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Christian Group Leader Quits Over Prostitution Case

Posted July 20, 2007
Updated July 23, 2007

— A day after he was charged with soliciting a prostitute, a former lawmaker resigned Friday as president of the Christian Action League of North Carolina.

Coy C. Privette, 74, of Kannapolis, was charged with six counts of misdemeanor aiding and abetting prostitution by renting a hotel room and paying for sexual acts, according to warrants. Tiffany Denise Summers, 32, of Salisbury, was charged with six counts of prostitution in the case, warrants show.

A retired Baptist minister, Privette served four terms in the state House and is a member of the Cabarrus County Board of Commissioners.

The Christian Action League board of directors suspended him Thursday, pending the outcome of the criminal case. The organization represents Christian groups' interests in the General Assembly.

Privette submitted his resignation to the league Friday, saying the nature of the allegations meant it was in the best interest s of the Christian Action League that he step down.

Privette had been the group’s president for the past six years and served as its executive director for 15 years before that. He has been one of the state's most vocal opponents to the lottery and to alcohol sales.

Privette is due in court on Aug. 22 to face the prostitution charges.


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  • Timbo Jul 24, 2007

    wufpak7483, the bible "says" a ton of conflicting pooh, depending on the translation or mis-translation. Personally, I think your god is a figment of your wild imagination and allows you live in a constant state of ignorant bliss. But if it makes you feel better and helps you get through the day, who am I to ridicule or feel sorry for you? What is irritating is the "absolutisms" you spout that are completely inane. Luv you back...

  • wufpak7483 Jul 24, 2007

    Hammerhead, your one sentence is a great summation of the entire New Testament and God's word. Thanks! My degree is not in theology, so I can just say, it is by faith that we believe, and some things are just what they are, black and white. Love you guys and gals!

  • moglinferno Jul 24, 2007

    I'm actually a she & since I don't believe in the bible it doesn't matter what it says. You try to prove your points from what comes from it. Just because of what it says doesn't make it true. A book written by man. Yeah, okay "through" men from god...still written by man & cut & pasted...I don't believe in it. You are welcome to, if that's what makes you happy & what helps you get by, I'm glad for you. I don't think I'll ever "open my heart & mind to god" and I'm okay with that. I just wish that people would assume I'm a terrible person or they take "pity" on me & offer prayers for my sad soul.

  • Hammerhead Jul 24, 2007

    Wufpak, by your logic you could be the most altruistic humanitarian in the history of the world, but if you haven't accepted Christ....no heaven for you?

  • wufpak7483 Jul 24, 2007

    Timbo, the Bible clearly explains the path to Heaven prior to Christ and the path after his death and resurrection. You can read it yourself or stop by any church and have them explain it to you. Moglinferno unfortunately has rationalized how it will "suck" for him if he has made an eternally fatal choice. That realization, at least in part, may open his heart and mind to God later. God gave us free will (also in the Bible), so the decision is yours. The absolute truth is Christ (also in the Bible) and knowing him is beyond nice! It's forever!

  • the river rat Jul 23, 2007

    Well stated moglinferno. A person's characture is not defined by the presence of a fish emblem on their car.

  • moglinferno Jul 23, 2007

    That last part isn't going to you doodad, it was to that other person who's comment has been deleted. Good, so WRAL isn't totally biased.

  • moglinferno Jul 23, 2007

    Doodad - No, I don't think my way is the only & right way. There just might be a god, there just might be a heaven & hell and all that. I may be wrong, but I personally can't fathom it. You all may be right.

    We are ruthless? All non-Christians are ruthless? Just because I don't believe doesn't mean I don't have morals & values. I am just as (or more) compassionate, understanding, tolerant, loving, and forgiving as you. I live by what I feel is right or wrong. I am not a terrible person for not sharing your beliefs & you should be ashamed of yourself to assume so.

  • mindprobe Jul 23, 2007

    Perhaps they honestly do care, doodad; but announcing their intention to pray for someone else during the course of an internet discussion is akin to "standing in synagogues and on street corners" - making sure that everyone knows just how devout and prayerful they are.

    I think JC had something to say about that in Matthew 6...

    Not to mention that it's just that sort of unwanted proselytizing that ticks off the people who they're praying for - and a lot of us who are just reading about it.

  • doodad Jul 23, 2007

    moglinferno, you're right it's your life. Aren't you convinced that your way is the only way for you? If people suggest they pray for you, it's because they care about you. Again, you are not alone in this world.