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story.lead_photo.caption Little Rock Mayor Frank Scott is shown in this file photo. - Photo by Staton Breidenthal

Mayor Frank Scott Jr. will share a stage with Gov. Asa Hutchinson on March 1 for a conversation on race and faith with a California pastor.

The event is part of a series, "City Center Conversations: Conversations About God, Faith and Life in the City," which is put on by Immanuel Baptist Church.

The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. and take place in the William Grant Still Grand Ballroom of the Robinson Center, 426 W. Markham St. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at

D.A. Horton is a "young church planter with a passion for discussing the relationship between faith and race," according to a description on the City Center Conversations website. He's pastor of Reach Fellowship in Long Beach, Calif.

In a Friday Facebook post about the event, Scott said he had "basic, fundamental disagreements" with Horton's beliefs regarding inclusion, but would still participate. A page on the website for Reach Fellowship outlining the ministry's convictions states that Christians should oppose homosexuality.

"I will never be able to deliver on my promise to unify our city if I only talk to people who agree with me," Scott wrote. "Sometimes we must be willing to be uncomfortable in order to make progress, but we never have to sacrifice our principles. I will not."


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Archived Comments

  • Skeptic1
    February 10, 2019 at 9:40 a.m.

    Race is apparently the only thing Democrats can talk about and that if you disagree with them you are a racist. Mr. Mayor how about you stop wasting our money with your "transition" and start addressing the ever rising murders and violent crime escalating daily?

  • Foghorn
    February 10, 2019 at 11:03 a.m.

    This is an absolute farce. Neither Scott nor Hutchinson should participate. Who’s idea was this assinine stunt? How is some mega church charlatan supposed to help LR?

  • GeneralMac
    February 10, 2019 at 11:53 a.m.

    FOGHORN.......with Blacks committing the VAST VAST majority of violent crimes in Little Rock, what have they got to lose by listening to him?

    Seems like nothing else has worked to bring the Black crime rate DOWN to their percentage of the population.

  • Seitan
    February 10, 2019 at 12:31 p.m.

    Dear Jesus. Protect me from your followers.

  • Razrbak
    February 10, 2019 at 12:51 p.m.

    Maybe Scott will come clean and confess his connection to chief of police candidate Keith Erema and that sealed criminal case of his that Erema helped him out with by pulling rank on LRPD when Scott was arrested for DWI and soliciting a prostitute.

  • RBear
    February 10, 2019 at 1:02 p.m.

    skeptic what proof do you have that money is being spent on the transition teams? Last time I checked, they are all VOLUNTEERS. Looks like yet another issue you are clueless on.

  • GeneralMac
    February 10, 2019 at 1:17 p.m.

    SEITAN......I doubt the Blacks we see pictured here day in/day out for committing the VAST majority of crimes in Little Rock attend church.

    Your point is.....?

  • Foghorn
    February 10, 2019 at 1:28 p.m.

    Where is the money for this event going? It costs $10 to get inside the tent. Who benefits? I’m guessing IBC and Horton. Shameful. Remove tax exempt status for all churches or graft like this will continue.

  • RBear
    February 10, 2019 at 2:08 p.m.

    fake when is the last time YOU attended church?

  • Foghorn
    February 10, 2019 at 2:19 p.m.

    Unless the proceeds from this event go 100% to benefit some LR non profit aimed at reducing crime, this is a complete sham. Where are AA community “leaders” like Joyce Elliott and Benny Johnson on this? How could they possibly endorse an event solely designed to enrich some CA grifter?! I’m appalled that Scott and Hutchinson would not only support but PARTICIPATE in this.