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‘Truth Wins Out’ Calls On FL Pastor To Exit Local Race

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An LGBT advocacy group that fights religious extremism is demanding a Florida pastor remove herself from a local election because of her anti-gay views.

Truth Wins Out has repeatedly called on Kimberly Daniels to end her bid for a Jacksonville city council seat. The group’s founder Wayne Besen tells OutQ News that Daniels is a part of an evangelical movement that believes homosexuals are possessed by demons. He says she even performs exorcisms on gay men and women.

BESEN: “Unfortunately, because it was Jacksonville, that really wasn’t getting enough traction. The fact that she’s insulted other minorities as well has finally woken the electorate up to how far out and outrageous that Kim Daniels really is.”

Truth Wins Out has released videos of Daniels’ controversial comments, which include her saying before a congregation: “You can talk about the Holocaust, but the Jews own everything.”

Though the two parties have not been in contact, Daniels claims that Besen’s group was behind a racist note left on her car. She allegedly wrote in an email to supporters: “A group of homosexuals are launching a hate campaign against ‘Apostle Kim.'”

The New Black Panther Party–which the Southern Poverty Law Center has classified as a hate group–is also coming to Daniels’ defense. WTLV reports the group’s spokesman said in a news conference, “If any harm comes her way, or any other black people, we will definitely respond and the consequences will be severe.”

Besen says he’s not surprised by the group’s endorsement, but says Daniels should quit now “before she embarrasses herself and the city of Jacksonville any further.”

Calls made to Daniels’ campaign offices were not immediately returned.

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Written by Xorje Olivares

April 28, 2011 at 6:45 AM

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