LGBT groups protest Family Impact Summit

09/20/07 Seán Kinane
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Today is the opening of the Family Impact Summit at the Bell Shoals Baptist Church in Brandon. Some of the panel discussions that will be held beginning tomorrow have titles such as ‘Homosexual Agenda,” “Homosexuality & Youth,” “Global Warming or Global Whining?” and “What every Christian Must Know About Islam.”

This afternoon several faith and social justice organizations held a press conference to protest this gathering, which they labeled the Hate Summit.

About 50 members of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered (LGBT) community and their supporters gathered in front of the Bell Shoals Baptist Church while members of the church stood on the steps.

The Rev. Harold Brockus is the retired pastor of Good Samaritan Church in St. Petersburg. He criticized what he called the anti-gay industry perpetuated by the Family Impact Summit.

Robin Hankins is the executive director of Queerly Divine. She said she grew up Baptist but felt excluded.

The senior pastor of Bell Shoals Baptist Church, Forrest Pollock, introduced himself to many in the crowd and stood by until the end of the press conference and then was given a chance to speak.

You can learn more about the Family Impact Summit at

WMNF will bring you more from the summit on tomorrow’s newscast.

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