April 6, 2008

Know Them By Their Deeds: Pastor Guilty of Fraud

A reader e-mailed this story to me, and even if it took me awhile to get it posted, I could not help but do so. It seems that a former pastor in Northumberland County, Rev. Raymond Clayton, has admitted to an interesting case of identity theft. Specifically, he used his parishioners' identities to obtain credit cards. He plead guilty to fraud in federal court and will be sentenced in June.

I realize that Jesus needs huge sums of money, but this story seems to be yet another piece of evidence to support the possibility that con artists are overrepresented among clergy. I've said it before and will keep repeating it: the sort of blind faith religion demands makes people more susceptible to many forms of exploitation by those who cloak themselves in religion.

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