Homophobia in the Black Church Is Patriarchy in Drag

Very interesting outlook. Similiar to the blog post I did on this subject!
Read the Article at HuffingtonPost


Reluctant Xtian

Sometimes I curse.  I don’t pepper my language liberally with curse words like people might pepper a house salad, but sometimes I curse.

It surprises people to hear that pastors sometimes curse.  But really, that’s all I can do sometimes.  When you see terrible tragedy where you have absolutely no response other than sadness and despair, cursing happens…because you can do nothing else.

Likewise, sometimes when I see utter beauty a word will slip through my lips, brought from the very depths of my emotional being where words live only to be used in situations where no word seems appropriate.  Usually that’s a curse, too.

Pastors sometimes curse.  Christians sometimes curse.

And, really, I hear things slip from Christian mouths with reckless abandon that I believe are far worse than curse words.  Here are just 5 (there are undoubtedly more):

5) “That’s not Christian…”

I’ve heard this a lot. …

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Gay Marriage & The Black Church

John 8

Today’s New International Version (TNIV)

but Jesus went to the Mount of Olives.

At dawn he appeared again in the temple courts, where all the people gathered around him, and he sat down to teach them. The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group and said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?” They were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing him.

But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger. When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground.

At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there. 10 Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman,[a] where are they? Has no one condemned you?”

11 “No one, sir,” she said.

“Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.”

Some aspects of the black people and the black church going community have been all in an uproar due to the recent announcement on an ABC News interview of President Obama being personally ok with gay marriage. This came as a casual slip of tongue from Vice President Joe Biden on a Meet the Press of that same week of May 6th.  The reaction to blacks and black church going folks (in particular) to this you would have thought he said I HATE ALL BLACK PEOPLE or something. I have listened to my various share since the announcement of black talk radio and seen my share of Facebook page comments on gay marriage that have skewed incredibly negative and hypocritical.  Especially from a group of people who know good and hell well what it is like to be denied LEGAL RIGHTS!  If you are against gay marriage as a black person and you are steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the Word of The Lord in your convictions God Bless You. Yet tell me how your outlook is no different than this North Carolina minister talking about cracking limp wrists on your sons and if your daughter is butch she better start looking beautiful the way God intended her to be. Or another North Carolina minister talking violence towards gays such as using an electrified fence? I am quite sure if these pastors were talking about black children in this manner or disrespecting Trayvon Martin & his parents of course there would be such outrage from black folks and the cries of racism (HYPOCRISY MOMENT)!!

Somewhere along the line though black folks have to find that combination of biblical convictions and logic to realize gay marriage has no ADVERSE IMPACT on my Imperfect Christian Life, your overall Christian life and on the black church.  I truly wish the same black church folks in an uproar over gay marriage that may be somewhat at a cross roads on their Obama vote in Novemeber and may possibly AS FOOLISH CONGREGATION SHEEP LISTEN TO THEIR SHEPHERD AND NOT VOTE have this same uproar to trifling people like this man in Tennessee with 3 dozen kids and 11 baby mommas.  I mean while that is an extreme scenario there are similiar ones JUST LIKE THAT in the black community as well as in the black church that have folks tend to look the other way on (especially if he/she is their Person of God with MULTIPLE OUT OF WEDLOCK KIDS). What is the black community and black church doing to BE HONEST ENOUGH TO HAVE EDUCATED TALK ON SEX & THE RESPONSIBILITIES IT COMES WITH FOR BOTH MEN AND WOMEN TO PREVENT SCENARIOS LIKE MR. TENNESSEE BEGGING FOR SOME CHILD SUPPORT PAYMENT RELIEF FROM HIS STATE GOVERNMENT (shaking my head)??  Oh and let’s not get me started on the hypocrisy of the black church & the Eddie Long saga.

As I posted the passage above “let he who is without sin cast the first stone”.  So those of you in the black church or black period and anti gay marriage I strongly whole heartedly recommend you read up on the likes of one said Bayard Rustin.  Perhaps once you get educated on this man you can realize that it was gay blacks like him working behind the scenes during the Civil Rights era to FIGHT for the rights you not only take for granted but also want to deny of others in a similar scenario as black folks.  It would also do good for black (church) folks to even read OP-EDs from folks who miss the black church but can’t bare to come back to the hateful atmosphere shaped with hypocrisy.

Oh and black folks please don’t get upset with the gay community taking the blueprint from Civil Rights fighting for theirs. WE DON’T OWN THE COPYRIGHT TO CIVIL RIGHTS YALL!! I do wonder if black folks and black ministers will still have love for the NAACP though and the possible impact to membership, especially among the clergy folks. There seems to be some backlash here and there at this time of my blog.  Perhaps if the black community relearn the blueprint the gay community has mastered successfully (to the T I might add) we would be much further along in fighting for issues OF IMPORTANCE TO BLACK FOLKS TO SET AN AGENDA TO THE PRESIDENT TO ADDRESS!  Important ones such as economy, education, healthcare, crime.  You know those issues THAT ARE OF MORE IMPORTANCE TO FOCUS ON than two grown same sex folks wanting legal benefits black church folks who are shacking or married enjoy without question!! Taking the emotion out of the subject and seeing clearly to obtain logic to understand CIVIL RIGHTS helps for me. Too bad it doesn’t help for others! It would also help if black folks and church going ones was hip to the game that this wedge social issue was put forth in 2004 and influential in the re-election of George Bush. I know that’s too much logic thinking put out there to marinate on (shaking my head).

Black Church folks don’t hate the player, hate the game playbook mastered successfully by another disenfranchised group!!