21 priests put on leave after review of suspected child sexual abuse
Left to right, from top: Edward Avery, James Brennan, Charles Engelhardt, William Lynn and Bernard Shero were charged in connection with sex abuse against minors.
March 8th, 2011
04:12 PM ET

21 priests put on leave after review of suspected child sexual abuse

By the CNN Wire Staff

Philadelphia (CNN) - Twenty-one priests have been placed on administrative leave following a review of suspected child sexual abuse by members of the Catholic Church in Philadelphia, according to a statement from the city's archbishop.

The church investigated 37 priests identified in a grand jury report as remaining in "active ministry with credible allegations of child sexual abuse," according to Cardinal Justin Rigali.

In addition to the 21 announced Tuesday, three other priests have already been placed on administrative leave after the report was released in February, Rigali said.

Five others would have been subject to administrative leave, he added, but one was already on leave and two others are considered "incapacitated" and have not been in active ministry. Two other priests no longer serve in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, but the church has "notified the superiors of their religious orders and the bishops of the dioceses where they are residing," he said.

"I want to be clear: These administrative leaves are interim measures," Rigali said in a written statement. "They are not in any way final determinations or judgments."

The cardinal added that he wished "to express again my sorrow for the sexual abuse of minors committed by any members of the church, especially clergy."

"I am truly sorry for the harm done to the victims of sexual abuse, as well as to the members of our community who suffer as a result of this great evil and crime," he said.

In February, three Philadelphia priests and a parochial school teacher were charged with raping and assaulting boys in their care, while a former official with the Philadelphia Archdiocese was accused of allowing the abusive priests to have access to children, the city's district attorney's office said.

CNN Senior Vatican Analyst John Allen said the charges against the former church official appeared to be unprecedented and could have national implications.

"This is apparently the first time that a Catholic leader has been charged criminally for the cover-up as opposed to the abuse itself," he said. "It sends a shot across the bow for bishops and other diocesan officials in other parts of the country, who have to wonder now if they've got criminal exposure, too."

Edward Avery, 68, and Charles Engelhardt, 64, were charged with allegedly assaulting a 10-year-old boy at St. Jerome Parish from 1998 to 1999.

Bernard Shero, 48, a teacher in the school, is charged with allegedly assaulting the same boy there in 2000, Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams said at a press conference in February.

James Brennan, another priest, is accused of assaulting a different boy, a 14-year-old, in 1996.

Monsignor William Lynn, who served as the secretary for clergy for the then-Philadelphia Archbishop Anthony Bevilacqua, was charged with two counts of endangering the welfare of a child in connection with the alleged assaults, Williams said.

From 1992 until 2004, Lynn was responsible for investigating reports that priests had sexually abused children, the district attorney's office said.

The grand jury found that Lynn, 60, endangered children, including the alleged victims of those charged last week, by knowingly allowing dangerous priests to continue in the ministry in roles in which they had access to kids.

Avery, Engelhardt and Shero were charged with rape, indecent sexual assault and other criminal counts following the results of the grand jury investigation of clergy sexual abuse, Williams said. The names of the alleged victims, who are now in their 20s, have not been publicly released.

The grand jury believed that more than 30 priests remained in ministry in Pennsylvania despite solid, credible allegations of abuse, according to Williams.

Williams on Tuesday said Rigali's actions "are as commendable as they are unprecedented."

"Going forward, in cases involving allegations of abuse by clergy, my office and the Philadelphia police will investigate, and where appropriate we will charge and prosecute. I intend to use the resources of this office to the greatest extent possible to protect the children of Philadelphia," Williams said in a statement.

"In those cases where allegations are not prosecutable because of the statute of limitations or some other reason, we encourage the Archdiocese to take the necessary and proper steps to protect the children for whom they are responsible, as they have done here."

- CNN Belief Blog

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  1. In Your Face Gerald

    IRONMAN 62292 As a young Catholic person strong in my faith I am deeply saddened and angry with those priests who have turned away from God and committed these awful and atrocious acts of violence. This is obviously not acceptable for any reason. Even though these few priests have done these things, the majority of the Catholic priesthood are true to their vows and beliefs and values. But I think it is unfair that we judge these priests and even those who have not done anything. The media paints the Catholic priesthood as a bunch of pedophiles. That is just simply untrue. Those renegade priests deserve the consequences for what they did. But not all priests are like that. 99% are not like that. We need to be forgiving, just as Christ says. We need to pray for them. Those who speak ill of the Church and the priests are no better than those rapist and molesters. You commit murder by your words.

    Gerald said: gerald

    Amen. It is disturbing.

    This was taken from you Sisters of Fatima...... Can you say, Those who speak ill of the Church and the priests are no better than those rapist and molesters. You commit murder by your words.

    and Can Gerald say AMEN! to this?

    "How I warned and warned that satan would enter into the highest realms of the hierarchy in Rome. The Third Secret, My child, is that satan would enter into My Son's Church." – Our Lady of the Roses, May 13, 1978


    Since 1972, the evils that have befallen the Catholic Church and the Vatican include the “deception of the century”, the murder of Pope John Paul I, a cardinal consorting with the devil that was within 5 votes of becoming elected Pope, the devastating decline in priestly and religious vocations, the June 26, 2000 forgery, and the "scandal of the millennium" (the clergy s=ex-abuse scandal).

    And few people have even made the connection to the warnings given by Our Lady of Fatima.

    "I say this evening, as your God, that on that date [1972], as promised at Fatima, satan entered My Church upon earth. He brought with him his agents–and satan himself, the deceiver of all mankind–sat in on Vatican II and maneuvered all the outsiders to come in and distort My doctrines and distort the truth.
    "At Fatima, My Mother tried to warn of this coming event, but who cared to listen? Who was interested in listening? Not those who were years–earth-years away. All Heaven was crying in that time, for the Eternal Father had made it known how His message would be received. To this day, to your earth-year of 1986, you have not been given, My children, the full secrets as given to the children at Fatima.
    "Therefore, I must make it known at this time to you. If you are perceiving and interested in My Church upon earth, I do not have to explain Myself too fully; for you will already know of the chaos that satan has wrought when he entered My Church. And why did he enter, you say? This I want it made known, My child–and you will not be affrighted as you are now–you will speak out for Me and My Mother, and the Eternal Father in the Holy Spirit; you will speak out and say that satan is in the Church, My Church upon earth. He knows his time is growing short.

    GERALD? IRONMAN? Has one of the sisters of Fatima told lies as well?

    March 9, 2011 at 7:22 am |
  2. anaeliss

    I want all of you who made interesting comments here to get out your Bible preferably a modern English translation and start reading it from the beginning from Genesis thru Revelation.And to you Catholics your church never let it members read the Bible until recently. Everything including Mass was in Latin. Would Jesus had spoke the Sermon on the Mount in a language the crowd of people couldn't understand? Go on now get those Bibles out and start reading! Satan the Devil is having a good laugh! He roaming the earth, that in those Bible too.

    March 9, 2011 at 7:07 am |
  3. Methusalem

    11 Egyptians killed in Cairo clash!

    Predictably, the Western mainstream media has been virtually silent on Christian protests in Egypt. Acknowledging them - acknowledging the systematic, centuries-old victimization of the Christian minority at the hands of the Muslim majority - would upset the accepted, tidy, storybook narrative of an Egyptian revolution built on interfaith cooperation. It would tarnish a feel-good story out of the Muslim world, and the media are loath to let that pearl of great price roll away.

    March 9, 2011 at 7:03 am |
  4. c

    This is very sad. But I often wonder why the media never reports that the protestant church actually has a higher percentage of child abuse cases. Is there really some dark conspiracy to trash the Catholic church. The most generous church in the world? It seems suspect. I would love to read a story on the thousands and thousands of honorable loving Priests just trying to witness to their flock. Do people realize the ridicule they are subjected to when they are innocent

    March 9, 2011 at 6:05 am |
    • Believer

      I think the Catholic Church gets called on this more then any other because as far as religions goes they are kind of Stuck UP. I'm not trying to be rude or insult anyone, I'm just saying. Even the Catholics I know that are very strong Catholics, they complain about the church constantly....they back them to their death (not the pervs) but they do think their own religion should be more humble. Stop preaching it and be an example. When you say or strongly imply you are the only way of life and everyone else will burn,,,,,,you better be perfect. We all know that doesn't exist.

      March 10, 2011 at 2:01 pm |
  5. Paul

    The catholic church is an abomination.
    Strip their tax exemption away...it'll help the country and keep this shadowy, devilish organization from doing further harm.

    March 9, 2011 at 5:42 am |
  6. LEB

    So are there any priests who DON'T abuse children? It seems like a few hundred have been implicated in the past year alone.

    March 9, 2011 at 3:30 am |
  7. Davidloc

    Eventually education will phase out religion but we are stuck with it for now. Reasoning thought should overtake religion in about 50 years at which point religion hopefully will lose it's protected fairytale status and take it's place in the history books once and for all. Try and think of one concept in the bible that is not self-serving. By the way kindness and compassion and love are human qualities and have nothing to do with what the bible teaches. It is all about saving yourself , but from what ?

    March 9, 2011 at 2:52 am |
    • Davidloc

      Exactly! , saving yourself from your own creator ?? That is just plain stupid.

      March 9, 2011 at 2:54 am |
    • Frank

      Religion is going through a resurgence all across the world, from America to Russia to India to Cambodia to the Islamic world to Africa. People are becoming more religious, not less, and millions of people convert to Christianity and Islam every year. The people predicting the imminent demise of religion are wrong. History will laugh at them.

      March 9, 2011 at 4:32 am |
  8. BobbyDigital

    Crazy Muslims....errrr....wait a minute.

    March 9, 2011 at 2:44 am |
  9. BB

    It's quite appropriate that this Rampant Pedofile story is listed under CNN's Belief Blog.

    March 9, 2011 at 2:44 am |
  10. Burn Them Alive.

    If there is a God, he will save them right?

    March 9, 2011 at 2:41 am |
  11. Brian A

    I believe that any religious churches or temples are all evils. they love to be holy war against each other for no reason and many problems like lies, molestes, no other excuses. That's ENOUGH! I am glad that I am an atheist!

    March 9, 2011 at 2:24 am |
  12. Frank

    give em a long drop and a short rope and let them go see what God has to say about all this

    March 9, 2011 at 1:54 am |
  13. oldzoom

    This is not news anymore, it's an everyday occurance…If children were molested by employees of any other business on a regular basis the legal system would shut them down for good, but these monsters(priests)have been doing this for many centuries. Our politcians fight and bicker over the most ridiculous things, but can't seem to save the innocence of our children from these monsters(priests)and the other monsters who hide them(other priests)…The catholic church is out of control and only cares about it's own image, when are our elected officals/legal system going to protect our childrens innocence, after a million or more children loose their innocence to these monsters? Shame on our elected officals for letting it go on for this long. 🙁

    March 9, 2011 at 1:50 am |
  14. derek

    it seems odd that some of the forums are different,hmm heres my take on the end of times.. the truth years of research... god is real stop buying into the delusion of cnn bashing evil priests but never praising god. youtube.com/watch?v=ZjVCm6gTI_c

    March 9, 2011 at 1:49 am |
  15. Rick

    ENOUGH is ENOUGH! 21 in the same town?

    I believe that the catholic church should lose its religous organization status, and be shut down for good. Any other business would have been put down years ago. Yes, business. that is all that it is. Popes throughout history have been some of the most evil men to walk this Earth. It's no wonder that they all molest children, it is probably part of their doctrine.

    It is clear that nothing good comes from this 'god forsaken' religion. pun intended.

    March 9, 2011 at 1:42 am |
    • c

      Rick, it is horrible yes. However, the protestant churches have a higher percentage of child abuse. But, because there is a thousand new protestant churches a week it is not as publicized as the Catholic Church. I truly wish this news site would do a story on the thousands and thousands of honorable priests who devote themselves with integrity and morals for years.

      March 9, 2011 at 7:32 pm |
  16. prankster

    Why is it these people aren't charged with a crime and placed in a jail cell?

    March 9, 2011 at 1:38 am |
    • ScottK

      "Avery, Engelhardt and Shero were charged with r ape, indecent se xual a ssault and other criminal counts following the results of the grand jury investigation of clergy se xual abuse"

      Always remember to read the W H O L E article before posting.

      March 9, 2011 at 3:40 am |
  17. Apocalypse

    21st is the date of my coming.

    March 9, 2011 at 1:17 am |
    • greg

      Said the priest to the choirboy...

      March 9, 2011 at 1:27 am |
    • steve

      @G Well said! I haven't had any in a while so I guess I will work up to 2012 and blow it all.

      March 9, 2011 at 1:35 am |
  18. slipheart

    If these are mug shots why do they look happy? Smiling! Well, they know they won't go to jail like others. But the guy in the top center looks like he is excited to go to jail...more (man)boy's balls to play with during recess.

    March 9, 2011 at 1:04 am |
    • marie

      Obviously they aren't mugshots but probably pictures taken for their church profiles.

      March 9, 2011 at 1:17 am |
  19. Jim

    The Catholic Church is nothing more than a global pedofile ring.

    March 9, 2011 at 12:45 am |
    • jack abraham

      i agree.

      March 9, 2011 at 12:48 am |
    • Something


      Even an ardent critic of the Catholic such a I would not say something that ridiculous.

      When you make wild claims like that it only makes you look like a rabid, non-thinker.

      March 9, 2011 at 1:06 am |
    • steve

      They (churches) are all bad. This church is very large so more get caught. When they nail a church of god it is covered up by the fear of the peoples god. The church of the 'evans' will burn your house in the south if you talk bad about the preacherman. Who ya going to believe, a 10 yr old little boy or girl or your minister? The ones that fear god will believe their minister...watch X-Files and see!!!

      March 9, 2011 at 1:11 am |
    • Wzrd1

      Spoken like a true protestant of a century ago. So, are you going to start religious warfare in the streets AGAIN?
      It took the US Army to break it up the last time.

      March 9, 2011 at 1:18 am |
    • Steve

      The catholic church is much worse than that, Jim. It's about war, theft, murder, slavery, graft, disinformation and social regression as well as "little indiscretions" like raping children, lying to people and trying to cover it up by being laughably arrogant.

      An ardent critic of the filthy catholic church.

      March 9, 2011 at 1:23 am |
    • Lee Oates

      There are good priests and bad priests. Child abuse is not confined to Catholic Clergy, it is a factor in every profession, and has a lot to do with access to children. Teachers have the same problem. It is more noticeable when Clergy are involved. The fact that priests are not allowed to marry and have a normal family experience, tend to add to the problem.

      March 9, 2011 at 2:39 am |
    • a catholic

      I've been a lifelong catholic, while I do not agree with all of the churches policies it is not right to condemn the whole religion and its followers. There are pedophiles in EVERY religion, the catholic churches pedophiles are just made more public than any other. I think that you are an ignorant man to say such a thing about a religious group as a whole. As in anything else on this earth there is good and bad, next time you post something you may want to rethink your wording!

      March 9, 2011 at 3:37 am |
    • The Truth

      ******@a catholic: "I've been a lifelong catholic, while I do not agree with all of the churches policies it is not right to condemn the whole religion and its followers. There are pedophiles in EVERY religion, the catholic churches pedophiles are just made more public than any other. I think that you are an ignorant man to say such a thing about a religious group as a whole. As in anything else on this earth there is good and bad, next time you post something you may want to rethink your wording!"

      Hi "a Catholic."

      Go back and read what you wrote. You are actually trying to justify the Catholic Church having pedophiles because other religions have them as well. Instead, your focus should be on why YOU are supporting pedophiles.

      My parents are staunch Catholics and one of my brothers is a born-again Christian. Let me ask you the same question I ask my parents: How can you possibly justify supporting an evil Church? Do you know why children continue to get mole-sted and why the perpetrators aren't being promptly removed by the Church? It is because people like yourself are part of the problem by not forcing the Church to do the right thing. And while there are many great priests who are extremely good people, they are every bit as guilty as well by not joining together and forcing the Vatican to do the right thing.

      Let's look at who you are supporting:

      – A group that covers up the ra-pe of children.

      – A group that is currently under investigation of money laundering for the mafia.

      – A group that had the audacity to declare bankruptcy to further try to scew over (pun possibly intended) the moles-tation victims from getting their monetary payday in court. After all, the Catholic Church in the US is "only" worth more than the TOP FIVE largest corporations COMBINED.

      – A group that paid off child moles-tation victims to stay quiet about the abuse.

      – A group that says they are against hom-ose-xuality and yet somewhere between 35%-65% of all priests are gay (according to their OWN accounts).

      – A group whose leader lives in a mansion with perhaps trillions of dollars in artwork alone that they hoard while Jesus' children are starving to death all around the world. I'm sure Jesus would have done the same thing. What was the name of that mansion that Jesus lived in again?

      – A group who charges admission to get into the Sistine Chapel when visiting the Vatican (I know because I've been there)... I'm sure Jesus would cool with that. Oh yeah, no taking pictures in the Chapel either because they sold the rights to that to another company so you are forced to buy their pictures instead while the Vatican makes money off of that as well.

      – A group that allowed Cardinal Law from Boston to have the honor of being one of a select few to say the final mass for Pope JP II (this was after they "promoted" him to Rome as to evade US authorities).

      – A group where the Pope is actually now hiding behind his diplomatic immunity as head of the "country" of Vatican City so that he doesn't have to testify in court about child mole-station (that he OBVIOUSLY knew about). How pathetic is that? Jesus and the Church preach about telling the truth, yet they go out of their way to try and hide it.

      – etc, etc, etc, etc, etc....

      Catholics should be standing up and fighting FOR the children who can't fight for themselves instead of enabling perverted criminals to mol-est more children! This should be common sense!!! People should be rioting in front of the Vatican, but instead have been "conditioned," via years of repeti-tion, into supporting them unequivocally by putting even more money in the basket.

      Speaking of money in the basket, this is a perfect illustration as to where YOUR MONEY gets spent (besides the billions they are paying out for mole-sting kids):


      In that picture, notice the chairs in the middle. The big chair is the archbishop of Los Angeles' chair and the smaller ones are for other Church Hierarchy.

      The big chair... cost them ONE MILLION DOLLARS.
      The smaller chairs cost them $250,000.00 EACH.
      The altar there cost them FIVE MILLION DOLLARS.

      Who spends a million dollars for a chair? Bill Gates, Oprah, etc don't have million dollar chairs. In fact, that chair is literally worth more than Warren Buffett's house!!! How many people would that money have clothed, housed and fed??? The chair isn't even that nice. Would Jesus spend a million dollars on a CHAIR???

      Putting this into perspective: The husband of one of my friends is a fighter pilot. He had to eject one time & he is now nearly two inches shorter due to the massive spinal compression force. So he was in a highly advanced jet whose chair allowed him to open the canopy, rocket out of a moving plane at 12-15 G's (the space shuttle at launch is about 3 G's), employed a parachute and took him to safety.

      The pilot's chair doing all that is around $100K... the Catholic Church's stationary wooden chair is $1M.

      These people are nothing at all like Jesus. Jesus is your savior, not the Pope. Jesus in his day rebelled against the corruption in church instead of just accepting it and it seems like common sense that he'd support rebelling against this Church instead of just going along with the flow.

      Child ra-pe/abuse/molestation is about the worst thing possible and yet Catholics are just allowing the Church to "get away with it" like they have done countless times in the past. Even the Mafia and convicts in prison won't put up with child ab-use, yet the "moral" Church knows they can get away with it as people won't leave them almost regardless of what they do.

      The irony is that "fixing" these problems is easy... all they need to do is come COMPLETELY clean, tell the WHOLE truth, let a third party go through their files to make sure that ALL the "dirt" is cleaned and ask for forgiveness, but they can't even do that. The "good" priests and "good" followers are the ones giving the Vatican power by not rebelling back against them. If every "good" Catholic priest and layperson went on "strike" so to speak, it would quickly force the Vatican's hand to make instantaneous positive change. But of course that doesn't happen.

      So perhaps you should think long and hard about who you are supporting. If this EXACT same group was a local company like Toys R Us, you'd be up in arms about it, perhaps picketing them and boycotting them for being a morally corrupt company who abuses children and demanding the head of the CEO on a platter... but when it comes to your Church who does the EXACT same thing, you have no issue with supporting them and therefore becoming part of the problem yourself. Food for thought.


      March 9, 2011 at 7:30 am |
    • dgrrr10

      marrying will not stop a pedophile....they prey on children and regardless if they are married or not.

      March 9, 2011 at 8:29 am |
    • auguron

      All churches are corrupt. If this isn't proof, I don't know what is. But of course, there will be a great deal of denial as always. All the while they still condemn others as if they were at a higher standard when the truth is that they are lower than the lowest standard because they still believe they can fool everyone.

      March 9, 2011 at 10:31 am |
    • c

      Steve, the protestant church actually has a higher percentage of child abuse charges.

      March 9, 2011 at 7:28 pm |
    • a catholic

      @The Truth. I was in NO way, shape or form condoning the actions of these priests. Having you read my post more clearly you would have noted that I said I do not agree with all of the churches policies, one of the main policies is regarding money. I have a 16 month old son I can only imagine what these children and families are going through. While a priest is supposed to be a man of god, there are some that are not fit to be anywhere near a church, school, children nevertheless even deserve to breath. Before you know WHY I am a catholic, please do not belittle me because I am a part of the religion. Just because I am catholic and was baptized a catholic child does not mean that I am in favor of these child molesters. My main point in that post was pointed at people like you-people that think just because a person is a part of a certain religion means that they share EVERY thought and view point with one another. The bottom line is yes, what these men are doing is wrong and is a sin, they are destined to hell for eternity, these children will suffer for the rest of their natural born lives for what these supposed men have done to them. I am just sick and tired of everyone slamming this entire religion because of the actions of pathetic "men." The core point of any religion is simply to be a good person and treat everyone with the love and respect that you want to be treated with. And once again I DO NOT support what these priests are doing so please never imply that again! This church was founded on beliefs of God, not pedophiles don't hold the entire religion responsible for the disgusting acts of some.

      March 10, 2011 at 2:37 am |
    • Eli

      hokay catholic, good on you for being against child abuse. But...what makes you think your religion is true?
      Consider the viewpoint of a person who views all religions as being giant con-games perpetrated on believers who mean well and don't know any better.
      This person would add the "legitimizing" of child molestation on top of what is already a heinous crime against the innocent.
      Add to that all the other crimes humans do to each other and the great lengths criminals will go to in order to avoid getting caught, and how religion-based criminals deliberately use every religious trick at hand to drive people away from realizing the truth of the matter.
      Then you might see why an atheist or agnostic would be so willing to lump everyone together.
      The different crimes done by all are not always done knowingly. You mean well, but you are not translating that into real-world results as regards these religion-based crimes.
      You think the religion is okay and therefore everything that flows from that is okay. But many people do not view your religion as okay. Some of them think there is no such religion to be found.
      In their eyes, you are guilty of believing nonsense as well as guilty of trying to cover for those who helped these criminals. It goes all the way to the top. No human can be holy, I guess. Your religion is not an excuse for anything. Your religion is a crime in itself when you look at it from the outside.
      You might agree with me if I were to say the same about Islamic child molesters who have religious authority and use that authority to conceal their crimes and silence their victims. There are some, I have no doubt. But they don't have the hierarchical cohesion that the Catholic Church does. The RCC has turned child molestation into a juggernaut of evil backed by the full authority of the church. The full authority of the church.
      Backed by the full authority of the church.
      A supreme deity is what you base your religion on. There is no proof that such a being exists at all.
      From the outside it looks very very very bad, catholic. Very bad indeed. Sorry I went on for so long. But you have no idea of how bad it looks, I guess. But you mean well. That's something anyway.

      March 10, 2011 at 3:25 am |
  20. jack abraham

    i say they all need to be crucified. seriously. if i lived down there, i would hunt them down, one by one and do it myself.

    March 9, 2011 at 12:32 am |
    • Christina

      And interestingly enough, if these priests had just, in several of the cases,waited 2-3 years, they could have been glorified by GLAAD for their behavior, since while a pubescent 15 year old is only a child, an 18 year old is considered an adult. Then the Catholic Church would have been condemned for its "intolerance" towards two mutual consenting adults.

      March 9, 2011 at 12:42 am |
    • Wzrd1

      Interestingly enough, I DO live in the area. Should someone like YOU show up hunting them, *I* will personally hunt you down, as a clear and present danger to the safety, security and national interests of the Great United States of America.
      We have LAWS. We have COURTS. As you espouse the Taliban system, I have no problem treating you as I've treated THEM.

      March 9, 2011 at 1:17 am |
    • Sally

      Wzrd1 – thanks for coming out.

      March 9, 2011 at 2:12 am |
    • The Truth

      *******@Wzrd1: Interestingly enough, I DO live in the area. Should someone like YOU show up hunting them, *I* will personally hunt you down, as a clear and present danger to the safety, security and national interests of the Great United States of America."********

      Actually, if you hunted him down and killed him without him posing a life risk to yourself, you'd almost certainly be prosecuted under those great laws as well.

      *****We have LAWS. We have COURTS. As you espouse the Taliban system, I have no problem treating you as I've treated THEM.*******

      Yep, we do have laws and courts. One merely needs to look at John Geoghan to see evidence of this.



      March 9, 2011 at 5:19 am |
    • Paul

      Wzrd1, ever hear of "an eye for an eye" ?

      March 9, 2011 at 5:45 am |
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