This is the latest in a series of posts about your Curmudgeon’s scientific hypothesis that there may be some heretofore unsuspected disorder which we call Creationism-Voyeurism Syndrome (CVS). Our hypothesis explores this question: Is there something deep within the creationist brain that causes such perverted behavior? Or maybe creationism isn’t the trigger; perhaps there’s some disorder that produces both creationism and voyeurism?
You can find links to the first dozen cases in Creationist Voyeurism: Update on Case #5. At this point in our research, because we’ve piled up so much evidence for the existence of Creationism-Voyeurism Syndrome, we believe that our hypothesis has been substantially validated, without the necessity of establishing that each new pervert is, in fact, a creationist. We can now assume that they are. That makes our work easier, because except for preachers, where the creationism is obvious, few perverts are asked about creationism, so that vital information is often overlooked in news reports.
In honor of the first case we learned about, CVS can also be called the McConaghie syndrome — see Creationist Suspected of Bathroom Voyeurism. As you know, we are even now awaiting the conclusion of McConaghie’s trial, which should be at the end of this month — see David McConaghie Trial Begins.
The latest case was brought to our attention by one of our clandestine operatives — code named “Omega.” It’s reported in the Journal & Courier of Lafayette, Indiana, the county seat of Tippecanoe County. Their headline is Church music pastor accused of voyeurism. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:
Craig Burden was fired Friday from his post as music pastor for Calvary Baptist Church in West Lafayette, a day after he was accused of voyeurism with a camera.
Here’s the church’s website: Calvary Baptist Church. The news story says that the website has been purged of all mention of Craig Burden. Their “About Us” page says:
The Bible is God’s Word to us. It was written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. Because it is inspired by God, it is the truth without any mixture of error.
They appear to be a creationist congregation, so this case is good data for us. Let’s read on:
The 28-year-old was booked about 8 p.m. into Tippecanoe County Jail, where’s he’s being held without bond on allegations of vicarious sexual gratification involving a victim younger than 14, according to jail records.
We’ve seen this pattern so often before. The news continues:
When and where the voyeurism allegedly took place remains unclear. “It’s not a one-time incident,” [Lt. Tom] Lehman [of the Tippecanoe County sheriff’s office] said.
Daniel Berry, Calvary’s lead pastor since 2013, had placed Burden on suspension Thursday when allegations of wrongdoing were raised, said Cynthia Garwood, church spokeswoman. Burden’s employment was terminated in an emergency meeting at 6 p.m. Friday, she added. On behalf of the church staff, Berry issued a statement Saturday referring all questions to Garwood, an attorney who represents the congregation and has been a member for about a decade.
Hey, get this:
Burden’s arrest comes just shy of one year after former Lafayette pastor Robert Lyzenga was sentenced to prison for installing hidden cameras disguised as air fresheners in a women’s restroom inside Sunrise Christian Reformed Church in 2011 and 2012.
Lyzenga? We reported about that case when he plead guilty — see Update on Case #5. There seems to be a lot of creationist voyeurism in West Lafayette, Indiana. One more excerpt:
Burden – who has not been formally charged with a crime – was fired because the inappropriate behaviors for which he’s being investigated are at odds with the church’s interpretation of biblical teaching, Garwood said. “Any form of exploitation of a person is, we think, a violation of biblical principles,” she added.
Burden was hired as Calvary’s full-time worship pastor in 2013.
So there you have it — yet another data point to support our hypothesis. As we always do when reporting such matters, we’ll repeat our usual advice: Avoid using the bathrooms in any creationist location — that includes creationist politicians, creationist “think tanks,” creation museums and theme parks, and the church buildings of creationist denominations.
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