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Contact: John M. Becker, Communications Director
TWO Tells America to Hang Up When they Get ‘The Call’
DETROIT – Truth Wins Out will be in Detroit, Michigan this weekend monitoring Lou Engle’s The Call prayer rally at Ford Field. The event’s objectionable goals are to convert Muslims to fundamentalist Christianity and to demean LGBT Americans.
“Lou Engle’s offensive Call is a gay bashing and Muslim trashing event that no decent person should answer,” said Truth Wins Out’s Executive Director Wayne Besen. “Engle’s divisive beliefs and incendiary rhetoric are repugnant to the vast majority of Americans and have no place in the religious and political dialogue of the 21st century.”
Engle and other event organizers have attempted to soft-pedal the rally’s dangerous aims when speaking with the mainstream media, portraying it as an ecumenical gathering of concerned Americans praying for Detroit’s economy. However, when speaking to supporters like the Family Research Council, a Southern Poverty Law Center-certified hate group, his true intentions become clear – The Call: Detroit is being held to counter what Engle describes as “the rising tide of the Islamic movement” and to cause “God [to] invade the heavens over Dearborn and [cause] Muslims [to] have dreams of Jesus.”
“At a time when Americans are looking for ways to come together, The Call is doing everything it can to tear them apart,” said Truth Wins Out’s Communications and Development Director John M. Becker. “This event is not about the Bible, but injecting bile into the public discourse in an effort to demean and demonize minority groups.”
Lou Engle is a notorious anti-LGBT extremist who frequently uses violent imagery in his tirades against homosexuality. In 2010, Engle brought The Call to Uganda, where the legislature was already considering the infamous “Kill the Gays Bill.” His rally stoked the fires of homophobic hatred and helped to create an even more frenzied climate of intolerance in that country.
The Detroit rally is intimately connected to Texas Governor Rick Perry’s controversial The Response Houston prayer rally in August. Perry’s rally was organized by the International House of Prayer, an organization that employs Lou Engle, and many of the same religious leaders who spoke in Houston will also speak in Detroit, including Cindy Jacobs, a self-styled prophet who blamed a massive bird die-off in Arkansas earlier this year on the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” These leaders are part of a radical movement known as dominionism, which seeks to overthrow secular government in America and install a government of, by, and for conservative Christians in order to help usher in the End Times.
“It is ironic that The Call’s answer to the alleged threat of Muslim sharia in America is imposing a form of Christian sharia that would shred our beloved Constitution,” said TWO’s Besen. “Truth Wins Out will continue monitoring gatherings of religious fundamentalists like The Call: Detroit in order to unmask their true agenda.”
Truth Wins Out (TWO) is a nonprofit organization that fights anti-LGBT religious extremism, monitors anti-LGBT organizations, documents their lies and exposes their leaders. TWO specializes in turning information into action by organizing, advocating and fighting for LGBT equality.