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Demonstrators gather outside Crossroads Oakley for ‘Pop-up Pride’ event in response to controversial guest speaker

Published: Jul. 25, 2021 at 1:47 PM EDT|Updated: Jul. 25, 2021 at 1:56 PM EDT
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CINCINNATI (WXIX) - Several demonstrators gathered outside Crossroads Church in Oakley for a ‘Pop-up Pride’ event following the appearance of a controversial speaker.

“We are hosting a demonstration as a response to the Crossroads sermon from last Sunday, which was primarily talking towards transgender people and transgender youth in which they made a lot of hurtful comments about transgender youth and transgender people,” co-organizer of the protest, Jack Crofts, said. “We came out here to show our support for the LGBTQ community and also to hold Crossroads to account to what they’ve said and get them to solidify their viewpoints.”

Director of Policy with Center for Christian Virtue David Mahan was at Crossroads as part of a series where a guest speaker addresses a specific topic each week.

Crossroads released a statement Sunday morning before the regularly scheduled sermon:

“We understand why there are protestors here this morning, and we’re sorry for our actions that led to this. We respect them, and our goal is not to interrupt them. We hope we can transcend the norm to listen to and love one another going forward.”

Crossroads had not taken a public stance on the issue prior to Mahan’s appearance.

During this Sunday’s service, Lead Pastor Brian Tome addressed the audience:

“This past week we have heard from a wide range of people who are hurt. Those from the LGBTQIA+ community, those who have friends in the LGBTQIA+ community, teachers who didn’t feel supported, and last but not least, those who are upset that we seem to be apologizing for everything that was said and being weak and afraid of ‘cancel culture.’ As you know, our community’s unique, and that we go to the scriptures for how life is best lived. We do this in a transparent and respectful way. Of all the mistakes I made last week, the biggest was I didn’t say this, ‘We love people in the LGBTQIA community, and that wasn’t clear last week. I’m sorry. Please forgive me. That is on me. God loves all people.”

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