Woah there, Patrick Bateman.
Woah there, Patrick Bateman.
Pastor Lonny Lee Remmers
According to witness reports, Lonny Lee Remmers, pastor of Heart of Worship Community Church in Corona, CA, and church members Nicholas Craig and Darryll Jeter Jr., tortured a 13 year old boy at a church run group home. The Los Angeles Times reports:
…The March 2012 incidents included Craig and Jeter driving the victim to the desert and forcing him to dig his own grave. They then made him get in and threw dirt on him. They were responding to Remmers’ instruction to “scare” the boy, according to the affidavits.
While the boy was showering, one of the men rubbed salt into the cuts on his back, according to Steven Larkey, who lived in the group home and provided the witness report in the affidavit. He told investigators he could hear the boy screaming and saw blood all over the shower the next day.
The victim was later tied to a chair with zip ties and placed in the shower. Mace was sprayed on his face, causing it to bleed, and he was not allowed to rinse off for about 30 minutes, according to the victim’s account in the affidavit.
At a Bible study later that evening at Remmers’ home, Remmers asked the boy to sit in the middle of the group and then squeezed his nipple with pliers.
The boy, his mother and sister were members of Remmers’ church. His mother and sister lived in a women’s group home, but the boy said he had been moved to the men’s home as a disciplinary action.
Remmers entered guilty pleas to inflicting bodily injury on a child and assault with a deadly weapon. He will receive a sentence of up to two years in state prison.
At a minimum, he will receive the same sentence as Craig and Jeter, who each were placed on three years of formal probation and must complete a year in custody. They each pleaded guilty to charges of child abuse and making criminal threats, according to the Riverside County district attorney’s office.
"There were new developments, which we will not be discussing, that caused us to believe this was the best disposition for all those involved," said John Hall, spokesman for the Riverside County district attorney.
According to another news report, the mother of the boy, who was in another church operated group home,
…asked the pastor to teach her son some responsibility, and to “be a man.”
According to an April 2012 report on mycitycornona.com, the storefront where the church met is now vacant and for rent. According to the report, the church’s website had this quote:
“Our mission at the Heart of Worship is to raise the church body to be true disciples of Christ, meaning that if Christ would not think it, say it, or do it, neither will we,”
I wonder how Pastor Remmers squares what he did with "if Christ would not think it, say it, or do it, neither will we.” While I could not find any information on whether these homes were licensed or regulated by the state of California, I am betting they are/were not. And if they are not, they should be. No one, in any state, should be permitted to start a group home without being licensed and subject to regular inspections. Sadly, many states exempt religious homes from state licensure and inspection. I am also betting that this church and these fine, upstanding Christians had plenty of Bible “proof” texts to support their attempts to make this boy into a man.
Another aspect of this story that is NOT part of the latest reports is the fact that a church member DID report Pastor Remmers behavior to the police. Unfortunately, for the boy anyway, the police officer was a member of the church. In 2012, The Press Enterprise reported:
When Heart of Worship Community Church member Steve Larkey told Corona police Cpl. Margaret Bell on March 26 that Pastor Lonny Remmers had assaulted a 13-year-old boy, it put Bell, also a church member, in a bind.
Bell told Larkey that she had to make a choice, according to a declaration written in support of an arrest warrant for Bell that became available Monday, July 23.
Bell acknowledged by telling Larkey that he had forced her hand and she now had to act by either reporting the act or arresting Remmers and the other church members.
Bell directed Larkey to talk to Pastor Remmers to get the story straight and tell her what he said, a Riverside County district attorney Investigator Ryan E. Oakley wrote in the declaration, recounting what Larkey told him.
But Bell, 43, who has been described as a loyal and influential church member, is accused of turning to a third option: doing nothing..
The declaration also said that Bell did not disclose that she was aware of the alleged assault until Corona police detectives confronted her as they served a search warrant at Remmers Sloan Drive home on March 30.
The declaration also revealed that Larkey told Bell he heard a cellphone audio recording of the teen being assaulted before he was brought home naked…
What astounds me about this story is how light the sentences are. Since when does kidnapping and torture become crimes that get probation or a short prison sentence? (all the while people in California are serving long prison sentences for nonviolent drug offenses)
This week in science!
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I think this is witchcraft in a nutshell.
The placebo effect at its finest
'Pit of bones' catches Neanderthal evolution in the act
Skulls from rich human-fossil site suggest that the species evolved feature by feature.
The emergence of Neanderthals is just as mysterious as their disappearance about 30,000 years ago. A study of skulls from a possible burial pit in northern Spain offers a glimpse into the early evolution of the big-bodied hunter-gatherers, who dominated Europe long before modern humans arrived there. The fossils seem to confirm that their distinctive facial features evolved stepwise.
Sima de los Huesos — Spanish for ‘pit of bones’ — is one of the richest human-fossil sites in the world. Since ancient human bones were first discovered there in the 1970s, a team now led by Juan Luis Arsuaga, a palaeoanthropologist at the Complutense University of Madrid, has recovered the remains of an estimated 28 individuals in the 13-metre pit.
Break out your swimsuits, fire up the barbeque, and put on the sunglasses, because summer is
Saturday, June 21, marks the first official day of summer in the Northern Hemisphere, when the sun reaches its northernmost point in the sky.
But did you know that the summer solstice, as it’s called, is the longest day of the year? Here are five facts to know about the first day of summer.
When does the summer solstice begin, exactly?
In the Northern Hemisphere, the summer solstice begins at 6:51 a.m. EDT on June 21, according to Almanac.com, officially ringing in summer. The date brings the year’s longest stretch of daylight. Though the hours of sunlight depend on location, many areas will see 16 hours’ worth of light on Saturday.
Why does the solstice occur?
The word solstice is from the Latin solstitium from sol (sun) and stitium (to stop), because it appears the sun stops at the solstice. The solstice happens twice annually due to the Earth’s axis of rotation. Depending on the calendar year, the summer solstice happens annually in December for the Southern Hemisphere and on June 20 or 21 in the northern half of the world.
For science aficionados, the summer solstice occurs precisely when the Earth’s axial tilt is most inclined toward the sun, at the degree of 23° 26’, its most extreme. In June, the tilt is toward the sun in the Northern Hemisphere, while the second yearly solstice, the winter solstice, in December, the tilt is away from the sun in the Southern Hemisphere.
How is the solstice celebrated?
The solstice marks the first day of summer in the Northern Hemisphere, and that means flip-flops, beach trips and barbecues. In southern England, thousands flock to Stonehenge to see the sun rise from the vantage point of the 4,000-year-old solar monument.
The summer solstice is also a time of celebration for Christians and Pagans. In Christianity, the first day of summer marks the festival of St. John the Baptist, and in Paganism followers celebrate what they call “midsummer” with bonfires and feasts.
Is it the longest day of the year?
The summer solstice has the longest hours of daylight for the Northern Hemisphere,Time And Date reported. The sun, which usually rises directly in the east, rises north of east and sets north of west. This means the sun is in the sky for a longer period of time, yielding more daylight.
Why do the warmest days of summer generally come long after the solstice?
According to Space.com, it takes a month or two for some geographic areas to see their warmest days simply because it takes the Earth time to warm up. In fact, solstices do not mark the start of winter or summer at all; they are actually the midpoint of each season.
Almanac.com calls this phenomenon, when the land and oceans release stored heat back into the atmosphere much later than the first day of summer, the “seasonal temperature lag.”