Saturday, August 28, 2010

Bad Minister

According to the Charlotte Observer the Rev. Bill Cabe is a Bad Minister, let's see if you agree: 

"The Rev. Johnny William 'Bill' Cabe, a Rock Hill minister, was arrested today after a police investigation. Cabe, 50, was charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor, committing lewd act on a child under 16 and unlawfully practicing medicine, according to York County Sheriff’s Office records. Cabe, a pastor at of Riverside Baptist Church in Rock Hill, has a criminal history that includes past allegations of touching children.

Previous misdemeanor charges of practicing medicine without a license after allegations from two teenage boys that he performed hernia-like checks on them were dismissed. He was convicted of assault in 1989 in connection with a confrontation with a church member.

Cabe was also sentenced to nine years in Federal prison in 2001 after being found guilty of 26 charges related to bilking religious investors out of millions of dollars. Prosecutors argued during Cabe's trial that he promised investors a return of as much as 500 percent on $8.5 million in investments in 1998 in an international high-yield investment scheme called HisWay International Ministries."
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How does a guy like this get a second chance?  There should be a one-touch-rule among Protestant ministers.  I suppose part of the problem is there is no database or hiearchy for the hiring by local churches, but you would think in the era of the Internet the elders or whoever hired the Reverend Cabe would have at least put his name in a search engine.  If I were the treasurer or other responsible elder at the Riverside Baptist Church I would be asking a lawyer to read the insurance policy very closely.

9 comments:

  1. There is something I think you missed here. Bill Cabe was pastor of Riverside Baptist Church BEFORE he went to prison. He was pastor of Riverside AT THE TIME the early allegations surfaced about him touching boys innapropriately. Riverside Baptist Church let Cabe COME BACK after his stint in prison to become pastor ONCE AGAIN! They didn't need to do a background check on him before allowing him back with open arms. This church already knew his history, that he was an accused child molester AND a convicted felon, but let him come back anyway!

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  2. Anon@12:55--

    Thank you for the additional information. I am deeply affected by movies like Apostle, and many examples of people who have redeemed great wrongs, with reformed hearts and acts, but I am deeply troubled by pedophilia, a compulsion that proves intractable. How can anyone in this day and age think it appropriate to put a spiritual person with this sort of compulsion back into a position where they can do further harm?
    BL

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  3. Do you want to be moved, BL? I KNEW this man when I was growing up. He was the assistant principal of the Christian school I attended. One distinct thing I remembered about him was his desire to open up children's home just like the New Bethany Homes for Boys and Girls, the founder of which was a man named Mack Ford. I remember Bill Cabe really talking up Mack Ford and what he was doing to "save" troubled kids. This was AFTER I had been a resident there myself.
    go here:
    http://newbethanysurvivors.multiply.com/

    and here:
    http://nwohioskeptics.com/2010/07/the-dogma-that-followed-me-home/

    and here:
    http://nwohioskeptics.com/2010/08/the-survivors-of-new-bethany-homes/

    and here:
    http://akopsa.wordpress.com/2010/02/22/history-of-violence-christian-boarding-schools-and-the-trial-of-jack-patterson/

    THere is MUCH more. You can google the name "New Bethany" and "Mack Ford" to find a multitude of other information.

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  4. And THIS just posted:

    http://jeriwho.net/lillypad2/?p=3966

    The Fundamentalist Roll Call of Shame, Updated

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  5. I am deeply grateful for all the additional information. I do know that Jesus said that it would be better for a man to have an albatross hung from their neck and hurled into the sea rather than harm a hair on the head of one of these . . .
    BL

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  6. how might we communicate privately?

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  7. I found archived news articles about the residential boys home this man ioerated back in the early 90's when the FIRST allegations of physical and sexual abuse surfaced.

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  8. He is my pastor now and I know for a fact that he has changed.

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  9. Im a kid who was with pastor cabe for awhile and he would take me out to eat and he loved getting me away from my family he never touched me badly but know that i think back it was kinda creepy and im in highschool now

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