Thursday, November 24, 2005
Oklahoma Preacher Gets Punched During Sermon
TULSA, Okla. -- A preacher who was punched in the face during a church service met with his alleged assailant, saying he wanted to pray for him.
The Rev. Billy Joe Daugherty said Tuesday that Steven Wayne Rogers showed no remorse and offered no apology during their meeting at the Tulsa Jail.
"He said he'd do whatever he wants, to whomever he wants, whenever he wants," Daugherty said.
Rogers, 50, was identified as the man who came forward during an altar call near the end of Sunday's Victory Christian Center service, motioned for Daugherty to approach and then hit Daugherty twice, opening a cut above Daugherty's eye that required two stitches.
The episode was videotaped as part of the service and broadcast on TV news shows.
"I had just told the (biblical) story of Paul and Silas being beaten and thrown into jail," said Daugherty, whose church is one of Tulsa's largest.
"They were mistreated, but they praised God," he said. "I was talking about living a lifestyle of praise, through every situation. This (attack) was like an illustrated sermon."
Daugherty said he returned to the stage following the attack, not knowing that his face was smeared with blood.
He also offered prayers.
"We immediately forgave the man and acknowledged that he didn't realize what he was doing," Daugherty said. "We prayed that God would help him."
Daugherty said he did not know his attacker and did not plan to press charges.
Police Sgt. Kim Presley said assault charges had not been filed and no report on the assault was on file.
However, Rogers remained in jail after being arrested Sunday on a bench warrant issued for failure to appear in court on a charge of violating a protective order.
Police said Rogers was cited Sunday for simple assault by a security guard at Victory who said he was struck while helping another guard control the situation.
Fifteen years ago, Rogers struck Richard Roberts, son of evangelist Oral Roberts, while Roberts was rehearsing for his "Richard Roberts Live" television show, the Tulsa World reported Wednesday. Roberts did not file charges.
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