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DC pastor – lesbianism is "about to take over our community"

“But … women falling down on another woman, strapping yourself up with something, it ain’t real. That thing ain’t got no feeling in it. It ain’t natural. Anytime somebody got to slap some grease on your behind and stick something in you, it’s something wrong with that. Your butt ain’t made for that.”

“No wonder your behind is bleeding. You can’t make no connection with a screw and another screw. The Bible says God made them male and female.”
–The Rev. Willie Wilson, pastor of Union Temple Baptist Church in Southeast D.C. (and a former mayoral candidate)

Words of wisdom from yet another homo-bigot black pastor. The list of posts about these cretins-of-the-cloth just keeps growing here on the Blend.

Do we want keep people like this man and his flock in the party? How do Dems counter attitudes like this when they are afraid to address gay civil rights issues…(Wash Blade):

Rev. Willie Wilson delivered the remarks at Union Temple Baptist Church in Southeast D.C., where he is pastor. Wilson is a former mayoral candidate and serves as executive director of the Millions More Movement march, an effort to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Million Man March.

Efforts by gay civil rights advocates to secure a visible role at the march stalled again this week when excerpts from Wilson’s anti-gay sermon came to light. One lesbian march organizer quickly resigned in protest.

Sisters making more money than brothers and it’s creating problems in families … that’s one of the reasons many of our women are becoming lesbians,” Wilson said.

The Blade obtained a copy of this horrifying sermon; the reporter noted that the congregation shouted in approval in the background during Wilson’s sermon.

Establishment Dems, the number of these cases keeps growing, and for all the discussion about how this will play out electorally, I often get pooh-poohed that these folks will continue to vote Democrat. I think it’s open to question.

I talked the problem of black homophobia and its possible effect on future votes in a DKos thread:

I think that just saying “let them leave” to these people and vote Republican ignores a simple fact. These socially conservative anti-gay black voters need to be addressed or you’ll see Dem defeats at the local level.

Homophobia is learned, people can be brought out of their ignorance and fear. There is a large segment of black voters still willing to pull the lever for a Democrat, but have no problem voting for a marriage amendement as well.

If the Democrats stake out a position in favor of gay rights without addressing this erosion with logical, open discussion on what is an uncomfortable topic for the party the GOP will step in and fill that vacuum with fear.

This is where the progressive black community and black pastors need to get off their duffs and start educating.

There are way too many gay black people afraid to come out for fear of abandonment by their faith community and family — and they are absolutely right to be scared.

Read the excellent Keith Boykin book Beyond the Down Low: Sex, Lies, and Denial in Black America. He addresses the lack of frank discussion about sexuality in the black community as well as the environment of homophobia in the community that causes black gay men in particular, to lead double lives. The closet is deep.

The churches have only recently begun to acknowledge that the ostrich-head-in-the-sand approach is not only deadly, but immoral, as AIDS races through the community.

The homophobic relatives, neighbors and friends of these gays and lesbians — the Fee Benamons of the country — are more than willing to vote for marriage amendments because they don’t know an out gay person.

Black gay people must come out.

But without support from our community, and, more importantly straight progressive allies, the religious black community will continue to see homosexuality as some kind of “white” plague.

The religious Right will continue to mold their message of inclusion on their side and tie the “homosexual agenda” to Dems, and siphon just enough voters off (the ones unconvinced by our ball-less Dems’ approach to this gay issues) to make a difference.

It’s not as if it will take many votes to affect close elections, particularly in Southern states such as NC, which is nationally Red, but in critical parts of the state, solidly Blue in local races. We have so far fended off a marriage amendment only because we have a General Assembly that has not allowed the pending bills (which also ban civil unions) up for debate. If the legislature goes Red because of Dem inattention to this, then we’re in for a world of hurt.

Then again, there are enough times I’ve read discussion on many progressive blogs that basically says “screw the South,” so maybe my argument is fruitless on that front.

Thanks to House Blender Laura for the pointer.

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