Bail for Alleged child molester…. $5,000

A provincial court in Abbotsford, B.C., has granted bail of $5,000 to Orville Frank Mader, who’s accused of sex crimes in Thailand, but he will remain in jail until he comes up with the money.

Mader, 54, also has to stay away from children unless he’s under supervision of an adult appointed by the court — a condition of his bail.

Mader was nabbed at Vancouver International Airport on Nov. 1, after getting off a plane from Asia. He’s is originally from Kitchener, Ont., and has lived in Surrey, B.C.

He was held by authorities under a protective order after a provincial court judge ruled he could pose a threat to children under the age of 14.

Thai police issued an arrest warrant for Mader on Oct. 31 in connection with alleged sexual abuse committed in the coastal city of Pattaya, known for its brothels and other sex industry venues.

Another example of the courts not taking seriously the risk of releasing child molesters, alleged or otherwise, without proper assurances they won’t either disappear or offend. Obviously, this man poses a flight risk since he left Thailand to evade capture. The amount of bail and the fact that his family doesn’t seem to think he poses any risk is cause enough to concern for both flight and offending.

If the “supervision of an adult appointed by the court” is anything like the one appointed by the court when my former brother-in-law* was given house-arrest for molesting a child (his wife who didn’t believe that he was guilty, despite his pleading guilty), there is nothing to stop him from offending.

I wonder how soon we will be hearing about his escapades after doing a bunk or kidnapping a child. Of course, if the courts take as seriously any further offenses by him as they did those by Peter Whitmore.
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*Who was reported for breaking the conditions of his release and the police and court did nothing, despite an automatic 3 year sentence for breaking the conditions.

Sighhhh…..

A Winnipeg church prevented aboriginal dancers from performing at a Habitat for Humanity event this week, saying the performance was not an expression of Christian faith.

Habitat for Humanity invited Kim Houle and her children to perform at its annual volunteer appreciation night, which was held Tuesday in an auditorium Habitat had rented for the event inside the Church of The Rock.

But the afternoon before the performance, the church told Habitat it could not allow the dancing.

Pastor Mark Hughes said he was sorry for Houle and her family, but he agreed with his staff’s decision to prevent them from dancing in his church.

“Native spiritual dancing has its roots in a different spiritual belief system that is incongruent with traditional Christian worship,” Hughes said in an e-mail.

I’m sure there are plenty of other things worn, done, even part of the church’s ceremonies which have their roots in something other than Christian worship. I’ll bet the church has a Christmas tree or, let’s face it, celebrates the birth of Christ at Christmas which has ITS roots in a pagan celebration.

“I don’t think a Buddhist temple would allow a Christian pastor to speak about Jesus.”

Actually, unlike this particular “church”, most Buddhist temples would likely NOT have a problem with a Christian pastor speaking about Jesus if he had been invited either by the temple or someone renting space in the church.

Houle and her children, who live in a Habitat home, were allowed to attend the event, but not to perform.

Michelle Nyhof, spokeswoman for Habitat for Humanity in Winnipeg, said the church’s position put the charity in an awkward situation because it had signed a contract.

“We have to respect it’s their facility. There is a contract,” she said. “According to their contract they have the … first right of refusal of performances, so we had to abide by that.

“Our option was to cancel the event, which we didn’t feel was an option given the short notice.”

Habitat is “heartbroken” by the situation, Nyhof said.

“What we do here is, you know, totally inclusive of everybody. We work with people from all backgrounds, all walks of life — it’s part of our mission statement,” she said.

“We build homes for families from every nationality and every religion, so for this to happen, it’s quite upsetting to us.”

Habitat for Humanity will try to hold future events in public facilities, Nyhof said, so the organization won’t face such restrictions on performers.

Jesus is probably spinning in his grave over what this particular pastor and his ilk consider “unChristian”.

Pinheads…

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