I posted earlier about Dove Ministries, a church in Gainesville Florida known for jumping into the political arena with buckets of crazy, putting up a sign in front of their church that said "No Homo Mayor." They are referring to Mayoral candidate Craig Lowe, who advanced to an April 13th run-off against an anti-equality candidate Don Marsh. Lowe was the chair of the successful campaign to stop the repeal of the Gainesville Human Rights Ordinance, which included sexual orientation and gender identity & expression.
Well the pastor of Dove Ministries has released a video ranting against Craig Lowe and the LGBT community in general. It's painful to sit through...
Much more after the jump...
Sapp's rant includes such gems as:
Here in Gainesville, they're getting ready to have a run-off election between two candidates, and one of them is openly a homo, gay, fag -- whatever you want to call him. We got one running for mayor of Gainesville, trying to convert Gainesville into Homoville. We can't have it.
The senior pastor of Dove Church, Rev. Terry Jones said all videos put online that feature Pastor Sapp or himself have been endorsed and approved by the Dove World Outreach Center church. The video had originally been posted to youtube, but was removed for violating terms of service. Questions are also being posed to the state about the church's tax-exempt 501(c)3 status after flagrantly wading into politics.
This is simply the latest in the insanity and hate being slung at Lowe. There have been mailers, fliers, and signs posted about him, using homophobic and transphobic slurs and attacks. That's why he needs our help.
Lowe is a real leader and advocate for our community and for all fair-minded people in Gainesville and in Florida. Anything you can do to help him, whether it be give a few dollars, show your support on facebook & twitter, or spread the word and shine a light on the atmosphere he faces would make a huge difference.
Lowe's opponent, Dan Marsh, is on record saying he wants to "repeal the transgender bathroom ordinance", so we know where he stands on our issues.
I refuse to let these nasty attacks and the people behind them win. We can rally behind a good candidate and help him prevail so we can protect the human rights ordinance and the large LGBT community there. A Lowe victory would also have a huge impact on the young people attending the University of Florida in Gainesville, helping create an atmosphere of acceptance and equality for a whole new generation.
Watch the video again. That's what we are up against. That's why we have to continue to fight.
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