Black Earth Pastor Gets 2 Years in Prison in Child Abuse Case

Philip Caminiti, pastor of , has been sentenced to 2 years in jail and 6 years probation according to an article in the Wisconsin State Journal.  His lawyer, Yolanda Lehner, appears to be taken aback by the whole thing which she likens to the Spanish Inquisition.


  1. Jael Holroyd on June 3, 2012 at 9:33 am

    Dane County Judge Maryann Sumi sentenced Pastor Philip Caminiti to 2 years in prison for preaching the standard of God Almighty as spelled out in the scriptures. This unjust judge swung her judicial gavel at God and the clear teachings of the Bible on how to love one’s children: “He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes.” (Proverbs 13:24). Judge Sumi called it conspiracy to commit child abuse. God calls it loving your child. Judge Sumi doesn’t get to overrule the God who created her.

    The command from God is “in righteousness shalt thou judge thy neighbour.” (Leviticus 19:15) Judge Sumi has perversely judged God. God Almighty has a bigger gavel & it will fall on the heads of all Wisconsinites for her egregious error. The people of Wisconsin need to make their voice of opposition heard against this judge & crooked Assistant District Attorney Shelly Rusch (who asked for 5 years in prison for Caminiti).

    In this decision, Judge Sumi quashed the First Amendment (freedom of speech & religion) – the crowning jewel of our constitution: the selfsame constitution she swore an oath to God to uphold. Shame on Judge Maryann Sumi. She clearly wasn’t spanked enough as a child.

    Governor Scott Walker should stand up and pardon Pastor Philip Caminiti. He should publicly chide Judge Sumi for her flagrant trampling of the First Amendment. Westboro Baptist Church will reiterate this position when we picket this judge and the Wisconsin State Capitol in the near future.

    Jael Holroyd
    Westboro Baptist Church
    Topeka, KS

    • Hermana Linda on June 4, 2012 at 11:31 am

      The Bible does not teach us to strike infants with rods. That is child abuse and is illegal, as it should be. We are talking about infants being hit for crying! The Bible teaches us to comfort crying babies, not to strike them with rods.

      For documentation of the abuse, please see the criminal charges posted here.

    • C.L. Dyck on June 4, 2012 at 2:26 pm

      Of interest to passing observers would be the fact that Nate Phelps, son of Fred Phelps, escaped the Westboro cult and has documented its abusiveness online.

      Nate is now an advocate of secularism. Given his experience of religion, it’s not surprising.

      The position of the WBC as expressed by the commenter here lends a very poor light to Caminiti’s case. Commentary from those close to the case reflects Caminiti’s abusiveness and spiritual toxicity toward his own family and his community.

      It’s saddening to me that this involved a well-known Christian author and her family, and a strong reminder that there but for the grace of God go any of us. Staying alert to deception is vital.

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