The Common Good
February 2005

Say Amen, Somebody!

by Rose Marie Berger, Mark Betz | February 2005

Oklahoma

When Fred Phelps, founder of the "God Hates Fags" Web site, brought his hate campaign to Tulsa, Oklahoma, he got a little more than he bargained for from Bishop Carlton Pearson, pastor of the pentecostal mega-church Higher Dimensions Family Church. "These so-called conservative fundamentalist religious zealots, who came to [Tulsa] to protest our sensitivity toward homosexuals in our schools and churches, are totally irresponsible," said Pearson in a press release. "[They] do not represent the spirit of the legitimate Christian community in this town, are out of touch with both God and his purpose for the church, do not have the spirit of Christ, and do not in any way represent biblical Christianity as reflecting Christ's love and tolerance of people considered sinners in his day." Pearson is also the presiding bishop of Azusa International Fellowship of Christian Churches.

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