Black mega-church pastors gone wild! A prominent, anti-gay black Christian Methodist Episcopal bishop in Dallas-Fort Worth is suspended after indicted on sexual assault charges involving a 46-year-old man. The victim is also a minister in the CME Church.
Bishop Kenneth Wayne Carter, reports the Houston Chronicle, was indicted last month, charged and released on $10,000 bail last week. Church officials announced Carter, 51, was suspended with pay until his criminal case is resolved.
Carter, who is married with children, has preached a strict anti-gay message at Carter Metropolitan C.M.E. Church in Fort Worth for the past decade and apparently leading a double life. The licensed minister at a Dallas CME church alleges "Carter sexually assaulted him last year when he went to Carter's Arlington home to be interviewed for a driving job. The minister says he went to the interview despite his misgivings about Carter's 'homosexual tendencies.' " The bishop maintains the sex was consensual and claims the minister "was the aggressor." Talk about on-the-job training.
Oh, and it gets more interesting. The victim has also filed a lawsuit against Carter, the Memphis-based Christian Methodist Episcopal Church and Senior Bishop William Graves. The Star-Telegram reports "the lawsuit on the accusations is set for trial next month" but plaintiff's attorneys expect "the civil court case to be postponed until after the criminal case is tried." Litigation means additional
victims partners could be introduced, as well as more full details on Carter's "homosexual tendencies."
Bishop Kenneth W. Carter was elected as the 55th Bishop of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church in 2006. The church is an historic African-American denomination that dates to 1870 and was formerly known as the Colored Methodist Episcopal Church. It boasts approximately 800,000 members in the United States, Haiti, Jamaica, Ghana, Liberia & Nigeria. Some state chapters and churches, such as those in Massachusetts and Colorado, have backed gay rights. Carter has not only opposed gay rights, but he has preached against gays. What goes around comes around.