CHARLOTTE, N.C. — An anti-LGBT religious leader who once led the unsuccessful push against marriage equality in Washington, D.C., is scheduled to speak in Charlotte on Thursday.
Bishop Harry Jackson of Hope Christian Church in Beltsville, Md., will bring his “Reconciled Church” movement to the Queen City during a special event at Nations Ford Community Church. The bishop’s movement, backed by megapastor T.D. Jakes and the anti-LGBT hate group Family Research Council, says it’s goal is to create a racial reconciliation in the nation’s communities through the work of churches.
Jackson’s Reconciled Church might very well have a worthy goal, but his history and statements have very often been entirely exclusive of and hostile toward LGBT people — despite the Reconciled Church’s claim to be an “apolitical Christian action.”
Jackson is most well-known for his push against the extension of marriage to same-gender couples in Washington, D.C.
According to the GLAAD Commentator Accountability Project, Jackson has called LGBT-headed families “discombobulated, Frankenstein structures” that are “out of order” with God. He’s also called the push for marriage equality is part of “a satanic plot to destroy our seed,” and “an assault” which “corrupts, perverts and pollutes.”
Jackson has also said that gays want to “recruit” children.
“Folks who cannot reproduce want to recruit your kids,” Jackson once said. “What we’re facing is a radical force of people who want to change the way America looks the next twenty years, and we need to stop this thing now … We need to steal back the rainbow—we can’t let the gays have it.”
Jackson’s Reconciled Church was created at a gathering of 100 pastors in April. In attendance at the event was Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council. The group has been tracked as an anti-LGBT hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.