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Thursday, March 6, 2008

Youth Pastor Watch

posted by on March 6 at 10:19 AM


A United Methodist Church minister from Conneautville arrested Wednesday on Internet pornography charges has been suspended from his ministerial duties—including that as the church district youth minister.

The Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General alleges [Rev. Steven Richard] McGuigan engaged in sexually explicit e-mail conversations in Internet chat rooms with what he believed was a 13-year-old girl seven different times between December 2007 and January, including one from chat from his place of employment—the church. Authorities also allege that during two of the conversations McGuigan sent sexually explicit videos of himself to her via the Internet.


A Clermont County man was found guilty Tuesday of molesting two foster sons, now 17 and 16…. Judge Robert Ringland of Common Pleas Court ordered Bell, 32, jailed until he is sentenced April 8.

Bell, a real-estate salesman and former youth minister, faces up to five years in prison and might have to register as a sexual offender for 25 years.


Robert Carter Terral and Trent Austin Coley, both of Fairhope and members of Boy Scouts of America Troop 47, received their Eagle Scout awards at a recent ceremony….

The invocation and benedictions for the Eagle Scout Court of Honor were delivered by Trent and Carterís pastor, Rev. J.D. McDuffie, of The Way. The Eagle Pledge was given by Gray Strickland, their youth pastor.

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I don't get the last one. Am I missing something?

Posted by sam | March 6, 2008 10:25 AM

What's the matter with that last one. A couple of kids become eagle scouts and their youth pastor helped with the ceremony. What am I missing?

Posted by Confused | March 6, 2008 10:26 AM

Looking at the picture in the article, I'd say the only way those 2 boys will ever get laid is if the youth paster does them.

Posted by Providence | March 6, 2008 10:32 AM

So now it's a youth pastor watch if the offender knows a youth pastor?

Posted by JT | March 6, 2008 10:37 AM

Dan, could you explain why the last one is included? Are the scouts providing badges for blowing youth ministers or something?

Posted by Hernandez | March 6, 2008 10:40 AM

I'm guessing the last one might have something to do with this:

Posted by Aislinn | March 6, 2008 10:51 AM

Hehe. "Breakfast".

Posted by Mr. Poe | March 6, 2008 10:53 AM

Come on, people. You've never heard of the eagle pledge? It makes donkey punching look tamer than a hot karl or an icy mike.

Posted by Dan Savage | March 6, 2008 10:53 AM

Well Dan, since I wasted 10 minutes googling variations on "Eagle Pledge" and got nothing but boy scount crapola, I have to believe that you're putting us on. Fuck you very much.

Posted by Providence | March 6, 2008 11:05 AM

40 GOTO 10

Posted by Burgin99 | March 6, 2008 11:09 AM

No, frankly, I haven't heard of it, but I somehow seriously doubt that it involves sex with youth pastors.

Posted by Fifty-Two-Eighty | March 6, 2008 11:10 AM

This is an unhealthy obsession, Dan.

Posted by w7ngman | March 6, 2008 11:12 AM

Found the pledge in about 10 seconds and, folks, it's official - Dan has gone around the bend.

Posted by Fifty-Two-Eighty | March 6, 2008 11:32 AM

It seems pretty obvious to me. If the Boy Scouts are really concerned about the boys, they should let the gays in and ban the youth pastors.

Posted by toadfood | March 6, 2008 11:32 AM

well Dan, I followed the link to the PA story b/c it was my hometown paper in high school (w00t...Meadville!!), and I found a sidebar story about how everyone is "saddened but not surprised" that the offending party is a youth minister:

Dan, these are some of the most guileless, credulous people on the planet. If they know what's up with youth ministers, I think you've probably hit the bottom of the barrel for an audience to whom you can "expose" these terrible truths.

But I guess it's still a useful enterprise in terms of having a "blog of record" for youth pastor misdeeds. So whatever, I guess...shine on like the youth-pastor-hatin' crazy diamond you are.


Posted by ExiledInLA | March 6, 2008 12:04 PM

Re: the boy scouts-- be glad Rick Perry isn't your gov. He's mine and he's a moron... Texas will always be the laughingstock of the country:

PERRY: ...Scouting ought to be about building character, not about sex. Period. Precious few parents enroll their boys in the Scouts to get a crash course in sexual orientation.

SOLOMON: Why do you think a homosexual would be more likely to bring the subject of sex into a conversation than a heterosexual?

PERRY: Well, the ban in scouting applies to scout leaders. When you have a clearly open homosexual scout leader, the scouts are going to talk about it. And they're not there to learn about that. They're there to learn about what it means to be loyal and trustworthy and thrifty.

SOLOMON: But don't you think that homosexuals might also be interested in being loyal and thrifty?

PERRY: The argument that gets made is that homosexuality is about sex. Do you agree?


PERRY: Well, then why don't they call it something else?

Posted by robo | March 6, 2008 12:55 PM

How about my old youth pastor, who had to leave one job. One of the girls was depressed, and talking to her high school counselor, let on that the one person she really felt loved by was her youth pastor. So the counselor told her she must be gay for her youth pastor.

Posted by Mr. Joshua | March 6, 2008 4:10 PM

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