A Florida pastor named Damion Orlando Archat was arrested on domestic violence charges after an altercation in which he allegedly attacked a woman in her car. Archat is a social media micro-influencer with a professional-enough-looking Instagram page where he says he gives out relationship advice.
"Dr. Damion Archat," his bio reads, and continues:
- Man of God 🙏🏽
- Father 🙋🏾♂️
- Pastor 🙌🏽
- Mentor 🤝
- Teacher 👨🏽🏫
- Lover of Music 🎶
- Fishing for Souls 🎣
I think it's pretty obvious at this point that Damion's whole shtick is more grift than anything else, but I digress. One thing is for sure, a guy who just got arrested for getting schwasted on booze and beating up a stranger in her car in the middle of the road isn't the best guy to be taking marriage advice from.
Hailing from Broward County, Florida, in South Florida, just north of Miami, Archat was accused of getting out of his car and striking a woman while she remained seated in her own car at 9:30 p.m. on October 11th.
As the Sun-Sentinel reported:
Archat is charged with four counts of battery, including domestic battery by strangulation, a felony, and resisting arrest.
Archat, who is a preacher and has several videos on various sites, is married to North Lauderdale commissioner Dr. Regina Martin, according to the city’s website and Archat’s social media.
Monday’s arrest was his second in two years on a domestic strangulation charge.
The first arrest mentioned here was in 2019 when a similar incident happened after he choked a woman in Boca Raton, Florida. In that incident, the woman had her three children with her, which means Damion certainly isn't setting a Christlike example for the kids.
Back in 2019, Archat stole the woman's phone after he assaulted her. She had to take her kids to Boca Raton Regional Hospital in order to call 9-11. He was later booked on charges of domestic felony strangulation, but those charges were dropped on October 5th of 2020, after Archat completed an intervention program designed for veterans.
This time around, Florida Deputies said that Archat attempted to resist arrest when the time came to take him in. They had to wrestle the pastor to the ground to get him under control.
Therefore, he was arrested on charges of battery, four counts in total, with one being battery by strangulation, which is a felony, and resisting arrest after he refused to comply with officers' commands.
I guess my question is this...
How is it not obvious to so many that so much of what we think of as the contemporary church is little more than a money-making scheme when it's so obvious?
The Christian publishing world reportedly earns around $1.2 billion annually, and it makes up about 10% of the total US publishing market. And that's not even getting started on the books sold overseas. But there's more than books.
It's quite clear that Damion Archat was aiming to become some kind of Christian Relationships Guru, even though he's been arrested twice now, in two years, for assaulting women, with allegations that he strangled the women both times.
Are we as a society insistent upon our fair share of crazy? It seems like every time we choose leaders, we choose the craziest, scummiest people around. But maybe that says less about us and more about the kind of people who feel the need to choose leaders to follow.
Do the crazy, destructive, and fraudulent leaders not say as much about their followers as they do about themselves? I think they do.
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