BY NADEGE GREEN, NGREEN@MIAMIHERALD.COM
But the flap over the sermons of Pastor Jack Hakimian — who preaches homosexuality is a sin and urges homosexuals to “repent” — has prompted an openly gay North Miami city councilman to call a Wednesday town forum.
“I would hope that those who preach intolerance or have thoughts of intolerance would come away with a personal understanding,” said Councilman Scott Galvin. “And I want the GLBT community to know there are religious leaders who do care and love them.”
The GLBT Inclusion Forum — which will address the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities and religious issues — will take place Wednesday evening at Temple Beth Moshe, 2555 NE 121st St.
Beth Moshe Rabbi Jory Lang will attend.
As will the controversial pastor.
Hakimian said Tuesday he will likely join the line of panelists.
“Decent debate and disagreement is good. It’s beautiful. We should want a community where people are disagreeing openly and publicly because if we don’t, the opposite of that is oppression,” said Hakimian, who describes his Impact Miami church as “Evangelical Southern Baptist.”