Praying for a Peaceful March.

As I wrote on this blog back in 2006, this original MegaMarch was one of the most amazing days I’ve ever seen. Around 500,000 peaceful marchers, moving through downtown Dallas, waving American flags and chanting “USA, USA…”

 I know everyone associated with tomorrow’s march hopes and prays for a similar day. Tonight, I saw a televised debate between Domingo Garcia and a counter-protest-leader named Chris Krok.

Krok is a talk radio personality from KLIF who has been here in Dallas only a few months. He comes from a smaller market town in Georgia. I have never heard him before tonight. However, what I heard tonight has me concerned. If he is as angry and combative on the air, and in the ways his whips up the counter-protesters, things tomorrow could be quite different.

It’s clear he’s an expert at taunting and goading his adversaries. If he encourages people to do it tomorrow, it could be that some of the more than 100,000 persons present takes his bait. 

I call on him publicly to renounce any inflammatory rhetoric and to exhort his counter-protesters to do the same. I am grateful that Domingo Garcia has done this all along among MegaMarch supporters, making it very clear that all who march in support of reform are called to be peaceful and non-violent.

I call on everyone who will be out tomorrow to show the best of America by advocating for your positions with hearts filled with peace and respect.

 

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Eric Folkerth is a minister, musician, author and blogger. He is Senior Pastor of Kessler Park UMC United Methodist Church in Dallas, Texas. Previously, he was pastor at Northaven UMC in Dallas for seventeen years. Eric loves to write on topics of spirituality, social justice, music/art and politics. The entries on this blog reflect that diversity of interests. His passion for social justice goes beyond mere words. He’s been arrested at the White House, defending immigrants and “The Dreamers,” and he’s officiated at same sex weddings in his churches, in defiance of what some believe is Methodist teaching. Eric is an avid blogger and published author, and 2017 recipient of the prestigeous Kuchling Humanitarian Award from Dallas’ Black Tie Dinner. (Human Rights Campaign) Eric has led or co-led hundreds of persons on mission trips around the globe, to places such as Mexico, Haiti, Russia, and Nepal. He has worked with lay persons to build ten homes, and one Community Center, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Dallas. He’s a popular preacher, and often tackles challenging issues of social justice in his writings and sermons. His wife, Judge Dennise Garcia, is a State District Judge for Dallas, County. As judge of the 303rd Family District Court, she consistently gets high ratings from area lawyers, and was named “best judge” by The Dallas Observer. First elected in 2004, she was the first Latina ever elected to a county-wide bench in Dallas County, and is currently the longest service district judge in that district. She was re-elected for a fourth term in 2018. They have the world’s best daughter, Maria, and an incredible dog, Daisy. Find links to Eric’s music-related websites, at the top of this site’s navigation menu.

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