published Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

Sex toy demonstration leads to students' snub

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    In this photo taken March 2, 2011, Faith Kroll, 25, and fiance Jim Marcus, 44, pose for a photo in Chicago. The couple engaged in a demonstration in a human sexuality class Feb. 21 at Northwestern University with Kroll taking her clothes off and graphically demonstrating the use of a sex toy, the school has acknowledged. The university's president said Thursday, March 3 he is troubled that a psychology professor allowed a couple to engage in a sex act involving a motorized sex toy in front of dozens of students and is calling for an investigation. (AP Photo/Chicago Sun-Times, Scott Stewart)

The caller said her Northwestern University student group had tried without success to find shelter at about 50 area churches for a project they were doing on the Cumberland Trail, so Community Baptist Church Pastor Clif Roth felt he could help them.

“They were doing Tennessee a favor [in helping build a nature trail],” he said. “I thought, ‘They’re helping us. We can help them.’”

But the next day, when Roth saw a Chattanooga Times Free Press article that mentioned a Northwestern professor’s classroom sex toy demonstration, he felt he needed to rescind the invitation.

The independent Baptist pastor said he “was sure [the Alternative Student Breaks group] had no relationship to [the demonstration],” but he felt allowing the 14-member group to stay in the church indicated “support of that school” and would damage the church’s reputation.

He said he was “concerned about the children” and realized he was painting the group with “a pretty broad brush” but believed the Holy Spirit had showed him the newspaper article for a reason.

Roth said he didn’t make a call to check on any relationship the students might have with the Northwestern professor and didn’t make any calls to help them find shelter elsewhere because the group didn’t ask him to.

Jenny Haag, 22, the school’s Alternative Student Breaks program director who called the pastor to seek shelter for the group, told the Chicago Sun-Times she was “absolutely stunned” by the decision.

“I couldn’t believe what I was hearing,” she said. “We give up our spring break to volunteer and to help out in communities and because of this one isolated incident that no one from [Alternative Spring Breaks] had anything to do with, the church decided they couldn’t help us.”

The website of Community Baptist Church, located on Dallas Hollow Road in Hixson, says “it is our mission to be like Jesus by displaying his attitudes.”

Asked if Roth felt his decision reflected the attitude of Jesus, he said, “The Lord Jesus might do something different.”

But he said Christians are called to be “part of the reproval” of sin on earth, and the sex toy demonstration in professor J. Michael Bailey’s human sexuality class is an example of what is driving the nation “into a cesspool of sexual immorality.”

The students, according to the Sun-Times article, wound up finding accommodation during the visit last month with the organization building the trail.

Contact Clint Cooper at or 423-757-6497.

about Clint Cooper...

Clint Cooper is the faith editor and a staff writer for the Times Free Press Life section. He also has been an assistant sports editor and Metro staff writer for the newspaper. Prior to the merger between the Chattanooga Free Press and Chattanooga Times in 1999, he was sports news editor for the Chattanooga Free Press, where he was in charge of the day-to-day content of the section and the section’s design. Before becoming sports ...

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ITguy said...

As I recall, Jesus said something like 'judge not lest you also shall be judged', and 'let him who is without sin cast the first stone'. Of course these kids did nothing wrong, this pastor is probably more concerned about what people may think about him if he opens his doors to any students from Northwestern. I think Jesus also had a few things to say about hypocrites.

April 12, 2011 at 6:23 a.m.
prettygirl said...

@ ITGUY,but we do know what jesus said about homos and what God did to SODOM AND GOMORRAH (RIGHT,dao1980)put that in your cup of coffee lol (can you handle the truth or will you cry to the times and have this removed?

April 12, 2011 at 7:06 a.m.
dude_abides said...

prettygirl... You just don't realize what idiots this makes us look like, do you? These kids didn't have any more to do with this issue than you did. Should the rest of the world condemn you because it happened in America? I guess God also punished all those Japanese people who have been turning in cash they've found amongst the rubble. I bet if Brother Roth found money he would determine that God meant him to have it! Brother Roth, The Holy Spirit wants me to tell you that you should work for the Church for free.

April 12, 2011 at 7:36 a.m.
osama said...

@wildman on gay sites,and dude(SMALL IN THE MIDDLE abicle aka dao1980 a hit dog will holla everytime lol go put on your thongs and go jogging sweet guys

April 12, 2011 at 8:07 a.m.
osama said...

@wildgirl,and downlow dude abicles AKA (lauren and hardy) lol those comments on prettygirl have made me a better man thanks free at last thank goodest am free at last wildgirl you would make a good preacher, you kinda put me in mind of JIM JONES LOL, YOU KNOW SWEET AND THINKS HE KNOWS THE WORD! MY ADVICE TO YOU IS TO GO 1 SIZE UP ON YOUR BIKING SHORTS YOU MIGHT GO A FEW MORE MILES AS YOU JOG THIS MORNING LOL

April 12, 2011 at 8:23 a.m.
jsgood35 said...

turning them away for that reason is ignorant. Whether it was from pressure of the congregation or "divine" enlightenment from seeing the article, it shows their lack of understanding in general. But i would also have to fully know what their project on the Cumberland Trail was, you can't just give them a free place to stay so these kids can have a hobo spring break experience for free if their project does not amount to anything more than playing in the woods.

April 12, 2011 at 8:29 a.m.
osama said...


April 12, 2011 at 8:31 a.m.

Pastor Roth, you are acting in a very vain and un-Christlike manner. And you are perpetuating the stereotype of ignorant, intolerant Southerners. Christ did not worry about what others would think when he helped people.

And where did all the other comments go?

April 12, 2011 at 9:20 a.m.
dao1980 said...

haha, wow. I'm not picking on anybody, but that was kinda funny.

On the story.

It is a terrible thing that most folks of faith do to themselves, as well as those around them.

As much as I have tried to understand how appealing the emotional immersion in a system of loosely constructed lies must be, I just can't imagine why so many people go through life believing that, for example, "the holy spirit showed him the newspaper article."

How emotionally and irrationally silly to even remotely believe that picking up a newspaper and taking a quick read is not the direct result of autonomous free will.

Oh well, I guess we all will choose to believe what we will.

It is still an embarrassing reflex of human nature to judge another man based on individual conviction.

April 12, 2011 at 9:35 a.m.

Well, thank you for your comment, 48hours. You seem to be very sweet, too.

April 12, 2011 at 9:51 a.m.
Leaf said...

I can't even understand half the comments here. Please write in english and take off your caps lock. If you want to be taken seriously never write "lol". Because people who laugh out loud to comments on news stories are obviously high.

April 12, 2011 at 10:58 a.m.
mella_yella said...

@@prettygirl said... @ ITGUY,but we do know what jesus said about homos and what God did to SODOM AND GOMORRAH (RIGHT,dao1980)put that in your cup of coffee lol (can you handle the truth or will you cry to the times and have this removed?

Actually, that's not true. God did not destroy Sodom and Gomorrah for the reason so many have been falsely told over the centuries. It's believe God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah for it's arrogance and how it mistreated and judge others who were not considered of their status. Pretty much like many of you do today. @

April 12, 2011 at 3:16 p.m.
xosteph08 said...

What a horrid thing that preacher did. Ruin the churches reputation? It makes me question yet again what the church is supposed to be doing in our community. It seems like they're just simply trying to "keep up with the Jones'" rather than help our community & preach the word of God. Churches have become so commercial it's sickening.

April 12, 2011 at 5:29 p.m.
teach_them_all said...

"I like your Christ, but I do not like your Christians. They are not like your Christ." - Ghandi

April 12, 2011 at 6:16 p.m.

I don't see how this is a Breaking News article. Granted as a Christian I disagree with this pastor's actions, but this article seems to be more of a vehicle for Mr. Cooper through which he expresses his disapproval.

April 12, 2011 at 6:35 p.m.
dude_abides said...

wow, I uh... wow.

April 12, 2011 at 8:04 p.m.
sd said...

And this, ladies and gentlemen, is why I read the TFP every day. Thank you and goodnight.

April 12, 2011 at 9:14 p.m.
Echo said...

The reason a bunch of kids from Northwestern should not be allowed to stay here is because Northwestern breeds elitist turds that act like they are doing us some big service by being here. Go back to Evanston, your skanky professors, their bedroom power tools, your bubble tea, and your doormat of the Big Ten football team. We need easily offended, self righteous offspring of the privileged like a fish needs a bicycle.

April 12, 2011 at 9:15 p.m.
RickStar said...

Geez Sex toys are Everywhere .. people Relax ..

July 16, 2011 at 4:05 p.m.
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