A pastor is preaching the truth. What’s the problem?

Preaching the truth.

“In all probability, Houston is one of the two of three most dangerous cities in the world to live in,” Young said from the church pulpit in a video posted on the church’s website. “Ladies and gentlemen if Houston and Harris County is to survive, we better throw those bums out of office. They are not doing the job that we have called them to.”

“If Houston and Harris County is to survive, we had better throw those bums out of office. They are not doing the job that we have called them to [do],” Young said, pausing for an ovation that lasted about 30 seconds…

The Reverend Ed Young

Senior Pastor, Second Baptist Church Houston

August 28, 2022

The past week in Houston, one of the major issues was the August 28 sermon of Dr. Ed Young. Reverend Young is the senior pastor of Houston Second Baptist Church, an institution in Houston. While I’ve never met the man or worshiped at the church, but I’ve attended multiple cop funeral there. The complex is incredible and can handle over 10,000 attendees at a service.

What Pastor Young did last week was extra-ordinary. He generally (like most pastors, with exceptions) stays away from issues of man and sticks to issues of God. But last week, he did something very particular. He told the truth of crime in Houston.

When I first moved to Houston from New Orleans in 1998, it had a highly functioning judicial system. It was concerned with protecting the innocent from criminals, not the percentage of black or brown people, or illegal aliens in the jail. And it worked very well, until 2018.

In 2018, Houston suffered a blue wave, powered by straight ticket voting, giving the Harris County’s board of supervisors to the Democrats (3-2), and conferring the county judgeship (akin to the county mayor in TX) to a 27-year-old woman who had no experience in leadership or management (her previous job was as an interpreter for a local hospital). She is now the senior executive of the largest country government in Texas.

Oh, joy.

The other terror is the judges went all Democrat, particularly the criminal district court judges. They are the ones who handle the criminal trials. And since 2019, we’ve seen a surge in violent criminals let out on little or no bond, and committing one brutal crime after another, while on bond! When Kim Ogg, the liberal Democrat District Attorney said openly, “I need more attorneys to prosecute these criminals…”, she was told no. One of the other members of the county board, Commissioner Rodney Ellis (the actual power behind the throne with Hidalgo the puppet), reportedly said in a moment of truth, he won’t approve any more funding for law enforcement because “all you will do is put more black men in prison.” The fact they are praying on other black people is not a concern to Mr. Ellis or the rest of the Democrats on the Board of Supervisors

The result of defunding our courts and bond reform? The numbers speak for themselves, as murders have almost doubled from 2018 (279) to 2021 (475).

Fox 26 Houston reporter Randy Wallace has an excellent series called Breaking Bond, documenting how felons (including capital murder suspects) are being released on multiple bonds, i.e. they commit a felony while on bail for a felony, and instead of violating their bond, they give them another bond. A classic example:

Criminal District Court Judge lowers bond for capital murder defendants for the third time in 6 months

HOUSTON – Judging by his rap sheet, 37-year-old Kevin Thompson is a dangerous criminal.

“Thompson has been to prison several times,” said Andy Kahan with Crime Stoppers. “He got a 10-year stretch for several counts of aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon. When he completed that, he also picked up two years for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon as well.”

In 2019, Thompson was charged with felony evading arrest and gets his first of four felony bonds…

You would think a judge would get the idea this man is not going to behave himself, is a menace to the law-abiding public, and should be held pending trial. Well, you would be wrong.

…In September 2020, Thompson, along with his 37-year-old alleged accomplice Henry McCoy, are charged with capital murder.

“And that should be the end of the story,” said Kahan. “That should have been it.”

Instead of denying Thompson bond, 351st Criminal District Court Judge Natalia Cornelio lowered Thompson’s $250,000 bond to $150,000, then lowered it a second time to $100,000.

Thompson bonded out last April.

One of many capital murder suspects is on the street for less than a 10,000 bond fee. A few months ago I testified in a case where the defendant was jailed for violating his bond terms in assaulting his common law wife. And he put up more than ten grant to get out on bond. I joked to the assistant DA who handled the case, “He should have just committed multiple murders, he’d be out already.”

Now please, don’t let the Houston Chronicle know the facts of life in the city. Are they concerned with spiking violent crime, letting one murder suspect after another out to terrorize more people in the Houston. No, they are angry Pastor Ed Young is calling out Mayor Turner and County Judge Hidalgo on the disaster that is Houston and Harris county right now:

Crime stats don’t back hyperbole from the pulpit

Stop us if you’ve heard this one: Harris County changed its bail system and now criminals are running wild in the streets.

If that ditty rings a bell, you’ve either been listening to the stump speeches of Republican hopefuls trying to unseat the Democrats running the county — or perhaps you’ve been tuning in to the Rev. Ed Young’s recent sermons at Second Baptist Church.

These days, there’s little daylight between them.

Showing little regard for the truth, or his tax-exempt status, Young preached recently about violent crime in Houston and urged congregants to “throw those bums out of office,” declaring that liberals or progressive leaders had turned Houston into “the most dangerous city in America to live in…”

…The comments from a man of the cloth weren’t just unseemly, they were unoriginal, seemingly copy-and-pasted from Republican talking points: he blamed an increase in homicide on a bail system he called a “scam.”

Young, we understand, is a man of faith. But that shouldn’t preclude him from being a man of reason and evidence. And when it comes to crime stats, the devil’s in the details…

Houston has only one major paper left (like most cities), and you would think soaring crime would be a concern for them. Perhaps the Chronical editorial board should listen to the district attorney (a woman they endorsed), who has screamed about lacking the attorneys to clear up the backlog of over 100,000 cases. Strange, they believe Dr. Young is “unconcerned” with his church’s tax exempt status, but how many black churches are support systems for Democrats, from sermons on Sunday to get out the vote on election day. Or the blatantly political players who call themselves pastors? The counterfeit race baiting “preachers” Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton. The “reverend” Jeremiah Wright who preached hatred of the United States for decades to a rising politician in Chicago who made it to the presidency. How many other big city churches are used as manpower for Democratic get out the vote efforts, to the detriment of the people in those cities?

Then again, bold faced hypocrisy is standard at the Chronicle. They were very critical of Senator Ted Cruz running for the presidency after only four years in office. Strange, that did not stop the paper from propagandizing for Barrack Obama, arguably the most unqualified presidential candidate in history, and endorsing him in 2008. Or their continually concern that Texas has no statewide offices held by Democrats. Forgive me, but if Texas looked like New York, I really don’t think it would be an issue for them.

The fact any newspaper wants to be Democratic prevaricator on their front page or editorial page, in and of itself, is not an issue. Just be honest about it. At the birth of this nation, the news and opinion were spread by pamphleteers, which were openly partisan. The majority of media outlets in this country are liberal to radical left, but unlike two centuries ago, they lie about it. Does anyone really think Art Sulzberger, or George Stephanopoulos can be “fair and balanced” to any Republican, particularly a conservative?

Michael A. Thiac is a retired Army intelligence officer, with over 23 years experience, including serving in the Republic of Korea, Japan, and the Middle East. He is also a retired police patrol sergeant, with over 22 years’ service, and over ten year’s experience in field training of newly assigned officers. He has been published at The American Thinker, PoliceOne.com, and on his personal blog, A Cop’s Watch.

Opinions expressed are his alone and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of current or former employers.

The title of the column comes from an old movie (60s/70s) where the power behind the throne looks at the figurehead sovereign and asks him that question. And we got that question from the local liberal rag, the Houston Chronicle. And it all starts with a very serious man of God.

Pastor Ed Young is the senior pastor of Houston Second Baptist Church. Second Baptist is an institution in Houston, turning many people with serious issues to God, saving their lives. While I’ve never met the man or worshiped at the church, I’ve attended multiple cop’s funeral there. The complex is incredible and can handle over 10,000 mourners at a service.

What Pastor Young did last week was extra-ordinary. He generally (like most pastors, with exceptions) stays away from issues of man and sticks to issues of God. But last week, he did something very particular. He told the truth of crime in Houston.

I moved to Houston from New Orleans in 1998, and I was very happy to find a functioning judicial system in the fourth largest city in the country. You committed a crime, upon arrest you were charged, tried, and upon conviction, sentenced. Also, bonds were required for most crimes, particularly violent offenses. But for murder or capital murder, two words: No bail. We had this concept down, if the suspect in a murder is let out, he will likely go after the complainant, witness, etc. who could testify against him. The DA’s office and the district court judges knew they were handing people who should not be on the street pending trial.

Well, a funny <sarcasm> thing happened to Houston after the 2018 election. We had a blue wave, powered by straight ticket voting, i.e., you pressed one button to vote for one party down the ballot. And that gave Harris County’s governing board over to the Democrats (3-2), and gave the county judgeship (akin to the county mayor in TX) to a 27-year-old woman who had no experience in management (her previous job was as an interpreter for a local hospital), who is now the senior executive of the country government of the largest county in Texas.

Oh, joy.

The other terror is the judges went all Democrat, particularly the criminal district court judges. They are the ones who handle the criminal trials. And since 2019, we’ve seen a surge in violent criminals let out on little or no bond, and committing one brutal crime after another, while on bond! When Kim Ogg, the liberal Democrat District Attorney said openly, “I need more attorneys to prosecute these criminals…”, she was told no. One of the other members of the county board, Commissioner Rodney Ellis (the actual power behind the throne with Hidalgo the puppet), in a moment of truth, said, “I won’t approve any more funding for law enforcement, all you will do is put more black men in prison.” The fact they are praying on other black people is not a concern to Mr. Ellis.

The result of defunding our courts and bond reform? The numbers speak for themselves:

Houston Murders 2018: 279

Houston Murders 2019: 280

Houston Murders 2020: 400

Houston Murders 2021: 475

Fox 26 Houston reporter Randy Wallace has an excellent series called Breaking Bond, documenting how felons (including capital murder suspects) are being released on multiple bonds, i.e. they commit a felony while on bail for a felony, and instead of violating their bond, they give them another bond. A classic example:

Criminal District Court Judge lowers bond for capital murder defendants for the third time in 6 months

HOUSTON – Judging by his rap sheet, 37-year-old Kevin Thompson is a dangerous criminal.

“Thompson has been to prison several times,” said Andy Kahan with Crime Stoppers. “He got a 10-year stretch for several counts of aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon. When he completed that, he also picked up two years for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon as well.”

In 2019, Thompson was charged with felony evading arrest and gets his first of four felony bonds.

“Then he picks up charges for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon, felon in possession of a weapon, a gun,” Kahan said.

You would think a judge would get the idea this man is not going to behave himself, is a menace to the law-abiding public, and should be held pending trial. Well, you would be wrong.

In September 2020, Thompson, along with his 37-year-old alleged accomplice Henry McCoy, are charged with capital murder.

“And that should be the end of the story,” said Kahan. “That should have been it.”

Instead of denying Thompson bond, 351st Criminal District Court Judge Natalia Cornelio lowered Thompson’s $250,000 bond to $150,000, then lowered it a second time to $100,000.

Thompson bonded out last April.

Now please, don’t let the Houston Chronicle know the facts of life. Are they concerned with spiking violent crime, letting one murder suspect after another out to terrorize more people in the city. No, they are angry Pastor Ed Young is calling out Mayor Turner and County Judge Hidalgo on the disaster that is Houston and Harris county right now:

Crime stats don’t back hyperbole from the pulpit

Stop us if you’ve heard this one: Harris County changed its bail system and now criminals are running wild in the streets.

If that ditty rings a bell, you’ve either been listening to the stump speeches of Republican hopefuls trying to unseat the Democrats running the county — or perhaps you’ve been tuning in to the Rev. Ed Young’s recent sermons at Second Baptist Church.

These days, there’s little daylight between them.

Showing little regard for the truth, or his tax-exempt status, Young preached recently about violent crime in Houston and urged congregants to “throw those bums out of office,” declaring that liberals or progressive leaders had turned Houston into “the most dangerous city in America to live in…”

…The comments from a man of the cloth weren’t just unseemly, they were unoriginal, seemingly copy-and-pasted from Republican talking points: he blamed an increase in homicide on a bail system he called a “scam.”

Young, we understand, is a man of faith. But that shouldn’t preclude him from being a man of reason and evidence. And when it comes to crime stats, the devil’s in the details…

Perhaps the Chronical board should listen to the District Attorney, who has screamed about lacking the attorneys to clear up the backlog of over 100,000 cases. Strange, they believe Dr. Young is “unconcerned” with his church’s tax exempt status, but how many black churches are support systems for Democrats, from sermons on Sunday to get out the vote on election day.

Then again, bold faced hypocrisy is standard at the Chronicle. A classic example is they are continually concerned that the state has no statewide offices held by Democrats. Or they were very critical of Senator Ted Cruz running for the presidency after only four years in office. Strange, that did not stop the paper from propagandizing for Barrack Obama, arguably the most unqualified candidate in history. Understandably the choice of him and McCain was repulsive, but if they had any integrity the Chronicle would decline to endorse anyone.

At the birth of this nation, the news and opinion were spread by pamphleteers, which were openly partisan. The majority of media outlets in this country are liberal to radical left, but unlike two centuries ago, they lie about it. Does anyone really think George Stephanopoulos can be “fair and balanced” to any Republican, particularly a conservative?

Michael A. Thiac is a retired Army intelligence officer, with over 23 years experience, including serving in the Republic of Korea, Japan, and the Middle East. He is also a retired police patrol sergeant, with over 22 years’ service, and over ten year’s experience in field training of newly assigned officers. He has been published at The American Thinker, PoliceOne.com, and on his personal blog, A Cop’s Watch.

Opinions expressed are his alone and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of current or former employers.

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1 thought on “A pastor is preaching the truth. What’s the problem?”

  1. The good pastor is pointing out the evil in his community. For that, his church might get its tax exempt status revoked. That evil will target its enemy, the church. Someone needed to speak out. It’s good that he did.
    Ministers, priests and pastors aided the patriots of the American Revolution. For good reason.

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