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Evangelicals Bid To Energize The Right Despite Foley Affair

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Evangelicals Bid To Energize The Right Despite Foley Affair

by 365Gay.com Newscenter Staff

October 14, 2006 - 12:01 am ET

(Boston, Massachusetts) Far right religious groups will attempt to unify their base Sunday in what is being described by foes as a gay-baiting to get out the vote.

Called "Liberty Sunday" it is patterned after similar events just prior to the elections in 2000 and 2004. But this time conservatives are concerned that evangelical Christians, considered the core of the Republican Party, may stay home on election day to show their disgust over the GOP handing of the Mark Foley affair.

Liberty Sunday this year will originate in Boston at the Tremont Temple Baptist Church and be broadcast by satellite to churches across the country. The list of speakers reads like a who's who of gay foes. It includes Tony Perkins, President of the Family Research Council, Alan Chambers, President of the so-called ex gay group Exodus International, and video cutins from James Dobson of Focus on the Family, Gary Bauer from American Values, Alan Sears of the Alliance Defense Fund and Don Wildmon of the American Family Association.

It will also include a video presentation by Mitt Romney the governor of Massachusetts.

"The ACLU's efforts to strip away parental rights and guarantee classroom access to homosexual activists will not go unanswered," said FRC President Tony Perkins in a statement promoting the event.

"The Massachusetts experiment with same-sex 'marriage' continues to threaten the religious liberties of ordinary Americans. This is why we will be hosting a nationwide simulcast in Boston."

Ironically in its promotion for Liberty Sunday organizers are not using a picture of the Tremont Temple but one of national historic site Old North Church which is known to be a safe and welcoming place for gay and lesbian persons.

"It's possible to conclude that this right-wing political group is, once again, trying to co-opt for hateful purposes a national symbol that represents freedom and justice to all of us," said Mark Johnston, leader of The Gay and Lesbian Fellowship's Steering Committee at Old North Church.

Opponents of Liberty Sunday say they will hold a prayer vigil and rally across the street from Tremont Temple to show that not all people of faith support limiting the rights of gays.

©365Gay.com 2006

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