Associated Press - June 21, 2002 05:45:00
LOXLEY, Ala. - Authorities are investigating the alleged beating of a preacher by funeral mourners who didn't like his blunt eulogy.
Glynis Bethel tells the Associated Press that her husband, Pastor Orlando Bethel, was attacked during a June 14 funeral and dragged out of the church. That's because Bethel told mourners the deceased was in hell and that they were headed the same way.
The dead man was Mrs. Bethel's uncle.
Pastor Bethel referred to him as a "drunkard and a fornicator." Mrs. Bethel, who's also a preacher, says, "the fornicators didn't like what he said so they got up and beat him."
She says police didn't make any arrests, so she and her husband, who may have a broken nose, are taking out warrants.
Preacher says he was beat up after sermon
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