Carlton Pearson - Media Coverage of Pearson

Media Coverage of Pearson

  • Pearson's life story was the subject of "Heretics," an episode of the Chicago Public Radio program This American Life that was first broadcast on December 16, 2005,.
  • Pearson's life story was telecast on the Dateline NBC program, To Hell and Back, first shown on August 13, 2006.
  • Pearson was the subject of a Cable News Network story on June 24, 2007, that covered the changes in his teachings (including acceptance of LGBT people into his church) and the backlash against it.
  • In March 2009, Pearson appeared on Nightline "Face Off" with Deepak Chopra, Mark Driscoll, and Annie Lobert to address the question "Does Satan Exist?"
  • In July 2010 it was announced that director Marc Forster will direct a feature film about Pearson's life. The script will be written by screenwriter Marcus Hinchey and based on the This American Life 's "Heretics" episode.
  • In September 2010, Pearson again appeared on CNN with anchor Kyra Phillips, discussing the widely-publicized gay rumors regarding Bishop Eddie Long. Pearson was again criticized for his inclusive thinking by many Christian fundamentalists, for stating "Until the Church—the Church, black or otherwise—confronts—not combats—confronts this issue of human sexuality and homosexuality, which is not going away. Homosexuals and homosexuality is not going away. If every gay person in our church just left or those who have an orientation or preference or an inclination, or a fantasy, if everyone left, we wouldn't have -- we wouldn't have a church."
  • In December 2010, Academy Award winner Mo'Nique personally invited Pearson to appear on her BET-TV Late night talk show. Mo'Nique publicly suggested that she followed & supported Pearson and would "come to his church in Atlanta, if he had one and would have her."

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