dues in the hard coinage of punishment." - Winston Churchill (United States Constitution)

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WA - PUBLIC MEETING ON SEX OFFENDERS THURSDAY

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All ex-sex offenders in this state, should attend this, and voice your and your families concerns.

08/25/2009

By Dedrick Allan

The Mason County Sheriff's Office and Shelton Police Department are holding a public meeting on the county's sex offender registration program Thursday night. During the meeting at the Shelton Civic Center, the Sheriff's Sex Offender Registration Coordinator, Detective William Adam, will explain the law and how the program works in the County. Detective Adam told 1030 KMAS News that this meeting was prompted by the pending unconditional release of sex predator _____. _____ has been under a conditional release since 2003 after completing five of the six-step sex offender treatment program at Washington State's Special Commitment Center on McNeil Island. The State believes it's time for _____ to graduate from the program and be unconditionally released. A hearing on the unconditional release of _____ is scheduled for September 1st in Mason County Superior Court.


"The mood and temper of the public in regard to the treatment of crime and criminals is one of the most unfailing tests of a civilization. We must have a desire to rehabilitate into the world of industry, all those who have paid their dues in the hard coinage of punishment." - Winston Churchill (United States Constitution)

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DE - Delaware's online sex-offender registry expands

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08/12/2009

By J.L. MILLER

DOVER -- Delaware activated an expanded online sex-offender registry Tuesday and announced an effort to register for the first time those convicted of sex crimes prior to 1994.
- And once again, another ex post facto law passed, violating their oath of office and the constitution.

State police and Department of Justice officials said the dual move puts Delaware closer to being in compliance with the federal Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006, a goal no state has yet attained. States eventually must comply with that act or lose crucial federal funding for law enforcement and court programs.
- And this is called bribery, which is illegal, or was, in many places.

Starting today, law enforcement officers will begin notifying residents who were convicted of sex offenses prior to 1994 that they now must register as offenders. Previously, only those who were convicted after the 1994 enactment of Delaware's sex-offender registry law had to register.
- So much for the Constitution, it means nothing anymore. And America apparently doesn't care.

Deputy Attorney General Christina Showalter, chief prosecutor for Kent County, said that "close to 900 offenders have been identified." Showalter said courts have upheld the constitutionality of requiring offenders to register even though there was no such requirement at the time of their sentencing.
- It's because the government is corrupt, and the constitution is not work the paper and ink it's written with.

The revamped Web site, meanwhile, offers greater search functions such as maps to show how many offenders live or work within a specified distance of a certain address.

Offenders must give police information on any vehicle they own or use when they register, and that information is entered along with information about their crime, criminal status, current residence and workplace. However, users cannot search by license plate number to see if it belongs to an offender.

Offenders also must supply any e-mail address they use, and people who suspect an offender is using a certain address can search to see if it belongs to a known offender.

The improvements "will allow Delaware residents to be more informed about registered sex offenders in their community," said Col. Robert M. Coupe, state police superintendent.

Vigilante concerns

Although online registries have been around since the mid-1990s, there are concerns, both national and local, that such measures are not yielding Instances of vigilantism have not been widespread, but they have occurred -- sometimes with deadly outcomes.

In 2005, Michael Anthony Mullen of Bellingham, Wash., donned a blue jumpsuit and a cap that said "FBI" and went to a house occupied by three registered sex offenders whose names he found on the local sheriff department's Web site.

Mullen told the two men he found inside that he was there to warn them they were on an Internet "hit list." They let him inside -- and he shot them to death.

After the shooting, Mullen sent letters to reporters warning that he had prepared a list of registered sex offenders and would kill them all if police did not arrest them first. Mullen is serving a 44-year prison term.

Incidents like that are just one reason why Drewry Fennell, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Delaware (Contact, Email), finds online registries to be problematic at best.

"One [reason] is, we don't believe there's any evidence that these policies enhance public safety," Fennell said Tuesday.

"Further, there are other effects of these kind of programs, including increased vigilantism, and also people -- innocent people, employers, neighbors, landlords, family members -- being sort of caught up in the public ire that may be directed toward the sex offender," she said.

"What if you borrow [an offender's] car? What if you have the apartment next door, above or below [where a registered offender lives]? What if it's your dad? What if it's the guy you're trying to rehabilitate and gave a job in your stockroom?" Fennell asked.

Legislators take action

Amid very real concern about sex offenders and their documented tendency to repeat the offense, offenders have become a favorite target of politicians.
- What tendency to repeat the offense?  Where is the "facts" to back that comment up?  I have many studies here, which show they are LESS likely than any other criminal to commit another sex crime.

In the first half of this legislative session alone, six bills dealing with sex offenders were introduced in the General Assembly, five of which have become law. One of those requires all offenders to register, while two increase penalties for various offenses.

As Fennell put it, "I think it's politically difficult for anyone to try to deal rationally with the very real public safety issues" surrounding sex offenders.expected results.

On Aug. 3, Smyrna Town Council passed an ordinance tightening restrictions on where sex offenders can live, barring them from residing or loitering within 1,000 feet of a school. State law prohibits such activities within 500 feet of a school.

Several years ago, Iowa passed a state law barring offenders from living with 2,000 feet of a school -- and found itself with homeless offenders who were unable to find a place to live. Iowa eased its law last month. Miami-Dade County, Fla., has been facing similar problems thanks to its tough residency ordinance.

Not many studies have been done on whether online registries actually discourage child sexual abuse. However, a 2008 study co-authored by JJ Prescott of the University of Michigan Law School yielded largely positive results.

That study found that the registration of released sex offenders and community notification laws both were associated with a reduction in the overall frequency of sex offenses.

However, the authors also noticed what they called "a significant 'relative utility' effect, in which convicted sex offenders become more likely to commit crime when their information is made public because the associated psychological, social, or financial costs make crime more attractive."

A News Journal survey of all 50 state registries and the District of Columbia's found that only three provided searches for vehicle registration information. New Jersey allows users to search by vehicle, county and locality -- as well as by race, height, age, weight and hair color. Although Delaware's site lacks those features, it appears to be more advanced than many.

Like the old online registry, Delaware's revamped site only shows offenders designated as moderate- and high-risk. As of Tuesday there were 2,528 names on the registry, which is updated daily.


"The mood and temper of the public in regard to the treatment of crime and criminals is one of the most unfailing tests of a civilization. We must have a desire to rehabilitate into the world of industry, all those who have paid their dues in the hard coinage of punishment." - Winston Churchill (United States Constitution)

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NH - Dover won't fight for curbs on sex offenders

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08/25/2009

By CLYNTON NAMUO

Dover – Police will not appeal a district court ruling last month that struck down a city ordinance restricting sex offenders from living within 2,500 feet of a school or daycare.

The Dover Police Department has decided not to appeal the Court’s decision in State v. Jennings. Chances of success on appeal are only fair based upon the ruling in this particular case,” police said in a statement issued this morning.

The Dover Police Department will continue to provide aggressive enforcement of the sex offender registration laws and to provide educational programs to provide for the safety of citizens of all ages. Dover will continue to have its fair share of citizens with criminal records, but with proactive law enforcement, Dover will continue to be a safe place to live, to work and to raise a family.”

The decision means that although Dover’s ordinance is nullified, similar ones from several towns across the state can continue. An appeal to a higher court likely would have led to a precedent-setting ruling that could have either strengthened or quashed sex offender residency ordinances statewide.

Dover stopped enforcing its ordinance shortly after Judge Mark Weaver ruled last month that it violated the state constitution’s equal protection rights. Weaver said the city had to prove its ordinance was “substantially related to an important governmental objective.”

In this case, the state offered no such evidence,” Weaver wrote.

Former Dover resident Jennings was charged with violating the city ordinance in November 2007 because his Locust Street home fell within a restricted zone.

Jennings sued the city last year with the help of the New Hampshire Civil Liberties Union and claimed that the ordinance was unconstitutional. The case was heard in Dover District Court in September 2008, but a ruling was only issued earlier this month.

Jennings’ was expected to be a test case that could set a larger precedent, but that appears very unlikely now.

In his ruling, Weaver repeatedly said the city did not show how restricting where sex offenders live would protect children. He noted that the city did not seek input from experts when it passed the ordinance in 2005, but instead relied upon testimony from former police Chief William Fenniman.

Weaver also said police had not proven that the city children have been any safer since the ordinance went into effect.

Without any evidence to relate the passing of the ordinance to its stated purpose, the state cannot meet its burden,” he wrote.

Dover was the largest New Hampshire municipality to restrict where sex offenders could live, though others, including Manchester, had considered similar ordinances.

Other communities that continue to restrict where sex offenders can live include: Franklin, Tilton, Northfield and Boscawen.


"The mood and temper of the public in regard to the treatment of crime and criminals is one of the most unfailing tests of a civilization. We must have a desire to rehabilitate into the world of industry, all those who have paid their dues in the hard coinage of punishment." - Winston Churchill (United States Constitution)

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SC - Sex Offender Tracking

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NY - Residents meet about sex offenders

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MO - Imperial church billboards ask, "What's forgivable?"

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08/25/2009

By Alex Fees

KSDK -- Jefferson Hills Christian Church in Imperial is asking a series of serious questions on billboards along Interstate 55 south of St. Louis. Those billboards ask whether God or people should forgive a certain list of offenses, such as: sex offenders, suicide, cheating on your boyfriend, and little white lies.

"We've noticed that people everywhere, no matter your faith or church background, have internal lists of things they think are forgivable or not forgivable," said Steve Benke, lead pastor at Jefferson Hills Church. "Are there certain things you can do that are unforgivable, and have heaven or hell issues at stake?"

The billboards went up Monday. Benke hopes they are thought-provoking.

"As Christians, we believe there is no unforgivable sin," said Benke. "Jesus Christ is our perfect savior, and that means there's not a single sin a person can't turn to God with and find forgiveness."

The campaign marks the church's second foray into provocative marketing and advertising. The first billboard campaign took place early last year, featuring messages supposedly from Satan. One message read, "Boycott Jefferson Hills Church," while another said, "I hate Jefferson Hills Church."

Regarding that effort, Benke said, "We saw a 14 percent increase in our attendance for nine months during that campaign."

The "forgivable" billboards stimulated conversation among drivers along I-55.

One driver, Keith Murphy, was asked if sex offenders and people who commit suicide are forgivable.

"It all depends on the situation and what happened, how it all went down," he said.

Another commuter, Erica Downs, said three out of four of the sins in the new billboard campaign are forgivable. Which one is not?

"The sex offenders," she said. So what does Downs think about the campaign?

"I guess it's a good one," she said. "I guess that's what the Bible says, that you're supposed to forgive everyone, but I don't think human nature really goes along with that all the time."

Benke said it's important people understand what's contained in Christian scripture.

"And then, quite frankly, the church gets that message wrong, as well," he said. "But the Bible teaches there is no sin that isn't forgivable in Jesus."

Benke hopes his church's thought-provoking billboards mark the beginning, not the end, of a conversation about forgiveness.

"We love the idea of inviting St. Louis to join in conversations about faith topics," Benke said.

To see the billboards visit www.whatsforgivable.com; for more information about Jefferson Hills Church, visit their website at www.jhchurch.org.






"The mood and temper of the public in regard to the treatment of crime and criminals is one of the most unfailing tests of a civilization. We must have a desire to rehabilitate into the world of industry, all those who have paid their dues in the hard coinage of punishment." - Winston Churchill (United States Constitution)

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FL - Census Taken Of Sex Offender Camp

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Comments from those at the bridge - There were approximately, 5 parole officers, 15 law enforcement with vests on, very intimidating look and they arrived in about 10 cars. Not counting the news media. Book saw the sign "Welcome to Bookville." His first reaction was that he wanted to tear it down. However, with all the camera crews there, he thought it best to leave them up. They should be in the news tomorrow. See here for another perspective!

08/24/2009

Officials Try To Find Out If Offenders Are Accounted For

MIAMI -- Miami-Dade police and parole officers joined the Miami-Dade Homeless Trust Monday night to canvass the area under the Julia Tuttle Causeway.

The goal was to conduct an accurate census of the population that’s sprung up in the makeshift tent city.

Local 10’s Julie Summers was on hand as agents conducted their patrol and questioned sex offenders.

According to the Florida Deptartment of Law Enforcement’s Web site, even Monday, Aug. 24, one more sex offender registered his address as the “Julia Tuttle Causeway” bringing the total now to 64.
- Hell, nobody knows how many are there. I've heard 64, 70, 80, over 100. This goes to show you that the registry is basically pointless. If the cops do not know how many are there, then do you think the public does? Nope!

But the worry is that far fewer than that are actually there.

If they are not there, they are somewhere where we cannot keep track of them. And that should be a scary concern for the public,” said Ron Book of the Miami-Dade Homeless Trust.

The concern is that any sex offender who is registered under the bridge but actually lives elsewhere is putting children at risk – because families in that neighborhood won’t know to be on alert.

Can you imagine a community with a bundle of sex offenders and predators running loose in a community? Without anybody knowing where they are?” said Book.
- Ron Book, fear-mongering as usual!  You lobbied for these laws!

Which is why working by the numbers under the bridge is key, he said.

If I’m working off bad numbers , I never get to closure!
- Sure you will.  If your goal is to get them out from under the bridge and into homes, you do not need to know the numbers, just start finding them homes and moving them out, until no more are there, it's pretty simple.  But, as usual, you fear-monger!

Closure, Book explained, would be eventually closing down the tent city and getting offenders into apartments and homes where they can be tracked and children can be safe.
- If an offender cannot get or keep a job, due to the registry, then it's only a matter of time before they are homeless and the same issue arises.


"The mood and temper of the public in regard to the treatment of crime and criminals is one of the most unfailing tests of a civilization. We must have a desire to rehabilitate into the world of industry, all those who have paid their dues in the hard coinage of punishment." - Winston Churchill (United States Constitution)

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