Local minister attacks city councilman on Twitter

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — A local minister is taking a shot at a city councilman for supporting an ordinance protecting the LGBT community from discrimination.

Councilman Tommy Hazouri said he is considering legal action.

The Rev. Ken Adkins spoke with Action News Jax about his tweets and attacks against Hazouri. Adkins said he's not backing down no matter how many people disagree with his approach.

The full images are too graphic to show.

Adkins is attacking Hazouri and his support of a proposed expansion of Jacksonville's human rights ordinance to protect members of the LGBT community.

“It's always an interesting Catch-22 situation as a pastor,” Adkins said.

In one tweet, Adkins calls Hazouri the Antichrist.

Some have described the photos that Adkins tweeted as pornographic. He responded to those people on Thursday.

“I think as a pastor -- homosexuality, that's vulgar and that's pornographic, and the whole thought of it,” Adkins said.

Adkins said he is licensed and ordained under the National Baptist Association. However, he admitted that doesn't have a theology degree and did not attend divinity school.

“It is, I believe, a war and attack against the church, and I think sometimes you have to use measures to get your point across, and that's exactly what I'm doing, and I stand behind it 150 percent," Adkins said.

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Hazouri gave Action News Jax a statement on Thursday.

“This issue is much bigger than the pornographic material that (Adkins) is putting out there, and I will be speaking with our general counsel."

There are three upcoming council meetings involving the HRO. They are scheduled for Feb. 4, Feb. 18 and March 3. They will last from 3 to 6 p.m. with an hour at each set aside for public comments.

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