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It was just last week that a former employee of Creflo Dollar’s World Changers Church International in Georgia went into a morning prayer service and proceeded to shoot the leader, Greg McDowell, to death in front of church members. Less than a week later, Rev. Danny Kirk Sr., head of the Greater Sweethome Missionary Baptist Church in a suburb in Fort Worth, was attacked in that church by a crazed man wielding a guitar.
On Monday, a man (whose name hasn’t been released as of yet) drove his car into a side wall of the church, proceeded to run after Reverend Kirk, who was in the parking lot, chased him into the church, and beat him to death with an electric guitar. According to the Associated Press, while the secretary hid for her life and called police, Reverend Kirk fought back against his attacker as much as possible. And when police finally arrived on the scene, they found the suspect beating him with the electric guitar and proceeded to use a taser to subdue him. Kirk had was dead by that time and another church worker was hurt while trying to help Reverend Kirk fend off his attacker. After being taken in custody, the suspect was later found unresponsive. Interestingly enough, the suspect was taken to the hospital and was pronounced dead upon arrival. Authorities aren’t sure if the beating he might have received while attacking Reverend Kirk was trying to defend himself played a part in his sudden death, but according to the AP, an autopsy is being done to determine his cause of death. Investigators are trying to figure out what the motive was for the attack, and if the reverend and the suspect even knew each other at all.
Those who are part of the congregation, which is around 800 people, are in mourning over the loss of their beloved Reverend. Kirk was known for his kind heart and love of volunteering at hospitals and schools. As one churchgoer, Montonya McNeil, put it, “He really was concerned about our souls. You looked forward to being here. … I’m not asking God why, because I know where he (Kirk) is, but we won’t get those big bear hugs and those great sermons anymore.”
Such a sad occurrence, and unfortunately, Kirk can’t get the real justice he deserves since the suspect is dead. However, in such a time, it’s best for those at Greater Sweethome Missionary Baptist Church to remain confident in their faith, and as McNeil noted, know that Rev. Danny Kirk Sr. is in a better place.
Did you hear about this sad story?
If you’ve ever been awake really early on a Sunday morning, chances are you probably know who Pastor Creflo Dollar is. If you don’t, you should know that he’s the founder and pastor of World Changers Church International in Georgia, and depending on who you ask, he’s got an interesting reputation. He definitely gives a great word, but controversy has surrounded him for a while as people criticize him for living a bit too lavish and not allowing his church to be “financially transparent.” And there’s something about a pastor with the last name Dollar who owns a couple Rolls-Royces and a private jet that just rubs folks the wrong way, right? But now he’s got a bigger issue to deal with, as the 50-year-old was arrested this morning for allegedly attacking his 15-year-old daughter.
Dollar was arrested at his home in Fayetteville, Ga. and was charged with simple battery and cruelty to children according to WXIA-TV, the NBC affiliate in Atlanta. According to the report, their scuffle was over whether or not the young lady could attend a party. Somehow things spiraled out of control from a conversation to a full blown fight, because the report goes on to say that Dollar wound up choking her, threw her to the ground, punched her, and if that wasn’t enough, hit her with a shoe (With a shoe too??? Geez…). When police arrived, the young lady was said to have a scratch on her neck that was given during the altercation.
In defense of himself, Dollar admitted that he did “restrain” his daughter when she became very disrespectful to him, and in the process he spanked (yes, spanked) her and wrestled her to the floor after SHE hit HIM. But that was it. No punching or shoe beating. In the end, Dollar ended up going to magistrate court and posted bond this morning. We’ll have to wait and see where these charges might take him as time passes, but boy oh boy did he get caught up in some mess.
This is a pretty sad situation I must admit, and when you’re somewhat of a popular public figure who is known for having a somewhat suspect reputation for different reasons, this type of thing doesn’t help. If all that talk of the young woman being hit with a shoe and choked is true, then this man’s got some issues, but if this was just a tussle that went left and was exaggerated, it wouldn’t be the first time a parent got into a messy altercation with their child, so alas, you can’t be that hard on him. Maybe the tussles didn’t end up like this, but you get what I’m saying. Either way, I’m sure there will be some new and nosey faces in church this Sunday…
How will it affect Dollar’s reputation? What were your thoughts on him before?
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