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Friday, June 20, 2008

Youth Pastor Watch

posted by on June 20 at 13:50 PM


A Fort Worth pastor is free on bond after being arrested on accusations he sexually assaulted a girl who attends his church.

James “Jay” Virtue Robinson IV is pastor of Southwood Baptist Church…. The warrant says Robinson was the youth minister when the relationship began about two years ago.


The former St. Helena High School coach who pleaded no contest to sexually molesting two students more than a decade ago must undergo a psychological evaluation…. As part of the plea bargain, Sandler must register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

The incidents with a girl under 16 happened from 1997 through 1998, while Sandler was a volleyball coach at St. Helena High School. He was also serving as a youth minister at his former St. Helena church.


A Bedford couple has won free fertility treatment from a church whose pastor says it wants to “do for people what they can’t do for themselves.”

The eleven7 church of Southlake attracted considerable news coverage by arranging a free round of fertility treatment and encouraging childless couples to apply for it.
Matt and Christina Jonker were selected at random Friday and were presented to the church during its Sunday morning, Father’s Day worship service. “We’re just blown away and amazed at God’s goodness,” Mr. Jonker said Monday.

He’s a former youth pastor who’s working part time as a golf course caddie and hoping to return to ministry.

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What are we watching for with the third one?

Posted by elenchos | June 20, 2008 1:58 PM

Don't know, elenchos. Just watching, watching.

Posted by Dan Savage | June 20, 2008 2:02 PM

I mean like, if a youth pastor won a frozen turkey in a raffle, that would be up on the Slog too? I thought this was about youth pastors, like, abusing the youth.

Come to think of it, a frozen turkey would be murder...

Posted by elenchos | June 20, 2008 2:05 PM

Huh. I assumed we were watching for more people being blown away and amazed by god's goodness. I'm surprised that article doesn't mention what deity was responsible for the Jonker's infertility in the first place. Anyway, thanks to god for the science and technology behind modern fertility treatments. Yay god.

Posted by umvue | June 20, 2008 2:10 PM

I love Slog as much as the next person. I'm a fan of Dan and all that he's brought to the super-stale world of political and social commentary.

But, is Slog really the right venue for these incessant Youth Pastor Watches? I mean, aren't you preaching to the choir here? Certainly, I know that you're attempting to create a record of these abuses, and drive the point home, in the hopes that on occasion, the actual target audience will wander in to read these missives.

BUT...even though I suspect that some of the target DO wander in, in the meantime, you are taking valuable time and eye-estate away from we loyal readers who I'm guessing largely scan over these posts.

Here's an idea: start a separate blog, called "youthpastorwatch" or some such and post these missives there. The advantage to that is it would likely get picked up and moved to top level in a google search, and anyone, anytime, looking for information on youth pastors would be routed to your exclusive blog.

Whaddya think? :-)

Posted by Timothy | June 20, 2008 3:32 PM

Keep up the good work Dan. The more of these examples you give, the more people will realise what a con game religion has become.

Posted by Vince | June 20, 2008 3:37 PM


I think Dan has addressed this point in the past related to his "every child deserves a mother and a father" posts.

I can't speak for him but I believe it was along the lines of - as long as they (religious nuts) are reminding the country that gays are the downfall of civilization that will molest our children, it bears repeating that THESE HYPOCRITES are often the real threat. The ones perpetrating this very violence of hate on our community are inflicting the thing they are trying to prevent on their own kind.

It keeps it at the top of our minds and makes us more ready to combat the bigotry we so often face.

I, for one, revel in these.

Posted by Non | June 20, 2008 3:57 PM

I have registered

Posted by Dan Savage | June 20, 2008 4:11 PM

Oh, hey, Mr. Savage, I want to thank you for replying to me. For the last few days I was seriously beginning to think the only person left on earth willing to talk to me was Tim Eyman.

Yeah, I know.

Posted by elenchos | June 20, 2008 4:33 PM

Savage is only 3.29 billion of these posts away from causing one deeply faithful Christian to blink. Keep on posting!

Posted by Bob | June 20, 2008 5:43 PM

“We’re just blown away and amazed at God’s goodness.”

Wouldn't 'goodness' be setting up an adoption agency for all those unwanted babies Jesus freaks insisted be 'saved' from abortion? Wouldn't that have been a better use for the money instead of fertility treatments? If these 'good' Christian couples wanted a little bit of God's 'goodness' why didn't they adopt?

Yeah, I know.

Posted by Y.F. | June 20, 2008 8:15 PM

Currently says:

Sponsored Listings

"Free Online Bible Study" etc.

I hope to see some improvements. Also, I want to see an every child website. We can make that the first hit one google (rather than your slog post on the subject).

Posted by sepiolida | June 20, 2008 11:05 PM

Isn't there some way to embed links in the words "youth pastor" to affect what comes up on a Google search? I think a writer on Slate did that with "genocidal tyrant."

Posted by nabridie | June 21, 2008 6:25 AM

So you can't play god in preventing pregnancies, but you can in creating them? Christians, a LITTLE consistency, please.

Posted by Miss Poppy Dixon | June 21, 2008 7:04 AM

#14 - actually, I was a bit surprised to see this news item, because I do hear a lot of stories of Christian churches opposing fertility treatments due to the fact that they create a lot of fertilized eggs that don't get used. And as we all know (and as a proposed amendment to the Colorado legislation is soon to make law), fertilized eggs are fully-fledged people.

Posted by Lauren | June 21, 2008 9:06 AM

picture of an actual churchwindow in an belgian catholic church..

Posted by whoehaa | June 21, 2008 9:14 AM

@16, you've found the background image for Dan's YouthPastorWatch page! Good work!

Posted by Schweighsr | June 21, 2008 11:16 AM

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