First Presbyterian Church of Evansville, IN, a Covenant congregation, hosted a rally last week to say “Stop the hate” that causes bullying, ostracism, and division – whether because of sexual orientation or other categories perceived as “other.” Pastor Kevin Fleming said the gathering aimed to counter prejudice, homophobia, racism, and fear of those different from ourselves.
“We gather this evening to say ‘Enough!” he said. “We must stop the hate.”
Speakers at the gathering included lesbian, gay, and bisexual people, Muslims, Jews, Buddhists, and Catholics.
While particularly timely because of the recent wave of gay teen suicides, the event had long been planned, to coincide with the 12th anniversary of the death of Matthew Shepard. the gay student murdered in Laramie, Wyoming.