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Church officials ask media to leave mayoral forum

— Media attending a forum hosted by area clergy where Albany mayoral candidates were asked to share their platforms and positions on issues were asked to leave the event after church officials said that the event was not public.

The forum, which was held at First Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church, was "not a debate; not a public forum," according to the Rev. Theodus Drake, who was the moderator and facilitator of the event.

After a brief statement, Drake asked any of the media present who intended on reporting on the event -- which included the Albany Herald and a reporter from another local newspaper -- to leave.

Other members of the public who were in attendance, including campaign staff and officials and some who were there merely to watch the event, were allowed to stay.

The media was not formally invited to the event, but received word from the various campaigns that the forum was to be held and that participation from the public was being solicited.

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Albanite 2 years, 12 months ago

This isn't a church. Its a gathering of close-minded racists. Any candidate worth being elected would have walked out.

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Engineer 2 years, 12 months ago

Now why would they try to exclude the media.

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waltspecht 2 years, 12 months ago

Are they afraid someone might say something they wouldn't want to get out in public? Or were they preparing to ask some secular questions?

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ABY1 2 years, 12 months ago

This is how elections are run in this city. Bully pulpit politics by pastors with a personal agenda.

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LuLu 2 years, 12 months ago

Well, now. They make it sound as if they have something to hide. Why would they NOT want the publicity? The more ears to hear, the more hearts to sway, right?

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TrixibelleBento 2 years, 12 months ago

Aren't churches public? If I were to show up at First Mt. Olive Missionary next Sunday, would I be turned away? I saw the announcement on Channel 10 this morning and I would've gone, except I had to work. What was being said there that couldn't be reported in the newspaper and on TV?

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supersquawker 2 years, 12 months ago

Wow unbelievable. A church asks people to leave. Un-freaking-believable. They must be hiding something. It's popular these days with churches in town it seems.

"No Comment" = Hiding Something

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ObjectiveEyes 2 years, 12 months ago

Is this not a violation of their not-for-profit status? This is about the same level of transparency that we get with the Obama administration.

(why are 8 comments showing, but, no comments)

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supersquawker 2 years, 11 months ago

Why was this story not in today's newspaper (Wed. 26 October) ??

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WORLDCHANGER 2 years, 11 months ago

THIS WAS AN ATTEMPT BY A FEW "PASTORS" TRY AND MANIPULATE THE CANDIDATES FOR THEIR PERSONAL AGENDAS. GOD'S HOUSE HAS NI REASON TO ASK PEOLPE TO LEAVE. THEY KNOW IF THE MEDIA HAD REMAINED, THEY WOULD BE PUT ON BLAST!! THEY SAY THEY ARE MEN OF GOD BUT GOD IS NOT THE AUTHOR OF CONFUSION.....HE IS JUST!!! HE IS FAIR...SO "PASTORS" GIVE ALL THE CANDIDATES A CHANCE TO STATE THEIR PLANS AND LET YOUR CHURCH MEMBERS DECIDE FOR THEM SELVES. MY CHURCH HAD A MAYORAL CANDIDATE VISIT US JUST FOR SUNDAY WORSHIP, NO HIDDEN AGENDA, NO CAMPAIGNING.... MY PASTOR TOLD OUR CONGREGATION TO GO TO THE POLLS AND VOTE FOR THE PERSON THAT GOD LEADS THEM TO VOTE FOR. HE DID NOT TRY AND MAKE THEM VOTE EITHER WAY NEITHER DID HE SAY WHO HE WAS VOTING FOR . THAT'S BECAUSE HE IS A MAN OF INTEGRITY AND NOT ONE THAT PIMPS GOD OR GOD'S PEOPLE!!!!!

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