Tennessee Minister Arrested for Child Molestation at Sunday School

randall+thomasWe have yet another minister arrested for molestation. Randall Thomas Hollifield, 45, is accused of raping a child. He is a volunteer youth minister at the New Beverly Baptist Church in Knoxville.

When police searched his home, they found over 3,000 images of child pornography on his computer.

I would not give this guy much hope on sentencing — the list of aggravators would be pretty long.

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6 thoughts on “Tennessee Minister Arrested for Child Molestation at Sunday School”

  1. If the man is guilty I’m for a long incarceration for him. What I think needs to be understood though, is that the roots of this
    vile tendency lay in a given society’s inability to deal with sex maturely and openly. No doubt nature plays a role in determining those with a tendency towards child molestation, but my guess is that a far greater role is played by impossible
    sexual morays, that deem sex “dirty” and thereby add the attractiveness of “dirty” deeds, to the already tortured psyches of disturbed individuals.

    While I admit that Michael Jackson was acquitted of child molestation, giving him the benefit of the doubt on that, isn’t there still something very unseemly about an adult in his 30’s and 40’s sleeping in the same bed with a teen, or pre-teen? Given that he had no real childhood, by his own description, isn’t it easy to see the cause and effect? I’m for harsh punishment for convicted child molesters, but I also think we need to delve into what creates them in the first place.

  2. Mary Jo Paterno (just to name one)

    I do not believe for a second that women are innocent of this crime. But, as my high school reunion revealed this past weekend, boys having affairs with teachers was sort of commonplace.

    Just because the boys don’t narc out the women doesn’t mean it isn’t happening.

  3. This is one of those issues where human rational functioning shuts down. “Anonymously Yours'” plea for “certain death” signals the pudding is done.

    And yet if we extrapolate the numbers based on Chris Hanson’s entrapment tabloid in the show from San Bernadino county in California ALONE, one arrives at tens of thousands of men in this one community. And wherever he went, out they came in astounding numbers no matter where he was.

    We do not want to acknowledge we are awash in these men. Men. What women turn up at these engagements?

    If “certain death” is the beginning of a conversation we desperately need to have as adults on this subject, we have a long way to go.

    I favor debate because I think the root of this problem is also at the root of many others, a sick sort of idealistic denial born of intellectual laziness that sucks human compassion out of the room. But we will never get there the way we are going.

    Because we cannot even *think* about it, much less exercise speech on the matter. Just kill them all. All. Please insert your own favored manufactured enemny for “them.”


  4. Can we say, this is one crime that deserves a speedy trial, incarceration and a certain death. I do not particularly care in which order they commence.

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