Of Bathrooms and Johnny Manziel

Eric’s video message for this week, talking about the fake danger of Trans people and bathrooms, verses the very real dangers of domestic violence.

 

 

 

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Eric Folkerth is a minister, musician, author and blogger. He has been Senior Pastor of Northaven United Methodist Church in Dallas, Texas since 2001. During his tenure, church membership has grown almost 30 percent, and a completely new church facility (sanctuary and education building) has been constructed. Northaven is a leading progressive Christian congregation in the Southwest. Northaven is an eclectic collection of gay and straight families, artists, musicians, theater folks, academic theologians, lawyers and judges (go figure), socially conscious community activists, people who don't "check their brain at the door," and a wide array of others who either see it as their "last chance" inside the "institutional church," or their first trip back in decades. 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 an engaging live performer whose first CD was released in 2000. His songs have 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. (As always, if you like this post, then "like" this on Facebook by clicking the box below, so others can see too...)

4 thoughts on “Of Bathrooms and Johnny Manziel

  1. And the risk and dangers from opportunistic pedophiles who will surely take advantage of this unprecedented access? Who will dress as a woman, wear make up like a woman, and if asked will falsely claim “transgender?” It may not be the risk or danger from within the transgender community, not stating or implying any transgendered persona are pedophiles in disguise or in intent, but to dismiss the risk of sexual predators entering male or female bathrooms, and then forcing themselves on hapless and innocent children – is deeply disturbing, distressing and very disingenuous on your part. It is perhaps these violent sexual predators who will take advantage of this very dangerous law and will walk with greatest impunity and unholiest of boldness into the lives of our young children spreading ghastly incomprehensible trauma into communities.

    These godless Satan driven predators are the ones you should absolutely fear. These are the ones who will end up being connected to the Transgendered community and they will all be unmercifully dragged through every mud and tar pit imaginable. There will be no recovery. There will be levels of fear and hatred you will never be able to dismiss, but you’ll risk bringing the greatest harm to. More lawsuits will fly in every which direction. Gains you’ve made will be turned into tragic wholly unnecessary losses. You’ll lose greater than which you’ve gained.

    It may not be many, but it will be the one or the few who do and get caught doing it that will bring great wreckage and ruination upon innocent hands, hearts, hopes, dreams and lives.

    Pray and consider this please … you will lead and serve your community so much better.

    1. Trans women have been using bathrooms for centuries. It’s only a possible new field for pedophiles because people like you have now out the idea in their head.

      1. FOOL … “It’s only a possible new field for pedophiles …”

        Playing the blame game is usually a tactic far beneath most mature Christians. It is never a usable or viable civilized conversation or “Christian Conferencing” starter. I guess that was never your intent in the first place or any other place. Guess you have no other intent except to continue to be the source of division and dissention. Whatever the pretense of your calling is, it is absolutely not associated in any way with Christian civility or reconciliation or unification.

        These Pedophiles don’t need anything other than the incredible ignorance of “Christian’s” and others like you who egregiously minimize the dangers inherent in opening up bathrooms like this to sexual predators regardless of gender or gender persuasion.

        They … the pedophiles are very resourceful and very dedicated and very discreet. They have all thought of this and far worse long ahead of any thought I had in this regard. They’re thousands of times more shifty than and millions of times smarter than your kind of ignorance which they happily and violently and traumatically play off of.

        I pray that it is never one of your own children that gets caught up in your ignorance.

        I wont ever have to say “I told you so” because your conscience (presuming you have one) will probably rip you to shreds if others that you love … wives, siblings and so on do not do it first.

        Your crass ignorance will cause you and many other innocents greatest irreversible injury.

        But, I will continue to pray for you in this regard and maybe God will hear my tearful plea.

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