This makes me sick. The fundies dragged out their black pastors to rail about the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act, which would extend protections to include sexual orientation and gender identity.

And guess who’s behind the little road show of bigotry — Alan Chambers of Exodus. (365gay):

Bishop Harry Jackson, Jr., Pastor Marvin Winans, Bishop Larry Brandon and Bishop Liston Paige, Jr. were joined at a Washington news conference on Tuesday to denounce adding gays to the hate crime bill.

The Black pastors said sexuality cannot be equated to race and civil rights.

“We stand today with many in the African-American community who also recognize that one’s sexuality can be changed, but one’s skin color cannot,” said Alan Chambers, the President of Exodus International, the largest of the so-called ex-gay groups.

“We call upon Congress to promote legislation that affirms authentic equality and protects our religious freedoms.” he said, adding that the legislation “says that we, as former homosexuals, are of less value and worth less legal protection now then when we were living as homosexuals.”

While they are bloviating, you can tell Congress to pass the legislation.

Pam Spaulding

Pam Spaulding