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3 comments | Monday, January 12, 2009

The Atlanta LGBT Coalition and their allies stood in solidarity on the steps of the State Capitol this afternoon in opposition to Rev. Rick Warren's upcoming keynote address at the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Service scheduled for January 19th at Ebenezer Baptist Church.

Craig Washington, founding member of The Atlanta Black LGBT Coalition and Paris Hatcher, Co-Executive Director of Spark Reproductive Justice Now were among the speakers who called on the King Center to rescind their invitation to the controversial pastor.

"Now while we may agree to disagree, we cannot build bridges by rewarding those who build walls that lock certain groups out", said Washington during his address to reporters. "We stand together today because we're not going to stand for sexism or homophobia or discrimination or condemnation. Today we take a stand declaring our common humanity knowing that we are wonderfully created just as we are".

"Denying lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, and queer folks our humanity is harmful. Preaching a message that shames and blames women's bodies is dangerous", says Hatcher who spoke out against Warren's views on reproductive choice. "We say that all communities are sacred and at times like these Atlanta needs to hear a message of love and liberation that affirms everyone, not an opinion that reinforces a dialgue of oppression and shame."

For more information on the peaceful demonstration scheduled for January 19th click here. View footage from the press conference in the video below.

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<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

So with the 19th approaching...will there be enough time to find someone else if they rescind the decision on Rick Warren and who will replace him?

January 12, 2009 6:32 PM

<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

Why is it that being LGBT seems to always trump faith/belief in God on this website? If I believe in God and you believe in God, then that should be the thing that binds us together and we ought to love each other, not condemn each other. Love doesn't always mean we agree with each other, but it DOES mean that we respect each other and allow others to have differing opinions. Demeaning others and criticizing them and ostracizing others are NOT love; they are a control mechanism that amounts to a form of SLAVERY (getting others to do/say/think/believe what WE want and to deny others what they want to do/say/think/believe). Think about it!

January 12, 2009 7:16 PM

<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

@ anonymous: Think about this: How can you agree to disagree with those who feel you are undeserving of equal treatment under the law and compare your sexuality and relationships to pedophilia and incest? Who feel that gays who are pursue romantic/sexual relationships are being immoral and in the words of Rick Warren "immature"?

Warren and those who think like him can think/say/believe whatever they choose. But they have no right to impose those beliefs on people outside of their church and deny them civil rights (i.e. working to strip gay couples of secular, civil marriage rights).

January 13, 2009 1:07 AM


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