Pastor Norman Hayes of Bridge Community Church in Ohio Viciously Beaten By Militant Atheist

By Heather Clark, Christian News Network , Crossmap On October 24, 2013

A pastor in Ohio was viciously beaten this past Sunday after a self-described militant atheist knocked him to the ground for asking his girlfriend if she felt safe with the man.

Pastor Norman Hayes of Bridge Community Church in North Hampton says that following the church service, James Maxie, 28, and his girlfriend came to talk to Hayes. When Hayes asked the woman if she was being abused, the man reportedly became angry and punched him to the floor.

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"He was very, very upset that I'd even suggest that he would hurt her," Hayes told the Dayton Daily News. "Then he turned around and hurt me very badly."

Police Chief Jarrod Campbell remarked to the publication that he has rarely seen "an incident this brutal."

 

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