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Pastor Accused of Raping, Sexually Abusing His Parishioners

Cliff Schecter: Another sex scandal and another preacher. Will it ever end?
This post, written by Cliff Schecter, originally appeared on Cliff Schecter's Brave New Films Blog

The short (and very sad) version: No

Because too many of these guys have all sorts of power and projection issues they should be working out on a couch somewhere, which they instead relieve by publicly lecturing the rest of us while behaving like animals in private.

Here is the scoop, via my pal Pastordan, on the latest behavior that doesn't quite fit the guidelines many in the religious right community espouse for the rest of poor sheep:
At least 100 people were gathered for Sunday afternoon prayer at a Northeast Portland church when a woman stood to interrupt the preacher's sermon with some alarming allegations.
Pastor Sergio Alvarizares, she said, had used sweet talk and lavish compliments to draw her into his office, lock the door and make unwanted sexual advances.
Soon, other women rose to make similar accusations. A ruckus erupted, and the pastor tried to shout over them from the pulpit, "That's a lie! That's a lie!"
Cliff Schecter blogs at Brave New Films.
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