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Pastors defend use of North Miami city property

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A coalition of local pastors from Mission Miami held a press conference Thursday in North Miami to defend the city’s decision to host a National Day of Prayer event.

The group, which includes Pastor Jack Hakimian, a conservative minister who teaches that homosexuality is a sin, responded to North Miami Councilman Scott Galvin’s objections to Hakimian’s role in the prayer meeting which will be held on city property.

Galvin, who is openly gay, has said that the city should not underwrite the event because Hakimian preaches what he describes as “hateful anti-gay messages.”

Tuesday, Hakimian said the National Day of Prayer will be a day for all groups to come together and pray.

“The purpose of the event is to ask God for compassion on all people — gay, heterosexual, atheist, nonreligious. We want God’s love and blessing upon all people.”

Hakimian said the day will not include any sermons about homosexuality.

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