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RALEIGH, NC (AP) — A North Carolina woman has been charged with simple assault after she kissed a Bible-waving preacher at a gay pride parade.

Joan Parker of Colfax admits she kissed a man on the cheek at the event Saturday, called Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Day. She says he was yelling and waving his Bible, and she just thought he needed a hug.

That man, 49-year-old James Edward Belcher of Taylorsville, says Parker shouldn’t have approached him. He says charges certainly would have been filed against him if he tried to hug a 74-year-old woman he doesn’t know.

Rory Collins, the police chief in Salisbury, where it happened, says an unwanted touch is considered an assault.

Parker has a Sept. 12 court date on the misdemeanor charge.

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2015 years 8 months ago

Mr. Belcher,

If you’re going to talk the talk (or yell it), then walk the walk. Did Jesus have Judas arrested and charged for betraying him with a kiss? By your actions, you display your hypocrisy openly and you are not worthy of being taken seriously.

2015 years 8 months ago

Mr. Belcher, have you not read that bible that you’re waving around? Please turn to Matthew chapter 5, verse 29. Jesus there instructed his followers:

“But I say to you, That you resist not evil: but whoever shall smite you on your right cheek, turn to him the other also.” (AKJV)

So, did you disregard his instructions to you as a Christian because she kissed you instead of slapped you? Or was it because she kissed you on the left cheek instead of the right? Or was it just because you didn’t consider her evil?

Please tell us your real motivation for being at that event, since your actions betray you as one who is not a Christian.

2015 years 8 months ago

Is it possible that Mister Belcher took such great offense because SHE kissed him. Perhaps if one of the young MEN in the parade had kissed him, arousal would have trumped outrage?

I understand neither the motivation of those who feel compelled to parade their sexual preferences to the world, nor those who feel obligated to protest such silliness.


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