The Daily Caller does not presume to know which people noted ethicist Jesus Christ was talking about when he said, in the Sermon on the Mount, “How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye?”
However, it seems like a really good bet that Rev. Bryant Badger, a retired pastor and a former ethics professor, fits the bill quite nicely.
Badger, 75, was busted late last month for leaving a bunch of graphically obscene notes in porta-potties at Morad Park in Casper, Wyo., reports the Standard-Examiner, a newspaper out of Ogden, Utah. The smutty notes helpfully indicated the retired reverend’s phone number.
A police affidavit explains that a cross country coach at a high school in Casper reported the notes to authorities because he was worried about the safety of his runners training at Morad Park.
A sting operation ensued.
Officer Mitch Baker called Badger on a recorded line, The man who answered said, “This [sic] Bryant” and owned up to leaving the sick notes, according to a police affidavit.
Calling himself Paul, Officer Baker said he was willing to anything and the two agreed to meet at Crossroads Park, another park in Casper. Badger initially wanted Baker to come straight to his house.
Rev. Badger suggested that he and Baker head to the Emporium Adult Video store about a mile away because Badger “had been there several times to perform sexual acts,” notes the Standard-Examiner.
Officer Baker said he wanted to stay in the comfort of his SUV. When Badger asked Baker to perform oral sex and began to remove his pants, the cop alerted other cops via a wire—by turning the radio to country music.
The cops busted Badger. He has been charged with public indecency, obscene literature and incitement to a crime.
In a subsequent interview, Badger admitted that he left the notes, that he once had a sexual escapade at Morad Park and that he cannot control his sexual urges. He said he hadn’t considered the fact that underage kids routinely use the park when he left the disgusting notes.
He also observed that his behavior is “wrong,” the Ogden newspaper notes.
Badger retired in 2008 after serving as the pastor of Casper’s First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) for 25 years.
He also served as an adjunct instructor at Casper College, a public community college.
Campus Reform discovered a syllabus Badger used during the fall semester of 2008. He described his course, “Ethics in Practice,” as “a topical survey of major ancient and modern ethical thinkers” and “ethical principles by which we judge contemporary ethical issues.”
The goal for the course, he wrote, was for students “to become excited, informed & aware about ancient & contemporary ethical issues and behavior.”
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