February 16, 2011 3:50 AM
CSBC News' Jack Goff reports: Only one day after an internet based church that worships actress Amy Jo Johnson announced a May 14th "FAP" event benefiting lower class families, the event has been abruptly canceled thanks to an “onslaught of negative feedback.”
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“Due to an onslaught of personal attacks against Amy Jo Johnson and Temple members who worship her, it is with deep sadness and disappointment that, in the best interest of all, we cancel the FAP (First Annual Picnic) for safety concerns,” said a press release from the Order of Meridian Foundation.
The release says no direct threats were made against the former pink ranger and current star of the CBS series Flashpoint, but cites the tragic shootings in Tucson along with an “increase in negative rhetoric” that raises concerns for the planned FAP’s safety.
"We had hoped to get thousands, perhaps millions of Amy Jo Johnson fans to join us in a global FAP in an attempt to raise awareness to the teachings of Amy Jo. Non-religious people might have found their neighbors enjoying an Amy Jo Johnson FAP and joined in the festivities. We think that a well planned FAP can really bring the entire community together." said a Temple elder.
The canceled event had been scheduled for May 14th, the birthday of Canadian ice hockey legend Gump Worsley who passed away in 2007. "We wanted the FAP to celebrate both the teachings of Amy Jo and the life of Gump Worsley" said a temple member.
What’s not known is whether Johnson, who now apparently has the day free, will attend any Gump Worsley celebrations in Canada.