Bob Coy Sex Scandal: Florida's Worst Religious Leaders

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The recent news that Bob Coy, charismatic founder of Fort Lauderdale's Calvary Chapel, abruptly resigned over what the church is calling a "moral failing," has rocked believers and parishioners everywhere.

Under Coy's leadership, Calvary Chapel became the second-largest megachurch in Florida and the 14th-largest megachurch in America.

But Florida is no stranger to pastors and evangelists not exactly living up to their biblical-calling standards.

The two biggest culprits in their collective downfalls appear to be the demons of greed and lust. Turns out, the Sunshine State is home to a plethora of dudes who were totally BFFs with Jesus until they wanted to bang a lady who wasn't their wife or to take other people's money.

Here now are Florida's ten worst pastors:

See also: Pastor Bob Coy Resigns From Calvary Chapel for "Moral Failing"

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Westboro Baptist Church Might Be Taken Over By Florida Man

Categories: News, Religion

Steve Drain, a University of South Florida alumnus, might be taking over Westboro Baptist Church.

Drain, who used to be an atheist and once set out to expose the hate-mongering church, became enamored with Westboro and became one of Fred Phelps Sr.'s closest disciples.

Drain went so far as to move his family to Topeka, Kansas, to join the congregation.

Phelps Sr.'s son, Nate, however, believes Drain is responsible for having his father excommunicated from Westboro before his death.

See also: Members of Westboro Baptist Church on Leader's Death: "God Still Hates Fags"

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Famous Festivus Pole Sells for $455 on eBay

Chaz Stevens
The saga of the Pabst Plue Ribbon Festivus Pole has a happy ending.

This famous pole, which was built by activist Chaz Stevens and erected in the rotunda of the Florida Capitol as a counterpoint to Nativity scenes on public property, has sold on eBay for $455.

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Catholic School to Mark Zmuda, Gay Teacher It Forced to Resign: Divorce Your Husband and We'll Rehire You

Categories: Activism, Religion

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Students staged a sit-in protest when they learned of Zmuda's termination.
It's been more than three weeks since former Cardinal Gibbons teacher Mark Zmuda was fired from his vice principal position at Eastside Catholic High School in Sammamish, Washington, for marrying a man. But despite a lengthy winter break, support for Zmuda has not lost momentum.

Students continue to protest the decision to terminate Zmuda. More than a hundred gathered outside the Seattle archdiocese two weeks ago, and students are currently organizing a nationwide "Z-day" on January 31. Students will wear orange and use the hashtag #KeepMrZ2013 over social media to show their support for Zmuda.

See also: Students Revolt After Mark Zmuda, Former Cardinal Gibbons Teacher, Is Forced to Resign from Catholic School for Being Gay

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Florida Parents Protest Textbook With Chapter About Islam

Parents upset about a history textbook that they say emphasizes Islam more than other religions protested outside Volusia County school district headquarters.

The parents claim that the book contains too much information about Islam and not enough about Christianity and other religions. There was even a call by organizers asking students to go home and tear the section on Islam out of their books.

Because tearing up (or burning?) books is always the proper response to such things.

The county district was forced to postpone a Tuesday meeting "in the interest of public safety."

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Orthodox Jewish Woman Faced Hellish Harassment at Nova Southeastern University, Lawsuit Claims

When Sarah Orzechowitz walked through the doors at Nova Southeastern University on the first day of classes in winter 2012, she had her hopes pinned on a career as a nurse. But as the mother of two went through the Davie university's program, higher learning turned out to be a hellish gauntlet of harassment, she claims.

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Hollywood Board to Review if Ben Gamla Charter School Violates Separation of Church and State

Founder of Ben Galma charter schools, former Democratic U.S. Rep. Peter Deutsch
Broward officials have called for a review of whether the Jewish-oriented Ben Gamla charter school violates the separation of church and state.

After an article that appeared in the Israeli newspaper, The Times of Israel, written by JTA, a Jewish wire service, about Ben Gamla founder, former Democratic Congressman Peter Deutsch, appeared in their July 21 issue, Hollywood civic activist Charlotte Greenbarg contacted Broward board members.

And now, a district official has asked for a review of the matter, reports Broward Bulldog's William Gjebre.

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Florida Rep. Ritch Workman Claims High School Textbook Has Islam Bias

The flag screams: HERO. The haircut screams: SEXY.
You know, with all the crazy things going down in Florida, such as a law that makes it perfectly legal for a person to shoot and kill another person because they feel threatened, and with all the internet caf├ęs being shut down to keep them dastardly old people from gambling, and with people with serious medical conditions that can be alleviated only with marijuana having their homes raided by cops like they're the leader of a drug cartel, it's good to know our elected officials are out there tackling the truly important issues.

Like, for example, all that damned secret Islamic indoctrination upon our children in schools' textbooks!

Well, fear not, good citizens! For Florida Rep. Ritch Workman -- the same guy who bravely stood up for Floridians' right to throw little people around, because jobs -- is fighting the good fight to make sure kids don't learn about Islam as much as they learn about Jesus because, if you haven't noticed, the FCAT scores have dipped lately and that's because of history books that teach too much about a religion that we Americans barely understand, therefore automatically making it super scary.


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Catholic Miami Archbishop Thomas Wenski Pens Letter on Gay Marriage, Wonders Why Marriage Should Be Limited to Two People

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Archbishop Thomas Wenski grew up in Lake Worth and went on to become the head of the Catholic Church in South Florida; his archdiocese covers Broward, Monroe and Miami-Dade counties.

As the battle heats up over gay marriage, Wenski has penned a letter outlining the modern Catholic stance on gays. He notes that the church no longer punishes two people for what they do in the sack, but maintains that homosexual acts are "gravely sinful" although homosexual thoughts are not. A person should learn to "govern his passions," he says, in language suggesting he might have peeped a few Spanish-language telenovelas while down in the 305.

See also:
- Archbishop Wenski & The Pedophiles

In an interesting take, Wenski quotes Abraham Lincoln, wonders how many legs a cow has, and of course, fear-mongers (if you open marriage up to two gays, why not three or four or ten of them?). He posits that marriage is not a right for everyone, but rather a reward for two people who make a baby and stay together. He argues that restricting marriage to a man and a woman does not infringe on gays any more than it infringes on unmarried straight people.

Hm. Your turn, LGBTs.
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Rainbow House Now Painted; Westboro Baptist Church Responds

Categories: Activism, Religion

Planting Peace
The timing couldn't have been better for the shenanigans local activist Aaron Jackson and his non-profit, Planting Peace, pulled off in Topeka, Kansas yesterday.

If you managed to avoid social media or the internet in general over the last 24 hours, the Destin-based activist, along with friends and partners involved in his organization, converted an average-looking two-bedroom house, located across the street from the Westboro Baptist Church, into a symbol of gay pride. This rainbow-colored "Equality House," which will serve as a base of operations for Planting Peace's antibullying intiative, now sits as a direct and visible challenge to the infamous compound's hate and bigotry.

The "God Hates Fags" clan will have to look at it every. single. day.

Jackson, who purchased the house about a year ago through Planting Peace and had been keeping the plan under wraps, knew the response would be swift and sizable. But he didn't expect it to be so massive that he'd hear from international media outlets within the first few hours.

"A lot of papers I've never heard of called," Jackson said Tuesday night.

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-Activist Painting House Like a Gay Rainbow, Across Street From Westboro Baptist Church

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