Pastor quits after denying he sent threatening, misogynist rape-culture e-mail

Pastor quits after denying he sent threatening, expletive-laced email

So this Knot-style pastor resigns, while denying having said shit like he actually said towards Claire Van Fossen…

Meanwhile, Pinochet-style neoliberal Democrat Sheriff Clarke piles on the misogyny and fascism directed at Ms. Van Fossen in his own bizarre comments. You can source that story elsewhere, but meanwhile…

“A La Crosse pastor resigned this afternoon in a controversy in which he was accused of sending an obscene email to a blogger who had written that society would be better without police.

“The Rev. David Wendt resigned from his post at First Evangelical Lutheran Church on Tuesday afternoon, capping a day in which he initially denied sending the screed to Claire Van Fossen, one of 20 community bloggers the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel hosts on its website.

“Van Fossen’s March 25 post, headlined, “A just and free world means a world without police,” criticizes police, saying, among other things, “They threaten us with violence and incarceration and target the most oppressed and vulnerable people in our society.”

“An email confirmed as being from Wendt’s Yahoo email address, dated March 27, slammed Van Fossen as a liberal — in threatening terms so crude that they are unpublishable in a family newspaper.

“The email also derided Van Fossen’s post as idiotic and asked whether the sender and friends should drop by to rape her, adding, “WHEW! At least I won’t have to worry about you calling the police.”

“Wendt, who lives in Onalaska, called Onalaska police to his home Monday night to report the matter. The responding police officer asked him to bring his computer in to the station for forensic analysis, Chief Jeff Trotnic said.

“First Lutheran congregation President Mick Schwedler confirmed this morning that the email address is Wendt’s but said Wendt denied sending the message.”

Whole story here.

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