The Allegation of Child Pornography and James MacDonald. Also a Question for Garrett Higbee

Mancow Muller played an audio tape of someone saying that they wanted to plant child pornography on the computer of the CEO of Christianity Today. The audio tape sounded none other than James MacDonald. This is an extremely difficult post but I want to ask some questions that need to be raised. Has James MacDonald planted child pornography on someone’s computer before? Has he been entangled in child pornography? The voice on the audiotape sounded so casual and laid back about the topic.

“Rape is a more heinous crime than murder since the rape victim dies throughout the period she lives.

Amit Abraham 

“There are crimes that, like frost on flowers, in one single night destroy character and reputation.”    

Henry Ward Beacher

When I refused to confess my sin,
my body wasted away,
and I groaned all day long.

Psalm 32:3 NLT

The MacDonald clan and Mancow Muller on the right. 

Today we are going to look at James MacDonald and ask some hard questions that came about due to an audio tape broadcast on Mancow’s show. There are several different ways to look at this topic. Plus this blog would like to ask some questions based off some information learned about Garrett Higbee. 


The Mancow Muller Show and an Audio Tape About Planting Child Pornography 

On February 12, 2019 on the Mancow Muller show in Chicago some audio tapes were played that were quite disturbing. The voice was unmistakable and sounded like James MacDonald. In the audio tape you hear a man talking about wanting to plant child pornography on the CEO of Christianity Today’s computer. In the audio recording that Mancow played the person who allegedly sounded like James MacDonald discussed it in such a casual and comfortable manner. It has stuck with me and weighed on my mind as to how casual that topic is discussed. Regardless the Harvest Bible Chapel Elder Board moved to fire James MacDonald. You can read about that in, “Mancow Muller Produces an Audiotape of James MacDonald Allegedly Wanting to Plant Child Pornography on a “Critic’s” Computer. Harvest Bible Chapel Elder Board Promptly Fires Him.” 


The Difference Between Regular Pornography vs. Child Pornography 

This post is not meant to be a discussion on the social issues with pornography. We live in a free society and there are aspects to many free societies that we may disagree or not like but have to accept. I am aware of how pornography can affect some marriages and how people can be fired from their job for accessing it at work. But we also have to acknowledge that there are major differences between adult pornography and child pornography. Regular adult pornography is for sale in cities. There are pornographic book stores that people can go and buy pornography from. In southern California the pornography industry is very active. Adult companies do pay taxes to the State of California and function like other companies. While people may disagree with this it is also legal. Its not a crime to purchase adult pornography in the United States. 

Child pornography is very different. All child pornography is illegal and its a federal crime to obtain. People who obtain child pornography often face federal prison time and end up on sex offender registries. I do not know much about child pornography but in talking with a few people it appears to be obtained either through the dark web or is locally traded by those who are sex trafficked. I write this because I want to ask a question and explore this topic in more detail. 


Has James MacDonald Planted Child Pornography in the Past? Or has he Been Entangled in it? 

When I listened to that audio tape, the voice sounded like James MacDonald. The Elder Board of Harvest Bible obviously believed it to be him, because of how they acted. But what bothers me and plays in my mind as I listened to those tapes is the following. Has James MacDonald planted child pornography on someone else’s computer before? Mancow referenced how James allegedly threatened to plant child pornography on his computer as well. Mancow discussed that and was enraged as he is close to his kids and discussed the legal ramifications of such a thing occurring. Then there is another question that needs to be asked, has James MacDonald been entangled by child pornography before? If he wants to plant it, he must have obtained or had access to it. Its like drugs, you can’t walk out on the street and just obtain cocaine or Oxycontin, you need to know where to look. Has James MacDonald accessed child pornography before? This is a difficult question to ask but one that must be raised. Its this blog understanding that James MacDonald had  a close relationship with the previous leadership of the Elgin Police Department. Through his connections could he have learned how to obtain local child pornography from a sex trafficking ring in the northern Chicago suburbs? I ask these questions because of what was said on that audio tape. The method and manner of how casually it was discussed and talked about took my breath away. I’ve dealt with the subject of child pornography before, for example I wrote about the situation in Acts 29 Fellowship Memphis and how a worship pastor engaged in voyeurism and manufactured child pornography in a church restroom. You can read that story in  “The Sordid Tale of Rick Trotter, Bryan Loritts, John Bryson and Acts 29 Fellowship Memphis and Downtown Presbyterian Church.”


Garrett Higbee

A Question for Garrett Higbee…

This also raises another question that needs to be asked. In 2013 when a couple of elders asked for a line item budget the church refused. Then Dan Marquardt, Scott Phelps and Barry Slabaugh were publicly excommunicated in a video that was shown to all campuses. After the highly questionable church discipline there was anger inside Harvest Bible Chapel. In some cases a couple of pastors flew into Chicago to express their disgust over what happened. At the time Garrett Higbee had one title, that of Executive Director of Biblical Counseling Soul Care. According to what this blog has learned that also changed. Garrett Higbee also had a new title that was added. He was also the Chief Health Officer who was responsible for the health of people in executive leadership. He was supposed to help keep James MacDonald accountable. This blog would like to ask the question, did Garrett Higbee know of any issues with child pornography and James MacDonald and did he stay silent? Was he aware of any red flags and chose not to provoke the beast as MacDonald was known? Garett Higbee left Harvest in July of 2017 which is fairly recent. The question needs to be asked, what did Garrett Higbee know and when did he know it? These are hard questions to ask I understand that fact. If Garrett knew did he also break any laws in not reporting something that he should have? 

Either way there are more questions about James MacDonald that need to be asked. I hope this post will stir people to ask harder questions. 


3 thoughts on “The Allegation of Child Pornography and James MacDonald. Also a Question for Garrett Higbee

  1. The fact that any human being would say they would plant child porn, especially a Pastor with children and Grandchildren.. really should be under 24/7 watch, and under an investigation.

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