Last month, we cruised the Highway to Hell with Pat Robertson -- good times, good times. You remember, right? K, then. Anyway, mentioned in that 700 Club report was James Stabile, "a 19-year-old homosexual who'd come by to drink and party" on Cedar Springs and wound up, like, finding God or something during Heartland Ministries' so-called "purity siege"? Turns out, yeah, not s'much, reports the Dallas Voice today. Best part: Stabile's father Joseph provided the real story -- and "Joseph Stabile is pastor of Cochran Chapel United Methodist Church, the oldest church in Dallas." Shall we revisit? We shall, we shall. --Robert Wilonsky
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