Baptist Church Bans Softball Team Coached by ‘Deviant’ Lesbian
June 17, 2010
(ChattahBox)–Southern Baptists in Tennessee don’t take kindly to the prospect of lesbian softball coaches participating in its adult women’s softball league. After a “very athletic” looking coach registered her team with the Bellevue Baptist Church league, she was told by church officials that her team was not welcome to play in the league, because of her “deviant” lifestyle.
The coach, Jana J. Jacobson, registered her team to compete in the church league and attended a pre-season meeting, in which the league rules of “no alcohol, smoking or cursing and no offensive terms on uniforms” were discussed.
Later, church officials requested an additional meeting with Jacobson and added a new rule of “no public displays of affection.” Apparently the Baptist ministers envisioned a frightening scene of lesbian softball players gone wild, French-kissing and swatting each other’s behinds during games.
Attending the meeting were, Scotty Shows, the church’s recreation minister and Andy Beal, the minister for sports outreach.
According to the report by the Commercial Appeal, Beal told Jacobson that the church “had received information about her lifestyle.” Jacobson quickly determined where the conversation was headed:
‘”Jacobson, who says she’s “very athletic in appearance,” didn’t want to lie, so she acknowledged she is gay. “I continued with … ‘This is silly, we’re simply here to play ball.’”
The conversation went downhill from there, as Jacobson was told her “deviant” lifestyle would prevent her team from participating in league play.
“According to Jacobson, Scotty Shows, the church’s recreation minister who also attended the second meeting, told her that because she was gay the team could not play. She was told that the team’s participation would send a message to Bellevue members that the church condoned her lifestyle.”
The Bellevue Baptist Church has refused to comment.