The annual Mayors' Prayer Breakfast in Vancouver was sponsored by the Full Gospel Business Men's Fellowship (FGBMF), a group that denied a Muslim to lead prayer, denies women membership, and is known to support "traditional" families. Some of us called asking mayors not to participate, or not participate on taxppayer time. The FGBMF is an intolerant group.
Five protesters were at the Hilton's sidewalk in the morning's still darkness, chilly air, and under sprinkling skies. We carried signs, "Mathew Shepard is my brother," " 'God'" includes all," and you are eating at a bigotfest. One thought the people coming in were real small in numbers. I think maybe 100 came.
The Hilton manager, followed by his security guard, came out to see there would not be trouble. We intended to stay on the sidewalk. Another invited us to come in to eat, that he'd pay our ticket. We asked, could we bring in our signs? Of course not! Another said they included everyone, but I reminded them it was only with THEIR rules.
The prayer breakfast under the FGBMF is pathetic, and ought to cease. We protesters, upon departing, had our own breakfast and coffee at the new indoor marketplace nearby.