Rev. Dr. Cindi Love, executive director of Soulforce, will debate Joe Dallas at the National Religious Broadcasters’ Convention on March 1. We will be updating this page with links to news stories about the event and the issues.
WHAT: Rev. Cindi Love, the Executive Director of Soulforce, will participate in a Public Policy Debate on the church’s response to the gay rights movement. The debate, to be held March 1 at the National Religious Broadcasters Convention in Nashville, will be moderated by socially conservative radio host Janet Parshall, and will feature Joe Dallas, "former homosexual" and "ex-gay rights activist" and co-author of The Complete Christian Guide to Understanding Homosexuality, representing opponents of gay rights.
WHO: Rev. Cindi Love is the Executive Director of Soulforce, an organization advocating nonviolent resistance against religious oppression of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. She brings a wide range of leadership, management and organizational experience to her leadership role. From January 2005 until April 2009, she served as the Executive Director of the Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches (MCC). Prior to MCC, she served as an Executive Dean in the third largest community college system in the United States, as a Senior Executive of The Toro Company (NYSE:TTC) and CEO and Founder of several award winning corporations, including one named to the INC 500 in 1990. In 1990, Dr. Love was named one of the "Top 50 Entrepreneurs" in North America by Inc. Magazine, the Young Entrepreneurs Organization, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Love is the creator of the Would Jesus Discriminate? campaign and author of a book by the same name.
Said Love: "I’m grateful that the NRBC has offered me the opportunity to debate a prominent opponent of LGBT rights before an audience of Christian broadcasters. Christian media has played a major role in spreading and heightening anti-gay sentiment in the U.S. and around the world. The most recent horrific example has been in Uganda, where the use of media as a tool by American evangelicals to spread misinformation and inflammatory rhetoric about LGBT people and support anti-gay legislation has created a climate of hatred, violence and fear for the country’s LGBT population. By participating in this debate, I intend to confront the rhetoric that has cost lives around the world, and attempt to open up an honest dialogue that has been absent for far too long."
March 1, 2011
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Delta Ballroom C
Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center
2800 Opryland Drive
CONTACT: For any questions or to speak with Rev. Love, contact Cathy Renna (917-757-6123; firstname.lastname@example.org)
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