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Activists Protest Anti-Gay Pastor's Book Signing In El Paso

Pastor Tom Brown, who claims that he can cure homosexuality, was the driving force behind last year's ridiculous voter-approved ordinance in El Paso that would take away health benefits of gay and unwed domestic partners of city employees. Last week, a judge ruled that EL Paso can't deny health benefits to any city employee calling it "unconstitutional." A final ruling is expected later this year.

Gay rights protesters, including several gay Christians, took to the Barnes and Noble location in that city to demonstrate and urge a boycott of the store due to an appearance by Brown who was there to sign copies of his new book.

TbThe El Paso Times reports: "'He takes the teachings from the Bible and misconstrues them,' said Daniel Rollings, a member of El Paso for Equality. 'I'm openly gay and a Christian myself, and Christ does not teach hate. Tom Brown uses the Old Testament verse and Jewish cleanliness laws to make things about how one can be healed of homosexuality,' Rollings said. Brown said he was surprised by the negative reaction his book-signing received from members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community."

Surprised? Taking away much-needed health benefits from gays and lesbians and calling homosexuality a "curable psychological illness" is more than enough for him to garner a negative impression from anyone.

Watch the El Paso Times interview Brown at the book signing (as well as several peaceful protesters, including a gay Christian man who says that "Christ's message was love. Never did Christ teach hate"), AFTER THE JUMP.

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  1. Glad for the protesters, but dogma of any kind is no solution. Step away from the bible!

    Posted by: David R. | Jan 16, 2011 2:32:44 PM

  2. Is business really that bad for Barnes & Noble?

    Posted by: justiceontherocks | Jan 16, 2011 2:54:24 PM

  3. Christ actually did teach hate. It does help if you actually read the book. Or at least the Gospels. And that's why I'm not a Christian.

    Posted by: Randy | Jan 16, 2011 3:38:14 PM

  4. Hmmm... I wonder if most comments in this thread will stick to the religious aspect, or if anyone will factor in the race of the religious bigot and then springboard into a larger scathing critique of white bigotry.

    Posted by: graffitiboy | Jan 16, 2011 3:39:55 PM

  5. Barnes & Noble is going bankrupt because they failed to get on the e-book bandwagon until too late. Unless they can pull a magic rabbit out of the hat they won't be around much longer.

    Posted by: AggieCowboy | Jan 16, 2011 4:08:13 PM

  6. This post is riddled with spelling errors and typos. C'mon, Towleroad.

    Posted by: brian | Jan 16, 2011 5:10:16 PM

  7. The bible was the first book ever printed and the first work of fiction. Christians are not "better" than other people, get over yourselves already.

    Posted by: Skooter McGoo | Jan 16, 2011 5:40:16 PM

  8. Another freaking CLOSET QUEEN CHINO (Christian In Name ONly) trying to make $$$ money selling a book.

    To be Christian is to be "Christ Like" ... there is NOTHING that resembles Christ in this HATEFUL "pastor".

    I can't wait till his "type" is no longer able to spill his DISCRIMINATION against another group of human beings. It will happen in the near future.

    Posted by: FunMe | Jan 17, 2011 12:11:43 AM

  9. ...El Paso is a curious place. It has one of the lowest violent crime rates of any big city in America, yet it's sister city right across the Rio Grande [Juarez] is one of the most violent places on Earth.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jan 17, 2011 2:59:50 AM

  10. My recollection is that El Paso is a steaming shithole teeming with loudmouth sanctimonious assholes telling others how to live.

    Posted by: wimsy | Jan 17, 2011 10:09:35 AM

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