SAN DIEGO, Calif., June 21, 2001 ( – A prominent homosexual activist, angered by news reports about the stand of the Southern Baptist Convention on homosexuality, held a church staffer hostage Monday until he was subdued by police. Activist Allan Ross, who runs one of the world’s most extensive pro-homosexual websites –, wielded a bottle with a jagged end, threatening to harm David Powell who was at the First Southern Baptist Church in San Diego June 18 cleaning the carpets with his three children.

Unknown to the children, Ross held Powell in a church office demanding to see the pastor and media. Powell recalls Ross saying, “I will hurt you if I have to,” and also threatening to kill himself by cutting the artery in his own neck. The Baptist Press reports that Powell said Ross complained about the Southern Baptist Convention’s stances against homosexual behavior and also complained that there are too many Christians in government and also made derisive comments about the Boy Scouts.

Contact with a local TV station was made from the church office, and Powell then sought to contact pastor Lewis. The Lewis’ got the call on their cell phone and alerted police. San Diego police officers finally stormed the office about 45 minutes after Ross had taken Powell hostage, ordering Ross to drop his jagged bottle and, when he refused, subdued him with “beanbag” bullets. Ross will face kidnapping and burglary charges.

Ironically, Ross – a well-known member of the homosexual activist community in both the United States and Canada—devotes sections of his website to reporting “hate crimes” and “murdered queers.” Ross is a contributor to Canada’s Equality for Gays and Lesbians Everywhere (EGALE) activist email broadcasts.

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