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Kirk Franklin
Kirk Franklin, a 'Christian moderate' with swag
Kirk Franklin, a 'Christian moderate' with swag

Kirk Franklin is singing "Jesus Walks," the Kanye West song that lampoons mainstream radio for shunning songs about Christianity. "But if I talk about God, my record won't get played, huh?" Franklin, who performs at the Modell Center at the Lyric on Saturday, raps. "Well let this take away from my spins ... So freaking dope." The veteran contemporary gospel singer can relate to the song's frustration, but it doesn't get him down. Franklin says part of his aim is to change the current perception that Christians are the overzealous televangelists and ultra-conservative talking heads on TV. He calls them "weirdos." "If I...