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: