Minister/GOP lawmaker exposed as con man

Rev. Dan Johnson: He may not have practiced what he preached.
Rev. Dan Johnson: He may not have practiced what he preached.

Dan Johnson, a right-wing Republican state legislator, posted Facebook comments comparing former President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle to “monkeys.”

At the Heart of Fire church in Louisville, Johnson was a pastor who preached fire and brimstone sermons that claimed gays were sinners, same-sex marriage was an affront to God that would condemn those who do it will go to hell forever and heterosexuals who engage in sex outside of marriage were “perverts and followers of the devil.”

Like so many who proclaim they teach the “word of God,” Johnson apparently did not practice what he preached.  He claimed to he was a peacekeeper in the Rodney King riots in Los Angeles, served as a White House chaplain to three presidents and as a 9/11 first responder who gave last rites to hundreds of people at Ground Zero.

He turned out the be a con man who used deception at his church, we he served liquor to kids in his church and claimed to had laid his hands on a woman in South America and raised her from the dead.

An underage teenage girl said he sexually assaulted her in the basement of his home in 2013.

Revelations of the sexual assault and his con jobs came in an investigation by the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting.  Their report found five state Republican lawmakers involved in sordid sexual acts.  Speaker of the House Jeff Hoover resigned and settled the claim with the member of his staff who was violated by him.  Three other Republican leaders lost their committee chairmanships as part of the settlement.

Johnson denied the charges and said those who did not believe in him would wind up with other sinners in that fiery place with the devil.  He also said he would clear himself of the claims.

The story ended without resolution on the charges.  Johnson, 57, drove Wednesday to a bridge in Mount Washington, KY, walked to the front of his car, pressed a gun to his temple and killed himself.

Earlier on Wednesday, Johnson took to Facebook, where he posted many racist diatribes about the Obamas, and posted he was suffering from post traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD) and asked people to care for his wife.

“(PTSD) is a sickness that will take my life.  I cannot handle it any longer,” Johnson wrote.  “It has won this life, BUT HEAVEN IS MY HOME.”

That final resting place may depend on whether or not what he preached comes true.

He leaves a wife, children and grandchildren.

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