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Hey, Mrs Tambourine Woman….

Tambourine player tased during church service
POSTED 2:11 PM, JUNE 29, 2012, BY LANCE WEST, UPDATED AT 05:49PM, JUNE 29, 2012 – News Channel 4


EDMOND, Okla. — Most churches encourage praise and worship. In fact, the Bible states, “make a joyful noise to the Lord.”

But 50-year-old Vickey Sue Beyersdorfer apparently went a bit too far.

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.”

Witnesses said the combative Christian was staggering and had slurred speech.

Authorities did find prescription pain medication in her possession.

Authorities have not said if that medication was found in her system or if that may have contributed to the incident.

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10 Commandments – thou shalt NOT!

GOPers Refuse to Remove 10 Commandments — and Will Fight to Change Constitution Instead
What separation between church and state?
By Bethania Palma Markus / Raw Story July 7, 2015


judge ordered Oklahoma to remove a Ten Commandments monument from state capitol grounds, but the governor is defying that order.

The Oklahoma Supreme Court issued a 7-2 ruling last week saying the monument violates the state constitution. But Governor Mary Fallin said the state attorney general has asked the court to “reconsider,” Tulsa World reports.

The court found the monument violates a clause in the state’s constitution that prohibits the use of public property for religious use, local KFOR reports.

“Oklahoma is a state where we respect the rule of law, and we will not ignore the state courts or their decisions,” Fallin told Tulsa World. But, “we are also a state with three co-equal branches of government.”

Lawmakers plan on an amendment removing the portion of the state constitution cited by the court.

“After reviewing the Supreme Court’s Ten Commandments ruling, it is clear that we have a toxic provision in our state Constitution,” state Rep. John Paul Jordan (R-Yukon) told KFOR. “It was written with discrimination in mind, and like a malignant tumor, needs to be removed completely.”

Jordan said he feared the constitutional language could be used in the future to remove religious Native American artwork at the Capitol and State Supreme Court being removed.

“In addition, it could lead to individuals on state-funded insurance programs being unable to receive medical care as a large portion of hospitals in Oklahoma are supported by a religious affiliation,” he said, according to local KOCO. “Taken to an extreme it could even lead to churches, synagogues, mosques and other buildings used for religious purposes being unable to receive police and fire protection as they would be directly or indirectly benefiting from public monies.”

State Rep. Kevin Calvey (R-Oklahoma City) called the decision “judicial tyranny,” KFOR reports.

The Ten Commandments will stay put while appeals and constitutional changes are underway, KFOR reports.

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