The pastor of a Manhattan Christian Church who made a name for herself for being virulently anti-Trump has been fired by her congregation after going on an embarrassing sex toy-buying spree.
Rev. Amy Butler, who headed the Riverside Church in Manhattan, tried to make herself a media darling by holding events attacking President Donald Trump. But now she has been ousted after news broke of her sex toy purchases at a Minneapolis store called “The Smitten Kitten.”
The woman, who is known as “Pastor Amy,” was in Minneapolis for a religious conference when she took a little side trip, according to Fox News.
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Butler apparently led some of the conference participants into the sex shop and joked about using church funds for the purchases:
The 49-year-old minister, who was hired in 2014, allegedly led one member of her flock and two fellow preachers into a Minneapolis sex shop called the Smitten Kitten, while they were there for a religious conference. She reportedly quipped, “Is this a church business expense?” after pulling out the church credit card, though it is unclear if she used it.
While in the raunchy store, Butler allegedly bought a $200 bunny-shaped blue vibrator for one minister — a single mom of two celebrating her 40th birthday — and offered to buy a toy for the second minister — a gay man in a committed relationship. The man declined and repeatedly told her he felt uncomfortable.
It was not long before harassment charges were filed against her for the inappropriate gifts.
The firing, though, was not predicated solely on the sex-toy incident as the church had faced mounting concerns about “Pastor Amy.”
The church felt that her spending and salary demands were profligate.
The sex toy incident was apparently the final straw amid mounting concerns from the Riverside Church Council about Butler’s judgment, as she was seeking a $100,000 raise. She has a $250,000 annual salary and $8,000 monthly housing allowance — on top of other cushy benefits.
“Rev. Dr. Amy Butler and the Riverside Church Council are announcing that after five years of leadership, Pastor Amy will not be renewing her contract as senior minister,” Marilyn Mitchel, chair of the Church Council, wrote in a statement. “The Council thanks Pastor Amy for her leadership and asks all congregants to pray for her continued ministry as a leader in the progressive Christian world.”
Butler attempted to gain national attention as a leader of the anti-Trump movement, saying in an op-ed for USA Today that “we have watched a major candidate for our country’s highest office demean and slander whole categories of American citizens.”
Looks like “Pastor Amy’s” desperate and arrogant attempt to become a media “somebody” has gone down in flames.
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