Prominent Pastor Preaching In Support of Gays (Video)

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.”

A group of black ministers have loudly objected to Obama, as well as the NAACP’s support. They have been recruited by anti-gay marriage forces and are often paraded at events.

Says Haynes:

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.


Related stories:

NAACP, Civil Rights Dean Back Marriage Equality (Video)

Death for Gays? Not Really a Fringe Evangelical Thought

The Real Reason Blacks Wonít Abandon President Obama Over Marriage Equality

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Linda W.
Linda W5 years ago

Rev. Frederick D. Haynes III ~ Halleluiah ~ Thank you for 'coming out' for ALL of our Sisters & Brothers

Maryann B.

It is bout time someone involved with religion said something that made sense instead of all the hate the religious leaders usually spout. I doubt very much that God would approve of people using his name to support hate.

Gwenieth C.
Gwen C5 years ago

Thank you Rev. Frederick D. Haynes III. If you come to Denver, even I will attend your services!

Gayle R.
Gayle R5 years ago

There should be no argument about rights to marry, Marriage Became A Basic Civil Right 45 Years Ago. Ted Olson and David Boies talk about it here:

Carolyn S.
Carolyn S5 years ago

It is so good to hear this pastor after all the other hateful pastors we have seen and read about lately. He gets my best wishes!

Betty Schueler
Betty Schueler5 years ago

Wow, I am really impressed with Rev. Haynes. He has articulated one of best defenses off gay marriage I have heard to date. I wonder why more news outlets haven't discussed this sermon--especially if the news outlets are controlled by the far left as Fox News claims?

Elizabeth L.
Elizabeth L5 years ago

This man is a true Christian.

Valarie Snell
Valarie Snell5 years ago

Rev Haynes is awesome!!!!!

Drusilla P.
Drusilla P5 years ago

What a great man!
Thanks a lot for this post.

Alan G.
Alan G5 years ago

In Canada the largest (United Church) and second largest (Anglican) protestant churches both support equality for LGBT people.