From: Kris Martin <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, Nov 7, 2008 at 3:57 PM
Subject: Breaking News - Nov. 7, 2008
Dallas Voice eBlast
Nov. 7, 2008
Protest set Sunday over anti-gay
sermon at First Baptist Dallas
By Tammye Nash Senior Editor
Tuesday's vote passing the anti-gay-marriage amendment in
California has galvanized that state's LGBT community. Thousands have
taken to the streets over the past two nights there, and protests are
already scheduled through Sunday in cities throughout the state.
That same sense of urgent militancy appears to have taken hold
here in Dallas, as well, with a protest planned outside the First
Baptist Church in downtown Sunday morning during sermons on the topic
"Why Gay is Not OK."
In an e-mail sent to Dallas Voice on Thursday night, Sam Fulcher
said he first noticed the marquis outside the church announcing the
sermons on Tuesday night as he drove home from the Democratic Party
celebration in the Bishop Arts District.
The sign said that the topic for sermons at 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and
10:50 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 9, would be "Why Gay is Not O.K."
According to information on the church's Web site,
firstdallas.org, the sermon appears to be part of a series by the
senior pastor, the Rev. Robert Jeffress, titled "Politically
Incorrect," which will focus on "the seven most 'outrageous' beliefs
that Christians can articulate in today's world and why we should
Jeffress came to First Baptist last year after 15 years as pastor
of First Baptist Church of Wichita Falls. Jeffress made a name for
himself there as a vocal opponent of LGBT rights and in 1998 led the
crusade to have two children's books — "Heather Has Two Mommies" and
"Daddy's Roommate" from the shelves of the Wichita Falls Public
Fulcher wrote in his e-mail: "I found it ironic and sad that on a
night of such history and hope I was greeted with a sign stating 'Gay
is Not O.K.' As one barrier is being shattered homophobia is alive and
well and still accepted enough to be on the side of a building. The
recent passing of bans on gay marriage in many of our states make this
point even more obvious."
Several other e-mails referencing the sign soon arrived in Dallas
Voice e-mail inboxes, calling for LGBT people and their allies to join
the protest Sunday.
According to Laura McFerrin, protesters will be gathering across
the street from the church entrance on San Jacinto Street at 10 a.m.
Sunday. She encouraged those attending to bring signs.
For more information, e-mail Fulcher at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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