Mosque Visit Heat: US Senate Candidate Brinson Sets The Record Straight
BIRMINGHAM, Ala., June 27, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- After receiving threats and negative blowback from an AL.com article (now shared hundreds of times) entitled "A few Baptists and a GOP candidate walk into an Alabama mosque…" which mentions his recent speech at an Alabama mosque, Dr. Randy Brinson, physician, lay minister and candidate for the Republican Senate seat formerly held by Jeff Sessions, spoke today about his recent visit to the Hoover Crescent Islamic Center.
"I had been asked by several Birmingham doctors to visit the medical clinic on the same property as the Islamic Center. They'd heard about my plans for health care reform and wanted to speak with me about that, and my other campaign positions. After we'd spoken about this, I was invited to an Interfaith meeting that was being held that evening with members of Shades Mountain Baptist Church. Until they asked me to participate, I had no idea that the Interfaith meeting was going on."
"God opened this door for me, and I used the opportunity He'd given me to extend an olive branch and share my faith in the love and mercy of Jesus Christ to everyone there. It was a tremendous opportunity to do what we're told to do in Mark 16:15, to proclaim the gospel to the whole creation."
"Some people won't vote for me because I went to a mosque and spoke to 140 Muslims about Jesus, and that's okay. I don't regret taking advantage of a God-given circumstance to bear witness and give my testimony about what the Lord has done in my life. If sharing my faith costs me this election, then so be it. I know what's important, and first and foremost, that's my salvation through Jesus Christ," Brinson said.
Brinson has a long history of faith-based activities. Apart from nearly 30 years at Taylor Road Baptist Church and countless mission trips, he has been involved in Christian music since 1999, when he brought WAY-FM to Montgomery. In 2003, he and his wife Pam formed Redeem the Vote to engage more people of faith in the political process. In 2006, he became head of the Christian Coalition of Alabama, and in 2008 was a senior advisor to Governor Mike Huckabee's presidential campaign.
Brinson stepped down as head of Redeem the Vote and the Christian Coalition earlier this year to run for the Senate seat previously held by Jeff Sessions.
Brinson has made himself available for immediate comments. Immediate interviews may be scheduled with Press Secretary Jonathan Barbee via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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