Posted by | July 14, 2014 16:38 | Filed under: News Behaving Badly Politics Top Stories


A Pittsburgh pastor has been accused of sexuality assaulting a teeneger. Duane Youngblood with the “Higher Call World Outreach Church” in Homestead was charged Saturday with corrupting a minor. Youngblood is also the author of a book, Freedom from Homosexuality: No Longer Living the Lie.

According to CBS Pittsburgh, the boy, now 21-years-old, told police Youngblood sexually abused him over a period of two-and-a-half years while Youngblood was supposed to be counseling him at the church. The assaults allegedly happened in the church office.

The not gay Pastor (image: CBS)

According to what the victim told police, the abuse began in 2009 and ended in 2011 when he was a freshman in college and told Youngblood he didn’t want to be counseled by him anymore. Youngblood allegedly asked the teen not to tell his mother “because he didn’t want to get into trouble.” According to neighbors, the pastor is married with multiple children.

According to nearby residents, the Higher Call World Outreach Church is owned by the Youngblood family.

The criminal complaint says Youngblood also showed a pornographic video on his computer to the victim.

In 2006 Youngblood was accused of molesting a 15-year-old boy whom he was also counseling.

He was subsequently sentenced to one year of intermediate punishment and seven years’ probation. Youngblood is a registered sex offender.

Wonkette pointed to his twitter timeline. One of his last tweets read, “Do it for Jesus this time!”

His problem was never with being gay.

Some of the Amazon reviews of his book are interesting.

H/T: Wonkette 

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  • Apparently he’s using ‘from’ in a sense that is not applied by most people.

  • Apparently he’s using ‘from’ in a sense that is not applied by most people.

  • NMAXXS

    It’s God’s will…or something.

    • Skip Patterson

      These days it’s part of his religious beliefs so he cannot be prosecuted.

  • NMAXXS

    It’s God’s will…or something.

    • Skip Patterson

      These days it’s part of his religious beliefs so he cannot be prosecuted.

  • M D Reese

    So much dripping irony, so little time…

  • M D Reese

    So much dripping irony, so little time…

  • Jake

    Now now – religious people do a lot of great things in this country.

    TAX the CHURCHES!

    • Ignatz

      Should we also tax secular non-profit corporations?

      • Barry Tesh

        “Secular” isn’t mentioned in the constitution as an issue and secular doesn’t cram a specific religious belief down anyone’s throat!

        • Ignatz

          Perhaps, but it’s still pretty much the same kind of tax exemption. It would seem to be unconstitutional to refuse an exemption to religious organizations that’s given to secular organizations that meet the same criteria. The first amendment forbids respecting an establishment of religion, but also forbids prohibiting the free exercise thereof. Taxing an organization BECAUSE it’s religious would certainly fall under that category.

          By the way, since you seem to think the question hinges on whether or not they “cram belief down someone’s throat”, do you have a legal definition of “cramming down someone’s throat”? And does this apply to secular organizations that try to persuade people to adopt their ideas?

  • Liland’ra

    Lol thats religion for ya. the greatest show on earth!

    • Barry Tesh

      LOL!!!

  • Liland’ra

    Lol thats religion for ya. the greatest show on earth!

    • Barry Tesh

      LOL!!!

  • Ignatz

    Should we also tax secular non-profit corporations?

    • Barry Tesh

      “Secular” isn’t mentioned in the constitution as an issue and secular doesn’t cram a specific religious belief down anyone’s throat!

      • Ignatz

        Perhaps, but it’s still pretty much the same kind of tax exemption. It would seem to be unconstitutional to refuse an exemption to religious organizations that’s given to secular organizations that meet the same criteria. The first amendment forbids respecting an establishment of religion, but also forbids prohibiting the free exercise thereof. Taxing an organization BECAUSE it’s religious would certainly fall under that category.

        By the way, since you seem to think the question hinges on whether or not they “cram belief down someone’s throat”, do you have a legal definition of “cramming down someone’s throat”? And does this apply to secular organizations that try to persuade people to adopt their ideas?

  • Ignatz

    Has anybody else noticed that modern American fundamentalists bear a striking resemblance to the New Testament Pharisees?

  • Ignatz

    Has anybody else noticed that modern American fundamentalists bear a striking resemblance to the New Testament Pharisees?

  • Carolyn Finnerty

    As long as you accept Jesus as your Savior, you will be forgiven, no matter what hideous sin you commit!

    • Mimi

      So the molester is forgiven and the victim is left with PTSD, shame and without an apology from the now sin-free pastor? Once forgiven, can the pastor do this over and over? After all, he’s been forgiven.

      • Barry Tesh

        Yes, Mimi, technically, yes, Christians can sin, repent, sin again, sin again, repent, sin again, repent, sin again, repent, and on and on! It’s one of the reasons I see it all as utter nonsense! I bet you Carolyn above wouldn’t leave her teenage sons with this guy even though because he’s repented, he gets to start over with a clean slate. Nonsense!!!

        • A Carlson

          Good point. Carolyn, would you leave your kids with this guy?

    • Gladys1963

      How convenient.

  • Carolyn Finnerty

    As long as you accept Jesus as your Savior, you will be forgiven, no matter what hideous sin you commit!

    • Mimi

      So the molester is forgiven and the victim is left with PTSD, shame and without an apology from the now sin-free pastor? Once forgiven, can the pastor do this over and over? After all, he’s been forgiven.

      • Barry Tesh

        Yes, Mimi, technically, yes, Christians can sin, repent, sin again, sin again, repent, sin again, repent, sin again, repent, and on and on! It’s one of the reasons I see it all as utter nonsense! I bet you Carolyn above wouldn’t leave her teenage sons with this guy even though because he’s repented, he gets to start over with a clean slate. Nonsense!!!

        • A Carlson

          Good point. Carolyn, would you leave your kids with this guy?

    • Gladys1963

      How convenient.

  • Joy

    1. Family values AGAIN? This is getting to be a cliche.
    2. Why was he trusted again after being convicted the first time?

  • Joy

    1. Family values AGAIN? This is getting to be a cliche.
    2. Why was he trusted again after being convicted the first time?

  • On The Field

    Well, whatever the reasoning for his arrest, the old adage is true, “You’re innocent until found guilty.” We don’t know the full details of his arrest; all we know is the one side that’s been reported by the “15-year-old now turned 21”. What REALLY happened we’ll know in time, or perhaps will NEVER know. All we can do is pray for BOTH parties concerned, in hopes that FULL recovery will be granted to ALL. It’s sad, but in this modern society where “sex sells” many fall victim to its allure. Some just haven’t been caught, or haven’t been caught yet!

  • On The Field

    Well, whatever the reasoning for his arrest, the old adage is true, “You’re innocent until found guilty.” We don’t know the full details of his arrest; all we know is the one side that’s been reported by the “15-year-old now turned 21”. What REALLY happened we’ll know in time, or perhaps will NEVER know. All we can do is pray for BOTH parties concerned, in hopes that FULL recovery will be granted to ALL. It’s sad, but in this modern society where “sex sells” many fall victim to its allure. Some just haven’t been caught, or haven’t been caught yet!

  • A Carlson

    Can’t make this stuff up I guess.

  • A Carlson

    Can’t make this stuff up I guess.