Stupid stunts: Akron pastors in mock arrests
POLICE in Akron, Ohio, are under a second wave of attack after carrying out raids on local churches recently.
Fury was first expressed when videos of pastors being handcuffed and driven away from their churches in police cars were posted online. These generated a wave of anger directed at the Summit County Sheriff, which was accused of an outrageous attack on religious freedom.
There was even greater fury when people realised that the police had connived with the pastors in a despicable act of monumental dishonesty that aimed to bring public attention to something that simply doesn’t exist: the “persecution” of Christians in the US.
Sheriff Steve Barry confirmed that his deputies took part in the mock arrests at the churches around Akron after the pastors approached his office and asked it to participate. The fake raids formed part of the churches’ “Defending the Faith” sermons, and three pastors were reportedly cuffed and hauled of to the cells.
I want to clarify that none of the arrests were real. It was all part of a skit that went along with the pastors’ sermons that day. I knew it was being filmed, but I thought it was only going to be shown to the congregation. Once it got out there on the Web, people were commenting about how disgusting we were to interrupt church services to effect an arrest.
In the video below (click on pic to watch) congregants looked genuinely astonished and scared as four police officers enter the Prince of Peace Baptist Church, nab the rev Dr Robert L Golson, and inform him that he is:
Going to jail for defending the faith.
Writing for the Bilerico Project, John M Becker said:
It’s well-known that as the world changes rapidly around them, society whizzes past them at a breakneck pace, and their previously-unchallenged prejudices become less and less socially acceptable, many conservative and fundamentalist Christians are becoming increasingly panicked, bewildered, and belligerent.
They hysterically claim that this loss of privilege is tantamount to’persecution’, and whine that their inability to further enshrine their anti-LGBT and anti-woman views into law is an attack on their ‘religious freedom’.
Holy church and state, Batman! I don’t know what’s more astonishing/appalling here: that taxpayer-funded police officers were dispatched to local churches to assist in this propagandistic stunt, or that they were staging an event that quite literally does not happen in the United States.
In America, police don’t arrest pastors for preaching what they believe – no matter how vile and repugnant and evil those beliefs may be – nor do they arrest churchgoers who drink their Kool-Aid. Put simply, Christians are not persecuted in this country in any sense of the word.
Yet conservative religious leaders are so hell-bent on fueling the alarmist ‘religious liberty’ panic, reinforcing misplaced persecution complexes, and triggering self-righteous privilege tantrums that they’re willing to go to utterly deranged lengths to do it.
These latest stunts show the true depths of their desperation.
What nauseatingly contemptible nonsense … have a bucket nearby in case you need to puke.
I would add that idiotic stunts like this utterly trivialise the efforts of human rights campaigners who are trying to halt genuine acts of persecution against Christians mainly by Muslims. This, for example, is true and terrifying persecution.
Hat tip: DG, Managing Editor of the Penigma blog