Jay Bakker—yes, that one—returns to Atlanta Wednesday
The son of a disgraced televangelist and his gay-friendly wife returns to Atlanta on Wednesday to tout his new book and affirming views on gay equality and same-sex marriage. The son? Jay Bakker, the founder of Revolution Church in 1994 that later included a branch in Atlanta that held services in the Masquerade and the Earl. The parents? Jim Bakker and Tammy Faye Messner. Yes, they of the PTL.
Bakker (photo) appears Wednesday at 7 p.m. (Borders, 650 Ponce de Leon Ave.) to promote his second and latest work, “Fall to Grace: A Revolution of God, Self & Society.” In it, he discusses his parents’ ministry, substance abuse and his ascent out of a personal hole. But it’s his gay-inclusive advocacy that may particularly interest LGBT readers.
He was accused of being a people-pleaser and taking the broad road. Some of his appearances were cancelled and a few people quit the Revolution Church in Atlanta. Says Bakker: “Gay marriage is a civil rights issue. All these people are being denied their rights. To me, the churches have so much power in that area that even liberal politicians like Barack Obama won’t say anything definitive about it. And that’s just really sad.”