This comes by way of the Arkansas Democrat Gazette:
SPRINGDALE — The Rev. Ronnie Floyd has withdrawn his support for Springdale’s proposed baseball stadium after learning of plans to sell beer at the minorleague ballpark.
Floyd, pastor of First Baptist Church of Springdale, appeared last week in a video supporting the proposed $ 50 million baseball stadium. The video was shown June 13 at a Springdale Chamber of Commerce luncheon and has been replayed twice a day on Jones Television network on Cox Cable in Northwest Arkansas since Monday.
But the church’s spokesman said Tuesday that Floyd hadn’t been informed of the intended beer sales before taping the address three weeks ago.
Alan Damron, associate pastor of strategic communications, said Floyd was in meetings Tuesday and unavailable for comment. Floyd, Floyd however, addressed the issue in an e-mail to a Springdale resident who brought it to his attention.
“At the time we stated our support we were unaware that alcohol would be sold at the park,” Floyd wrote this week in an e-mail to Virginia Pozza. “Our support will be withdrawn from any action that would place the sale of alcohol in a family-oriented environment.”Read the rest of the story
posted by Arkansas Razorbaptist at 6/21/2006 09:50:00 PM