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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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  • Seitan
    February 10, 2019 at 2:33 p.m.

    GM. My point is obvious and patriotic: religion and politics should remain separate.

  • wolfman
    February 10, 2019 at 5:18 p.m.

    skeptic just sounds like a trump whiner. and repubs are one to talk about waste. trump is wasting millions going golfing nearly every weekend..and wants to waste billions on a wall. a wall mexico is suppose to pay for. and NO talk from the repubs about running up the national debt! repubs are pure hypocrites!

  • Skeptic1
    February 10, 2019 at 8:21 p.m. could do a search of this paper Einstein, take a look at how many of his cronies he has appointed to fluff jobs. He has done nothing but hold meetings about how city works instead of working on making the city safe.

  • Skeptic1
    February 10, 2019 at 8:22 p.m.

    wolfman..are Rbear's basement companion?

  • limb
    February 10, 2019 at 9:10 p.m.

    What in the heck? Who is going to benefit? Are the people who commit crimes going to pay $10 to attend? This is crazy.

    February 10, 2019 at 11:26 p.m.

    Septic...are using grammar?

  • RBear
    February 11, 2019 at 8:03 a.m.

    skeptic maybe you should explain how those committees are "paid." Last time I checked, they were VOLUNTEER. Facts always seem to escape you. Your claims of "basement" are just flat out bizarre.
    BTW, what's even more disturbing is that the pastor of this gathering is a member of the Southern Baptist Convention. Not sure if you read the expose over the weekend reported by three reporters with the Houston Chronicle, one being a personal friend, but that denomination has a long history of hiding sexual predators among its rank and file of ministers. Not the best denomination in the world.

  • Razrbak
    February 11, 2019 at 8:36 a.m.

    Frank Scott, Jr. has major ethical and moral problems. He takes money from groups that fight tenant rights. He has no problems with that. He blasts the LRFOP but wants to add more 200 more cops to conduct more no-know raids. A church with a history of supporting racist and hatred has a homophobic speaker at the same venue as Scott and he has no problems sharing the stage. Maybe Scott will use the venue to come clean about his connection with chief of police candidate Keith Eremea and tell us about the sealed case of his that Eremea bailed him out of involving DWI and soliciting prostitution.

  • JenK1234
    February 11, 2019 at 8:39 a.m.

    It's important to engage in difficult conversations with your own community members, agree. But, to enrich the pocket of a California grifter seeking to profit off of his bigotry? I don't see the value in that. You said you'd be the mayor of all races, all communities, all religions all gender and sexual orientation. I hope you'll keep that in mind as your North Start as mayor, Mr. Scott.

  • mrcharles
    February 11, 2019 at 12:15 p.m.

    Regardless of GM's constant fascination with race and Obama and gays, perhaps we take a long look at the talking primates here and in the rest of the world. It seems Shakespere was right, a curse on all your houses.

    I would point out here the equality of blacks for GM. They of course can be involved in white people stupid stuff. To say one is worse, is just a inner cowardice statement by the right wing... who have a veil over their eyes [ with apologies to sT saul who was not a student of gamaliel]. all are guilty of wrong decisions.

    Now this reference to deity people, this is a sickness our founders wanted us to beware of. See our ancestors came to merica to escape the madness in Europe but then established it here to smoke out heretics, burn witches [ the text remains the ancient book] and to turn on each other with love and the power of the state. perhaps scott can just have a big rally at war memorial and hand out prayer cloths blessed by rev floyd from NW arkansas for a small donation and fleece the populace . Oh they can of course , pray for world peace, and the curing of all sorts of diseases [ I have dry skin in winter that I need help with] , and insure no more wrong way drivers on the interstate. Just because scott disagrees with another celestial decoder, dont take it to be a problem, after all they say there are about 30,000 different one true way of being a follower of the pauline theology about the jew born to jews who preached to the jews who didnt want to share crumbs with the gentile dogs .