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 The Woods United Methodist Church in Grand Prairie, Texas. For seventeen years, he was pastor at Northaven UMC in Dallas, Texas. Eric is an avid blogger and published author. Eric is also an award-winning singer-songwriter, who performs throughout Texas and the Southwest. He's won honorable mention in both the Billboard and Great American song contests; and he's been a finalist in the 5th Street Festival and South Florida Folk Festival songwriter competitions. Eric is also a leader of Connections, a unique band comprised of United Methodist clergy and layfolk from throughout North Texas. Connections performs "cover shows" of artists like Dan Fogelberg, Chicago, Eagles, Doobie Brothers, Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder, James Taylor and others. Their shows draw crowds of between 300 and 1,000 fans, and they have raised more than $240,000 dollars for worthy charities. 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. She was re-elected for a third term in 2010. They have the world's best daughter, Maria, and an incredible dog, Daisy.

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