First, there’s this:
Courtesy of ABC News:
A former Southern Baptist pastor who supported legislation in Texas that would have criminalized abortions has been arrested on charges of child sex abuse, accused of repeatedly molesting a teenage relative over the course of two years.
Stephen Bratton is accused of subjecting the relative to inappropriate touching that escalated to “sexual intercourse multiple times a day or several times a week” from 2013 to 2015, according to Thomas Gilliland, a spokesman with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office.
Court records show Bratton, 43, posted a $50,000 bond Saturday, The Houston Chronicle reported .
Bratton told his wife about the abuse in May, and admitted to his co-pastors at Grace Family Baptist Church that same day that he had “sinned in grievous ways,” according to court documents.
Bratton, who is a father of seven, was outspoken in support of a Texas bill that would have abolished abortions and charged women with homicide if they underwent the procedure. That level of offense can be punishable by the death penalty under Texas law.
Bratton publicly testified in support of the bill in April. The measure never got a vote.
“Whoever authorizes or commits murder is guilty,” Bratton said at the hearing. “They’re guilty already in a court that is far more weighty than what is here in Texas.”
This guy did not sin in “grievous ways” he committed a crime against a child and needs to be thrown into prison.
I don’t care if his god, his wife, or his congregation forgive him.
He needs to pay for his crime.
Why does it always seem that these assholes who want to throw women in jail for controlling their own bodies never seem to have any control over their own?
Then, there’s this one:
Courtesy of NYT:
A Tennessee pastor who is also a detective said in a sermon this month that people who were lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender were “freaks” and “worthy of death,” comments that have prompted prosecutors to review cases he has investigated.
In the sermon, delivered on June 2, the pastor, Grayson Fritts, also called for the government to send a riot team to a Pride parade scheduled for June 22 in Knoxville. He said L.G.B.T. people should be arrested, tried, and if convicted, executed.
“That’s the problem with law enforcement nowadays,” he said in a video of the sermon posted by The Tennessee Holler. “They are chasing around cookie thieves, when the real animals are on floats rolling down Gay Street.”
Mr. Fritts is a pastor at All Scripture Baptist Church, which makes its stance on homosexuality known on its website: “A person will only burn in their lust toward the same gender if they have been given over to a reprobate or rejected mind. God said homosexuality should be punished with the death penalty, as set forth in Leviticus 20:13. No homosexual will be allowed to attend or join All Scripture Baptist Church.”
This is really bad just on its own, but when you add in the fact that Fritts is also a detective with Knox County Sheriff’s Office it gets so much worse.
That means there is a local law enforcement officer investigating crimes who believes that gay people are automatically guilty and deserve the death penalty.
Fritts actually did another video where he addressed criticism of his earlier sermon:
“I am not an anomaly,” Mr. Fritts said in the video. “I am a Baptist preacher that is just preaching the Bible, and if it offends society, then it is just going to offend society.”
That is unfortunately true, however, the other anti-LGBTQ hatemongers do not typically carry a badge.
As it turns out Fritts is not going to be fired for fear of a backlash concerning his 1st Amendment rights.
Courtesy of Knox News:
Knox County Sheriff Tom Spangler said his fear of First Amendment lawsuits is keeping him from firing a detective who called for the killing of LGBTQ community members.
Instead, Spangler is allowing Grayson Fritts to take a voluntary buyout that the sheriff says was approved before controversy erupted over a hate-laced sermon the detective delivered June 2.
Spangler told Knox News on Friday that “we looked at every avenue we could look at without violating anybody’s First Amendment rights (and) freedom of speech and the best thing for us was what we did. And that’s what we’re sticking with.
Either way, he will be out of this job as a law enforcement officer so that is a good thing.
Though I imagine his stature as a Baptist preacher just went through the roof.