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Anti-Gay Pastor Scott Lively Hires Sex Offender to Manage Coffee Shop

On Tuesday I mentioned that anti-gay pastor Scott Lively, who recently moved to Massachusetts and claimed he was retiring his anti-gay ways, had opened a coffee shop in the town of Springfield, and residents were concerned about Lively's past and the message he might be spreading to their kids.

Frediani Now they have more reason to be concerned, because Lively is apparently hiring sex offenders to work there:

Police detectives on Thursday arrested Michael Frediani, 38, of 453 State St., for failing to register as a Level 2 sex offender in Springfield. He was living in an apartment above the coffee house.

He was being held at the Springfield police lock-up, said Sgt. John M. Delaney, a spokesman to Police Commissioner William J. Fitchet.

In New York, Frediani is listed as a Level 3 sex offender, defined as most likely to repeat an offense. Frediani had identified himself as “Michael Free,” when he was interviewed last Friday by The Republican at the coffee house. At the time, Frediani said he was a “volunteer manager” at the coffee house, assisting the owner, controversial pastor Scott Lively.

Police arrested Frediani for failing to register as a sex offender. He was imprisoned for the abuse of a 10-year-old girl in 1995.

Said Frediani of his work at the coffee shop: "I talk to all the kids. We have a place that is safe. The presence of God is here right now. I invite God to touch them and he does."


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  1. "I invite God to touch them and he does."

    And where, exactly, does 'god' touch them...?

    And who is playing the part of 'god'?

    Posted by: MikeInSanJose | Jan 13, 2011 3:07:53 PM

  2. Wow if he keeps hiring sex will be more than god who will be touching the kids...I'm just shocked here..shocked...

    Posted by: DTK | Jan 13, 2011 3:12:00 PM

  3. "...and where did God touch you son?"
    Brings out a doll.

    Posted by: Corvidae | Jan 13, 2011 3:15:32 PM

  4. Any bets on how soon before we find out the divine Scott Lively is also someone who "invites [himself] to touch them and he does..." ???

    Posted by: rob | Jan 13, 2011 3:17:57 PM

  5. Disturbing.

    Posted by: Rob | Jan 13, 2011 3:22:54 PM

  6. the more you learn about such people the more it all makes sense--in its sick way. This would by no means be the first time a sick person confused his own thoughts with those of the insane gods they believe in.

    Why, I remember a "person" who used to live in the White House who said that Jesus had told him to invade Iraq.

    Is either of them crazier than the other?

    Posted by: Danny | Jan 13, 2011 3:38:01 PM

  7. Horrible.

    Posted by: Matt26 | Jan 13, 2011 3:38:50 PM

  8. The dude's really let himself go.

    Posted by: TANK | Jan 13, 2011 3:41:50 PM

  9. He likes ten year old girls - the high school kids should be safe.

    Posted by: justiceontherocks | Jan 13, 2011 4:15:50 PM

  10. And straight sex offenders are more trustworthy than law abiding gays because...?

    Posted by: Jack M | Jan 13, 2011 4:39:09 PM

  11. He looks like the dwarf from the Lord of the Rings.

    Posted by: The Milkman | Jan 13, 2011 4:59:14 PM

  12. That last quote just sent the creep factor over 9000

    Posted by: ravewulf | Jan 13, 2011 5:12:27 PM

  13. He should just hire guys from

    Posted by: jaragon | Jan 13, 2011 6:01:10 PM

  14. No worries H.S. kids; teenagers are way too old for Mr. 'Free'

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jan 13, 2011 6:06:25 PM

  15. @ Jack M: he just has to be heterosexual. Christianists don't care about anything else.

    Posted by: Latebrosus | Jan 13, 2011 6:59:23 PM

  16. I don't know whether to laugh or cry.
    I don't know whether to believe this, or admire the parody.

    Truly, it is impossible to be shocked by Lively any more.

    Posted by: Randy | Jan 13, 2011 8:36:19 PM

  17. show me on the doll where God touched you.

    Posted by: fanboi | Jan 13, 2011 9:29:39 PM

  18. Show me on the doll where God touched you...

    Posted by: fanboi | Aug 16, 2013 7:56:05 PM

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