Alabama pastor sued after confessing to adultery with AIDS
The congregation of Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church in Montgomery voted 80-1 on Oct. 5 to dismiss Rev. Juan Demetrius McFarland as pastor, but he refused to give up the pulpit and presided over services Sunday.
Deacons who tried to oust him filed a lawsuit on Tuesday asking the court to order McFarland to vacate the church.
The deacons' lawyer, Kenneth Shinbaum, said they feel threatened by a McFarland supporter who allegedly vowed to enforce "castle law" if they showed up again. "Most of the membership is scared to go to church right now," Shinbaum said. "They don't want someone to shoot them."
In a series of Sunday sermons, McFarland reportedly admitted to a series of misdeeds, including using drugs, misappropriating church funds and adulterous affairs on church property while he had full-blown AIDS.
He confirmed the disclosures to NBC affiliate WSFA but has not spoken publicly about the scandal. McFarland did not respond to numerous requests for comment and it's not clear if he has an attorney.