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October 02, 2013
A former Southern Baptist president is suing his former church after he was accused of assaulting another pastor's wife, saying his reputation was ruined by the allegations, Religion News Service reported.
Lawyers for the Rev. Johnny Hunt, who headed a Georgia megachurch, admit that he “had a brief, inappropriate, extramarital encounter with a married woman” in 2010, but that it was consensual and should not have been made public. “Some of the precise details are disputed, but at most, the encounter lasted only a few minutes, and it involved only kissing and some awkward fondling,” the complaint read.
In a May 2022 investigation by Guidepost Solutions, the firm found that Hunt had actually sexually assaulted the woman. Hunt's suit accuses Guidepost of defamation, libel and invasion of privacy.
“The decision to smear Pastor Johnny’s reputation with these accusations has led him to suffer substantial economic and other damages,” according to the complaint. “He has lost (his) job and income; he has lost current and future book deals; and he has lost the opportunity to generate income through speaking engagements.”
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“By focusing on the allegation against Pastor Johnny — an allegation by an adult woman that involved noncriminal conduct — and by then taking aggressive action against Pastor Johnny, the Defendants sought to create the appearance that the SBC has learned from its previous mistakes and is now working to protect victims of sex crimes,” the complaint claims.
“Defendants’ decision to feature the allegation against Pastor Johnny in their public report was a strategic decision to deflect attention from the SBC’s historical failure to take aggressive steps to respond to reports of child sex abuse and other sex crimes in its past,” it continues.
During a sermon at New Season Church in Hiram, Georgia on March 19, Hunt said his attorney "has asked me to allow the case to play out."
“However, if I had done what that report says I’ve done, there is no way I could have preached today.”
In an interview with the New York Times, Rep. James Comer (R-KY) reveals how much he struggled with his vote to certify the 2020 presidential election.
In particular, Comer called the vote to certify the election as the hardest he has ever taken, and he says he was taken aback by the anger his constituents expressed against him for doing so.
“I mean, people were mad,” Comer tells the Times. “It was like they were rooting for the rioters.”
Former President Donald Trump incited hundreds of his supporters to violently storm the Capitol building on January 6th, 2021, a scene that Comer tells the Times reminded him of an episode of "The Walking Dead."
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Although Trump eventually asked his supporters to leave the Capitol after watching them riot for more than three hours, he also told them that, "we love you, you're very special."
Since then, he has claimed that the rioters are political prisoners, has demanded their immediate release from prison, and has pledged to give them all pardons and an apology if he is elected president again.
Although Comer did vote to certify President Joe Biden's win in the 2020 election, he did not join ten of his House Republican colleagues in crossing the aisle to support impeaching Trump for inciting the riots.
Angel Pittman had a simple idea: she purchased a simple patch of land in Salisbury, North Carolina for $10,000, three school buses for $14,000, and planned to create a mobile hair salon. Her plan was to live out of one of the buses and use the other two to travel around the community providing her services.
But according to The Guardian, she ran into an immediate problem: an elderly white neighbor who objected to a Black woman setting up a business across the street — and quickly made her life a nightmare.
According to Pittman, the man “had already given me weird vibes” while she was going through closing, and then "About a week after closing, on 23 September, she returned with her mom to drop off the buses. This time, she said, the man approached them and asked, '‘Why are you guys here? Are y’all looking for shade?’'"
And then, things got even worse, as Pittman tells The Guardian that he began to exhibit violent and racist behavior.
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"He sat over there and had his gun out the whole time," she said. "He was like, ‘Get the f**k off my lawn. And [that] we need to get them f**king buses off his lawn. So basically saying, my land was his."
He then began displaying swastikas and pro-KKK signs in his yard, which prompted Pittman to call the local police, who dismissed her complaint on the grounds that her neighbor had put up racist signs in the past.
Sheriff Captain Mark McDaniel defended this response, claiming there was no evidence the neighbor committed a hate crime because he had white supremacy signs even before Pittman moved into the neighborhood: “It wasn’t like he put it there overnight.”
As for Pittman, she has fled back home to Charlotte, where she is raising funds to try to cover her losses and restart her business on a patch of land in that area instead. “
I cried for a long time," she told reporters. "For somebody to be hateful because of my skin color makes it even worse. It’s really heartbreaking.”