We shouldn’t be so gleeful when we find news stories like this, but we can’t help it. In the New York Post, founded by Alexander Hamilton, we found this headline: Pastor caught stealing from collection basket on hidden camera: police. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:
A crooked cleric was caught stealing from the collection basket of his tiny Upper East Side church — by suspicious congregants who secretly set up a video camera, cops said Thursday.
Ironic, isn’t it? In this case we have a fallen preacher and a hidden camera — but the camera was being used for good, not evil. On with the story:
The Rev. Daniel Iampaglia — who is embroiled in a bitter court battle for control of the evangelical Rock Church — was busted for allegedly swiping about $238 in “worship money” over two months. He is also accused in court papers of misappropriating more than $8,000 in church funds.
Gasp! How is it possible for a man of God to do such a thing? Here’s the website for the Rock Church, where Iampaglia does his preaching. The “What We Believe” section of their “About Us” page doesn’t get specific about evolution, but it says:
We believe in the verbal inspiration and inerrancy of the Scriptures and the authority of both the Old and New Testaments.
From that we assume they’re creationists, which means that rev Iampaglia is yet another creationist preacher who has somehow gone astray. The New York Post continues:
Cops were called to the church two days before Thanksgiving to break up an argument between Iampaglia and Joseph McGee, who is one of several congregants suing to oust the holy roller. McGee handed over video that repeatedly shows Iampaglia counting cash inside a church office, then folding some of the bills and stuffing them into his pocket, police sources said.
According to a related affidavit that McGee filed in Manhattan Supreme Court this week, a review of church records has revealed that “in excess of $8,000 have been misappropriated or used without …. approval” over the past two years.
Your Curmudgeon is shocked — shocked! Here’s one more excerpt from the New York Post story:
Iampaglia refused to comment and swung his cane at a photographer during a Thursday afternoon walk to a corner grocery store for an apple pie and a tub of Neapolitan ice cream.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! He swung his cane at a photographer, and then calmly went for apple pie. Have you ever heard of a scientist who behaved like that? Verily, creationism does strange things to its followers.
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