Homophobic so-called pastor convicted on child molestation charges

Kenneth Adkins

You know what they say about karma: She is a bitch. And today karma bitch-slapped so-called pastor Kenneth Adkins smack across his face.

Adkins, of Brunswick, Ga., gained notoriety last June 13, the day after 49 people were murdered and more than 50 others wounded in the attack on Orlando LGBT bar Pulse, when he tweeted: “been through so much with the Jacksonville homosexuals that I don’t see none of them as victims. I see them as getting what they deserve!!”

The next day Adkins claimed that his tweet wasn’t referring to those killed and wounded at Pulse, but instead to the LGBT community of Jacksonville, Fla., and others in that city who were advocating for the expansion of the city’s nondiscrimination laws to include protections for LGBT people. (Adkins had served as a panelist the previous December when Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry convened community forums to discuss LGBT people to the anti-discrimination law in Jacksonville.)

Of course, the “they got what they deserved” tweet came on the heels of a string of other anti-LGBT tweets by Adkins earlier that day, including one that declared: “Dear Gays, Go sit down somewhere. I know y’all want some special attention; yall are sinners who need Jesus. This was an attack on America.”

And the next day, Adkins sent Curry an email claiming the “they got what they deserved” tweet was “strictly meant for the Jacksonville group that has made my life a living hell since I served on the panel and opposed the HERO.” He added that he and his family “are the victims here when you understand what I have had to endure for standing up for the Church during the discussions.”

What the fuck ever.

As it turns out, Kenneth Adkins isn’t just a hater, he is a child molester, too.

Last August, just two months after his hateful tweets about the Pulse victims, Adkins was arrested on charges that he molested a boy and a girl at his church, both aged 15 at the time, in 2010.

It’s a sordid and convoluted tale, with the young man — now a specialist in the Army, stationed at Fort Leavenworth — coming forward last year to tell authorities that Adkins liked to watch him and his then-girlfriend have sex in the church office, at the beach and in Adkins’ car. Adkins and his attorney claimed the young man — who married another man last summer — was just trying to get back at Adkins for the things he said about the victims of the Pulse massacre, and for a loan the young man took out for Adkins and which Adkins never fully repaid.

Adkins’ trial started Monday, April 3. Today (Tuesday, April 11), the jury took about an hour to return a guilty verdict on all eight charges. His sentencing is set for April 25 and Adkins, now 57 and with a prior record of other crimes, faces the very real possibility of spending the rest of his life in prison.

Adkins’ attorney will be filing a motion for a new trial. And since the young woman in this story has steadfastly denied that any of the things the young man alleges ever happened, Adkins may get his new trial and he may eventually be acquitted.

And Adkins has also claimed to have a change of heart about LGBT people, telling a reporter for the Florida Times-Union just before the trial started that he now believes that everyone, including LGBT people, should be treated with dignity. He told the reporter, “I realized what I was doing was so anti-Bible — which was not loving people for who they are.”

Again, what the fuck ever.

For now, despite his claims of innocence and a change of heart, despite his appeals, he remains a convicted child molester. And karma continues to smile.

—  Tammye Nash

Non-trans former Speaker of the House sentenced for case related to child molestation

150528174433-01-hastert-1999-super-169Dennis Hastert, 74, the non-transgender, heterosexual former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, has been sentenced to 15 months in prison on bank fraud charges stemming from hush money he paid to cover up child molestation claims. The claims date back more than 30 years, to the time before Hastert was elected to Congress, when he was a high school wrestling coach.

Hastert pleaded guilty to violating banking regulations by withdrawing just under $10,000 each time he made a hush-money payment to one of his victims and then lying to investigators as he tried to cover up his criminal activity.

After his release, Hastert will serve two years on probation and he was fined $250,000.

Federal Judge Thomas Durkin called Hastert — who  finally admitted, just before the sentence was handed down, that he sexually abused students while he was wrestling coach at Yorkville High School — a “serial child molester.”

“Nothing is more disturbing than having ‘serial child molester’ and ‘speaker of the House’ in the same sentence,” Durkin said.

Referring to the fact that the statute of limitations has run out on the actual molestation cases, Durkin also told Hastert, “I can’t sentence you as a child molester. Your sentence today will do what you would have faced in state court.” He said that the sentence he imposed was relatively light because of Hastert’s advanced age and poor health.

Hastert, for his part, apologized for having “mistreated” his former students. “I want to apologize to the boys I mistreated when I was a coach,” he said. “They looked [up] at me and I took advantage of them.

—  David Taffet

Huckabee accuses trans women of being child molesters while supporting a child molester

Mike Huckabee

Mike Huckabee

Video of Republican presidential candidate — and former Arkansas governor — Mike Huckabee once again describing transgender women as male pedophiles lurking in bathrooms to molest little girls has surfaced, less than two weeks after Huckabee posted on Facebook declaring his support for admitted child molester Joshua Duggar.

In the video, filmed at the 2015 National Religious Broadcasters Convention in late February, Huckabee “joked” about how he wished he could have pretended to be transgender by saying he “felt like a woman” in high school “when it came time to take showers in PE,” BuzzFeed reports. Right-wing news site World Net Daily uploaded the video to YouTube over the weekend.

In the video, which you can watch below, Huckabee said: “For those who do not think that we are under threat, simply recognize that the fact that we are now in city after city watching ordinances say that your seven-year-old daughter, if she goes into the restroom cannot be offended and you can’t be offended if she’s greeted there by a 42-year-old man who feels more like a woman than he does a man.”

Then he added: “Now I wish that someone told me that when I was in high school that I could have felt like a woman when it came time to take showers in PE. I’m pretty sure that I would have found my feminine side and said, ‘Coach, I think I’d rather shower with the girls today.’ You’re laughing because it sounds so ridiculous doesn’t it?”

He also claimed there is “something inherently wrong about forcing little children to be a part of this social experiment,” adding “I’m not against anybody. I’d just like for somebody to bring their brain to work some day and not leave it on the bedstand when they show up to govern.”

Of course, while he is more than happy to make up stories about men pretending to be women so they’ll have more chances to molest little girls, Huckabee apparently still stands steadfastly behind his Arkansas buddies, the Duggar family, and their son Joshua, who admitted he molested five younger girls when he was a teenager (and yes, four of those girls were his own sisters).

“Janet and I want to affirm our support for the Duggar family,” Huckabee wrote in a May 22 post on his Facebook page (Janet is his wife). He noted that Joshua Duggar called his actions in molesting little girls “inexcusable,” but adds that  inexcusable “doesn’t mean ‘unforgivable.’”

Huckabee wrote that Josh Duggar and his family “dealt with it and were honest and open about it with the victims and the authorities” — without acknowledging that the family dealt with it by not saying anything for more than a year and stonewalling all efforts by authorities to investigate until after the statute of limitations had expired.

Huckabee downplayed Joshua Duggars crimes by saying “Good people make mistakes and do regrettable and even disgusting things,” by saying that because Duggar was a teenager his “judgement [was] not mature,” and he confessed his sins and sought help.

(Joshua Duggar’s father got a police officer friend — since convicted and now serving time for possession of child pornography — to give Josh a stern talking to, and then sent him to live with a friend of the family for three months for “counseling,” which consisted of helping that family friend in his home building business.)

Huckabee concluded: “Janet and I love Jim Bob and Michelle [the Duggar family patriarch and matriarch] and their entire family. They are no more perfect a family than any family, but their Christian witness is not marred in our eyes because following Christ is not a declaration of our perfection, but of HIS perfection. It is precisely because we are all sinners that we need His grace and His forgiveness.

“We have been blessed to receive God’s love and we would do no less than to extend our love and support for our friends. In fact, it is such times as this, when real friends show up and stand up. Today, Janet and I want to show up and stand up for our friends. Let others run from them. We will run to them with our support.”

Hmm. Kind of makes you wonder whose bedstand Mike Huckabee left his brain on that day, doesn’t it.

—  Tammye Nash

TLC pulls ’19 Kids and Counting’ … at least for now

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Josh Dugger

TMZ is reporting that TLC has yanked the reality series “19 Kids and Counting” from its lineup after the Dugger family — which is busy overpopulating the world with bigots — acknowledged this week that one of the 19 kids, Josh Dugger, really did molest underage girls. But, “Sources familiar with the situation tell TMZ, the fate of the show is uncertain, but there’s now so much heat in the wake of Josh Duggar’s molestation confession … the network had to make the decision.”

TLC officials released this statement to The Huffington Post today: “Effective immediately, TLC has pulled all episodes of 19 Kids and Counting currently from the air. We are deeply saddened and troubled by this heartbreaking situation, and our thoughts and prayers are with the family and victims at this difficult time.”

But HuffPo also notes that the TLC website continues to list the show as airing on June 1.

Josh Dugger admitted his guilt after InTouch magazine published a story Thursday, May 21, about police records it obtained from Springdale, Ark., hidden since 2006, that show Josh Duggar confessed to his father, Jim Bob Duggar, who then waited more than a year before telling police what his son did. Reports indicate Josh Dugger molested five girls who lived in the Dugger family home in 2002 and 2003.

Following the InTouch report Thursday, Josh Dugger resigned from his job with the ultra-right-wing Family Research Council. He then apologized in a post to the Dugger family Facebook page, saying, “Twelve years ago, as a young teenager, I acted inexcusably for which I am extremely sorry and deeply regret. … We spoke with the authorities where I confessed my wrongdoing, and my parents arranged for me and those affected by my actions to receive counseling. I understood that if I continued down this wrong road that I would end up ruining my life.”

Back when he first got caught, instead of contacting police, Josh’s mommy and daddy made him spend a couple of months in a “Christian rehabilitation program” in Little Rock.

The Dugger family is famous for its anti-gay rhetoric and right-wing political efforts, including mom Michelle’s robo-calls pushing for passage of transphobic legislation in Arkansas last August, the family’s support of right-wing politicians like Rick Santorum and Sam Brownback and referring to abortion as “an American Holocaust.” Josh, whose now-former employer the Family Research Council has been classified as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, has himself defended Chick-Fil-A for its anti-gay policies, and “Duck Dynasty” patriarch Phil Robertson for his anti-gay statements. He has claimed that LGBT people are dangerous to children, and last November led an anti-gay rally in Little Rock.

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“Mama June” Shannon

While TLC hasn’t said that it is actually cancelling “19 Kids,” a former TLC reality star is threatening the network with a lawsuit if the show isn’t canned, again according to TMZ.

“Mama June” Shannon said her show, “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo,” cancelled last October after TMZ published reports that she was dating a convicted child molester and thus putting her children at risk. Mama June, who denied those reports, said today that she would sue TLC if the network doesn’t cancel “19 Kids” after Josh Dugger’s admission.

Mama June said that the cancellation of “Honey Boo Boo” cost her hundreds of thousands of dollars, and that her show was cancelled even though she never molested anyone and the sex offender she was supposedly dating never appeared on the show. Josh Dugger, on the other hand, is a central character in “19 Kids” and he admitted molesting children.

—  Tammye Nash

The Nooner: Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison to retire; trans woman found stabbed to death in Minn.

Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison

Your lunchtime quickie from Instant Tea:

• Anti-gay Texas Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison announces she won’t seek re-election in 2012. (via multiple sources on Twitter)

• Trans woman found stabbed to death in Minneapolis’ first murder of 2011.

• Yoga studio apologizes for calling snow closings “gay.”

• School board chair in Canada apologizes for c0mparing Gay Straight Alliance to Nazis.

• Manager of coffee house run by anti-gay preacher is a convicted child molester.

—  John Wright