Written by CHUMA
"Ex-Gay" Reverend Donnie Mclurkin once stated that he was at "war" with the LGBT community stating that: "The gloves are off and if there's going to be a war, there's going to be a war. But it will be a war with a purpose?. I'm not in the mood to play with those who are trying to kill our children." The singing group, Mary Mary, during a Vibe Magazine interview, stated that: "They [gays] have issues and need someone to encourage them just like everybody else - just like the murderer, just like the one full of pride, just like the prostitute." Well sadly it's been reported that U.S. Presidential Candidate, Senator Barack Obama has aligned himself with these gay bashers by participating in a gospel tour through South Carolina entitled "Embrace The Courage."
Since the news became public, the uproar amongst the homosexual community has been filled with anger, disappointment, and calls to Obama's camp. I, personally, have been a fan of Obama for many reasons, but to hear this news troubles me because this puts Obama between a rock and a hard place. When the vote of a race that is battling itself is needed, perhaps a candidate feels pressure to make a choice. And when I say a race that is battling itself, I'm referring to the fact that statistically there are far too many Bible toting blacks wIho feel disdain toward homosexuals. But black people have been the victim of discrimination for many centuries, but yet many still find it convenient to discriminate against each other based on sexual orientation. I think this is disgusting, at best. But in the south, religion (mostly Christianity's homophobic rhetoric) dictates the lives of most black people, and the Obama campaign to win the black vote may rely on his efforts to kiss up to this belief system. Unfortunately, it could come at the expense of losing the black gay vote, as it could send a message that he supports the same prejudice that black Christians impose upon homosexuals.
So where does it leave Senator Obama? After this firestorm of bad press emerged, he issued a written statement: "I have clearly stated my belief that gays and lesbians are our brothers and sisters and should be provided the respect, dignity, and rights of all other citizens. I have consistently spoken directly to African-American religious leaders about the need to overcome the homophobia that persists in some parts our community so that we can confront issues like HIV/AIDS and broaden the reach of equal rights in this country. I strongly believe that African Americans and the LGBT community must stand together in the fight for equal rights. And so I strongly disagree with Reverend McClurkin's views and will continue."
While I applaud his verbal support of homosexuals, I also know that this written statement won't save him if he moves forward with an allegiance with McClurkin and this gospel tour. It will simply make him appear hypocritical to the homosexual community, and votes will be lost.
See this is why I don't care for politics, because the practice of it lacks integrity. It's all fucked up, if you ask me.
Read the specifics at The Hutchinson Post and read how pissed off Taylor Siluwe is about the whole debacle.