Bil Browning

Anti-gay Fundie Opens Teen Coffeeshop; Hires Child Molester to Run It

Filed By Bil Browning | January 14, 2011 1:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Fundie Watch, Living
Tags: child molestation, Holy Grounds Coffee Shop, Michael Frediani, right wing scandals, Scott Lively, Uganda

Everyone knows that the religious right fundies like to claim that LGBT people are more likely to molest children even though the facts say otherwise. Scott Lively, the evangelical who has been pushing Uganda's "Kill the Gays" bill, has opened a coffeeshop in Springfield Massachusetts. The cafe is aimed at local teenagers.

So who does an anti-gay crusader hire to manage his new "teen outreach ministry?" A convicted child molester, of course.

Michael-Frediani.jpgA local man who served as manager of the Holy Grounds Coffee Shop on State Street -- a cafe operated by anti-gay pastor Scott Lively that serves free coffee and offers conversation to teenage visitors -- is a sex offender from New York who was imprisoned for the sexual abuse of an 11-year-old girl in 1995, according to police.

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.
The coffee house drew criticism last week from some city and school officials, in part because of concerns that truant students were visiting the site during school hours. Lively, pastor of Redemption Gate Mission Society, has criticized media reports, which he says falsely portray him as a gay-bashing, hate-mongering activist.

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I sent the following email to Scott.  His email address is

Hi Scott,

Just read that you have been harboring a child molester at your christian coffee house. Also read that you’ve been cited for encouraging children to skip school.

Got to say that I’m not surprised. Although you christians like to claim that gays are pedophiles, peer reviewed social science since the 1980s has shown that gay men are responsible for only 3-5 percent of child molestation. The rest is committed overwhelming by men who are only attracted to children (gender seems to be irrelevant to these) and straight men (again gender seems to be irrelevant). If you find it difficult to believe that straight men rape boys, just consider prison populations: men rape men all the time as an expression of dominance. I imagine a similar thing is going on when straight men rape children.

And from all indications, it seems that christian straight men are more inclined to child molestation more than others. Which brings me to my question: are you a child molester? You’re straight. You’re christian. You harbor child molesters. You encourage children to stay in your coffee house and to skip school by giving them gifts (christian pins, I believe). All of this seems rather suspect, wouldn’t you agree?

My other question is this: is your anti-gay rhetoric and actions a smoke screen so that the general public will not suspect you of being a molester? By blaming gay men for this hideous behavior are you trying divert attention from you, a straight, christian man?

Gotta say, it seems awfully suspicious.

Kisses and Hugs

I'm not surprised. He's obviously found God and turned his life around, so of course it is OK to let him work at the "coffee shop".

Bil, Bil, Bil,
It is a completely different thing
This man was a STRAIGHT paedophile.
That's cool with the Bible, you know.

Paige Listerud | January 15, 2011 12:06 PM

So you'd like a half-caff, no foam, vanilla latte--you know, that can be free if you let me to finger your snatch, little girl.

Starbucks is going to have to step up its game to compete with that!

Apparently Lively has never heard of a thing called "background checks"???