Sunday, October 12, 2014

Pastor who admits to having AIDS and sleeping with parishioners won't step down

According to Catherine Garcia article:
A pastor in Alabama is refusing to step down after confessing to
having AIDS, sleeping with church members without telling them about
his HIV infection, taking drugs, and misusing funds.

Rev. Juan Demetrius McFarland has been at Montgomery's Shiloh
Missionary Baptist Church for 21 years. In Sunday sermons starting
Sept. 14, McFarland admitted his health status, then his misdeeds, the
pastor and members of his flock told WSFA 12 News. The church
membership voted 80-1 to remove McFarland on Oct. 5, but he will not

A lawyer representing deacons in the church said McFarland and a
supporter would not let them on the premises, telling deacons trying
to change the locks they would face "castle law" if they tried to come
to services. "They're worried if they show up to church, they could
get shot," Kenneth Shinbaum said.
Unless the pastor steps down voluntarily, this may very well end up in
court." McFarland may turn up in court for another reason.

In Alabama, spreading a sexually transmitted disease is a Class C
misdemeanor; since nobody has filed a complaint, McFarland isn't under
investigation at the moment.
The announcement stunned parishioners, who at first were worried about
McFarland's health, and then were upset by the rest of his
revelations. "Who does this to people, and you are the leader?" one
congregation member told WSFA 12 News.

Source: the week

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