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LA school cop arrested; shooting story apparently fake

LA school cop arrested; shooting story apparently fake

Jan. 28, 2011 | Frank Stoltze & Nick Roman | KPCC/AP


Web Resources

  • Video: KTLA report on LAUSD officer allegedly lying about being shot
  • LAUSD superintendent’s statement on alleged police shooting hoax (PDF)
  • School police officer Jeff Stenroos, shot last week near a high school campus in Woodland Hills, was arrested last night. The officer’s been charged with making up the story.

    Updated at 1:25 p.m. | Permalink

    Councilman Zine wants to recover city costs through lawsuit

    The City Council voted unanimously today to sue a Los Angeles School Police Department officer accused of fabricating a story about being shot by a burglary suspect in Woodland Hills.

    Councilman Dennis Zine, who proposed the lawsuit, said Officer Jeffrey Stenroos “not only wasted precious city resources and inconvenienced tens of thousands of people, but he also abused the trust the public places in their police force and shamed the professional standards upheld by law enforcement agencies.”

    Zine, a former police officer, said he wants to recover money spent by the city in searching for a nonexistent suspect.

    “In my entire 43-year career in law enforcement, I have never witnessed such a reckless stunt and I am appalled by the actions of this uniformed officer,” he said.

    “To fabricate this event is unconscionable and I will be using every tool I have available to me to make sure the city is paid its due restitution,” he added.

    Stenroos, 30, was arrested at 6:30 p.m. Thursday by the LAPD’s Robbery- Homicide Division on suspicion of felony filing a false police report, according to inmate records. He was booked at 10:04 p.m. and released on $20,000 bail at 11:49 p.m.

    The officer’s report of being shot in the chest Jan. 19 near El Camino Real High School sparked a massive manhunt involving 350 police officers and sheriff’s deputies in Woodland Hills, and the lockdown of nine schools in the area that affected thousands of students, their parents and residents. Thousands of students were restricted to their classrooms, with little food and no bathroom breaks for as many as five or six hours.

    At Zine’s urging last week, the City Council, three police organizations, and the founder of the 99 Cents Only store put up a $100,000 reward for information on the gunman that Stenroos had described.

    – KPCC wire services

    Updated at 12:19 p.m. | Permalink

    LAPD Chief Beck furious over alleged hoax; officer was not attacked

    Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck Friday said he was “furious” at a school police officer who allegedly faked his own shooting last week.
    Beck said L.A. School Police Officer Jeffrey Stenroos was arrested last night for filing a false report. Stenroos said he was shot outside El Camino Real High School. He was released on bail just before midnight.
    The police chief said “some inconsistencies emerged early on” about Stenroos’s story that he was shot in the chest by someone breaking into cars outside the school in the Western San Fernando Valley. The manhunt for a suspect forced thousands of students to remain on several areas campuses into the evening, and caused massive traffic jams in the area.
    “I think that he caused an immense amount of pain to many members of the city of Los Angeles.” The chief said estimates run as high as $500,000 for the amount of police and other public resources devoted to the manhunt and keeping children in their classrooms.

    Beck offered few details about what investigators believe happened – whether Stenroos was shot at the scene or elsewhere, or whether he shot himself, or whether he was even shot. 
    Stenroos had said he was saved by a bulletproof vest. Beck would only say that the vest had damage “consistent with a round being fired.” He also said Stenroos was treated for injuries that “could be associated” with being hit in the chest by a bullet while wearing a bulletproof vest.
    “The when and the where and the how – that has yet to be determined.” 
    The chief said Stenroos carried a .45 caliber gun in his holster. He was shot with a nine millimeter. Officers sometimes carry a second weapon.
    Beck said one thing is for sure: no one attacked Officer Stenroos.
    “There is no… gunman on the loose.”

    – Frank Stoltze

    Updated at 6:59 a.m. | Permalink

    School police officer Jeff Stenroos claimed he spotted a guy trying to break into cars near El Camino Real High School; he said that guy pulled a gun and shot him in his bulletproof vest.

    It’s odd that someone committing a minor crime like breaking into cars would try to escape arrest by committing a serious crime like trying to kill a police officer. But maybe it did happen – or maybe not.

    The LAPD arrested Stenroos last night on suspicion of filing a false police report. Police Chief Charlie Beck did not say if Stenroos accidentally shot himself – but he did say there is “no outstanding suspect” in the case.

    The shooting report led to lockdowns at nine L.A. schools. The chaotic after-school pickup took hours – and angered parents. It also prompted the L.A. Police Protective League to offer a $100,000 reward for the shooter. The police officers union took it back last night, saying it’s “disgusted” to learn Stenroos might have made it all up.

    – Nick Roman


    Updated at 6:53 a.m. | Permalink

    LAUSD superintendent plans to fire officer behind alleged hoax

    A Los Angeles school police officer who said he was shot in the chest last week by a car burglar was arrested last night. L.A. police booked Jeffrey Stenroos on a charge of filing a false police report. LAUSD Superintendent Ramon Cortines says he plans to fire the officer.

    “Let me tell you – he has violated the trust of this community,” says Cortines. “And I respect due process, but literally, he has violated the trust of thousands of people, and I will take action.”

    “I’m embarrassed that one of our employees would play this kind of hoax on people,” says Cortines. “And I just want to apologize that one of our employees would play this kind of hoax. But I also want to say that this individual is not reflective of the men and women in blue that protect our students and staff every day. I’ve worked with them for three years and I’ve seen them really step up to the plate. And so this is unfortunate that this individual would do something like this, that would shadow all of our people that do such a good job.”

    Cortines says he knows how serious this incident was taken. “I was there in the Valley all of the time. I know how serious students, and parents, and over 300 law enforcement people from five different agencies, how serious this was. Not only for the safety of our students, for the safety of the people in the community.”

    Cortines says he doesn’t know of anything that might have led to this and referred KPCC to the LAPD for questions about the incident.

    – Steve Julian & Mike Roe

    Audio: L.A. Unified school superintendent Ray Cortines told KPCC this morning how the news hit him.

    More from the Associated Press:

    Updated at 11:14 a.m. | Permalink

    LA school officer to be fired over shooting hoax

    A school police officer will be fired for an alleged shooting hoax that touched off one of the largest local manhunts in recent memory and forced thousands of students to remain in their classrooms for hours, the head of the Los Angeles Unified School District announced Friday.

    Superintendent Ramon Cortines said he has directed the school police chief and the district’s lawyer to immediately relieve Jeff Stenroos of duty and begin the process of dismissing him.

    “I would like to apologize to the public for the hoax that was perpetrated by a rogue officer,” Cortines said in a statement.

    “Thousands of people were inconvenienced by the actions of this one man,” Stenroos said. “I want to again apologize to everyone who was alarmed, who worked long hours and who were adversely affected by his actions.”

    Cortines said the alleged actions of the eight-year veteran do not reflect the integrity of all school police.

    Law enforcement officials say Stenroos was lying when he said a gunman shot him in the chest as he patrolled near a San Fernando Valley high school Jan. 19. He was arrested Thursday night on suspicion of filing a false police report and was released on $20,000 bail shortly before midnight. The allegation is a felony.

    “The current state of the investigation refutes Stenroos’ initial account of the incident and we are now certain that there is no outstanding suspect in this shooting,” city Police Chief Charlie Beck said at a news conference Thursday night.

    A law enforcement official, who asked not to be named because he was not authorized to speak about the case, said Stenroos was mishandling a firearm when he was shot.

    The gunshot hit Stenroos in his bulletproof vest and authorities said that protection saved his life. He was treated for minor injuries and released from the hospital later that night.

    Stenroos, 30, has not spoken publicly since the shooting. A call left for a Jeff Stenroos in Santa Clarita was not returned.

    Steven K. Zipperman, chief of the 340-officer Los Angeles School Police Department, has said Stenroos is an eight-year veteran of the department.

    Paul Weber, president of the union representing Los Angeles Police Department officers, said he was “disgusted” to hear that Stenroos filed a false report.

    Beck defended the aggressive police response to the shooting, which occurred one day after a gun accidentally fired in a student’s backpack at another Los Angeles high school, wounding two students.

    “We go where these investigations take us,” he said. “Finding the truth and obtaining some form of justice is what we’re about.”

    The day of the shooting, an ambulance carrying Stenroos sped to a hospital with a motorcycle escort, nine schools with about 9,000 students were locked down as more than 350 police officers, sheriff’s deputies and California Highway Patrol officers scoured 7 square miles of the affluent Woodland Hills neighborhood around El Camino Real High School for a gunman described as in his 40s with long brown hair.

    Students were kept in their classrooms for hours without access to food or bathrooms, prompting anger and frustration from parents.

    Later, a citizen was hailed as a good Samaritan for using the officer’s radio to call for help and authorities mustered $100,000 in reward money for information leading to the shooter’s arrest.

    “His lies set into motion the largest search for a suspect in recent history and inconvenienced thousands of people for hours,” the police union president said. “If these allegations are proven true, Mr. Stenroos is now where he belongs, behind bars.”

    Associated Press writers Raquel Maria Dillon and Robert Jablon contributed to this report.

    © 2011 The Associated Press.

    David Langsford & Russ Dizdar – Watchmen Radio

    Egypt Unrest – Christians persecuted amidst chaos

    Egypt Unrest: Muslim Brotherhood and Minority Christians


    Egypt unrest signals danger for Christians

    By Barnabas Aid

    As growing unrest in Egypt leaves the country on the brink of revolution, there are fears that radical Islamists may capitalise on the crisis to seize power – signalling danger for the beleaguered Christian community. 

    Protests against President Hosni Mubarak’s authoritarian regime have been gathering momentum throughout this week. And off the back of the Tunisian uprising, which resulted in the ousting of President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, there is the mood and momentum for radical change in Egypt. 

    The unrest gained new impetus when the largest opposition movement, the Muslim Brotherhood, said it would back demonstrations on Friday (28 January). The banned Islamist group demanded that Mubarak dissolve the nation’s recently formed parliament and hold a new election, threatening in a statement on its website that if the Egyptian government “does not move fast and shoulder responsibility to start a serious reform process, stability might not last for long”. 

    Egypt is 90% Muslim, and the Brotherhood, which lost all 88 of its parliamentary seats in last November’s election, appears to be trying to harness the political, economic and social unrest that sparked the riots to gather support for its Islamist agenda.The Brotherhood wrote: 

    The events in Tunisia are a cornerstone for the rest of the people of the Arab and Islamic world. It is a message to all the despotic leaders and the corrupt regimes that they are not safe and they are living on the tip of a volcano of people’s anger and God’s wrath. 

    Many commentators have warned of a domino effect from Tunisia across the Arab world, as instability grows in Algeria, Lebanon, Yemen and Jordan. If Egypt were to be taken over by Islamists, the consequences for the region could be very serious. Global intelligence analyst George Friedman of Stratfor has warned: 

    An Islamist Egypt would give dramatic impetus to radical Islam throughout the Arab world… The transformation of Egypt into an Islamist country would be the single most significant event we could imagine in the Islamic world, beyond an Iranian bomb. 

    The protests in Egypt follow targeted attacks against the country’s Christians, most notably the suicide bombing at a church in Alexandria on New Year’s Day that killed at least 21 worshippers. Christians took to the streets in protest over the lack of protection and justice for their community. Their insecurity could only be increased under an Islamist regime, and in the worst case they could even be forced to flee the country en masse. 

    In addition, Egyptian Christians are already second-class citizens in their own country. They suffer severe discrimination in many areas of life, such as in education and employment. And if the Muslim Brotherhood were to seize power, they could rapidly be subjected to a raft of even more humiliating regulations, designed to exclude and degrade them further. 

    All Christian gatherings and church meetings have been cancelled for the third day in a row; a Barnabas Aid contact said believers were staying in their homes, adding that they were “praying hard” and “trusting God”.  

    (Source: Barnabasaid) 


    Fate of Coptic Christians in post-Mubarak Egypt worries some

    By John Rossomando 

    Former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton warns Egypt’s ancient Coptic Christian minority could become increasingly endangered should the protests against Egyptian strongman Hosni Mubarak drive him from power. 

    The rioting against the Mubarak regime began on Jan. 25, in the wake of the Jan. 15 overthrow of Tunisian dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, with the publicly stated goals of ousting Mubarak from power and protesting Egypt’s high unemployment and rampant corruption, among other issues. 

    The rioting claimed the ruling party headquarters Friday and pushed the Mubarak regime to shut down Internet and cell phone communications in an effort to clamp down on opponents, and the regime sent the army into the streets Saturday to confront demonstrators as Cairo fell into near anarchy. 

    Bolton points out Egypt’s outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, which promotes the Islamist ideology employed more violently by Hamas and other terror groups, stands to gain despite being a late comer to the revolt. 

    “One thing I want to say about all of these young people and all of these university students is what they’re learning in the universities is very similar to what the Muslim Brotherhood preaches,” Bolton said. “So we have to worry about the radicalism among the students is very, very high.” 

    Consequently, conservatives are mistaken thinking anti-Mubarak forces will replace the current regime with a Western-style democracy because Mubarak represents the lesser of two evils when compared with the opposition, according to Bolton. 

    “The overthrow of the Mubarak regime will not by any sense of the imagination lead to the advent of Jeffersonian democracy,” Bolton said. “The greater likelihood is a radical, tightly knit organization like the Muslim Brotherhood will take advantage of the chaos and seize power. 

    “It is really legitimate for the Copts to be worried that instability follow Mubarak’s fall and his replacement with the Muslim Brotherhood.” 

    The Copts, who constitute between 10 and 20 percent of Egypt’s population and whose church traces its founding back to St. Mark the Evangelist, have been increasingly targeted by Islamic extremists in recent years and have suffered intense persecution.

    Copts complain Muslims are able to get away murdering them with impunity much like whites did in the South under Jim Crow, and the government discriminates against them by placing restrictions on the building and repair of churches while not imposing a similar rule on mosques. 

    “The Coptic problem is that of pressure on a minority, intolerance towards others and a lack of acceptance of pluralism. The more Egypt is influenced by the Wahhabi interpretation of Islam, the worse it is for the Copts,” Tarek Heggy, a leading Coptic intellectual, told the Italian press agency ADNKronos International last November while speaking about the Muslim Brotherhood’s relationship with the Copts. 

    Their plight became painfully apparent to the world after an al-Qaida affiliate bombed of a Coptic church in Alexandria, killing 20 worshippers and wounding 100 others. But this terror attack has been one of several carried out by Muslim extremists to hit the Coptic community over the past decade.

    Although the Brotherhood condemned the New Year’s Eve attack, many Copts, particularly outside Egypt, worry their situation could grow worse should Mubarak fall.

    “The Copts I know are scared,” said Amir Makkar, a Copt who lives near Lancaster, Pa. “It’s a dangerous proposal with what is happening in Egypt because the problem is there is a lot of uncertainty and it is impossible to tell what is going to happen amid the chaos situation because anything could happen.” 

    Makkar, who pays close attention to the happenings in his homeland, believes Egypt could have a chance for democracy if someone like Mohammed ElBaradei replaces Mubarak. 

    But Copts fear the possibility the Brotherhood could use its strong organization to fill a power vacuum left by Mubarak. 

    There would be a lot for the Copts to worry about should the Brotherhood come to power because they likely would establish Islamic state that would impose a harsh interpretation of Islamic law on non-Muslims, as has happened in other Muslim nations in the region, Makkar said. 

    Pope Shenouda III, the head of the Coptic Orthodox Church, and other church representatives have called on Copts to refrain from participating, but evidence shows many Copts have ignored their church and have joined the revolt. 

    Washington Institute scholar Dina Guirgis, herself a Copt and an observer of Egyptian politics, cautions against jumping to alarmist conclusions about what could happen to the Copts should the Mubarak regime collapse. 

    Guirgis believes although the Muslim Brotherhood likely would play a part in a post-Mubarak government, it would not be the driving force. 

    “It would probably be some sort of national unity government comprised of various political forces, but all within the rules of a democratic regime, which the Muslim Brotherhood would have to subscribe to as well,” Guirgis said. “I don’t think we need to exaggerate fears of the transition from the Mubarak regime, especially because conditions were very poor for the Copts under the Mubarak regime, so it’s not as though things were rosy.” 

    Muslims and Christians will need to work side by side for Egypt’s future to put the three decades of the Mubarak regime behind them, according to Guirgis. 

    “People should not fear and not exaggerate,” she said. 

    The Copts have a chance to participate in a democratic government should one emerge because the anti-Mubarak movement is diverse and “largely secular,” according to Guirgis. 

    But Bolton counters that the experience in other majority Muslim countries where militant Islamic groups have come to power shows the Copts need to be concerned. 

    “Whatever you want to say about the military government for 60 years is it’s been secular,” Bolton said. “It’s a Muslim government, but it doesn’t operate under the tenet of sharia legal tenets that the Brotherhood would impose on Egypt.” 

    (Source: The Daily Caller)

    Egyptian Christians guard Muslims in Egypt

    “”Egyptian Christians said they will guard the Muslims from the police while they on Friday Pray.” Amazing solidarity­. #Egypt #Jan25” 


    January 25th, 2011 – 13th Zodiac Sign Debunked

    January 25th, 2011
    13th Zodiac Sign Debunked

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    January 24th 2011
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    The Bible Conspiracy: Debunked

    ROME did not write or change the Bible.

    Many people claim “Religion is nothing but an ‘institution’ developed by the governments to keep law and order in society.”


    It is a common misconception that during the Council of Nicea the Roman Catholic Church actually wrote and changed certain aspects of the bible for this very purpose.

    There are a number of other proponents of various theories that mention some kind of manipulation of the bible, all of them mention in some way: The bible was written conspiratorially to control society one way or another.

    The following is a comprehensive introspective explaining why these notions are infact completely false.

    It is commonly forgotten by those who claim to be “intellectual realists” and only really known by those people have read the bible that in fact; The bible actually detests corrupt governments more than any other religious text in History. Christianity also as a whole, is in fact extremly anti-‘religious’ in a sense of organized worship. Jesus warned his disciples about the religious practice that was going on in his day.

    It only took a few years after Jesus’ death for the Roman Empire (pre-Catholic) to start to see the Bible and Christianity as a threat. It was by the time of the Apostle Paul that the Emperor Nero began his infamous attempt of the extermination of all Christians.

    The Apostale Paul was recorded to have been beheaded during the persecution of Nero.
    File:Paul arrested.jpg File:Decapitación de San Pablo.jpg
    Nero used to have Christians dipped in tar and lit on fire to light his garden.

    This is where the term “Roman Candle” comes from.

    This killing of Christians went on for almost 3 centuries.

    Historical account records them being fed to the lions in the Colosseum and other public places.

    In fact the emperor Diocletian who’s reign spanned from 287 – 305 AD ordered all copies of the bible destroyed. He is quoted as saying “Christianity is destroyed and the worship of the Gods is restored”

    After the fall of Rome, it actually got worse.

    The Roman Catholic Church eventually demonstrated that Rome had never really fallen at all. But had simply began ruling under the power of the Catholic Church.

    Rome’s same worship of the ancient Babylonian and Sumerian Gods continued, but just under different names. This was an attempt to be merged under true Biblical Christianity.

    The problem that this new merger had, was that the bible clearly called out the idea of Popes and worshipping of Mary and the saints, ect. So people that actually read the bible immediately saw through the Roman Catholic Church. They saw that they were deceiving people about what the bible said, IN ORDER TO CONTROL THEM.

    Romans 1:23  – 25
    “They exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles. They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator–who is forever praised. Amen.”

    So, they did what you’d expect them to do. That is, they made the bible illegal. Around the year 1200. The translations that they did have were all in latin, so no one understood what the Bible said for hundreds and hundreds of years.

    This is the period of time known as “The Dark Ages” The inquisitions actually began because of Bible beleiving Christians. Millions and millions of true Christians were tortured in the most ridiculously brutal ways, to get them to renounce The Bible.

    They were often burned alive with their copy of the bible that they illegally owned.

    Now let me ask you, does that sound like the actions of a group that WANTS people to read the bible ??

    No, it does not. In reality it sounds like a group of people that have something very big and very serious to hide.

    So if you think the Roman Catholic Church or the modern day World Governments encourage the public to read the Bible or become Christian so that they could control their mind and “keep law and order in society.”

    You’re not taking History into consideration at all.

    There is LOTS of evidence. Non religious, historically evidence.

    That ALL of those events occurred. Also, no one ever claimed “God wrote the bible.” Jesus’ Apostles wrote the New Testament. They bared witness to these events take place. And in fact there is only two occasions, when God’s direct words are reported speaking to Christ. The first time is in the Garden of Gethsemane before he is arrested, and the second time is when he is on the cross. That’s it.

    But besides any kind of biblical text. There is thousands of testimonies referring to the Roman extermination of Christians, AFTER Jesus’ death. There is THOUSANDS of historical texts that confirm the extermination of Christians during the Dark Ages. It is a widely accepted historical period of time, even accepted by non-religious Historians.

    The clear attacking of the teachings of Christ and his followers over the past 2000 years clearly proves how valid it is.

    What substantiates all of this more than anything else. Is the simple fact that when these arguments take place, the ones who are usually attacking Christianity and the bible are simply completely ignorant to the historical aspects of it, and usually assume that these events never happened. This just goes to show and prove that the work of the powers that be over the past 2000 years to smear the word of Jesus Christ, by doing so many awful things in the supposed name of Christ, but in reality behind the veil of the ancient Babylonian mysteries, has worked perfectly in their favor.

    All across the world there is millions of people who blindly hate Christianity. Because of the Catholic Church, because of the Society Of Jesus, because of The Crusades, ect. When none of this is at all apart of any Christian teaching and is infact the furthest thing from what Christianity is. The Catholic Church is a pagan continuation of the Babylonian Mysteries. It merged with Christianity to unify Rome, which was more predominately Pagan but small Christian collectives that Rome decided, instead of murdering these people and substantiating that Christianity is an enemy of ours, lets join them and corrupt their teachings, making people turn away from Christianity. And this is what the Catholic Church did for thousands of years. This is one of the reasons why Priests rape little boys, this is the reason why The Illuminati was infact created by a secret societiety within the Catholic Church, known ironically as “the Society Of Jesus” this group which is also known as “The Jesuits” are responsible for all the brutal heinous torture of people throughout the Inquisitions. This blatant blood shed all in the supposed name of Christianity is the basis of all of this blind hatred towards The Bible and Jesus. When in reality this is all based on the assumption that the Catholic Church is Christian. When in fact they are the furthest thing from the real teachings of Christ.

    So let us all remember that the people that actually killed Jesus Christ, were the same people that went on to create the Catholic Church.

    “The best way to control the opposition, is to lead it ourselves” – Lenin.

    Hopefully this gives you a great understanding of who really are the powers that be, and what their reign has entailed over the past 2000 years. Thank you.


    Isaiah 8:12-13 (NIV) “Do not call conspiracy everything that these people call conspiracy; do not fear what they fear, and do not dread it. The Lord Almighty is the one you are to regard as holy, he is the one you are to fear, he is the one you are to dread.”

    1 Thessalonians 5:21 (New International Version, ©2010)

    21 but test them all; hold on to what is good,

    Matthew 7:16-20 (King James Version)

    16Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?

    17Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.

    18A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.

    19Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.

    20Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.

    Galatians 5:22-23 (New International Version, ©2010)


    22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

    EXODUS 23:1
    “Do not spread false reports. Do not help a wicked man by being a malicious witness.

    Matthew 15:19 (NIV) “For out of the heart come evil thoughts… false testimony, slander. These are what make a man ‘unclean’….”

    Luke 12:4-5 (Wey) “But to you who are my friends I say, Be not afraid of those who kill the body and after that can do nothing further. I will warn you whom to fear: fear him who after killing has power to throw into Gehenna. Yes, I say to you, fear him.”

    Isaiah 57:11 (NKJ) “And of whom have you been afraid, or feared, that you have lied and not remembered Me, nor taken it to your heart? Is it not because I have held My peace from of old that you do not fear Me?”

    Luke 17:20-21 (NAS) “The kingdom of God is not coming with signs to be observed; nor will they say, ‘Look, here it is!’ or, ‘There it is!’ For behold, the kingdom of God is in your midst.”

    2 Peter 2:12 (NKJ) But these… speak evil of the things they do not understand, and will utterly perish in their own corruption.

    Proverbs 14:15 (NIV) A simple man believes anything, but a prudent man gives thought to his steps.

    2 Corinthians 5:20 (KJV) Now then we are ambassadors for Christ…

    1 Thessalonians 2:4 (NKJ) But as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, even so we speak…

    1 Thessalonians 5:21 (NIV) Test everything. Hold on to the good.

    1 Corinthians 4:1-2 (NIV) So then, men ought to regard us as servants of Christ and as those entrusted with the secret things of God. Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful.

    Lamentations 3:40 (NIV) Let us examine our ways and test them, and let us return to the Lord.

    1 Timothy 6:20-21 (Wey) Guard the truths entrusted to you, shunning irreligious and frivolous talk, and controversy with what is falsely called ‘knowledge’; of which some have spoken boastfully in connection with the true faith, and have erred.

    James 4:17 (NIV) Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn’t do it, sins.

    Leviticus 19:16 (NIV) “Do not go about spreading slander among your people. Do not do anything that endangers your neighbor’s life. I am the Lord.”

    Proverbs 18:8 (NIV) The words of a gossip are like choice morsels; they go down to a man’s inmost parts.

    Ephesians 4:31 (NIV) Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.

    Titus 3:1-2 (NIV) Remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good, to SLANDER no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and to show true humility towards all men.

    1 Peter 2:17 (NIV) Show proper respect to everyone: Love the brotherhood of believers, fear God, honour the king.

    1 Corinthians 10:14 (Wey) Therefore, my dear friends, avoid all connection with the worship of idols.

    Nine arrested in child sex abuse investigation

    RochdaleThe girls claim they were plied with drink and drugs and then taken to flats and houses for sex. Photograph: Christopher Thomond


    Police investigating a group of men who allegedly groomed young girls for sex in Rochdale have made a series of arrests.

    Greater Manchester police said nine men had been arrested on suspicion of causing or inciting child prostitution, sexual activity with a child and paying for the sexual services of a child.

    The men, aged between 20 and 40 from Rochdale and Heywood, were arrested on 21 December.

    They have been released on police bail until March pending further inquiries.

    All the arrested men are of Asian heritage and all of the 14 girls identified as potential victims and aged between 13 and 15 are white.

    At least one of the girls was in the care of the local authority in Rochdale.

    The girls claim they were plied with drink and drugs and then taken to flats and houses for sex.

    It is understood some of the girls were missing from home. An inquiry was started after some of the alleged victims alerted police.

    The move was as a result of an inquiry launched in 2008 into the sexual exploitation of teenage girls.

    Chief Superintendent John O’Hare, said: “I hope this action shows the communities of Rochdale that we take the issue of sexual exploitation ofchildren extremely seriously. This is an extremely complex investigation and the welfare of the victims is absolutely paramount.

    “Both Greater Manchester police and Rochdale council have working strategies in place to combat child exploitation and will work together to prosecute people who target vulnerable children and young people.

    He added: “We have shown that people who do exploit children will be investigated.”

    Last week, following an unrelated case, the former home secretary, Jack Straw, caused controversy when he said some Asian men saw white girls as an easy target for sexual abuse.

    He spoke out after two Asian men who raped and sexually assaulted girls as young as 12 in Derby were given indefinite jail terms. But Keith Vaz, chairman of the commons home affairs select committee, said it was wrong to “stereotype a whole community”.

    It is understood that some of Greater Manchester police’s most senior officers have met to discuss the allegations.

    The investigation was launched by officers in the Rochdale division but has now been passed to the force’s major incident team because of the serious nature and potential volume of the offences.

    Greater Manchester police said it will continue to work in partnership with other agencies to ensure that the appropriate safeguarding measures are in place to protect vulnerable persons identified during the investigation.

    Cheryl Eastwood, executive director for Children’s Services at Rochdale council, said: “The council’s Children Social Care Service has been liaising closely with police.” The necessary steps had been taken to ensure appropriate support is in place for any young person affected as a result of the arrests.