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Jul 24 2013

Bishop: God’s Wrath Will Visit Federal Judge

What is it with preachers named Jackson who call themselves bishop? We’ve got Bishop Harry Jackson and Bishop E.W. Jackson, both virulently anti-gay and bugnutty. Now we’ve got Bishop Herman Jackson, involved in a court case and declaring that the wrath of God will come down on the judge in the case.

Alleged fraudster Herman Jackson insists his ominous warning was “not a threat” against Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman.

But Jackson, who calls himself a bishop, said: “Because of Judge Sharon Coleman’s continual mocking of God’s ecclesiastical order and the sanctity of family/marriage, the wrath of God almighty shall soon visit her home.”

He asked a reporter to read that statement back to him after he said it and then said it was correct…

The charismatic preacher has fought an increasingly erratic battle with Coleman since his October arrest cramped a lavish lifestyle that once included a small fleet of luxury vehicles, including two Mercedes and a Jaguar. A Bentley has been repossessed from his church, records show.

Forced to sleep in the church, where he allegedly masterminded a scam to swindle state day care funds, he previously apologized for an “emotional and disrespectful” courtroom temper tantrum when Coleman refused to let him move to Georgia in June. At the time, Coleman told Jackson and his co-defendant wife, Jannette Faria: “I’m not going to be manipulated by this couple.”

When asked if his latest comment amounted to a threat against the judge, Jackson said, “I was in prayer. This is what God told me. I don’t have the power. God has the power.”

This is not the kind of thing federal judges are very likely to tolerate.

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  1. 1
    ArtK

    If he hadn’t said ‘prayer’, the judge could have had him held on a 72-hour psych watch. Telling a judge that voices in your head are ordering you around is never a good idea. Unless, of course, the voice answers to the name of “God”.

  2. 2
    Modusoperandi

    Because of Judge Sharon Coleman’s continual mocking of God’s ecclesiastical order…”

    He ordered two pastors and a lay minister on the side. And fries instead of salad.
     

    …the wrath of God almighty shall soon visit her home.”

    Don’t open the door! The Wrath of God will chat your ear off. And then it’ll try to schedule a duct cleaning.

  3. 3
    timberwoof

    I had my duct cleaned a couple of weeks after my 50th birthday.

    So this guy scams his church and spends the money like a rich person about to become poor, then complains when he gets caught. What an asshole.

  4. 4
    D. C. Sessions

    I had my duct cleaned a couple of weeks after my 50th birthday.

    Are you on the five-year or the ten-year schedule?

  5. 5
    John Pieret

    The Federal Marshals will be even less amused. The next time this guy has to appear in court, he and his wife are going to get the “extra special” screening.

  6. 6
    eric

    “I was in prayer. This is what God told me. I don’t have the power. God has the power.”

    But you do have the power over your mouth, so you can certainly be judged for how you use it to communicate God’s messages.

  7. 7
    Azkyroth Drinked the Grammar Too :)

    God’s Wrath Will Visit Federal Judge

    Make sure it wipes its feet on the mat and washes its hands.

  8. 8
    Raging Bee

    Alleged fraudster Herman Jackson insists his ominous warning was “not a threat” against Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman.

    There you go: he’s a fraudster, so his threats aren’t real.

    And a “visit” by the wrath of God doesn’t sound all that threatening, does it? “Visit” is such a pleasant word…

    *dingdong*

    “Yes?”

    “Hi, I’m the Wrath of God, and I thought I’d pay you a little visit. How are you liking the neighborhood?”

    “Oh, it’s really nice, thank you. Would you care for some tea?”

    “Why that would be lovely, thank you. Could I prevail on you to give me the longest spoon you have?”

  9. 9
    Larry

    and declaring that the wrath of God will come down on the judge in the case.

    If that be so, some poor telephone sanitizer 5 states over is in for a world of hurt!

  10. 10
    Pen

    Just in case anyone’s really interested: my understanding was that in the early Christian church, there were at first only laypeople, but gradually a set of people with specific religious responsibilities distinguished themselves and they were called bishops. It was at that time the only distinction among Christians. So I wouldn’t be surprised if calling oneself a bishop is based on an understanding of the primitive church and a fairly common desire to revive it. I could be wrong though.

  11. 11
    sigurd jorsalfar

    I think it’s really awful that God interferes in the judicial system by showing up at judge’s homes to seek special favors for His friends. Let Him file an amicus brief and present His case in open court like any other justice-loving American.

  12. 12
    Moggie

    a lavish lifestyle that once included a small fleet of luxury vehicles, including two Mercedes and a Jaguar.

    There’s no justice. Janis asks God for a Mercedes, and dies two days later; this douche asks for one, and gets a whole fleet.

  13. 13
    Pierce R. Butler

    Pen @ # 4 – sfaik, you have it right.

    “Bishop” is derived from the Greek for “overseer”: the last syllable means “eye”, as in “optical”.

  14. 14
    Reptile Dysfunction

    A number of years ago, a friend of mine
    had a T-shirt made to express his unhappiness
    with the man who was then governor of the
    Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The shirt said:

    Mike Dukakis must die.

    He claimed it was not a threat, just a declaration
    of our common mortality. But he never wore it
    out in public, so far as I recall.

  15. 15
    Francesca Salinas

    my best friend’s mother makes $80/hr on the laptop. She has been fired for seven months but last month her payment was $19677 just working on the laptop for a few hours. Go to this web site and read more… c­a­n9­9.ℂ­ℴ­M

  16. 16
    Nibi

    What is it with preachers named Jackson who call themselves bishop? We’ve got Bishop Harry Jackson and Bishop E.W. Jackson, both virulently anti-gay and bugnutty.

    Queens take Bishops. Checkmate.

  17. 17
    Christoph Burschka

    Wonder if God is going to post his bail if he gets arrested for that.

  18. 18
    andyhayes

    Like Father Divine. When told the judge who sentenced him to jail had died of a heart attack, he said ” Ah hated to do it!”

  19. 19
    left0ver1under

    He claims “god has the power”? Which power is that, the power of the shotgun or rifle?

    When Neil Horsley’s “nuremburg files” website existed, he claimed that publishing the names and addresses of abortion providers and doctrs wasn’t an incitement to commit murder. The courts felt otherwise.

  20. 20
    grumpyoldfart

    Think of his parishioners. I’ll bet none of them have concluded that religion is a scam. I’ll bet most of them are looking around for another church that will accept their tithes. Ratbags!

  21. 21
    anubisprime

    These scam artists can only exist, can only get extremely wealthy, if they can have access to the wallets and purses of the brain dead !

    And if one particular scammer moves on to jail then another one pops up to take their shot at riches and sycophancy.
    And the brain dead cannot wait to throw cash at them…cos the bottom line, the hook in their collective maws is ‘the more you give the more you will be forgiven by the great accountant in the sky!’

    There must be a lot of folks out there that need some serious forgiving…and they are supposed to be xtian!

  22. 22
    democommie

    “Mike Dukakis must die.”

    He must have a closet full of shirts with similar expressive bons mot for Ed King, Bill Weld, Paul Cellucci , Jane Swift, and Mittunswillard Rmoney. Or was he just a Ray Shamie reptilican?

  23. 23
    Gregory in Seattle

    @Pen #10 – Evidence suggests that Jesus was one of hundreds of messianic preachers in Jerusalem around 30 CE. If this is the case, he would have had some followers who worked as a שליח, shalikh, which can be translated as “messenger” or “emissary.” Their job would have been to go out and shill for their prophet, preaching his message and encouraging the crowds to come hear speeches and witness miracles.

    When Paul began to create the gentile church, he adopted the Greek equivalent, ἀπόστολος, apostolos, to describe himself as a messenger of the Messiah. When he began to attract a following, he sent out his own apostoloi to shill for him. After building a following in a given city, his apostle there would be rewarded with an appointmen as ἐπίσκοπος (episkopos, “overseer”), basically his liaison and spy who would make sure that the group obeyed Paul’s directives and did not stray from his teachings. Each episkopos was allowed his own council of πρεσβύτεροι (presbyteroi, “elders”) to serve as his assistants.

    Episkopos and presbyteros evolved directly into bishop and priest, respectively. The office of deacon (διάκονος, diakonos, “servant”) was authorized by the Jewish group headed by James mainly to get Paul off their back: the original role of a deacon was to make sure that the distribution of funds to the poor (remember, the early church was quite socialist) would not overlook Gentile followers, and only later evolved into being a ceremonial assistant to a priest.

    So all three of the major clerical ranks existed as the Christian Church was being founded by Paul; they are not later innovations.

  24. 24
    composer99

    What if your surname is Jackson and your given name is Bishop? Are you also destined for bugnutty anti-gayness?

  25. 25
    democommie

    Let’s just hope that Vicky J. doesn’t figure out how to write checks or address an envelope to whatever diplomal mill is granting their degrees–or do they even bother with that fig leaf anymore?

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