Man accused of flipping off Jesus, causing disturbance in Knoxville church

A Knoxville man is facing charges after authorities said he caused a disturbance inside First Baptist Concord Church Sunday.
Published: Nov. 18, 2021 at 11:17 AM EST

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - A man accused of cursing, ‘flipping off Jesus,’ and causing a disturbance inside a Knoxville church on Sunday was later charged with disorderly conduct.

Officers responded to First Baptist Concord Church around 11 a.m. where they said they found Anthony Beiler, 23, “cursing and flipping off Jesus and causing other parishioners to become afraid,” an incident report said.

When officers asked Beiler to leave the church sanctuary, they said he refused. A police report indicates Beiler became verbally and physically combative forcing officers to restrain him and carry him out of the sanctuary.

Beiler was taken into custody for disorderly conduct.

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