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REGISTERED SEX OFFENDER: Darrell Gilyard

ONE OF the most jaw dropping tummy tightening stories I read in a long time popped into my in box last week. The news clip told the story of a Baptist Church in Florida which banned children from attending Sunday services because their new pastor, one Darrell Gilyard, is a registered sex offender. As such he is banned from contact with children.

In 2009 the perverted but still practicing pastor pleaded guilty to lewd conduct and lewd molestation of two underage girls. While he was the pastor of another church Gilyard molested a 15-year-old girl and sent a lewd text message to another.

As with most registered sex offenders he is not allowed to have unsupervised contact with children under the age of eighteen.

Released from jail, the church makes the inexplicable decision to hire him as their pastor and ban children from services. What on earth were they thinking?

The decision has sharply divided opinions. Those in the-outraged-of-Florida camp are so incensed that some have even created a blog campaign in an endeavour to get rid of him whilst those in the ‘lets-forgive-and-help support him’ camp have shown up in record numbers, leaving their children at home.

How on earth can anybody – saint or sinner – sit week in week out and actually listen to the sermons, smile at, shake the hands of a known, convicted molester and sexual predator who is just out of prison?

I know forgiveness is good for the soul but this one defies logic for damn sure.

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