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Lesbian pastor targeted after criticizing homo-bigot Willie Wilson


Dyan Abena McCray, pastor of Unity Fellowship Church of Washington in D.C., said that she has received threatening phone calls, emails and had a brick thrown through the window of her car for calling Rev. Willie Wilson (r) to task for his homophobia. (Photo by Rudy K. Lawidjaja)

Remember these unbelievable quotes:

“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) during a recorded sermon.

The schism in the religious black community is real and now, vicious. Those outrageous statements deserved a response from other religious leaders in the community, and one stepped forward to say something. Rev. Dyan Abena McCray, pastor at Unity Fellowship Church of Washington, D.C. This is what she said in a column for the Washington Blade.

After hearing news reports, and reading hundreds of e-mails about the toxic words spewed from the pulpit of Rev. Willie Wilson in the nation’s capitol, I felt compelled to make a statement.

…As a woman who is African American, a lesbian and a pastor, I am troubled by the malicious remarks made by Rev. Wilson on July 3. I am glad to learn, however, that some in his congregation were offended by his words and courageously shared the recording with the community at large.

Wilson’s hateful speech is strikingly inconsistent with his past actions. Several years ago, he invited members of the African-American local GLBTQ community into his sanctuary for a healing discussion around inclusivity. After much debate, it was the elder women of the church who stood and brought order to the situation. I am deeply troubled by any spiritual leader who will say one thing today and do something very different tomorrow. It is difficult to comprehend how someone who professes to be created in the image of God would promote such repulsive speech.

My Bible says that Jesus’ last and most profound message was “to love your neighbor as I have loved you.” Where is the love in Wilson’s message on July 3? I likewise find it inappropriate for an ordained reverend to stand in a pulpit and spew out such hatred and take on a posture of ungodliness within the house of God. What kind of shepherd herds the flock in such a manner?

What Wilson has done is set himself up for divine judgment and criticism from colleagues and the community. God has a way of revealing who and what a person is. The reality is that Wilson has shown that his leadership skills and hatred for some people would never make him a suitable politician for our city and make him a questionable member of the clergy.

Speaking this truth apparently has generated enough hatred to threaten the safety of this minister. Tell, me, will the Dobsons, Falwells and Bauers of the AmTaliban stand up for Willie Wilson and his minions — followers that have now placed Dyan Abena McCray in jeopardy? (Washington Blade):

Since the article was published, McCray said, she has received numerous threatening phone calls and e-mails. “One of the calls said, ‘One who ministers to lesbians and punks should watch their backs,’” McCray said. “Someone else said, ‘Your voice needs to be shut up.’

A couple days before the window was smashed, I got a call saying I needed to watch my back, and then the phone slammed down.” McCray said that she is convinced that the smashing of her car window is related to the threatening phone calls and e-mails. She was asked by the Blade to provide copies of the threatening e-mails, but said she thought she had deleted most of them. She had hoped to retrieve some, but did not forward any to the Blade by deadline.

McCray said that she has filed a police report about the vandalism to her car and has put in place some new security measures but is otherwise defiant. “Nothing will change in my life,” she said. “I will always be a voice for those who don’t get heard. People need to be aware that when they stand on the front line there are going to be some bullets, you need to protect yourself, but nothing is going to silence my voice.”

This makes me sick. How can this be happening and there is nary a word in the mainstream media or on big dog blogs? It’s as if there is a complete blackout on this topic. You won’t find discussion about this on Freeper boards either. It’s radioactive. Dems won’t touch it; and most progressive blogs are basically MIA on the political ramifications of this divide in the community, and the GOP’s attempt to exploit black homophobia and turn them into votes. They don’t have a good answer, because they don’t know how to talk to the black faith communities about this and think this base of the party will always “come home” on election day.

As I’ve said many times before, the GOP doesn’t have to win over a huge chunk of black votes; all they need is to shave off a few points here and there and that will determine many close races. Between that, and the lack of a compelling argument by the Democrats as to why civil rights for gays and lesbians are nothing to fear and everything to encourage, you get other black voters that will just stay home.

Please, folks, spread the word, get the media to cover this story and make the AmTaliban answer questions about whether they support of men of faith like Willie Wilson.

Earlier Blend posts on this font of intolerance:
* DC pastor – lesbianism is “about to take over our community”

* Homo-bigot DC pastor gets skewered by rights groups

* DC Rev ‘apologizes’ for outrageous sermon attacking gays

* Homo-bigot reverend flaps his lips over lesbianism – again

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