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Ecclesiastical Fisticuffs


After the 11 a.m. service at an African American Baptist church in Asheville, N.C., there was a melee over the pastor involving dozens of church members. Members who support the pastor wanted a congregational vote on whether to keep him or not, and when that didn’t happen, chaos ensued. Some church members threw punches, pulled hair and yelled at one another during the fracas, which was broken up by 30 police officers from five agencies. One member said “The adults must set a better example for younger church members, you’re supposed to be in church to get an education on Jesus Christ, not to teach children the only way to settle disputes is by fighting,” she said.

I think she’s got a point…


One response

  1. Very sad to hear accounts like this. I always remember the story of a pastor who heard his kids fighting in the other room. When he went to scold them they said, “we are not fighting dad, we are just playing church.”

    February 7, 2011 at 6:30 am

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