In a case of a priest being accused of a brand new type of child abuse, Father Kevin Carter held a young boy at gunpoint because they liked different football teams. The 54-year-old priest presides over St. Margaret of Cortona Roman Catholic Church in Little Ferry, New Jersey. Before a church service, he took the 8-year-old boy to one of the rectory rooms and held "a functioning Civil War-style musket" to his face, telling the kid "I'm going to shoot you."
According to the news report, the showdown was the result of a conflict between the Giants denomination and the Cowboys denomination:
Prosecutors said the priest, a Giants fan, was apparently unhappy because the boy planned to root for the Cowboys in a game against the Giants later that day.
Luckily, the boy wasn't hurt. The incident was reported by a churchgoer to the archdiocese, who told the police. He was sent to jail, but let out on $15,000 bail. He's pleading "not guilty" to charges of aggravated assault and child endangerment. Maybe it was just a joke gone horribly wrong? You know, the classic hold-an-8-year-old-at-gunpoint-with-a-weird-musket-in-a-church bit. It's a lesser-known version of the old "priest takes an 8-year-old into a closet" joke, with the twist being that it's only to scare him with a gun.