DALLAS — Two entirely different Christian celebrations of Good Friday took place downtown on Apr. 7th. While evangelicals from the “Esther Call” organization lambasted women’s rights and denounced America’s “moral decay” at the Federal Building here, members of the Dallas Progressive Christian Alliance marched and called for action to right the contemporary wrongs that they said Jesus would surely have condemned.

Their annual Good Friday march stopped at strategic stopping points along its route where participants heard brief messages from church and community leaders about how the life of Jesus translates into a call for present-day struggle.

Dr. Ruben Habito spoke on “Who do we walk with?” Rev. Joe Clifford spoke from the first chapter of the Book of Corinthians on, “Are we perishing or are we being saved?”

At the last stop in front of City Hall the Rev. Eric Folkerth, whose Northaven United Methodist Church hosts the group’s meetings, spoke on “From whom much is given, much shall be required.” He said, the richest nation the world had ever known is disgraced by our levels of poverty, official executions, prison populations, and joblessness.

The evangelicals had gathered a far larger group at the Federal Building to protest the original filing of the “Roe v. Wade” case that advanced women’s rights. They said that America must pray for redemption for having committed such a crime.