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That leaves only one charge remaining ...
That leaves only one charge remaining in the case, and it belongs to city councilman and local pastor Aaron Rodgerson.
Rodgerson, who is the pastor at the Southside Baptist Church where the Burns attend services, was originally charged with failure to report abuse or neglect as a mandated reporter, and practicing law without a license.
The failure to report charge, which said Rodgerson
was legally obligated to report the child's condition given his
role as their pastor, was dropped Jan. 7.
Via telephone, Rodgerson
advised the family of their constitutional rights guarding against illegal search and seizure.
"I was really surprised [by Rodgerson's
comment]," Williams said.
Although City Councilman Aaron ...
Although City Councilman Aaron Rodgerson's trial date has been set for his alleged failure as a mandated reporter, he is finding the whole process to be rather silly.
"I am looking forward to having my day in court and in the end, the prosecution is going to look foolish," Rodgerson stated Monday after his trial setting at the Adair County Courthouse.
Rodgerson, a local pastor at Southside Baptist Church, is set to appear Feb. 25-26, 2010 for misdemeanor charges of failure to report abuse or neglect o
KIRKSVILLE - Although City ...
KIRKSVILLE - Although City Councilman Aaron Rodgerson's trial date has been set for his alleged failure as a mandated reporter, he is finding the whole process to be rather silly.
"I am looking forward to having my day in court and in the end, the prosecution is going to look foolish," Rodgerson
stated Monday after his
trial setting at the Adair County Courthouse.
Rodgerson, a local pastor at Southside Baptist Church, is set to appear Feb. 25-26, 2010 for misdemeanor charges of failure to report abuse or neglect of a child under age 18 as a mandated reporter and unlawfully engaging in the practice of law.
Under the previous bond agreement, the Burns' were not allowed to have any contact with Rodgerson
"The judge released part of the bond stipulation," Rodgerson
"As long as there is a group, or a church-type setting, we can communicate."
is not allowed to discuss the case or any legal proceedings with the Burns and they are not allowed to meet in a personal setting.
The Burns' new bond stipulation will allow them to attend church, an event the both parties have been trying to arrange.
"It will allow them to come to church-type activities and be involved with our church family," Rodgerson
Indicted City Councilman and Pastor ...
Indicted City Councilman and Pastor Aaron Rodgerson (left) leads a group in prayer Monday at the Adair County Courthouse.
Many held signs and offered support of Rodgerson and the Burns family.
KIRKSVILLE - Indicted Kirksville City Councilman Aaron Rodgerson was greeted by approximately 200 supporters at a prayer service Monday on the east lawn of the Adair County Courthouse.
The crowd gathered to offer prayers for the couple involved, as well as Rodgerson, the pastor of Southside Baptist Church.
was charged with failure to report abuse of neglect of a child under age eighteen years of age as a mandated reporter.
was joined by several other area pastors and few ministers from outside of Missouri.
A grand jury indicted Rodgerson Friday and he
was arrested soon after.
posted bond around 10:30 p.m. Friday.
was back in front of his
, albeit a different setting and circumstance.
"I know many of you have been praying and I want to say thank you," he
told the crowd.
"Please continue to pray."
With some attendees traveling from as far away as Kentucky, Rodgerson
family are gracious for the support inside the Kirksville community and out.
Many supporters held signs backing both Rodgerson and the Burns family.
The pastor is also facing charges of unlawfully engaging in the practice of law, which also occurred during the May 6 incident.
calls all of the charges misleading and said they are ill-founded.
"I do believe, with all of my heart, that all of the charges are absolutely foundless," he
"In the end, it's probably going to be a misunderstanding more than anything about some things and some other misconceptions."
said the charges are a misinterpretation of each person's constitutional rights.
According to court documents, at the time of the incident, Rodgerson told Elisabeth Burns and Deputy Chief Tim King that law enforcement officials could not come into the home to inspect the child.
said they were in violation of Burns' 6th amendment rights.
was actually referring to the 4th amendment, which protects citizens against illegal search and seizure.
"I don't think people have a (list of) amendments in front of them, but I think what we're talking about is the 4th," he
wouldn't comment on any other details pertaining to either his
case or the Burns', although he
did say he
isn't the only citizen concerned with the preservation of their constitutional rights.
"Their concern is, 'are our constitutional rights being eroded?'" Rodgerson
stated, pointing to other members in the crowd.
was elected to the Council in 2007.
three-year term expires in 2010.
I remind everyone, just like with ...
I remind everyone, just like with his constant no votes against alcohol sales, Rodgerson is simply acting like a Baptist preacher.
He was a Baptist preacher before he was elected.
He will be a Baptist preacher after he leaves the Council.
To expect him not to act like, believe, and vote like a Baptist preacher while he is on the Council is absurd.
Also, this couldn't be a bigger non-issue.
Rodgerson is the only person on the Council who feels this way.
isn't a Nazi, hate-monger or Klansman deserving of impeachment, or impalement.
He's a fundamental Baptist preacher, who like it or not, does represent the beliefs of more people in Kirksville than critics want to admit.
was elected with these fundamental beliefs, and this last vote will only have one affect, and that is if and when he
runs for re-election.
Kirksville City Councilman Aaron Rodgerson: "I wouldn't rent to a homosexual."
March 5, 2009 · 36 Comments
Ladies and gentlemen, meet your homophobic City Councilman.
Ladies and gentlemen, Aaron Rodgerson
A person does have a choice as to what their sexual orientation is," Rodgerson
It's true that race, color, age, disability and national origin are all descriptors protected by the EEOS that you cannot change about yourself.
Gender is also protected, but this can be changed with a degree of difficulty.
There's another descriptor that falls under the EEOS anti-discrimination protection provisions that can be changed, and easily: religion.
Aaron Rodgerson happens to be the Pastor of Southside Baptist Church.
chooses to practice Christianity, he
chooses to make himself a religious figure, he
chooses to present himself through religion.
logic of "choice exempts protection," religion should not be listed under EEOS provisions, yet Rodgerson
has never once asked to have it struck from the anti-discrimination protection provisions listed in many city documents, which is what he
advocates doing with sexual orientation.
justify not objecting to something that is very clearly is a choice, but justify discriminating against the inclusion of an orientation, an inclination, that cannot and likely will never be proven to be the result of a choice?
The hypocrisy exhibited by Councilman Rodgerson is as unfortunate as it is unsurprising.
opposition to the inclusion of a provision to protect GLBTQs against rental discrimination by saying that "the majority of people in Kirksville
do not support [gay rights].
is a savior of the masses, the majority of whom are landlords and all of whom feel as though they need protection from the horrors that ensue when money flows into their pockets from GLBTQ renters? ("Oh no, it's a gay person paying their rent on time!
Anything but that!") Forgive me if I am mistaken, but I was under the impression that the "For Rent" signs still lining the streets of Kirksville
, the lengthly listings of apartment and housing rentals in the classified ads and the daily news of the tanking real estate market are all indicators that landlords probably want anyone who's able to rent their properties, be they gay or straight.
To put it plainly, money doesn't have a sexual orientation.
prove that his
"majority" exists, factually and unequivocally?
has done nothing more than attempt to use a paid position of influence to discriminate against a group of individuals based upon a personal agenda.
position on this issue as that of a bigot; when asked if he
would rent to someone who was gay he
gave an interview this morning to KTVO3 that's worth checking out.
Doesn't help his
, Gay Rights, Kirksville