As Care2 has been reporting, various videos have surfaced recently of pastors (it’s always pastors) saying delightful things about gay people; like they should be killed or beaten when young or they’re all going to hell.
Well, here’s one Pastor who says otherwise.
Rev. Frederick D. Haynes III of the Friendship-West Baptist Church in Dallas absolutely blasted those in his congregation and his fellow ministers who have objected to President Obama’s support for marriage equality even though, as he says, “I know I am going to lose some of you with this.”
You should have seen preachers just scurrying and hurrying to call a conference call to call out the President for what he had declared as a personal opinion. He said it was a personal opinion.
Ö But whatever you like to ostracize other people itís because thereís a fear that you have yourself, and the fear that you have finds itself rooted in an ignorance of other people. Or in a projection of your issues. Either thereís ignorance or there is a projection of your issues.
Ö It really blows my mind how outraged you are. You are so outraged over what the President said. Ö First of all, take a chill pill. Take a deep breath, everything’s gonna be all right.
Ö Have you ever read the Gospel and heard Jesus say anything about homosexuality? Ö Black folk canít even deal with homosexuality because we got issues with sexuality. And because we got issues with sexuality we canít have a healthy discussion about homosexuality. Why, why do you get so upset?Ē
Haynes’ support is not surprising as he comes from the same gay-affirming wing of the black church as Jeremiah Wright, Jr., of Trinity United Church of Christ, in Chicago. He is a nationally prominent black leader, one of four who were in contention for NAACP leadership back in 2008.
Since the President’s announcement that he had “evolved” on marriage equality, opinion amongst African-Americans has shifted to an astonishing degree.
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