Friday, July 1, 2011

Woman Charged With Assault For Kissing Anti-Gay Preacher

A 74-year old gay rights supporter is now the focus of a criminal assault case stemming from an incident at a local LGBT Pride event in Salisbury, North Carolina.

The woman, Joan Parker, was one of 2,000 gay rights supporters that showed up to the rally, with the "victim", James Edward Belcher, being one of 200 protesters that came in order to speak out against the gay lifestyle.

From the AP:

"'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. 'I thought he needed a hug. S'o I gave him a hug.'"

Belcher claims she tried to kiss him on the lips (which she vehemently denies), and has now charged her with assault.  He claims her embrace "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."

The police chief was as surprised as anyone else involved that the preacher has decided to press charges, but acceded that the act of unwanted touching could indeed constitute assault.  Parker's "offense" could earn her up to 30 days of community service.


  1. she should've shit on his chest.

  2. Oh take this one to trial, I'm sure when Rev. Nutty gets up on the witness stand he'll have the jury ready to assault him as well, only not with hugs. BTW, what are his damages? A technical violation of the law the results in no damages means no case.