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Re: “Holy war in Eureka Springs over civil rights ordinance

The profit clocks of Eureka Springs were set each season by the opening and closing of The Passion Play for many years but toward the late 90's it had lost its ability to draw the large busloads of Christian church groups who had been their audience. The reasons for this were that Branson had begun running the same or similar story and others venues were created elsewhere. Buses were not allowed to travel through the small and winding streets downtown which impacted their coming here at all. The Christians had been here and done that and now went to see others. The movie came out too and it was so much better!

This little town where misfits fit and everyone is welcome began to see a growth in the alternative lifestyle sector of its population around the same time and due to this, many of the Passion Play visitors who came noticed things their eyes could not comfortably adjust to and spread the word among their fellow churches that this place was to be labeled Sodom and Gomorrah and avoided and well, one can't look back, lest they are turned to stone.

The downtown still has Christian stores, the Passion Play continues and people come to see it or they see it while they are here because it is still the BIG attraction among a handful of them that include Ghost tours, mystic and magic acts, train rides, caves, and outdoor activities. There is something for everyone in Eureka but the main event is eating, sleeping, drinking, shopping and just being here because it is a cool place to visit.

The people who call this town home do so because of its diversity and freedom to feel a part of it without being labeled an unacceptable abomination that limits their personal or professional growth potential. Everyone deserves to be loved and accepted and Jesus said we are to love one another so why would his people (or those who say they are working on his behalf) chose to wage a war against a very small sector of the community who want nothing more than what these righteous zealots already have, peace, love and acceptance of who they are among their peers.

The best thing for the town is for the town to do the best thing for its businesses which is to support them all. They are a part of it and it needs them, no matter what color their flags are. Shoppers determine who succeeds and who fails by where they chose to spend their money. This is the bottom line in Eureka and anywhere in this world. If a business goes out of business, it should.

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Posted by BDGarrett on 03/06/2015 at 1:37 PM
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