Preacher’s comments draw criticism; some cite First Amendment right

Published: Tuesday, December 4, 2012 at 03:35 PM.

“Maybe I should have preached more negative. You didn't like that it made you feel convicted about your sins. You hate God and you hate his holy book. Don't worry, I will be back next year,” Forrester said.

The truck, which displayed a sign that said, “I am a King James-only, Bible-thumping, fundamental, pre-millennial, Baptist, Heaven-Hell-Hot-Sweet Street Preachin’ Believer,” presents the Gospel, the ministry stated. 

"I suggest they ask why they were offended of the truth," Gaines said. "I don't think anything that was said that night wasn't true." 

Some residents said they supported the ministry’s right to preach, regardless of its message.

“This is the United States of America; we have a First Amendment right to say what we want. I don’t agree with the way this gentleman did it, but I also don’t want to be told I can’t voice my beliefs,” Tony Rowell said.

The Main Street Crestview Association hadn’t received calls concerning the preacher, as of press time, Main Street Crestview Association President Ellis Conner said. However, he apologized on the association’s behalf for those offended. "We don't want anyone to leave the parade offended," he said.

The issue was to be discussed at the association’s Wednesday meeting, when the group would review the parade’s positives and negatives.

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