June 6, 2008

Lay pastor takes title literally

Speaking of arousing himself, consider the case of Mario Antonio Bautista, a California Pentecostal "leader" in gross abuse of his elevated pastoral status who attempted a defense to sexual assault charges on the grounds that he wasn't paid for his preaching:

People v. Bautista (.pdf, 29 pgs.)

He lost. A reminder that clerical honorifics confer zero credibility and, in many cases, should actually arouse suspicion.

h/t Prof. Friedman.

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