Jewish Journal

Angry pastor threatens to shoot other motorist

by Brad A. Greenberg

August 7, 2008 | 3:43 pm

"You see what happens, Larry?"

I can count on one hand the number of times my impatience with idiots on California freeways has prompted me to flip the bird out my car window. Most memorably, this occurred during college while I was driving along the 405, near my church, en route to the first day of my internship at KNBC. After I committed the oh-so-common-in-L.A. indecency, I was filled with regret—not because of what I had done but because the other driver was behind the wheel of a Mercedes and, in my naivete, I thought may have been my new boss.

I was a fool, indeed.

Reminding us that ordained ministers sometimes make even worse mistakes the people in their pews is this story from the Bible Belt Blogger:

CINCINNATI — A 71-year-old Cincinnati preacher was on his way to church when he allegedly waved a gun at another motorist and cursed at her.

The preacher, Thomas Howell, claims that the woman cut him off. Howell testified in court that he has a gun and permit but denied ever removing the weapon from its holster.

But a judge sided with the woman, who said the preacher threatened to shoot her and called her names as their cars chased each other.

Howell has been convicted of aggravated menacing. He could get up to six months in jail on the misdemeanor charge when he’s sentenced next month.

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