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Supporters of the ex-gay community are speaking out against Washington, D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray and the Arts and Humanities Commission after Pastor Donnie McClurkin announced he was uninvited from performing at the “Reflections on Peace: from Gandhi to King” MLK Memorial concert on Saturday, Aug. 10, following complaints by pro-gay activists. The Rev. Patrick J. Walker, president of Baptist Convention of the District of Columbia and Vicinity, and Christopher Doyle, the president and co-founder of Voice of the Voiceless (VoV), the only anti-defamation league for former homosexuals and people who have unwanted same-sex attraction, see the city’s actions as a violation of McClurkin’s civil rights. “Mayor Gray continually purports that he supports civil rights. What we’ve come to know, however, is that all civil rights in the faith community are not created equal,” Walker said Tuesday in a statement shared with The Christian Post. “This is an outright infringement of Pastor McClurkin’s civil rights. How ironic is that? What kind of ‘peace,’ exactly, are we, in the nation’s capital, reflecting?” he asked. McClurkin, a Grammy Award winning gospel recording artist and the pastor of Perfecting Faith Church in Freeport, N.Y., revealed that he was uninvited as the headliner for the concert after Gray heeded the demands of pro-gay activists who wanted him dropped from the event marking the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. McClurkin has previously shared that he believes God delivered him from the “sin of homosexuality” and that people with unwanted same-sex attractions can change. Walker, who’s the senior pastor of The New Macedonia Baptist Church, said that he and other Washington, D.C.-area pastors contacted the mayor’s office in an effort to include McClurkin in the event

 

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