How irresponsible is this, given the rates of HIV/AIDS in the black community?! Matt Comer of QNotes reports about a play slated to come to Winston-Salem State University that is full of stereotypes and does nothing to educate, but provides plenty of misinformation.
A play featuring anti-gay and “ex-gay” religious themes will be showcased at Winston-Salem State University by a traveling, Atlanta, Ga.-based Christian production company headed by an African-American minister and his wife. The duo claims a person can be healed of HIV/AIDS through prayer and say an associate pastor with their company has done just that.
Winston-Salem State is a historically black university. The high rate of HIV infections among African-American women and men who have sex with men make these messages particularly controversial.
On Sept. 28, the actors and actresses of “Church Mess” are slated to perform at Winston-Salem State’s Williams Auditorium. According to C 3 Entertainment, the play “features the religious church mother, the money hungry deacon, the financially strapped college student that is having an affair with the deacon, the choir member that lives an alternative lifestyle, the members that are in love with the pastor, the ‘down-low brother’ that’s hooked on pornography, and the playboy minister of music.”
OK. How many cliches can you wrap up in a evening at the theater? This is the handiwork of Rev. Chad Everette Cooper and his wife Alicia Robinson Cooper, who believe that homosexuality is “a condition in need of a cure,” and make the outrageous claim that an associate pastor was healed from homosexuality and AIDS.
The university is taking a hands-off approach about hosting the play, saying that it simply is renting the auditorium facilities for the engagement to C 3 Entertainment and that “the university does not conduct background checks for organizations that apply for its facilities.” Matt pressed them further and got this response:
Asked if the university thought it was a responsible move to allow C 3 Entertainment access to their facility, which will be primarily filled with students, given their radical and dangerous public health messages, Singleton declined to respond.
Here is the video that appeared on TBN where the Coopers made the claim of the “healing.”