Because a hate pastor is pressing charges against a lesbian who grabbed and kissed him during a North Carolina Pride parade.
74-year-old Jane Parker claims she saw New Light Baptist Church preacher James Edward Belcher waving his arms with a Bible in one hand screaming “Sodomites!” and “You’re going to hell!” at the tops of his lungs.
“I thought he needed a hug,” Parker said, “so I gave him a hug.” While hugging him, he turned his head away and she kissed him on the cheek.
Belcher said, “She ran her arms all the way around me and pulled me toward her. If I hadn’t turned my head, I’d have gotten it right on my mouth. She might disagree with this, but it wasn’t done as a show of affection. It was an unwanted touching.”
No! Stranger danger! Bad touch! Not without my permission!
So now Belcher has pressed simple assault charges adding that 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.”
So let’s forget the fact that Parker is old enough to be a grandmother and consider this: How many of you would feel repulsed if a hate pastor like Fred Phelps (pictured above) came up, grabbed you, and kissed you… especially if it was during a hate rally?
Would you be OK with it? Would you press charges? What about personal space and sexual assault? Does the fact that she’s 74 and a lesbian change anything? Should it? What if the roles were reversed?
What taste does that leave in your mouth?