Thursday, September 28, 2006

Kansas anti-gay crusaders Terry Fox & Joe Wright pull the plug on radio show

Less than two months after anti-gay minister Terry Fox abruptly walked away from his church, Fox and the Rev. Joe Wright have pulled the plug on their radio show.

The show and the church money Fox used to prop it up were allegedly one of the reasons leaders at Fox' old ministry, Immanuel Baptist Church of Wichita, were unhappy. Recently church leaders issued a statement saying that Fox misused the funds. Fox says he used the funds for the show, but that he had the power to do so.

Costing about $10,000 a month to broadcast, "Answering the Call" was reportedly number one in its timeslot on KNSS 1330-AM. The show was also broadcast nationally on Sirius satellite radio.

The Wichita Eagle reports that the two men say Fox' recent and sudden departure from Immanuel had nothing to do with their decision to end the program.

The Eagle reports:
Wright said they recently announced on the air that they needed financial support from listeners to keep the program going. But donations didn't come in to cover the costs.

"People seem to enjoy" the show, he said, "but for some reason, they don't want to pay."
The two men owe money for the show, but intend to pay it, Fox told The Eagle.

Fox and Wright are most well known for leading the campaign that successfully amended the Kansas Constitution in 2005 to ban same-sex marriage, civil unions and any other legal rights for gay couples.

Since leaving his old church, Fox has started a new church in a wild west theme park.

The Eagle's blog also notes the story and includes the usual interesting bunch of comments.

In This Moment's commentary & coverage includes:

Yee Haw Religion!Fox opens new church in theme park

Integrity failures & arrogance may have led to Fox' departure

Anti-gay pastor Terry Fox abruptly leaves church

If I wasn't so punchy tired tonight, I'd have more to say on this. It will be interesting to see what happens to Fox next.

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