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Anti-gay Evangelist Bethel Arrested in Tenn.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A traveling evangelist who has sometimes aligned with Westboro Baptist Church has been jailed in Tennessee on charges of assaulting a police officer and resisting arrest.

Nashville police Sgt. Robert Haught told WSMV-TV in Nashville that 48-year-old Glynis Bethel, who is associated with Twenty-First Century House of God in Loxley, Ala., pepper sprayed him in the face as he tried to stop her from leaving a scene Saturday.

Police investigating a disorderly conduct call said Bethel also sprayed a woman without provocation in downtown Nashville.

Bethel is also charged with assault and remained in jail Sunday on $10,000 bond.

Bethel has supported Westboro Baptist Church, a group that protests military funerals, with members toting anti-gay signs.


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