Sheriff’s Deputies Take Part in Fake Arrest of Pastor

Here’s one of those stories that just leaves me shaking my head. A wingnut minister in Ohio has been preaching to his congregation about all that non-existent Christian persecution, saying they’re going to be arrested for their faith. And the local sheriff’s department sent deputies to do a fake arrest on the pastor to help him illustrate his point.

The staged arrests of pastors in front of their congregations in northeast Ohio got a surprising reaction for one sheriff.

Videos of the mock arrests posted online brought a wave of criticism for the Summit County Sheriff’s office from people who thought the deputies really were interrupting church services to make arrests.

Sheriff Steve Barry says his deputies took part in the mock arrests Sunday at a couple churches around Akron after the pastors approached his office and asked it to participate.

And at no time did it occur to you that maybe this was a bad idea? WTF? Seriously: What? The? Fuck? You’re a government official and you’re taking part in a religious ceremony and spreading absurd paranoia. Here’s video of it:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vhb9mbh6DA8

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  • http://howlandbolton.com richardelguru

    Looks like there isn’t a video (any more??)

  • http://www.gregory-gadow.net Gregory in Seattle

    What would have happened, do you suppose, if a Talibangelical gun-fondling congregant had decided to “defend” his pastor from an “unconstitutional assault on freedom of religion”?

  • gmacs

    Use of government funds and resources for religious purposes: Unconstitutional. Fire the guy.

    Misappropriation of manpower: Irresponsible. Fire the guy.

    Cooperation of the authorities with a religious group to demonstrate oppression by authorities of said religious group: Fucking Stupid. Question the intelligence of all involved.

  • Alverant

    What’s law enforcement doing engaging in a stunt like that? I hope all involved are fired. Of course either way it’s going to be used as an example of how christians are “persecuted”.

  • raven

    And the local sheriff’s department sent deputies to do a fake arrest on the pastor to help him illustrate his point.

    Which actually proves the opposite.

    1. The police are supposed to enforce the laws. But in the real world, more often than not, what they really do is support the local power structure.

    2. The power structure in the USA is still mostly xian. They hold almost all elected offices. The USA is 68% xian, a clear majority.

    3. So the sheriff does what the xians ask. Perform as actors in a propaganda play in a church.

    Oh well, at least I’m not a taxpayer in Akron, Ohio.

  • raven

    What’s law enforcement doing engaging in a stunt like that?

    Supporting the power structure and their cult religion.

    You don’t think the police are atheists or progressive xians do you? A few might be but they probably keep that very, very quiet. Most of them will reflect the community they come from and often, be from the more right wing sections.

  • matty1

    I get the message “An error occurred, try again later. Learn more”

    Strangely appropriate to the discussion.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    Weirdest god damn episode of The Andy Griffith Show ever.

  • John Pieret

    Modus:

    Even Barney Fife would have been smarter than to do this.

  • scienceavenger

    This is akin to Bigfoot believers making fake footprints to show us that Bigfoot is real.

  • dingojack

    Soooo…..

    A FAKE arrest to prove FAKE persecution of FAKE practitioners of a FAKE god.

    And this is supposed to prove – what exactly?

    Dingo

  • Wylann

    Dingo: well, it does prove something. I don’t think it proves what they think it proves, though.

  • John Pieret

    The sherriff has given his “reasons” for doing it:

    It was all staged, by the pastors, as part of a publicity campaign for an upcoming event called “Defending the Faith”. …

    “We were proud to be a part of it.” said Barry, “I just, we certainly would have provided our own caption or disclaimer had we known it was going to be released on a national level or anything like that. We had no idea what so ever that was going to happen.”

    Barry said with budget cuts and manpower down, they are working closely with the religious leaders to find ways to connect with the community.

    http://www.newsnet5.com/news/local-news/akron-canton-news/youtube-video-of-pastor-arrests-creates-controversy

    So, he knowingly was using government money and assets to provide publicity for a religious event? And his best excuse is that he was doing it to connect with a particular religious community? Hoo, boy! I hope he can affoird to compensate the taxpayers for the expenses!

    BTW, there is a video of the fake arrests still up at the above link.

  • freehand

    dingojack: Soooo…..

    A FAKE arrest to prove FAKE persecution of FAKE practitioners of a FAKE god.

    And this is supposed to prove – what exactly?

    Dingo

    .

    Obviously this clearly establishes that the claims of persecution and predictions of arrest are fake.

  • http://www.pandasthumb.org Area Man

    Barry said with budget cuts and manpower down, they are working closely with the religious leaders to find ways to connect with the community.

    Clearly, an appropriate response to a lack of manpower is to stage fake arrests.

  • http://polrant@blogspot.com democommie

    They yearn for that time when police really got involved with the local KKKristians by turning a blind eye when they lynched “Those people”.

  • had3

    Now have the office do the same thing with atheists to demonstrate what really happened when church wasn’t separated from state.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1263615255 Joshua

    If they really wanted to be convincing they should have beat their asses to pulp. As far as I can tell that’s what cops do these days.