If you judge a protest by how much media attention it generates, Sunday morning’s gay-rights demonstration outside First Baptist Church of Dallas was surely a success. While many of you were still shaking off your hangovers, about 100 people reportedly showed up to protest a sermon by First Baptist Pastor Robert Jeffress titled, “Why Gay Is Not O.K.”
It all began last Thursday night, when I received an e-mail from Sam Fulcher with a photo attached of the marquee outside the church announcing Jeffress’ sermon. Above and after the jump are some great photos of the protest taken by Terry Thompson, controller for Dallas Voice (Terry’s favorite is the one above, which shows an African-American First Baptist congregant covering her nose to imply that the protesters stink, while her young daughter looks back toward a sign saying, “Civil unions could be the next Jim Crow”). I’m told we’ll have a DVtv segment up momentarily, so keep checking back on the main page, www.dallasvoice.com. In the meantime, here are some links to other media coverage of the protest. Many of these reports also have extensive comment threads. The Dallas Morning News, NBC 5, Fox 4, Dallas Observer, D Magazine. There’s also an interesting comments thread on my original post.
More photos of the protest after the jump.