More protests in Atlanta, where anti-gay, anti-choice and anti-science televangelist Rev. Rick Warren is scheduled as the keynote speaker the upcoming MLK Day service at the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, where Dr. Martin Luther King once served as pastor. Yesterday afternoon the Atlanta Black LGBT Coalition held a press conference on the steps of the Georgia State Capitol to object to the right-wing pastor. Video at LOL Darian.
Craig Washington, founding member of the coalition seen above with WSB-TV's Jovita Moore, challenges the King Center to rescind an invitation "which contradicts the vision and spirit" of gay ally Coretta Scott King who built the organization.
Washington describes Warren as a "deceptively divisive demagogue" who "claims to befriend gays yet his church does not admit gays unless they repent their very nature. He compares women who choose to have abortions to Nazis, pro-choice supporters to Holocaust deniers." Washington questions Warren's much-publicized HIV/AIDS prevention work in Uganda "where he supports abstinence-only programs based on ideology and not science" and his anti-gay evangelical partners "who hold condom burnings and demand that homosexuality be made illegal."
This year's King Day service
place on January 19, the
first black president, and, where Warren will deliver the inaugural invocation. On the last King Day, then-Democratic
holiday and delivered
a well-received challenge
Young Atlanta-based black gay activist and popular blogger Darian Aaron belongs to the Coalition and tells Rod 2.0 Warren's selection "is an affront to the legacy of Dr. King and all that he labored and died for. The invitation by the King Center and President Obama to give Warren's
mean-spirited and discriminatory views a national platform during two
of the nation's most prestigious events suggests that it is still
acceptable to publicly hate gays and lesbians."
Atlanta LGBT Coalition Press Conference On Warren [LOL Darian]
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