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Police claim that the pastor's daughter called them after he tackled her to the floor, punched her, and hit her with a shoe. Officers say that they saw a scratch to the girl's neck and throat that confirmed her claims.
The pastor says that his daughter was "very disrespectful" and that he only retaliated when she hit him first.
I am no fan of Creflo Dollar. His "prosperity gospel" bothers me as much as the private jets and Bentleys being purchased by he and other "men of God." Jesus would not be driving a Bentley -- at least not on the backs of his own congregation.
But with that being said, I must also admit to this: As the Father of three daughters, I understand how challenging it can be to deal with difficult teenagers. While none of us can condone needless violence toward anyone, it can be difficult to figure out how to deal with a child who has become violent.
The toughest thing for a Father to deal with when it comes to teenage girls is that they usually think they are more grown up than they actually are. Their hips get wider, their breasts get fuller, and suddenly, they think they're ready for the world. That might be when the child believes it's OK to start dating the 25-year old, to go out and get drunk with her friends, or to go into venues that seem fun but are ultimately unsafe.
Unfortunately, it's not until she is the victim of sexual assault or some other unfortunate incident that some young girls realize the importance of a Father's protection. But sadly enough, after these things have happened, it can be difficult to help your little girl to regain the innocence that has been lost forever. One of the saddest things about the status of the Black community today is that Fathers are not in the home to protect their daughters, leaving our children open to experience unspeakable horrors that occur in the lives of young people every single day.
Dr. Boyce Watkins is a Professor at Syracuse University.