Most church scandals, when they come to light, are sharply delineated events — a pastor raped a child, a priest got caught stealing from the collection plate, et cetera.
What officials of the influential Salem Baptist Church in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania did to contractor Walter Logan is more longterm and insidious. But the gist of it, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer, is this:
The church’s lawyers accused Logan of a crime they knew he didn’t commit. Then, well-connected church members used their power and political pull to see to it that Logan got arrested, cuffed, and perp-walked. They carried out this dishonesty and venality in an effort to gain the legal upper hand in a contractual dispute between Salem Baptist and Logan.
Walter Logan’s company had been hired by Salem to build a family center, but the church unexpectedly pulled out of the agreement in 2007, triggering a “groundless termination” lawsuit from the contractor, who claimed Salem Baptist still owned him more than $200,000.