Christian Post has reported that senior pastor at Praise Experience Church of North Lauderdale Marlon Bolton, who also serves as commissioner in Tamarac, Florida, claims the city’s mayor, Harry Dressler, insulted his faith and called him a “black piece of ****” last Wednesday after a fight over the city’s decision to institute a 180-day moratorium on new permits for churches and places of worship.
A Tamarac Talk report which noted that a moratorium was also placed on new permits for medical marijuana treatment centers and overnight clinics or rehab facilities, said Dressler got upset when Bolton stepped off the dais at the Tamarac commission meeting after commission members voted 4-1 in support of the moratorium on church permits.
The pastor claims to have stepped away from the meeting in order to get medicine from his office as well as a packet for a city resident but Dressler was left without the minimum three persons required for a quorum. Vice Mayor Michelle Gomez and Commissioner Julie Fishman were attending the meeting by phone from Washington, D.C.
Realizing what had happened, Dressler, City Manager Michael Cernech and City Attorney Sam Gorin followed Bolton to his office where the pastor said he was attacked by Dressler.
“Michael was coming to see if I was leaving the meeting permanently, and Gorin came to advise me that without me, there was no quorum,” Bolton told Tarmac Talk. “That is when Harry came into my office, which is off of the commission chamber, and started cursing at me saying, ‘You black piece of s***’ ‘F— you and your religious bullshit’ and ‘Don’t disrupt my f—-ing meeting.'”
Bolton was not happy with the commission’s decision to restrict or limit houses of worship from expanding, growing or moving into the city.
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