Facebook LIve video caught police at a church in Newnan after a dispute broke out.
Photo: Channel 2 Action News
Photo: Channel 2 Action News

‘Fix it, Jesus, fix it’; Police called as church dispute goes viral

Things weren’t exactly peaceful Sunday at a church in Coweta County.

Instead of services as usual, there was a dispute among the congregation and police were called — and some Facebook Live videos caught it all.

Newnan police were called three times to calm down people and to clear the Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church, Channel 2 Action News reported. But the rancor —particularly the cursing in church — left some regulars upset.

“And that’s what got me,” Rosa Slaughter told Channel 2. “I was like, ‘Lord have mercy, you know what I’m saying?’

“Fix it, Jesus, fix it.”

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The unrest happened because of the firing of pastor Stafford Dudley Sr. and because of donations, one member said.

Deacons asked the officers to clear the church, the news station reported.

“When the police came, they told us y’all got to leave,” Betty Sutton Richardson said. “I said, ‘We don’t have to leave our church.’ He said, ‘Yes ma’am, y’all have to leave.’”

No one was arrested. The action played well on Facebook, with one of the live videos getting almost 1 million views.

“I think it was a great thing,” one man said, “because I think situations like this need to be brought to light.”

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