Paroled to Sin Again

July 19, 2008

Don't you just love those stories about how some criminal found Jesus while in prison, and gave up his criminal ways? No, me neither. But the religious do. Specifically, the Episcopal Church, who converted the convicted murderer James Tramel. Tramel was convicted in the stabbing death of a homeless man in 1985, but apparently he found love for Jesus in prison, to the extent that the Episcopal Church ordained him as a priest. The Church naturally lobbied for Tramel to be paroled, and only four months after his release in 2006, they made him rector of Trinity Episcopal Church in San Francisco.

What a heartwarming story. What could possibly go wrong? Try sexual abuse of a parishioner:

It's [at the Church] that the victim said Tramel, who is married and has a young child, took advantage of her during counseling sessions.

"They didn't give an honest depiction of this man," said the victim, a 36-year-old San Francisco resident. The Chronicle does not identify victims of sexual abuse.

The diocese acknowledges that Tramel abused his power and committed sexual misconduct...

So, theists, remind me - where does morality come from, again?


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