Friday, January 22, 2010

Pastor Blake Lorenz who sheltered Christian convert runaway Rifqa Bary heard admitting lie, he set up the whole "circus sideshow" with a bus ticket to Orlando.

In September 2009, leaders of an Orlando church fired Blake Lorenz (his photo) as pastor after he admitted lying about his efforts to smuggle a young former Muslim girl out of Ohio, a recording of the meeting shows (then president of the Global
Revolution Church , John Law was also removed on 9/29/09). At that meeting, Lorenz admitted he lied when he first said the girl had hitchhiked to Orlando and found her way to his home. He insisted, though, he had broken no law. "I told one lie to protect a person's life," Lorenz said.

Lorenz was fired Sept. 3 by church board members at Global Revolution Church after he took in Fathima Rifqa Bary, then 16. She had grown up in a Muslim family in suburban Columbus, Ohio, but had become Christian. She disappeared in late July and wound up 1,000 miles away at the home of Lorenz and his wife, Beverly. She said her parents had threatened to kill her because she had become a Christian.

The church's former administrator, Brian Smith, on Tuesday provided the Orlando Sentinel with a recording of the emotional 40-minute meeting. On tape, church board members fire Blake Lorenz and announce they're disbanding the church because they fear Rifqa's parents are about to sue the church and them, individually.

They had told the Lorenzes (Blake and Beverly their photo above) earlier not to let Rifqa become a church issue, not to spend church money on her, but the Lorenzes had ignored them, then-president Jeff Parker and board member Tomas Sanchez III can be heard saying. Rifqa had turned the church into "a circus sideshow," Parker said. "The bottom line is we're relieving you of your responsibility." Blake and Beverly Lorenz yell at the church officers (on tape), and Beverly Lorenz repeatedly asks what will become of the $30,000 in church bank accounts.

Parker and Sanchez do not answer, except to say they would lawfully shut down the church corporation. The Lorenzes referred questions about the recording to their lawyer, Mat Staver. He said the Lorenzes did not know they were being recorded. However, two meeting participants said they saw the tape recorder there, and in a sworn statement, Sanchez said he and Parker told Beverly Lorenz the meeting would be recorded.

Florida Wiretapping Law;

Florida's wiretapping law is a "two-party consent" law. Florida makes it a crime to intercept or record a "wire, oral, or electronic communication" in Florida, unless all parties to the communication consent. See Fla. Stat. ch. 934.03. "Florida law makes an exception for in-person communications when the parties do not have a reasonable expectation of privacy in the conversation, such as when they are engaged in conversation in a public place where they might reasonably be overheard". If you are operating in Florida, you may record these kinds of in-person conversations without breaking the law. However, you should always get the consent of all parties before recording any telephone conversation and any in-person that common sense tells you is private.

It is a violation of Florida law to help a minor cross state lines (Rifqa Bary) and not immediately report it to her parents or law enforcement. According to an affidavit prepared last month by Smith, the former church administrator, Blake Lorenz and then-church president John Law drove to the Orlando Greyhound bus station, arranged for Rifqa, using a false name, to get a ticket from Columbus to Orlando, and John Law paid for it, more form this source............

John Law was the original president of the GLOBAL REVOLUTION CHURCH in 8/29/2008 , see click here, he was removed as president in the 9/29/2009 Reinstatement by Jeff Parker, see click here.

From State of Florida Corporation records GLOBAL REVOLUTION CHURCH, INC is a Florida Non Profit Corporation set up on 8/28/2008, Blake and Beverly Lorenz are not listed as Registered Agents or directors of the GLOBAL REVOLUTION CHURCH, INC.

The Global Revolution Church was located in Orlando Florida and was pastored by Blake Lorenz who is at the center of a controversy over a runaway teenager who converted from Islam to Christianity. Rifqa Bary ran away from home, and sought refuge with the Lorenz family who helped convert her to Christianity. "Blake Lorenz met Jesus Christ in a dramatic, life changing encounter in January of 1980 while he was out jogging, or so he claims.

Rifqa’s story turned international; Police used phone and computer records to track her to the Rev. Blake Lorenz, pastor of Orlando, Fla.-based Global Revolution Church. Rifqa stayed with the Lorenzes for more than two weeks before she was ordered into DCF custody by an Orange County judge. Fearful that Rifqa would be sent back to her parents in Ohio, the Lorenzes in August alerted the Orlando media about a custody hearing.

Rifqa's story then turned into one of international intrigue with religious factions lining up against each other before and after custody hearings in Orlando. Rifqa eventually was sent back to Ohio to live with a foster family. In Attorney Smith’s sworn statement, he said he told Lorenz he was “very uncomfortable” with the Rifqa situation and spoke to his personal lawyer.

“My lawyer explained to me that they were in violation of several laws and to immediately hang up, call Blake and tell him to call DCF immediately,” Smith said in his statement. “She quoted several laws to me and the seriousness of them.” “I called Blake and informed him of what the lawyer said. I implored him to call DCF immediately. He said he wouldn’t because they would just return her to her parents.”....Rene Stutzman of the Sentinel staff contributed to this report. Amy L. Edwards

Bill Warner Director of CSPI..Covert Surveillance by Private Investigators at WBI Inc.