President of the Christian Action League, 74, Is Arrested after Allegedly Paying Hooker with Checks

Privette on two occasions allegedly paid the prostitute with checks then reported the checks stolen.

Coy Privette, Tiffany Denise Summers

Rev. Coy Privette, the president of the Christian Action League, a North Carolina ultraconservative Christian political organization based in Raleigh, has been arrested for soliciting prostitution:

Privette, 74, was charged with six counts of misdemeanor aiding and abetting prostitution by renting a hotel room and paying for sexual acts, according to State Bureau of Investigation Agent Kevin Canty. Tiffany Denise Summers, 32, of Salisbury, was charged with six counts of misdemeanor prostitution, Canty said.

And:

Police said officers were investigating a forged check case, which led them to the prostitution charges. Privette on two occasions allegedly paid the prostitute with checks then reported those checks as stolen, officials said.

According to its website, the Christian Action League is:

a Christian public policy organization that addresses public policy and legislative issues from a Christian worldview. The Christian Action League has a full-time presence in the General Assembly of North Carolina and has garnered considerable respect from both the Republican and Democratic parties. The League’s purpose is to assist the church in fulfilling Christ’s command to be the “salt” and the “light” of the earth.

The Christian Action League is funded by the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina, and it is affiliated with the ultra-rightwing American Family Association.

For over three decades, Privette has been one of the best known and most outrageous spokesmen for “family values” and Christian extreme right politics in North Carolina. In the 1970s, he was serving as minister at the North Kannapolis Baptist Church when he joined the tide of evangelicals entering politics that included the Moral Majority and Christian Coalition. He served in the N.C. Legislature from 1984 to 1992, and has been a member of the board of commissioners in Cabarrus County since 1998.

He and his wife, Betty, have four children.

Hat tip to VRW, LCD, Judy

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  1. www.buzzflash.net July 19, 2007 @ 5:22 pm

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  2. The rabid hypocrisy seen from the religious right for more than three decades , has been breathtaking. The list of conservatives charged with sex offences far exceeds that of any other group. The pinnacle of bigotry, however, is seen in the relentless and irrational oposition to equality for all Americans.

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  4. doug July 19, 2007 @ 8:43 pm

    Clinton had a somewhat cute gal and did not have to pay her. This gal here was the best our super-Christian could get and he had to pay as well?

  5. noname July 19, 2007 @ 11:32 pm

    Well, doug, give her the benefit of the doubt – people tend to look their worst in mugshots.

    And that guy is no Bill Clinton either.

  6. Justme July 20, 2007 @ 2:08 am

    Didn’t Jerry Springer get busted for doing the same than several years ago. Maybe he should start a show and have that Vitner for a guest

  7. […] There’s Mr. Coy C. Privette, former Republican State Legislator and current head of North Carolina’s ultraconservative Christian Action League (web site appears to be offline — Pensito Review has some information from that source). That’s him on the left. The recipient of his . . . umm. . . “largesse”. . . was also arrested in the case. He was arrested for aiding and abetting prostitution, while Tiffany here was arrested for six counts of prostitution. (SIX COUNTS! The guy’s 74 years old! What kind of drugs is he on, and why didn’t they do a toxicology test or something! SIX COUNTS!) I suppose this is a big story in Kannapolis, NC. Since Mr. Privette tries to influence politics in this country as a leader of a conservative Christian group that supports Republican causes, it should be a big story everywhere. […]

  8. meowomon July 20, 2007 @ 4:34 am

    If this is the family values of the christians today, I’ll take hell.

  9. ted July 20, 2007 @ 6:35 am

    another christian pig

  10. Kaminatter July 20, 2007 @ 6:36 am

    In rightwing Christianity, hypocrisy is a sacred rite.

  11. Kaminatter July 20, 2007 @ 6:37 am

    Cripes, at 74, does he even remember what sex is?

  12. Kaminatter July 20, 2007 @ 6:43 am

    meowomon wrote: If this is the family values of the christians today, I’ll take hell.

    Machiavelli did sayeth:

    I desire to go to Hell, not to Heaven. In Hell I shall enjoy the company of popes, kings and princes, but in Heaven are only beggars, monks, hermits and apostles.

  13. JohnDWoodSr July 20, 2007 @ 7:20 am

    “Didn’t Jerry Springer get busted for doing the same than several years ago. Maybe he should start a show and have that Vitner for a guest”. Comment by Justme

    Actually, yes, he did, kind of. It was back in the mid-80’s when he was Mayor of Cincinnati. Talk about thinkin’ with yer bonehead!

    However,he has never been a hypocrital Xtian, and didn’t claim the check was stolen.And as you know, he has gone on to improve the quality of television programming so much that he should be enshrined in cement.

  14. Dana July 20, 2007 @ 7:23 am

    All these Xian conservatives look like bullfrogs, it’s no wonder they have to pay for sex, but what gets me is how this rich pious man attempted to stiff the hooker and get her arrested for stealing his checks. That is evil to the core and the whole thing is pretty much the polar opposite of what Jesus would do.

  15. Bill White July 20, 2007 @ 8:06 am

    You know I live in the county (Cabarrus) where Coy Privette is a politician. Someone commented this morning to leave him alone. This is a “victimless crime”. No one mentioned the money he pays this unfortunate women supports her drug habit, supports the drug dealers, and leads to children being drawn into child pornography. Hopefully the courts will make an example of him because of the high profile he has always sought and let him serve a couple of weeks of jail time. This will send a message to the other politicians in this county who the rumor has always been are up to their own particular questionable activities.

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  17. Cactus July 20, 2007 @ 8:52 am

    I noticed that his organization didn’t have this story up on their web site, so I sent them the link and a reminder that they neglected to include this important news about the wonderful work they’re doing for the lord.

    Just want to help out where I can, ya know?

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  19. Jill July 20, 2007 @ 10:35 am

    Makes me want to puke. Rev. Coy and his pack of hypocrites want to legislate morality for the rest of the country, all the while whoring in the alleys and streets. Family values my ass.

  20. robthomaseyes July 20, 2007 @ 11:17 am

    When people ask why I’m not christian, I point them towards stories like these.

  21. jgmurphy July 20, 2007 @ 11:26 am

    Man, he’s 74 and still chasing pussy? When will this “Christian” learn to behave hisself?

  22. Chabuka July 20, 2007 @ 11:41 am

    Amazing…just plain old crazy..about the Lord and hookers….bet God told him to do it..spread his seed, make more good Christians….Yikes!

  23. MATTHEW July 20, 2007 @ 11:42 am

    I’m not at all shocked by this because these folks like this have been transparent to me all my life.My parents taught me to see right through their masks and what i saw scared the daylights out of me.What i saw were folks that wanted me to do as they say and not as they do and unfortunately for those that do not think would fall right into this trap.And if your going to bang hookers for gosh sakes at least get one that doesn’t look like death warmed over and then pay for it,geez.

  24. Twain July 20, 2007 @ 11:59 am

    According to Wikipedia, Coy Privette is also a member of the governing board in Cabarrus County.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cabarrus_County%2C_North_Carolina

  25. Mooser July 20, 2007 @ 12:13 pm

    When the girl is arrested for the stolen checks, you see, she will go to jail and be looked after, and recieve counseling and medical treatment. While incarcerated, she will read the Bible and come to know Jesus. The Lord works in mysterious ways His wonders to perform, you know. Well, you libs wouldn’t know anything about it. You probably don’t hire prostitutes and pay them with stolen checks. Don’t you care about people at all? Isn’t sex worth anything to you? Do you just take it for free? You are awful!

  26. Mooser July 20, 2007 @ 12:17 pm

    Besides, prison is a violent place, sometimes. If the poor prossie is born again in the Spirit, and then killed by a violent inmate, zap, right to Heaven. You libs do want people to go to heaven, don’t you?

  27. angry_diane July 20, 2007 @ 12:20 pm

    Hypocrites, the whole lot! How is it that all of these “holier than thou” “christians” put on an outraged face when this kind of behavior seems to be the status quo – the one in Denver, this one, Vitter, et al – and this was bring truth and integrity back to the US after Clinton left – what Clinton did in no way hurt anyone in this country, it should have been between himself and his wife. but before you salivating right-wingers jump on me for saying that, at NO TIME did Clinton hold himself up as an example of shining virtue. And yet they impeached him – now that the shoe is on the Repug shoe, it can be shoved under the rug and “forgiveness” is requested.

    sorry – not going to happen in my lifetime….

  28. me July 20, 2007 @ 12:23 pm

    Jesus, those two are UG-LEE! They clearly deserve each other.

  29. Felix July 20, 2007 @ 1:01 pm

    So if it’s not really family values that all of these old RICH WHITE men and young southern WHITE men rally around, then what could cause so many WHITE, WEALTHY, men to come together as ‘Christian leaders’ and support the republican party?

    I know the answer is out there…perhaps in their past among other ‘groups’ with ‘Christian WHITE values’. For now though it eludes me.

  30. missfitz July 20, 2007 @ 1:19 pm

    WEll, at least the Reverand Coy Privette can’t claim it was just a youthful indiscretion.

  31. Buck Fush July 20, 2007 @ 1:26 pm

    His wife won’t take checks.

  32. Ed July 20, 2007 @ 1:33 pm

    Christianity is the REASON for the aberrant behavior. It is precisely because he is a Christian that he is also a pervert. Christianity tries to suppress the natural instincts of humans at every possible outlet and the result is (naturally) it will vent itself – and almost always in a negative, perverse way. Those feelings don’t know where to go when the owner of those thoughts has been taught that every thought and feeling is evil. The result is emotional damage for life. The REAL evil is Christianity (and religion) itself. The real demon is Jesus Christ (a fake deity) and the other imaginary friends that people worship.

    Get rid of your demons folks. Get rid of Jesus and the fairy tales. Abandon these tired old myths that you only follow out of fear and then you’ll see perversion, theft, hate, bigotry, depression, suicide, and evil take a huge nosedive. Finally we will have some peace.

  33. Zeak Harbors July 20, 2007 @ 1:33 pm

    I think i would have picked a more attractive prostitute…

  34. Mimi Schaeffer July 20, 2007 @ 1:34 pm

    Chabuka, don’t throw the baby with the baby water.

    I’m a Christian and even attend the Southern Baptist church…I figure they need to see an enlightened spirit in the form of “me.”

    Poor saps at church get duped by the rightwing Christian faction who no more reflects the words of Jesus than Osama bin Laden reflects the words of Muhammad.

  35. […] President of the Christian Action League, 74, Is Arrested after Paying Hooker with Checks Privette on two occasions allegedly paid the prostitute with checks then reported the checks stolen. Jon Ponder, Pensito Review Jul. 19, 2007 […]

  36. Fade July 20, 2007 @ 1:44 pm

    What a scumbag, cheating on his wife with a hooker, THEN RIPPING The hooker off too.

    The charges for false reporting those checks as stolen are far worse than the soliciting. Hopefully the prosecutor will pick up those charges as well.

    No doubt he’s a Bushbot as well.

  37. liz July 20, 2007 @ 1:49 pm

    These types of Christian have forgotten that God can see what you do in private. Values are what you do NOT what you say.

  38. John July 20, 2007 @ 1:56 pm

    As Ghandi once said:
    “I like your Christ, but I don’t like your Christians, they are so unlike your Christ”

  39. capnmike July 20, 2007 @ 2:00 pm

    Sounds like yer typical anal-retentive ultra-right-wing control-freak self-righteous bible-whacking lie-peddling religious nutcake to ME. Glad I’m an atheist! Nobody can accuse us of hypocracy, just common sense.

  40. skyreader7 July 20, 2007 @ 2:01 pm

    Writing a check? How stupid can you get. Maybe his defense will be that he’s senile or the check was for charity. You know, a little community service and cash for the poor, down and out. Or he was conveting her to Christianity and the checks were for buying Bibles and learning materials. He has done great service to the country so maybe Bush will pardon him anyway. Ask Bush. That way we won’t have to go to the expense of a trial.

  41. Anonymous July 20, 2007 @ 2:16 pm

    What the devil is it with these uptight rightwing Christians? They are SO obsessed with sex that it is MIND-BOGGLING.

  42. Vince July 20, 2007 @ 4:04 pm

    The right wing neo-cons are quick to point the finger until its one of there “so-call” leaders, then they come up with all sorts of excuses.I’m wondering if he’ll go off to a three week rehab and come back saved. Is that to say he wasn’t saved before he went to rehab, and if so why was he preaching against prostitution? Things that make you go HUM.

  43. Curtis July 20, 2007 @ 4:43 pm

    ANOTHER FAT PIECE OF SHIT SUPPOSBABLY CHRISTIAN MAN…WHEN IS THIS HIPOCRCY GOING TO STOP? IF I WAS IN CONGRESS I WOULD PUT A BILL UP FOR VOTE THAT IF CAUGHT (ANY MEMBER ELECTED BY AMERICAN CITIZEN) WILL LOSE THEIR 150k PENSION AND ANYONE WHO VOTED NO ON THE RESOLUTION I WOULD INVESTIGATE THE HELL OUT OF THEM

  44. Curtis July 20, 2007 @ 4:45 pm

    AND THIS ASSHOLE WILL PROBABLY GO TO REHAB AND EVERYTHING WILL BE ALRIGHT BUT GOD KNOWS YOU PIECE OF SHIT

  45. LCD July 20, 2007 @ 5:47 pm

    There is a God.

  46. Watchman July 20, 2007 @ 6:31 pm

    May God forgive each of us for our wicked sinful lives.

  47. SomeYahoo July 20, 2007 @ 9:16 pm

    Speak for your own “wicked, sinful life”, Watchman. It’s pompous, knee-jerk judgemental gits like you who are an embarrassment to the Christians I *do* respect.

  48. Larry H July 20, 2007 @ 9:25 pm

    Hookers, DC Madams, Paris Freed, Rosie and the View, Hillary/Barack, global warming, all distractions. While the mainstream media creates illusions, der fuhrer steps on our throats by opening our mail, arresting reporters for asking about 9/11 (Lepacek) and convicting reporters for exposing 9/11 (Chris Bollyn), suspending habeas corpus, stealing private lands, banning books like “America Deceived” from Amazon, rigging elections, conducting warrantless wiretaps and starting wars for a foriegn gov’t. Soon, the sinking of an Aircraft Carrier(by Mossad) will occur and the US will ‘retaliate’ against Iran. Which AIPAC-lobbying country benefit’s from that?
    Final link (until the Stark County Library bends to pressure and drops the title):
    Link

  49. John Oakes July 21, 2007 @ 12:48 am

    sadly another imperfect act in an imperfect world.Perhaps had he been a crazed suicide bomber or other such moslem nutter we would have found a reason to forgive him-hypocracy-look in the mirror and feel shame.

  50. Tom July 21, 2007 @ 1:53 am

    I’d bet the farm, he is a zionist Christian. Which we all know are not true Christians.

  51. […] Now who in their right mind would pay a hooker with a check? President of the Christian Action League, 74, Is Arrested after Paying Hooker with Checks […]

  52. […] Today, however, they’re back in the spotlight as the President of the Christian Action League was found soliciting sex from a prostitute in his hometown.  While not nearly as public as Ted Haggard’s confession and public conviction, this still should be taken seriously.  If Evangelicals can’t even hit their own moral targets, how can they expect others to?  The story’s Newsvine thread contains some rather entertaining comments about Privette’s actions.  The fact that he paid the prostitute with a check won’t help his case both in the eyes of the law, and in the eyes of the public.  […]

  53. Madison July 21, 2007 @ 8:00 am

    Tom – You just lost your farm. Coy Privette is a member of the North Carolina Baptist Assembly, which is as mainstream as it gets.

  54. McCrackenator July 21, 2007 @ 11:23 am

    As a Christian I am dissapointed by this but not surprised. Being a Christian shuoldn’t be some act but a real living relationship with Jesus Christ. This man professed to know Jesus but never dealt with his issues and eventually God shone the light on his hypocrisy because he hates it more than anyone. Just because one man sins doesn’t discount the Creator and Saviour who is absolutely just and merciful. He hates sin. period. Read the bible and check it out. Jesus lived what he preached -believe Him!

  55. Dave Burton July 21, 2007 @ 7:49 pm

    What ever happened to “considered innocent until proven guilty?” Don’t liberals believe in that? 57 comments so far, and NOBODY here has doubted his guilt? Are you all SO sure the cops are infallible? Didn’t anyone here learn anything from the Duke Lacross case?

    As for me, I doubt that the charge against Coy Privette is true. There are several reasons for that.

    For one (obvious) thing, it is inconsistent with the character of the man known to his friends and associates. Of course, that is not proof, and he wouldn’t be the first person to lead a double life. But that inconsistency is what makes the charge surprising & newsworthy.

    For another thing, Coy Privette is 74 years old. I saw him briefly a couple of months ago, and he did not look good. Some 74 year olds, who work hard at staying in shape, and who are blessed with good genes, are still vigorous at age 74. Not Privette. He is a very elderly man. This is not the behavior of a very elderly man.

    For another thing, there’s the matter of the checks. NOBODY would buy the services of a prostitute with their own personal check. Nobody is that dumb. But people DO have checks stolen from them, and people who steal checks DO hire prostitutes. It is quite plausible that the checks in question WERE stolen from him, as he claims.

    For another thing, he wasn’t “caught in the act.” He was arrested at his home, based on other evidence — presumably including the checks.

    All things considered, I think it is quite likely that he was wrongly charged. In any event, it is not right to “convict him in the press” before he has had his day in court.

    -Dave Burton
    Cary, NC
    1-919-481-0098

  56. lmwilker July 22, 2007 @ 6:08 am

    “Now who in their right mind would pay a hooker with a check?”

    And what kind of hooker takes a check? Sounds like there might of been substances other than bodily fluids involved.

  57. Madison July 22, 2007 @ 6:55 am

    Dave –

    It’s the media’s fault? Is there anything bad that happens to conservatives that isn’t the media’s fault? Whatever happened to accepting personal responsibility? Or is that just another GOP bumper sticker slogan that only applies to Democrats?

    Privette was charged by the State Bureau of Investigation, not the media. The SBI is hardly a leftist organization. And considering his position and connections, let’s assume they did an extra-thorough job. (If the SBI is wrong, Tiffany Denise Summers is much better at forging checks than she appears.)

    It’s a lot more likely that Privette — the preacher and “family values” Republican politician — is really a letch and a liar who has been consorting with hookers, and ripping them off, all his life, and that he slipped up this time because he’s feeble.

  58. Grizzled Adams July 22, 2007 @ 9:56 am

    I’m hoping he’ll go off to a three week rehab and come back gay.

  59. myers July 23, 2007 @ 2:26 pm

    Dave,
    “What ever happened to considered innocent until proven guilty? Don’t liberals believe in that? ”

    Point well made Dave. Actually the presumption of innocence was once an “American” value that has gone out of fashion. So if this goes to court and he is found guilty, then you’ll be able to say how he was given a raw deal, just like Scooter Libby.

    “Of course, that is not proof, and he wouldn’t be the first person to lead a double life. But that inconsistency is what makes the charge surprising & newsworthy.”

    Wrong, we all have our faults and flaws and I’m in no position to judge him for falling short of the (giving him the benefit of the doubt) standards he set for himself but the religious right,not the left, that makes the claim, our guaranteed rights are somehow, contingent upon , moral certitude of character, reflected and set, by their own ad hoc standards and not our laws. What makes it news worthy is the sanctimony, not that people feel compelled to live double lives.

    “Not Privette. He is a very elderly man. This is not the behavior of a very elderly man.”

    Repressed desire over time can become compulsion. Aberrant behavior is often what people engage in when they are looking for something else. Perhaps, playing the part of a pious, faultless, father figure, to people, who would rather have some one tell them what to do, than be responsible for their own behavior, never left room for intimacy. Not saying I know this to be true, just that I don’t buy that inappropriate behavior has an age or physical limitation.

  60. Well, he aint no GREAT Christian or else he woulda done been home eating his Children, jist like it says right-cheer in the Lard’s Holy Bible. 2nd Kings 6:29. Christians am always very good and hornest mans. Aaaaaaa-men.

    Don’t ya’ll believe whut tham liars say on this here web page right-cheer -> NoBeliefs.Com/nazis.htm

    May the Lord Bless Ye Until Your Daddy Eats Ye.

    Signed;

    http://www.BushFish.Org

  61. Dave Burton July 23, 2007 @ 11:28 pm

    There also seems to be a lot of confusion here about what the Christian Action League is and does. Privette hasn’t been in charge for many years, but the character and purpose of the organization has not changed, and they certainly are not the repressive, hateful bunch that most here seem to think they are.

    Here’s a press release they did a couple of years ago, when a homosexual-bashing, pseudo-Christian, hate-monger named Fred Phelps came to town. The Christian Action League repudiated Phelps and his message of hate:

    http://salzo.cary.nc.us/cal_on_phelps.html

    -Dave
    H: 919-481-0098

  62. Dave Burton July 23, 2007 @ 11:32 pm

    Myers,
    The main point that I think you are dancing around, about hypocrisy magnifying the gravity of other offenses, is certainly valid. But you are mistaken about what Christians claim. Christians (conservative or otherwise) do not “make the claim [that] our guaranteed rights are somehow contingent upon moral certitude of character.” Rather, Christians hold that “all men are sinners” and unworthy, on their own merit, of anything except Judgment. Fortunately, God is merciful, and fortunately He improves the character anyone who trusts and obeys Him.

    -Dave

  63. Dave Burton July 23, 2007 @ 11:49 pm

    Bush-Fish, please do not misrepresent scripture. 2 Kings chapter 6, verses 24 to the end, is an historical account recording a severe famine during the siege of the city of Samaria by a hostile army. v.26 records that, “..a woman cried to [the king] ‘help me!'” Then, in v.28-29 it is recorded that she told him how, due to starvation, they had cannibalized her son. v.30 records, “When the king heard the woman’s words, he tore his robes. As he went along the wall, the people looked, and there, underneath, he had sackcloth on his body.”

    There is nothing in that account to suggest that God supports killing or eating children. (For what scripture actually says about killing children, see Lev. 18:21, Deut. 18:10, Prov. 24:11, Mat. 25:40&45, etc.)

    -Dave

  64. Dave Burton July 23, 2007 @ 11:57 pm

    To Madison (part 1):

    I did not fault the media. I faulted the 50 or so people who posted comments here, seemingly without ANY of them even considering the fact that Mr. Privette has not been convicted. It does not appear that the possibility of his innocence even crossed the mind of ANYONE who commented before I did.

    [cont’d…]

  65. Dave Burton July 23, 2007 @ 11:58 pm

    To madison (part 2):

    Instead, what I read here was an outpouring of ugly anti-Christian bigotry and vicious gloating. Examples:

    “In rightwing Christianity, hypocrisy is a sacred rite.” -Kaminatter

    “Typical anal-retentive ultra-right-wing control-freak self-righteous bible-whacking lie-peddling religious nutcake to ME. Glad I’m an atheist!”
    -capnmike

    “All these Xian conservatives look like bullfrogs” -Dana

    “Another christian pig.” -ted

    That sort of hate speech is probably unlike anything that has ever escaped Privette’s lips.

    [cont’d…]

  66. Dave Burton July 23, 2007 @ 11:58 pm

    To madison (part 3):

    I said Mr. Privette is entitled to a presumption of innocence. If you were accused of a crime, you would not want everyone to assume your guilt before your conviction. So follow the Golden Rule: do unto him as you would have others do unto you in like circumstances. In this case, that means suspend judgment until you find out whether or not he’s really guilty.

    The duty to presume innocence until a person is proven guilty, at least for matters which will be adjudicated in a court of law, is a basic principle of justice. Leaping to judgment before you have all the facts that will eventually be available to you invites embarrassment — though few people seem to be embarrassed by such errors, anymore.

    [cont’d…]

  67. Dave Burton July 23, 2007 @ 11:59 pm

    To madison (part 4):

    Do you remember that chorus of hateful “hang ‘em high” sentiments in the Duke lacross team case? Now that we know the players were falsely charged, why hasn’t there been a chorus of apologies from those who assumed their guilt and demanded their scalps? Has there been even ONE such apology, from ANYONE in the peanut gallery? Perhaps there has, but I’ve not seen it.

    In Privette’s case, there is plenty of reason to suppose that, like the Duke lacross players, he might have been wrongly charged.

    [cont’d…]

  68. Dave Burton July 23, 2007 @ 11:59 pm

    To madison (part 5):

    The only way that I can imagine such out-of-character behavior from a man like Privette would be if he’d had a stroke or similar mental impairment. That can change a person’s personality, sometimes dramatically.

    Consider: My grandfather lived to age 94. In his last year he began to suffer from dementia. All his life he had been a cultured, soft-spoken man. He was a genius, a professor of astrophysics, and a true Christian gentleman. But in his final year, dementia robbed him not only of his intellect, but also of his personality. He got to the point that he didn’t know anyone anymore, and he became frustrated and angry, and he did something that he had never done before: he began to cuss. I recall that my grandmother was in tears when she heard it. “I didn’t think he knew those words,” said grandma.

    Think of that: a man married for six decades, whose wife never heard a profane word escape his lips! But even sixty years of Christian self-control can go by the wayside if a man’s brain is damaged.

    [cont’d…]

  69. Dave Burton July 24, 2007 @ 12:00 am

    To madison (part 6):

    So I suppose that some sort of brain damage or tumor might account for Privette’s bizarre alleged behavior. Yet even that seems highly unlikely in Privette’s case. Brain damage might make a man stupid enough to pay for a hooker with a check, but I very much doubt that any sort of brain damage could turn a very elderly man into a sex addict.

    So my guess is that Privette is innocent.

    But that’s just a guess. Unlike everyone else here, I’m suspending judgment pending his trial.

    -Dave

  70. Madison July 24, 2007 @ 6:55 am

    Dave –

    Having spent considerable time in Cabarrus County, and having been on the receiving end of Coy Privette’s hate-filled rhetoric for about 30 years, I’m not in any way confused about him or the Christian Action League, the former temperance organization that he transformed into a lobbying group for evangelical politics after he and it lost the fight to stop “liquor by the drink” in North Carolina in the 1970s.

    Guilty or not, Privette is reaping what he has sewed. To his opponents, he revealed himself to be a mean-spirited, judgmental man, who made a career advocating the suppression of the rights of anyone who is not a straight, white Christian nationalist male.

    Maybe you believed his hype, or maybe you’re here to spin his predicament for the benefit of people who are unfamiliar with Privette and Tarheel politics. The disingenuousness of equating Privette’s indictment by the NC State Bureau of Investigation, the top law enforcement agency in the 10th largest state, to the arrest of the Duke Lacrosse players by Mike Nifong, a county DA, who, we now know, had a political agenda, makes me suspect you’re here to spin. (We’ll know for sure if your next response is, “Clinton did it.”)

    For the record, a lot of us North Carolina liberals never believed the Coy Privette myth. I agree he probably didn’t turn into a sex addict in his dotage, but, as I said earlier, believe instead he has been one all his life. Consorting with hookers was not unusual — in fact, was something of an entitlement — for men of Privette’s generation and class, especially in the 1950s and 1960s.

  71. Bill White July 24, 2007 @ 8:57 am

    Some of the commenters here have been trying to reach out and defend Coy Privette. Most people who have been around him knows that though he spouts pious words constantly his actions never back up his words. Even the people who support him will tell you he can stab you in the back quicker than anyone in the county. He has had this reputation for decades. His political base is made up primarily of home builders who turn to him for help in finding ways to avoid making improvements to the propertys on a one time basis. This is worth thousands on every house built. What should be the focus is these large checks he had in his possesion. Where did this money come from? Was he enlisting this prostitiute to cash the checks for him to help cover his trail? I don’t know but hopefully the SBI will continue its investigation. The fact he was with the prostitute on several occasions is not surprising as much as the bizarre way he was apparently paying her. Also it seems that their should be grounds for filing charges about a false police report. Im sure Coy is smart enough to “lawyer up” quickly so many of these questions may never be answered. In N C in the last few months we have seen corrupt politicians exposed from both parties. Whether it has to do with money or sex, they seem to have all the bases covered.Coy Privette spent several years in the N C legislature and then was told to resign his postion with a “christian” orginization which was paying him a salary or he would be tossed out of the legislature. He learned all his tricks from these senior politicians who are now in jail or awaiting sentencing. Hopefully we have not seen this investigation end.

  72. myers July 24, 2007 @ 1:13 pm

    Dave,

    “The main point that I think you are dancing around, about hypocrisy magnifying the gravity of other offenses, is certainly valid.”

    Sorry,I didn’t think I was dancing: hypocrisy doesn’t magnify or detract from the gravity of the charge, which is a matter of law and not faith and as such will be decided by the courts. As for his opinion on theological matters, let’s just say I prefer to take my council elsewhere.

    I’m saying quite simply, that if “Christians hold that all men are sinners and unworthy, on their own merit, of anything except Judgment” then guilty or not of this crime, he has no right to be judging others. Unfortunately, too many Christians have allowed a handful of Charlatans, appropriate and distort the message of Jesus, to serve a political agenda, which is completely contrary to the sermon on the mount. Are all Christians to blame? No. Just those who let individuals claim they speak for all Christians. In this respect ,hypocrisy IS the issue, if one is going make accusations about others. Matthew 25:40

    “Christians (conservative or otherwise) do not make the claim [that] our guaranteed rights are somehow contingent upon moral certitude of character.”

    I’m not referring to the tenets of your religious views, I’m referring to my rights under the constitution. One being the fundamental choice to worship God in the manner I choose. It helps to know your family history and my ancestors came to this country, in part, to escape the persecution of state sponsored religion. Any organization that wants to claim to be the “moral majority” is in fact making a claim of authority based on moral certitude. I don’t care what the Christian Action League does as long as they stay away from our constitution. It’s a mystery to me, that if politics were the solution, why did Jesus reject ,as one of his temptations , world rule?

    “Fortunately, God is merciful, and fortunately He improves the character anyone who trusts and obeys Him.”

    Interesting, no mention of joy, love, compassion and forgiveness, all prominent themes of the New Testament.

  73. […] Another man found doing the “Lord’s work” by hiring a prostitute and offering to pay for her services by writing a check. At seventy-four and obviously armed with a fresh bottle of Viagra, the President of the Christian Action League is arrested for solisiting the services of a prostitute. Privette, 74, was charged with six counts of misdemeanor aiding and abetting prostitution by renting a hotel room and paying for sexual acts, according to State Bureau of Investigation Agent Kevin Canty. Tiffany Denise Summers, 32, of Salisbury, was charged with six counts of misdemeanor prostitution, Canty said. […]

  74. Dave Burton July 29, 2007 @ 3:35 pm

    Bill White wrote:

    “Coy Privette spent several years in the N C legislature and then was told to resign his position with a ‘christian’ orginization which was paying him a salary or he would be tossed out of the legislature.”

    What? Are you sure? When did that happen? What organization are you talking about? What position was he told to resign? Who “told” him that?

    Privette left the legislature about 15 years ago, and I don’t think he’s drawn any salary from the Christian Action League in many years, either. For the last 7 or 8 years the CAL has been run by a very nice fellow named Mark Creech.

    -Dave

  75. Dave Burton August 29, 2007 @ 8:44 am

    Well, I was wrong. He pled guilty.

    I still find it astonishing.

    -Dave

  76. mik October 28, 2008 @ 12:46 pm

    suppose its better than raping altar boys like the rest of them.

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