James MacDonald is claiming PTSD in his defense for an alleged road rage incident in which he’s accused of battering a 59 year old woman. Macdonald is charged in San Diego County with one felony count each of battery causing serious bodily injury and assault with force likely to produce great bodily injury. According to police, MacDonald was trying to parallel park his truck about 10:15 a.m. in the 900 block of Orange Avenue when he struck the woman’s car. The two exited their cars, and he “attacked” her, according to Coronado police.
James MAcDonald is employing mental health as his defense strategy taking advantage of the liberal California policy that will essentially let him off the hook if he succeeds in this strategy.
More embarrassingly, he claims to suffer from PTSD from the writings of Julie Roys. As Protestia reported:
During his hearing, MacDonald’s attorney highlighted the testimony of two doctors who said he was diagnosed with PTSD in 2020 and 2023. They claim the PTSD he suffered from resulted from being written about and trolled by Julie Roys of the Roys Report, which then caused him to attack the other motorist in self-defense. According to testimony from clinical psychologist Dr Anderson, the doctor who diagnosed him:
“Once the woman in the car in front of him got out of the car and moved towards him in an angry and agitated state, the years of traumatic memories of being vilified by Julie Roys rushed back to him and triggered a flight or fight response. Feeling powerless and misunderstood and essentially trapped in his truck, he got out of the vehicle to fight back against his accuser.”
Apparently trolling amounts to the traumatic stress in PTSD. The prosecution plans to fight this gambit.
In 2019, James MacDonald was fired from Harvest Bible Chapel for litany of reasons. The reasons for his firing included allegations of authoritarian leadership, financial misconduct, and a pattern of behavior that was inconsistent with the church’s values and mission. These allegations were documented in a series of articles published by discernment bloggers, as well as by former members and staff of the church.
Specifically, MacDonald was accused of using church funds for personal expenses, including a private jet and a luxury vacation home in Florida. He was also accused of creating a culture of fear and intimidation within the church, and of mistreating staff and volunteers.
After an internal investigation, the church’s elders concluded that MacDonald had violated their trust and failed to live up to the biblical standards expected of a pastor. As a result, they decided to terminate his employment and sever all ties with him.
James MacDonald is using mental health as an excuse for sin like many Americans.