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Church Leaders Busted, Charged For Forcing Homeless People To Panhandle

This is truly horrific.

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The church, which is the hands and feet of Jesus on this earth, has been charged with a mission to create disciples and to take the Word of God and apply it to every area of life, which means that we’re to be active in doing good works that improve the lives of those in our community.

One of the areas that believers typically excel in this part of the mission is with ministries dedicated to helping the homeless. However, if what twelve church leaders in California are being charged with turns out to be true, then these folks have done a lot of damage to the Christian church’s witness in this area.

Apparently they held homeless people captive and forced them to panhandle among other things.

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Twelve leaders of a California-based church have been indicted by a federal grand jury, accused of holding homeless people against their will and forcing dozens of alleged victims into panhandling for the financial benefit of ministry leadership.

Imperial Valley Ministries runs roughly 30 non-denominational churches throughout the southwest United States and Mexico, and operates three group homes with the promise of restoring drug addicts. Instead, officials claim, IVM exploited the people who came to the church for help.

According to KSWB-TW, a dozen of IVM’s affiliated leaders were arrested in El Centro, San Diego, and Brownsville, Texas, Tuesday, “charged with conspiracy, forced labor, document servitude and benefits fraud.”

“The indictment alleges an appalling abuse of power by church officials who preyed on vulnerable homeless people with promises of a warm bed and meals,” U.S. Attorney Robert Brewer said during a press conference. “These victims were held captive, stripped of their humble financial means, their identification, their freedom and their dignity.”

CNN reported that the indictment against the church leaders details how they kept the victims inside group homes with deadbolt locks, which only they had the keys to, and took away their identification (driver’s licenses, immigration papers, ect.) in order to keep them from escaping.

A 17-year-old girl managed to escape from the facility by breaking a window out in one of the group homes. She made her way to police and told them what was happening.

Dozens of other victims have come forward now, alleging the same thing, which lends a lot of credibility to the girl’s story.

All of the victims have been released from these facilities.

It’s a sad day when the Christian church has such a blemish on its reputation. However, it must be stressed that these individuals were not acting on behalf of Jesus, who came to set the captives free, not enslave them further.

Real believers in Christ would never allow such a thing to occur. Let’s hope the individuals who were victimized by this aren’t fearful of returning to a church for help in the future, or unwilling to give their lives to God because of this travesty.

 

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WATCH: Biden Details Harrowing Incident From His Youth With Gang Leader Named ‘Corn Pop’

Isn’t that one of those ‘Rice Krispies’ guys?

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If a man as ridiculous as Joe Biden can ascend to vice president of the United States then anything is possible, kids. On Saturday, Biden told a story of the time he ran into a gang leader named “Corn Pop.” Check this out… This is BIZARRE! Here’s Joe Biden telling the story of his face-off with a gang of razor-wielding ne’er-do-wells led by a guy named ‘Corn Pop.’ https://twitter.com/EddieZipperer/status/1173196985085677569?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1173196985085677569&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Ftwitchy.com%2Fsamj-3930%2F2019%2F09%2F15%2Fwaaaaaat-just-happened-joe-biden-spins-a-yarn-about-fighting-off-gang-led-by-a-guy-named-corn-pop-and-rofl-watch%2F From Washington Examiner: Biden said he prepared himself by wrapping a metal chain around his arm. Corn Pop was waiting by Biden’s car “with three guys and straight razors. Not a joke.” “And I looked at him, but I was smart then, I said first of all, I said when I tell you to get off the board you get off the board, and I’ll kick you out again, but I shouldn’t have called you Esther Williams, I apologize for that,” Biden said, revealing Corn Pop was stunned by the apology and decided to not attack him. Reactions: This is the weirdest story I’ve ever heard a politician tell. Not to mention it’s completely made up. Also, those kids look bored to death and ready to take a nap. https://twitter.com/MarkRipollone/status/1173200868646313984?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1173200868646313984&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Ftwitchy.com%2Fsamj-3930%2F2019%2F09%2F15%2Fwaaaaaat-just-happened-joe-biden-spins-a-yarn-about-fighting-off-gang-led-by-a-guy-named-corn-pop-and-rofl-watch%2F The Biden campaign is now considering hiring someone to pretend to be Corn Pop, the notorious gangsta Biden confronted. https://twitter.com/danieltobin/status/1173226658364571649?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1173226658364571649&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Ftwitchy.com%2Fsamj-3930%2F2019%2F09%2F15%2Fwaaaaaat-just-happened-joe-biden-spins-a-yarn-about-fighting-off-gang-led-by-a-guy-named-corn-pop-and-rofl-watch%2F https://twitter.com/EddieZipperer/status/1173197420915769344?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1173197420915769344&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Ftwitchy.com%2Fsamj-3930%2F2019%2F09%2F15%2Fwaaaaaat-just-happened-joe-biden-spins-a-yarn-about-fighting-off-gang-led-by-a-guy-named-corn-pop-and-rofl-watch%2F Good news! I tracked down the actual footage of Biden’s run-in with Corn Pop’s gang [Not For Sensitive Viewers] https://twitter.com/EddieZipperer/status/1173206411154771968?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1173206411154771968&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Ftwitchy.com%2Fsamj-3930%2F2019%2F09%2F15%2Fwaaaaaat-just-happened-joe-biden-spins-a-yarn-about-fighting-off-gang-led-by-a-guy-named-corn-pop-and-rofl-watch%2F Right, I think he’s actually remembering one of those Gidget and Moondoggie Beach Movies https://twitter.com/EddieZipperer/status/1173205278902378496?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1173205278902378496&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Ftwitchy.com%2Fsamj-3930%2F2019%2F09%2F15%2Fwaaaaaat-just-happened-joe-biden-spins-a-yarn-about-fighting-off-gang-led-by-a-guy-named-corn-pop-and-rofl-watch%2F This never happened. This guy shouldn’t even be President of AARP. https://twitter.com/MD3399465957/status/1173211005679259653?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1173211005679259653&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Ftwitchy.com%2Fsamj-3930%2F2019%2F09%2F15%2Fwaaaaaat-just-happened-joe-biden-spins-a-yarn-about-fighting-off-gang-led-by-a-guy-named-corn-pop-and-rofl-watch%2F H/T: Twitchy

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Omar Just Compared Migrant Detention Centers to ‘Slave Camps In Africa During the Slave Trade’

And she’ll get away with it…

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Ilhan Omar probably thinks Ilhan Omar might just be the kindest, most intelligent member of Congress. She’d be wrong. Not only is Omar a radical anti-Semite who has shown that she doesn’t love America nor Israel, but she’s also kind of a [redacted]. Check this out… WATCH: Democrat Rep. Ilhan Omar compares migrant detention centers to slave camps in Africa during the slave trade. https://twitter.com/SteveGuest/status/1173023974235746304?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1173023974235746304&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.weaselzippers.us%2F432519-ilhan-omar-compares-illegal-alien-detention-centers-to-slave-camps-during-slave-trade%2F Omar will continue to say silly things so long as liberals control the mainstream media. And that doesn’t look like it’s going to change anytime soon. From RealClear Politics: Rep. Ilhan Omar addressed controversial comments about slavery, U.S. border patrol, and 9/11, and decried the “implied intent” that critics impose on her statements. “I’m only controversial because people seem to want the controversy,” Omar said. She also responded to Nicholas Haros, the son of a 9/11 victim who spoke out against Omar at the 18th-anniversary event in New York while wearing a “some people did something” T-shirt. “9/11 was an attack on all Americans. It was an attack on all of us, and I certainly could not understand the weight of the pain that the families of the victims of 9/11 must feel,” Omar said on CBS’s “Face the Nation.” WATCH: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dVrrM2wenhk

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