Convicted sex offender becomes Louisville pastor

Posted: September 18, 2009 in Above the Fold, OMG!, On Your Wall, The Obvious Files
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If you have to advertise it, will they still come?

If you have to advertise it, will they still come?

For any Wall Watcher that has ever dealt with the lowest common denomination… er, denominator and accepting someone as a result of “God giving them a second chance,” I give you the ultimate test of faith:

Meet Mark Hourigan of Louisville, Ky.

There was protest Thursday over a Louisville sex offender who will be ordained as a minister on Sunday. Mark Hourigan admits he sodomized a child, went to prison for it, and now wants to become a pastor. And members FOX 41 News spoke with say they’re okay with that.

Peter was an angry dude. Noah was a drunk. David had someone killed just so he could step that man’s wife. Paul killed Christians… for kicks. And I completely sucked growing up and didn’t meet the Lord until later in life.

Yet, somehow, God worked in all of our lives (and yes, I did just lump myself with those greats. Hey, if I don’t, who will, right?)

That said, would you go to this guy’s church? It’s not like his testimony is drugs or porn. It’s child abuse and sodomy, not quite the tandem you want to hear from a pastor during testimony time.

Imagine the folk at the church who say they accept their newly ordained pastor. It’s all good. He’s preaching the word and people are being edified. Then the announcements come, “Church, it’s time for Youth Camp!”

Since, this is a small church, guess who is camp counselor? Good ol’ Pastor. You still happy-go-lucky about your newest leader? GULP!

Oh yeah, and then there’s this… mind you, life after prison.

Hourigan says he was married but got divorced right before going to prison. Members of his small, pentecostal church say Hourigan has children and now also a gay partner.

That’s it. I’m out. I got nothing. Anyone? Bueller?

  1. RobD says:

    There is obviously a lot to know about this. There are some good points here. 🙂

  2. Tnelson says:

    Your blog is so informative … ..I just bookmarked you….keep up the good work!!!!

  3. The gay lover thing really kind of set my thoughts in stone.

    What a mess.

  4. KyleNYC says:

    Sorry guys, gay lover? That’s strike FOUR.

    And, Keith? Dude! Are you for real? Sounds almost like an apoplectic “apology” for NAMBLA.

    By the way, take heed: For in many dreams and in many words there is emptiness. Rather, fear God. Ecc 5:7

  5. gcmwatch says:

    “Hourigan has talked openly about his past and even encourages fellow churchgoers to watch him whenever he’s around children.”


  6. Fred Savage says:

    Oh man.I’m from Kentucky and the hits,they just keep on coming.That was FUNNY(sad,too,but,well…).I don’t think there has EVER been a case of the fox guarding the chickens that turns out well.I’m probably wrong(it’s happened before).I think that,in this case,with what is at stake(I won’t even go there),the best course of action is to,oh,I don’t know,make sure there’s not a daycare,youth meeting,summer camp or anything else to do with the wee ones.Pizza party…sleepovers…the mind wobbles…

  7. Crazy, it’s one thing to give someone a second chance, but quite another to overlook current sin.

    Besides, there are consequences to sin that don’t go away even after you are forgiven. Like the sex offender registry, like never being able to work with kids, etc.

    The pastor who is ok with this needs to be removed for lacking wisdom and discernment.

  8. Look the Supreme Court just ruled on sex offender laws where some factions of our government think by some inert reasoning that sex offender should be quarantined like some virus steaming from draconian/Islamic law sex offenders should be executed. I have seen for myself, video taken in another country where a sex offender is placed on a pole much like the Catholics use to use a pyramid shaped object and have them sit on it and spin, the pole travels through the body looking for the throat but if not found its ok cause the sharpened end of the pole will come out somewhere. The heritage of the act is in its self a throwback to troglodyte’s who are so obsessed with sex they can find that the way to deal with the issue is as revolutionary, as war, and two wrongs don’t make a right but has in fact called up deep rooted issues of people who have had to put up with this kind of “hierarchy” of historic hysteria far to long. A word taken from hysterectomy, hysteria is tied to castration used to make animals less threatening right? Good old Monty Hall. Well no wonder it’s wrong, right?

    Anyway we are supposed to be the most advanced nation and we still have a death penalty when the rest of the world except for nations we are still warring with, {think!} While other nations went home our weapons dealers and torture lovers delighting in support for the death of people they don’t know or want to simply because they don’t know how to get money with out taking it from someone by force, is that supposed to includes mutilations? In my humble opinion that alone are terrorist activities as much as severed hands, ears, heads, or making a case with nothing more than an obsession justified by lies.

    The truth about the sex offender registry will come out soon enough. When it does, People will see how the use of the registry was created, and by exactly who and why and the devastation it has created and the worthlessness of the use of it. It’s origin in the Crow laws that brought disgrace to our nation allowing thieves and murderous societal bigots who have trashed any shot at making good of a program in its design to make money destroying our nation and its people. We can not play god and we can not survive using this behavior model because you are compounding the problem.

    It’s a ruse designed by people who are getting rich off the castration/hysterectomy/health care/physic care of people thrusex laws that have gone bonkers. What about the people who are being used by the Medicare programs that requires these mutilations for both men and woman after they take their means of support? Can’t you see? You have created the model and it is worthless! Why don’t you just indiscriminately kill people you don’t know that’s statically the next sex offender because over 90% of all new offences are people not on the sex offender registry and the numbers are increasing not decreasing so as a behavior model the chumps put together is really screwed up and they were told before they tried it. So what is the use of such laws as the sex offender registry other than to terrorize people?

  9. Vaughn says:

    You had me swallowing the hook line & sinker to that line before the last line.

    Gay lover really? especially when I wanted to give him the benefit of the doubt.

    No camp for the kiddy’s

  10. hiscrivener says:

    Sounds like the tour I took through Conviction Alley and Condemnation Lane. Ah, love the Crossroads.


  11. Joe Chavez says:


    At first my reaction is just like everyone else’s: not with a 10-foot pole. But then, I read your list. I think a lot of us don’t appreciate what the early church must have thought about Paul (nee Saul) who killed many Christians. “Now he’s one of us?”

    Still reading your post, I thought, well, maybe you just need to give it time. What I mean is, don’t make allow this guy to be pastor until enough time has passed to see what fruit he’s bearing.

    Still reading … then I get to “now also has a gay partner.” Ugh.

    Okay, case closed. I’m going back to my original, snap-judgment. In this case, I suppose it was the correct one.

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