Posted on: September 30th, 2013 by feyadmin 1 Comment

Faith In America sponsors CNN’s Wolf Blitzer
for dialogue on Politics, Religion and LGBT Equality


Wolf Blitzer, CNN’s awarding winning political anchor, speaking at Lenoir-Rhyne University.


Left to right are Mitchell Gold, Rev. Dr. Jack McKinney and Rev. Dr. T. Anthony Spearman, who joined Blitzer on stage as panelists.

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The event was held at Lenoir-Rhyne University’s P.E. Monroe Auditorium in Hickory, N.C.

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Pastors with the American Pastors Network hold a press conference after the event.

As chief political anchor for CNN, Wolf Blitzer may often see in the stories he reports a convergence of political ideals and religious ideals. Any student of history, particularly American history, recognizes the dialogue about the intersection of politics and religion has been robust, sometimes contentious but always healthy as we as a society seek to further the free exchange of such ideals.

So it could not have been more appropriate that Faith In America and Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams Home Furnishings sponsor CNN’s widely acclaimed anchor to lead a very special dialogue at Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory, N.C. on Saturday. The university and Catawba County Pride were co-hosts.

The ideal of equality itself seems to serve as an intersecting point for the exchange of political ideals and religious ideals. The religious and political considerations behind the issue of abortion and women’s equality. Discussions of African-American equality often analyze the religious and political veins of that civil rights movement.

Certainly with the issue of equality for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals, dialogue about politics and religion are rarely separate and perhaps maybe even inseparable for many.

During the previous 30 years in American society, religious perspectives indeed have shaped a good portion of the national political dialogue about LGBT equality. Whether debating laws or legal decisions, the traditional religious perspective on homosexuality often has been used to justify opposition to LGBT equality.

The discussion during the dialogue with Willf Blitzer on Saturday, Sept. 28, pointed to an inescapable truth that clearly is emerging – the intersection of politics, religion and LGBT equality is pointing to a different direction forward.

Panelists for the evening were Mitchell Gold and Rev. Dr. T. Anthony Spearman, both of Hickory, N.C., and Rev. Dr. Jack McKinney of Raleigh, N.C.

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