Raphael Warnock’s camp committed child abuse, health and safety violations

Raphael Warnock’s camp committed child abuse, health and safety violations
Raphael Warnock (Image: YouTube screen grab)

At least five cases of child abuse occurred at a youth camp run by Raphael Warnock. He is now a Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate in Georgia, in the run-off election being held on Tuesday, January 5.

The Washington Free Beacon says Warnock’s camp also committed “multiple health and safety violations.”

Most Georgia newspapers have barely mentioned this. The New York Post and the Washington Free Beacon are covering it, though. The Post gives one example:

Counselors tossed urine on a 12-year-old boy and forced him to sleep outside at the summer camp run by Rev. Raphael Warnock, the former camper, now an adult, alleged in an interview. Speaking to the Washington Free Beacon Monday, 30-year-old Anthony Washington discussed his summer 2002 experience at Camp Farthest Out in Carroll County, Maryland, which Warnock oversaw in his capacity as pastor of Douglas Memorial Community Church.

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Washington was 12 when he was sent to the camp, which served inner-city children from Baltimore. He told the outlet that after wetting his bed one evening, he was forced to sleep outside without a pillow, blanket or anything else to keep him warm.

“[The counselors] wouldn’t let me in the house, not at all,” he told the Free Beacon. “Shut the door to the cabin, locked it.” “It was dark,” Washington recalled, noting that there was nothing outside besides a nearby basketball court. “You’re not in a tent, you’re not in nothing. You’re just out, God knows where.”

Counselors also threw urine on him that was left in a bucket used when they didn’t have access to a bathroom. …

Campers were prohibited from calling their parents, he told the outlet. Once Washington was eventually able to get his mother on the phone, she went to court.

That same year, Warnock, then 33, was taken away in handcuffs after interrupting a police interview with a camp counselor about possible instances of abuse.

Still, the August 2002 incident did not result in charges being pressed. …

However, the Free Beacon reports that Washington’s family did receive a “financial settlement” for the abuse he suffered. As it recounts:

At least three state agencies — the Maryland State Police, the Department of Social Services, and the Department of Health — looked into allegations of child abuse at the camp between 2002 and 2003, according to government records obtained by the Free Beacon.

Warnock was arrested at Camp Farthest Out on July 31, 2002, after a Maryland state trooper said he repeatedly disrupted her interviews with counselors while she was investigating allegations of child abuse. Warnock and another reverend were charged with “hindering and obstructing” police, but the charges were later dropped by the state prosecutor.

When inspectors from the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene visited Camp Farthest Out in 2002, they also found multiple health and safety violations.

“Staff are not supervising campers,” wrote a health inspector in a July 31, 2002, report. “Conversations w/ medical staff & pool staff indicate that this is routine among the counselors. It was observed during inspection today.”

In June 2003, the Department of Health denied Camp Farthest Out’s certificate to operate a youth camp. One reason for the denial, according to the records, was that the camp failed to report at least five findings of child abuse levied against its director, Brian Carter, by the Department of Social Services.

Georgia’s media are giving this abuse little coverage. Liberal journalists have argued that it doesn’t matter much, because Warnock himself did not personally abuse the children.

But that’s wrong. A camp operator can’t ignore a pattern of wrongdoing at his camp, or “routine” failures. He has a moral and legal obligation to keep children safe, and to make reasonable efforts to supervise camp employees to keep them from abusing children. If he doesn’t, that’s child neglect.

The media do not accept it when a Republican turns a blind eye to children’s welfare at an institution he runs. They should not accept it from a Democrat like Warnock, either.

Warnock’s disregard for the law is a bad thing, especially because he will play a key role in picking Georgia’s federal judges if he is elected Tuesday.

In practice, Senators play a key role in selecting federal trial judges in their state. In practice, they can block a president from picking a judge they oppose, through a practice known as the “blue slip.” Presidents commonly accept Senators’ recommendations of who to appoint as trial judges in their state. (RELATED: Is this Stacey Abrams’s idea of a ‘fair election’?)

If Warnock is elected, he is likely to sponsor radical judges in Georgia, who will find excuses to release violent criminals from prison. Even after a violent criminal has been convicted and sentenced, and had his sentence upheld by the Georgia Supreme Court, he can still get out of jail if he convinces a federal judge to grant him a writ of habeas corpus. For example, a judge recommended by Warnock could release a black criminal from jail by arguing that the criminal was denied due process merely by being tried in a courtroom where portraits of white judges hung.

That may sound like an absurdly trivial reason to overturn a criminal conviction. But a progressive judge in northern Virginia recently opened the door to such ridiculous arguments. He banished the portraits of past judges from a courtroom, because they were “overwhelmingly” white. He declared in a December 20 ruling that their mere presence would violate a black defendant’s rights to due process, because 45 of the 47 judges shown in the portraits were white, rendering them “symbols” that black people are “of lesser standing.” The fact that this ruling was illogical did not keep it from being praised by the liberal Washington Post.

Radical judges are much more likely to come up with excuses like this to release violent criminals from jail (by granting them a writ of habeas corpus).  And Warnock himself is radical, so he would likely secure the appointment of radical judges in Georgia. LU earlier described Warnock’s radicalism:

As Betsy McCaughey notes in the New York Post, Warnock wants to raise taxes and largely “empty the jails.” He wants to release many dangerous people without bail, and, in his words, “open up the jails.” And in the past, when people suggested he wanted to “empty the prisons,” too, he didn’t deny that. …

Warnock has called police officers “gangsters and thugs,” and has alleged that the police pose a threat to America’s children. And, as McCaughey notes, “Warnock refused to answer whether he’d support the Democratic Party’s most radical, far-reaching scheme: packing the Supreme Court.”

Warnock’s rhetoric over the years has been anti-American. He has claimed that America’s human rights record is worse than that of China and Iran. …

Warnock’s church hosted the Communist Cuban dictator Fidel Castro and called him “one of the great leaders of the world.”…

Warnock also publicly called Israel an apartheid state from his pulpit in 2015.

Liam Bissainthe

Liam Bissainthe is a real estate investor and recovering attorney.

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