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Anti-gay Christian Group Opens Teen Coffeeshop; Hires Child Molester to Run It

☥☽✪☾DAW ☽✪☾ 2012/05/24 22:01:25
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Everyone knows that the religious right fundies like to claim that LGBT people are more likely to molest children even though the facts say otherwise. Scott Lively, the evangelical who has been pushing Uganda's "Kill the Gays" bill, has opened a coffeeshop in Springfield Massachusetts. The cafe is aimed at local teenagers.


So who does an anti-gay crusader hire to manage his new "teen outreach ministry?" A convicted child molester, of course.

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A local man who served as manager of the Holy Grounds Coffee Shop on State Street -- a cafe operated by anti-gay pastor Scott Lively that serves free coffee and offers conversation to teenage visitors -- is a sex offender from New York who was imprisoned for the sexual abuse of an 11-year-old girl in 1995, according to police.


Police detectives on Thursday arrested Michael Frediani, 38, of 453 State St., for failing to register as a Level 2 sex offender in Springfield. He was living in an apartment above the coffee house.

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The coffee house drew criticism last week from some city and school officials, in part because of concerns that truant students were visiting the site during school hours. Lively, pastor of Redemption Gate Mission Society, has criticized media reports, which he says falsely portray him as a gay-bashing, hate-mongering activist.






Police arrest shop manager



SPRINGFIELD - Controversial Pastor Scott Lively, whose ministry operates the Holy Grounds Coffee Shop on State Street, describes one of his managers as a "very kind and gentle and honorable man."

City police, however, said the volunteer manager, Michael J. Frediani, 38, of 453 State St., is a convicted sex offender who failed to register as such in Springfield. As a result, he was arrested and charged Thursday.

Frediani was convicted in 1996 in New York of sexually abusing an 11-year-old girl. The conviction relates to an arrest by police in Canandaigua, N.Y., in 1995, with the offense described as "deviate sexual intercourse" with the victim.

He is listed as a Class 3 offender in New York, defined as posing a "high risk" to commit a new offense. In Massachusetts, he is listed as a Class 2 (moderate risk) offender.

Scott said Frediani told him Thursday he believed he filled out the necessary paperwork to be registered as a sex offender here.

Frediani, who gave his name as Michael Free to The Republican last week and described himself as a born again Christian, pleaded innocent in District Court Thursday on the charge of failing to register as a sex offender in Springfield, and was released on his own recognizance. A pre-trial conference is scheduled Feb. 18.

Lively said he was not aware that Frediani was a sex offender, and had not seen a need to do a criminal check on his manager. Frediani has been a frequent manager of the coffee house since it opened in October, he said.

"Michael had told me he had a very rough past before he became a Christian," Lively said in a telephone interview. "I've only known him a few months. He strikes me as a very kind and gentle and honorable man."

Lively said his board feels that Frediani is a "changed man," but it will discuss the matter further...



Read More: http://www.bilerico.com/2011/01/anti-gay_fundie_op...

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  • P. Sturm 2012/09/13 10:36:31
    Whos more of a Danger to Children? Religious Zealots who advocate hate and V...
    P. Sturm
    Earth to moron, reality check time, due diligence is a background check on anyone in unsupervised contact with juveniles. Over and out.
  • Jrogers 2012/08/21 03:22:01
    Whos more of a Danger to Children? Religious Zealots who advocate hate and V...
    Jrogers
    And he volunteered to hang around young people? A Pedophile - imagine that!
  • Someone 2012/08/21 02:57:48
    WTF
    Someone
    Are you flipn kidding me!! What the hell was these people thinking?
  • misterz 2012/08/17 19:10:54
    Whos more of a Danger to Children? Religious Zealots who advocate hate and V...
    misterz
    Oy vey...sadly, why I am not surprised?
  • Avenged7 2012/08/17 15:49:28
    Whos more of a Danger to Children? Religious Zealots who advocate hate and V...
    Avenged7
    This shows how the religious right gets so caught up in their own lies that they hire a heterosexual pedophile to run a teen coffee shop.!!!
  • elijahin24 2012/08/17 15:45:55
    Whos more of a Danger to Children? Religious Zealots who advocate hate and V...
    elijahin24
    The only shocking thing about this, is how unshocking it really is.
  • Mike Miller 2012/08/17 13:14:12
    Whos more of a Danger to Children? Religious Zealots who advocate hate and V...
    Mike Miller
    Their hatreds work against them. The God they claim to represent does not sanction the dehumanizing of anyone. It is easy to hate when you label and demean people so they are not seen as living, valuable people. Scott Lively is a lost soul and a man who I pity. He will never know what it is to really love absolutely and without condition. He has hardened his heart and his soul with hate that he justifies using God's name. He needs to look in the mirror and ask himself if he is proud of the work he does and the people he harms.
  • ttfndude 2012/08/17 12:03:01
    THAT IS JUST SICK!!!!
    ttfndude
    I believe in second chances whole-heartedly, but than there is this idiot. Lets put an alcoholic in a room ful off open bottles from now on......I mean come on........this is so dangerous, maybe we could have weened him back into society but no lets just throw him into a pool of children....by himself. oh nevermind this is too stupid for words
  • Sadisticon 2012/08/17 09:24:54
    Karma where are you? Here's someone you should meet!!!
    Sadisticon
    I have such schadenfreude right now.
  • Singerar 2012/08/17 07:13:03
    WTF
    Singerar
    +1
    Awful.... Glad no one got hurt. That could have been an awful disaster.
  • Jeff Smith 2012/08/17 05:13:27
    WTF
    Jeff Smith
    So this guy sexually abused an 11 year old when he was around 19-20 years old?
    I drove by a Ckic-fil-a today and the cars waiting to get in stretched over a qtr of a mile imagine that.
  • macy 2012/08/17 05:11:03
    Whos more of a Danger to Children? Religious Zealots who advocate hate and V...
    macy
    I just don't get it.
  • Brosia 2012/08/17 04:35:46
    Karma where are you? Here's someone you should meet!!!
    Brosia
    This is like a sick joke, right? He looks like a child molester, and a back ground check is kind of mandatory in these times. This guy is the reason why, by the way.

    But then, from the guy that advocates killing people, I really wouldn't expect much else.
  • Glfer65 2012/08/17 04:32:27
    Karma where are you? Here's someone you should meet!!!
    Glfer65
    Somehow Lively is going to get a corn cob up his ass on this.
  • ghostrider 2012/08/17 04:04:26
    WTF
    ghostrider
    Isn't that the 'christian' thing to do ... just ask the pope.
  • ~HopelessRomanticM17~ 2012/08/17 03:57:21
    Whos more of a Danger to Children? Religious Zealots who advocate hate and V...
    ~HopelessRomanticM17~
    What the hell?!!? That's so completely messed up!!
  • XENON23 2012/06/05 20:44:14
    WTF
    XENON23
    Looks like Fat Jesus.
  • sjalan 2012/06/05 20:34:31
    Karma where are you? Here's someone you should meet!!!
    sjalan
    +2
    The "what goes around comes around" solution is quite amazing isn't it.

    Lively is going to be put out of business by one of the children that went to that coffee house and got molested??? Especially when the rest of the community finds out and some kid figures it would be good for a couple of bucks.
  • Psyblade 2012/06/05 15:55:43
    Whos more of a Danger to Children? Religious Zealots who advocate hate and V...
    Psyblade
    This kind of hypocrisy doesn't even surprise me anymore.
  • Goth 2012/05/26 19:07:04
    THAT IS JUST SICK!!!!
    Goth
    +1
    *Sigh* Why they do that? Just why? Seriously.
  • Fenris 2012/05/26 10:32:17
    WTF
    Fenris
    +1
    I have no problem with someone being against something or even someone but hiting a damned childe molester is just WRONG!
  • XENON23 Fenris 2012/06/05 20:46:53
    XENON23
    Very bad to hit a child molester? LOL...don't you hate typos?
  • BritPunk XENON23 2012/08/17 11:37:26
    BritPunk
    Maybe he's posh and is saying "hating"!!
  • Spider 2012/05/26 01:18:34
    Whos more of a Danger to Children? Religious Zealots who advocate hate and V...
    Spider
    Typical.
  • Mitsurugi Chiba 2012/05/25 15:25:43
    Whos more of a Danger to Children? Religious Zealots who advocate hate and V...
    Mitsurugi Chiba
    Not surprised in the least either. I wonder what ppl like Scott Lively think their God who is supposed to be all about love and acceptance would think of them for walking their path of hate and nonacceptance of ppl not like them.
  • HarleyCharley 2012/05/25 12:12:47
    Apparently Lively has never heard of a thing called "background checks"??? F...
    HarleyCharley
    +1
    That is sad.....
  • Nameless 2012/05/25 11:30:09
    WTF
    Nameless
    +2
    As a victim of abuse - I have no words to express what I feel...
  • Lady Whitewolf 2012/05/25 11:22:16
    WTF
    Lady Whitewolf
    +3
    THAT'S brilliant.... **sheesh**
  • Glfer65 Lady Wh... 2012/08/17 04:28:41
    Glfer65
    Gee ya think? ;)
  • Willie 2012/05/25 05:01:13
    Whos more of a Danger to Children? Religious Zealots who advocate hate and V...
    Willie
    +5
    How many times to these religious sickos have to show their true colors before people get wise? Their whole anti-gay campaign seems to be an attempt to distract from REAL perversion, REAL abuse and REAL danger, which are rampant in their churches.
  • Clay Sl... Willie 2012/05/25 14:15:39
    Clay Slayer
    +5
    The real abuse of children starts when they are being brainwashed by religion...
  • Willie Clay Sl... 2012/05/25 15:43:20
    Willie
    +2
    You got that right.
  • reaper 2012/05/25 04:59:46
    Whos more of a Danger to Children? Religious Zealots who advocate hate and V...
    reaper
  • peaches reaper 2012/05/26 03:10:24
    peaches
    +4
    I love condesending Wonka :D
  • peaches 2012/05/25 03:06:33
    WTF
    peaches
    +1
    Plain sad, is what this is. Just sad >.<
  • Lady Wh... peaches 2012/05/25 11:22:46
    Lady Whitewolf
    +1
    can't disagree!
  • socokid 2012/05/25 02:37:07
    Whos more of a Danger to Children? Religious Zealots who advocate hate and V...
    socokid
    +1
    I believe in second chances, but it is OK. I can dislike these idiots for their bigotry alone just fine...
  • Gracie - Proud Conservative 2012/05/25 02:31:30
    WTF
    Gracie - Proud Conservative
    +1
    If the guy didn't "claim" to be a Christian, would he be any more or less dangerous. You're making this about religion and it's not, it's about a pervert.
  • ☥☽✪☾DAW... Gracie ... 2012/05/25 02:36:20
    ☥☽✪☾DAW ☽✪☾
    +4
    the fact a Christian hate Group hired a child molester for a Coffee shop Geared toward Teens is like the Vatican church and the pedophile priests
  • Gracie ... ☥☽✪☾DAW... 2012/05/25 02:40:24
    Gracie - Proud Conservative
    +1
    You confuse hate with many other things.

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