I saw this strange story about Jeremy Gordon Grinnell, a pastor in a Michigan church and also a professor of something called ‘systematic theology’ at Cornerstone University, who was caught peeping on a couple having sex in their bedroom. When he was spotted by one member of the couple, he quickly clambered down and escaped.
There are several truly weird things about this story. One is that he used a ladder found on the property to look into the second floor window, which raises the question of how he knew when and where to look. He surely could not have been wandering the streets at random looking through windows, hoping to stumble upon sexual activity, especially if it required fortuitously finding ladders on the premises.
But he then returned the very next night to the same place, but this time was confronted by the resident outside the house and this is what led to his arrest.
But that is not all. Explaining his actions, Grinnell says that what he was doing on the ladder was praying for the woman. I don’t understand it either but presumably all his actions can be explained using systematic theology.
Perhaps Grinnell should claim that by praying he was exercising his religious rights under the Free Exercise clause of the First Amendment and that by being arrested for doing so, his religious liberty has been violated under the provisions of RFRA.
After all, that’s seems to be what all the religious kids are doing these days.