July 09, 2011
The Kiss of Death

Somehow I missed this beauty when it first came out. In case you did, too, the full story is here. As far as I can tell from Google, the case has not yet been resolved in court.

RALEIGH, N.C. — A Bible-waving preacher protesting at a gay pride event was kissed on the cheek by a female gay rights supporter — a 74-year-old woman who was charged with simple assault, with the preacher’s blessing.

Joan Parker admits she kissed a preacher on the cheek at the Saturday event in Salisbury, N.C., proclaimed by the mayor as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Day.

“He was just waving his arms and has a Bible in one hand, up and down, and screaming at the top of his lungs, ‘sodomites’ and ‘you’re going to hell,’” Parker said in a phone interview with The Associated Press. “I thought he needed a hug. So I gave him a hug…”

Rory Collins, police chief in the town located about 45 miles northeast of Charlotte, said Belcher wanted to press charges, which he hadn’t expected. Belcher contends police would have charged him if he had touched a 74-year-old woman and that he didn’t personally pursue charges…

Belcher contends the kiss “was just one of many attempts to silence the preaching to those in need of salvation who practice a death style that they call a lifestyle.”


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Posted by Jerome Doolittle at July 09, 2011 11:30 AM
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He needs to read the Bible instead of waving it. (Why do right-wingers carry big Bibles around with them in public like a fashion accessory or a good luck charm?)

Posted by: JoyfulA on July 9, 2011 4:08 PM

He started to read it but got stuck on Leviticus.

Posted by: Sociopat on July 9, 2011 6:04 PM

In fairness, it does sound like a mild case of sexual harassment to me. Give her a formal warning or a small fine.

As for the preacher, remove the tax exemption for churches. That might change his priorities.

Posted by: John Anthony Curran on July 10, 2011 11:58 PM

Clearly, common sense is on vacation and away from that town.

Posted by: Bendra on July 11, 2011 10:07 AM

This kind of stuff would never happen in North Carolina if Jesse Helms were still around. He would have had that commie bitch shot on the spot.

Posted by: Red Tide on July 11, 2011 2:10 PM

It is a mild form of assault and perhaps deserving of a wag of the finger. As for me, I've never complained when a woman kissed me on the cheek

Posted by: mason.rt@live.com on July 11, 2011 3:48 PM

Proof that people who protest against other people's love are themselves afraid of human contact.

Posted by: Martha Bridegam on July 11, 2011 7:36 PM
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