Next week I’m heading to Oklahoma City. And I’m leaving my tambourine at home.
Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Department Spokesman Mark Myers said, “Nobody could pay attention to the sermon or what was going on so that’s when our deputy was able to take care of the situation.”
The religious ruckus happened at Victory Church at 1515 N. Kelly Ave in Edmond.
A woman was apparently playing a tambourine too loudly during Wednesday night services.
When she refused to stop, the woman was escorted out by an off duty Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Deputy.
Myers said, “He had to physically escort her outside the church. Once outside, she broke free from the deputy and tried to go back inside, there became a physical confrontation.”
According to the arrest report, the deputy was forced to pepper spray and tase the unruly woman.
“Myers said, ‘She was not filled with the Holy spirit. She was not being very Christianly and this is why the folks decided to get her out as soon as possible.’”
Now, I’ve been to church services where, if I’d had a Taser, a crazed tambourine player might have been in trouble. Tambourines can, unfortunately, be bought without a license and played without any training. This encourages folks with delusions of musicality to join the choir, often at the last moment and without invitation. Sometimes in the middle of a song. Honest to God, I don’t know where they come from, but they just show up and start whacking away, sounding like a recycler pushing a shopping cart full of cans across a gravel road. So a bit of tasering, or some encouragement with a sparky cattle prod, seems appropriate. Mild, even.
Sorry… I come from a family of church musicians and was fantasizing there. What I really meant to say was: tasering somebody, in church? What is the world coming to?