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Tulsa church sued for publishing baptism news

By The Associated Press

This article was published June 13, 2014 at 8:12 a.m.

TULSA — A former Muslim who converted to Christianity has filed a civil lawsuit against a Tulsa church, arguing that leaders endangered his life by publishing his baptism announcement.

The man, only identified as John Doe, filed the suit this week against First Presbyterian Church and its pastor.

According to the lawsuit, the man is a native of Syria who lives in Oklahoma. The lawsuit says the man was attacked on a trip to Syria after the church published a notice of his baptism online. The suit says the man was beaten and tortured for days before he escaped.

The man's lawyer, Keith Ward, says the case is unusual but that the man's injuries are well-documented. The church said in a statement to the Tulsa World newspaper that it followed proper procedures.

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Dontcallmenames says... June 13, 2014 at 11:45 a.m.

Sounds like this "Christian" needs to read up on the verses about settling disputes amongst other believers and not taking it before non-believers.

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HotSpringsLawyer says... June 13, 2014 at 8:06 p.m.

Seems like he should have mentioned his concerns up front.

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HM2 says... June 13, 2014 at 8:17 p.m.

could be his baptism was for all the wrong reasons. Was he ashamed of his conversion to Christianity? I guess when tough times come he'll be one of the first to renounce his faith in Christ.

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RBBrittain says... June 14, 2014 at 5:20 p.m.

I can sympathize, but I'm pretty sure freedom of speech covers this. The paper published truthful information; it can't be held liable for what nutcases in Syria did with it...

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GCW says... June 14, 2014 at 5:53 p.m.

Will he tithe 10% of his settlement?

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