REV. FALWELL AGREES TO TONE DOWN HATEFUL RHETORIC
- REV. FALWELL AGREES TO TONE DOWN HATEFUL RHETORIC
Thursday, Aug 19, 1999
Equal Partners in Faith Email Advisory
After meeting with Rev. Mel White, a human rights activist, Rev. Jerry
Falwell has agreed to soften his anti-gay rhetoric. Falwell has been using
hateful language against homosexuals for 10 years.
Rev. Mel White, an Advisory Board Member of Equal Partners in Faith, is the
co-chair of Soulforce, Inc., an organization committed to stopping the
language which leads to violence. Soulforce is based on the principles of
Jesus, Gandhi, and Martin Luther King.
Falwell says he doesn�t believe the language he uses leads to violence, but
he is willing to look carefully at what he writes. He also stated that he
will not change his views that homosexuality is a sin.
Rev. White, a former ghost writer for Rev. Falwell, was planning to bring
5,000 people to Lynchburg, VA, home of Jerry Falwell, to demonstrate in
front of Falwell�s Thomas Road Baptist Church on October 22-24. But now,
Rev. White is inviting 200 people from Lynchburg, Roanoke, Charlottesville,
Richmond, and Fredericksburg, to sitdown to dinner and dialogue with Rev.
Falwell and some of his followers. Those who are interested in coming to
Lynchburg for the Oct. 22-24 weekend will be required to take the
complimentary 8 week, 17 email Journey into Soulforce before the event.
Gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered people of faith and their allies
living in the Lynchburg area are encouraged to take part in this historic
event. Contact Rev. Mel White
For additional detail about Jerry Falwell�s decision to tone down his
hateful rhetoric, see Lynchburg News Advance, August 18, 1999 -
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