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hell for being a homosexual."
The man then began "slinging biblical quotes at
us" that supposedly condemn homosexuality.
And as his harangue continued, their daughter
began to cry, prompting the mothers to get her
away from the booth and the man there as quickly
"We were at the booth no more than two min-
utes," Pennington said, adding that the first thing
to go through her mind was, "Oh, wow! Nothing
like this has ever happened to us before."
Besides just ruining their family outing with his
remarks, Pennington said she questions what sort
of family values the man who accosted them
thought he was teaching her.
They tried to calm their daughter, Pennington
said, but she continued to cry, asking Morse,
"Mommy why are you going to hell?"
The couple soon decided that they needed to
leave the fair as quickly as possible to get their
daughter to a safer environment where she could
begin to calm down.
Pennington said they contacted state fair offi-
cials immediately to complain. On Wednesday
she said, they had heard back from State Fair Di-
rector Kelly Pound, who offered the family free
tickets to return another day.
But Pennington said that while she appreciates
the offer, she and Morse feel their daughter was
too traumatized by the encounter to risk a return
visit to the fair this year.
Pennington also said she doesn't think just of-
fering the family free tickets was an adequate re-
sponse, and that she worries that other families
could be attacked and other children traumatized
by the man's anti-gay tirades, even if they aren't
For more information on the Full Gospel
Business Men's Fellowship in America,
go online to fgbmfamerica.com/wordpress.
According to the website, the group's
"• To reach men everywhere for Jesus
Christ, taking particular note that in many in-
stances men can reach others of their same
social, cultural or business interests more
readily than anyone else.
"• To call men to God: to help men be-
come born again, baptized in the Holy Spirit,
operate in the Gifts of the Holy Spirit, and
take the Good News to the nations.
"• To mentor young men who have never
had positive male role models by being a
spiritual father to them.
"« To provide a basis of fellowship among all
men everywhere: by creating a fellowship
not directly associated with any specific
church, but cooperating with all denomina-
tions and inspiring our members to be active
in their respective churches.
"• To bring about a greater measure of
unity and harmony in the Body of Christ;
where members are united in a common ef-
fort to spread the Good News and to be in
full fellowship and submission to the true
Head of the church ... the Lord Jesus
Pennington suggested that fair officials
should remove the Full Gospel Business Men's
Fellowship in America and their booth from
the fair. Sue Gooding, a spokeswoman for fair
officials^ said Thursday, Oct. 6, that while the
group wouldn't be asked to leave the fair, such
behavior violates fair policy and will not be tol-
"That's not the way we expect our vendors to
act," Gooding said, adding that ven-
dors are expected to stay in their
booths and should not call people
She said that Pound had gone to
the booth already to have a discus-
sion with the Full Gospel Business
Men's Fellowship after the incident
was reported, letting them know that
"We're not going to put up with this."
Gooding said that while "the con-
versation went well," Pound may de-
cide to have: a second conversation
with the group before this weekend,
when some 200 people have indi-
cated on the "Gay Day at the State
Fair" Facebook group page that they
will be attending the fair on Saturday
^ * Oct. 8.
Fairgoers who would like to visit
the Full Gospel Businessmen's Asso-
ciation of America will find its booth
outside the Pan Am Arena located be-
hind the Cotton Bowl, on Nimitz Av-
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