Pastor Bans NU Students Because Of Sex Toy Demo

HIXSON, Tenn. (CBS) — A Tennessee Baptist church is refusing to allow students from Northwestern University to camp on its property, because of the recent demonstration at the university involving a sex toy.

The Rev. Clifton Roth, the pastor of the Community Baptist Church in Hixson, Tenn., had originally agreed to let 14 Northwestern students camp on church property while they spent spring break volunteering to help build a nature trail.

But Roth changed his mind the next day after reading a story in a Chattanooga newspaper about a February demonstration in Northwestern professor John Michael Bailey’s human sexuality class, in which a woman was brought to orgasm onstage with a motorized sex toy.

The students had no connection to the sex toy incident, other than that they happened to attend the same university where it occurred.

But Roth told CBS 2 he did not want the reputation of the church to be associated with Northwestern, so he decided not to let the students use his property.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports Northwestern student Jenny Haag, who made the arrangements with Roth, said she was stunned by his turnaround. She said the students found other accommodations.

The demonstration was part of an optional after-class presentation on Feb. 21 in Bailey’s human sexuality class.

The students who attended ended up seeing a woman strip naked, lie down on a towel onstage, and allow her partner to use to use a motorized sex toy on her and bring her to orgasm.

Guest speaker Ken Melvoin-Berg had come for a discussion with the class and brought the woman and her fiancé with him to the presentation on “Networking for Kinky People.”

Along with a “variety” of other items, they brought a “sex saw,” Melvoin-Berg said. The device in question was described by the Daily Northwestern school newspaper as “essentially a motorized phallus.”

Before the demonstration, Bailey repeatedly warned students that it would be graphic and most of the nearly 600 students registered for his class had left before the demonstration. About 100 stayed to watch.

Last month, Northwestern president Morton Schapiro announced that he was launching an investigation into the incident, saying that he was “troubled and disappointed” by Bailey’s decision to allow it.

“I feel it represented extremely poor judgment on the part of our faculty member,” Schapiro said. “I simply do not believe this was appropriate, necessary or in keeping with Northwestern University’s academic mission.”

Bailey later issued an apology.

“I regret allowing the controversial after class demonstration,” Northwestern professor John Michael Bailey said in a statement a couple of weeks after the demonstration. “I regret the effect that this has had on Northwestern University’s reputation, and I regret upsetting so many people in this particular manner. I apologize.”


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  • Chicago

    Shouldn’t he try to “convert” them ??????

  • USChristian

    Thi Rev. Roth is a real piece of work. In an effort to keep his church from being associated with Northwestern, he has made himself look like a self rightious piece of garbage. I’ll bet all of his adult congregation has sex, and they are still allowed on the property. what a total a$$hole!!!!

    • an adult

      And what part of Christian is in you opinion? This is a Minister who stands by his beliefs and to compare the public ‘demonstration’ of kinky sex, with marital relations is like comparing apples to bicycles. But so glad to see such a mature response from an obviously college educated person.

      • omg

        but im glad to see he loves other christians who abuse little boys

    • Jack

      The point is, this sex-toy demonstration thing was such an extreme outrage that it has made some not want to be near anyone remotely connected with it. Perhaps they have a sensitive conscience. It’s better than having a pornographic and sick conscience like some of you butt heads.

  • Jen Zak

    Rev Roth,
    What a christian thing for you to do! Blame the whole for the actions of a few.

    • greg

      fits right in with the legalistic pietism that baptists are famous for.

  • Walter

    What a sad grab for attention.

    • Red

      Of course you mean the professor.

      • Jerry

        No dumba$$, he meant the jerko reverend.

  • Red

    It must be stunning to Northwestern that actions have consequences in the real world. Secondly, that not everyone thinks that all actions are acceptable.

    • Gail

      The actions in question are acceptable. It’s only sex. We are not talking about a grammer school, they were adults. The students that were penalized had nothing to do with that class anyway. This idiot should learn to be more open minded. I really hate self centered people like this. What is wrong with these Baptists from the south?

    • Dave

      And what have been the consequences to organized religion for all of the children that have been sexually abused by priests, ministers and other so called holy men? Isn’t there a line somewhere that says something about, let he who is without sin cast the first stone? the reverend is a hypocritical, self-rightous jerk.

  • James

    Unfair bias, exclusion and discrimination — how “Christian” of reverend Roth!

    • Sarah

      He’s a jerk! He should worry about himself and not what other consenting adults do. After all it was only sex.

  • george

    These poor students are going to be doing grunt work. Not preaching to the choir. Fixing the trails what a jack ass!

  • John Holmes

    Hey all you banging on the minister if you think hes wrong and your right,how about me using a sex toy on you probably were your brains are at in your ask.

    • ChicagoCitizen

      @JohnH, Drugs and alcohol are bad, really bad. You can get help, you are not alone. Call 311. Really!!

  • Jackie

    It must be the rampant in – breeding among white southerners!

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