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  • U.M. Cornet
    REV. FALWELL AGREES TO TONE DOWN HATEFUL RHETORIC *********************** Thursday, Aug 19, 1999 Equal Partners in Faith Email Advisory ***********************
    Message 1 of 1 , Aug 19 1:52 PM

      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
      at Mel@....

      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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      equality of all people, regardless of religion, race, gender or
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      (Posted by Laura Montgomery Rutt, National Organizer)
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