Daniel Cormier the “self described” pastor convicted of sexual assault

Turns out not to be a repeat from last year. The same disgusting preacher dude is making headlines once more and once more I acknowledge Mojoey for mentioning it:

Pastor Daniel Cormier was convicted of sexual assault Friday in Canada in a case involving a 16-year-old girl. His previous conviction occurred last January for the sexual assault of a girl aged 10.

Cormier is a freak. He needs to spend a long time in prison, 15 to 20 years at least. With Canada, this is unlikely. They are a “humane” country. It’s much better to have Cormier out of prison and preying on children in 2014.

From the CBC article:

He’s already serving a five-year sentence, handed down last January, for sexually assaulting a 10-year-old girl he had claimed as his bride after a ceremony at his Downtown Church.

The victim at the centre of the latest trial was a parishioner and volunteer at the facility.

Cormier was accused of sexually exploiting the girl between 1993 and 1995 when she was 16 and 17 years old.

She told the court she was naive and had no sexual experience before meeting Cormier at his so-called church. Eventually they ended up together at a religious retreat in the Laurentians, with her sleeping in his bed.

Mojoey’s disgust has to do with both Cormier, and the bias he thinks is evident in CBC’s reporting of the incident: “self-described” pastor and “so-called” church.

The bias is obvious. No self respecting legitimate pastor would molest a child, right? It’s just freaks like Cormier who actually commit the crimes. I have ample examples showing that this is just not true. The clergy sexual abuse epidemic is real and happens in every major denomination.

I also have ample examples of people starting a church as a way to make a few bucks and avoid taxes. Any random Joe off the street with a Jesus loves you message can start a church. There are no standards. I could open Mojoey’s blessed church of the holy Jeebus for $100 and the patience to stand it line at city hall. With luck, I could be in business by next Saturday night. Beer is our sacrament, put $2 in the collection plate and bask in the glow of Mojoey’s love. …you must be 21 and like reggae to attend.

Well, I’d go. I like reggae. I don’t know if Canada tracks these storefront religious organizations in any way. I don’t know if they have to be affiliated with any of the typical denominations or if they really can just take a bible and say the words and be a legal church that easily. Can anyone who wants to rent a hole in the wall and has enough leftover cash for folding chairs and candles set up shop, no official standards required?

If the answer really is yes, that’s a hell of a system.

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1 Response to Daniel Cormier the “self described” pastor convicted of sexual assault

  1. tmso says:

    I don’t know if there are absolutely no standards, but I do know that a lot of secular organizations, like city hall, wouldn’t necessarily tackle a church on it’s credibility unless people complained. I think the church has to do something illegal to warrant shutting them down or policing them. It appears to me that Cormier was indeed doing something illegal. Amazing they just don’t lock him up for a very long life.

    (side note: thanks for the Gandalf/Frodo pic, inspiring! 😉 )

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