The Atlanta newspaper reports:
Even before controversial megachurch pastor Creflo A. Dollar Jr. released a statement Friday denying he assaulted his 15-year-old daughter, the College Park minister's legion of supporters rushed to his defense.While this guy's preaching and parenting practices appear dubious, this incident seems harmless to me. The girl was not hurt and did not require medical attention. There is no accusation that this is part of a pattern of abuse.
"It's just something that's been blown out of proportion," said Randi Garrett, a longtime member of Dollar's World Changers Church International. "Kids misconstrue things, and they take them out of context."
But Fayette County Sheriff's deputies say they found ample evidence to charge the prominent televangelist and author with simple battery, family violence and cruelty to children.
Dollar's 15-year-old daughter alleged her father grabbed her by the throat in the family's home on Sandy Creek Road in Fayette County, pushed her to the ground and then beat her with his shoe, according to the incident report.
Many 15yo black girls are on drugs, pregnant, or runaways. She probably needed some discipline. How her dad did this is none of anyone business, as long as no one was hurt. If she becomes a juvenile delinquent, will people also be blaming him for that?
Some people will probably say that a Christian preacher should not have to hit is daughter, and that he is some sort of hypocrite if he does. Especially a black man who drives a Rolls Royce. But we have no idea what was really going on. I think that the cops overreacted to a petty complaint.