Keynote Speaker for Ebenezer Baptist's MLK Day. Guess Who?

That’s right.  None other than Homobigot Rick Warren.

The Atlanta Black LGBT Coalition last week called on Ebenezer Baptist Church, the historic church where Dr. Martin Luther King served as pastor, to remove Pastor Rick Warren as the keynote speaker for its upcoming MLK Day service.

“Rev. Warren’s hateful opposition to civil rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and reproductive rights for women, and his intolerance of diversity contradict the values of freedom and equality that this day represents,” the group said…

“Bestowing Rev. Warren such a prominent role does not foster greater understanding between divided communities. Instead it drives more wedges between disenfranchised communities that are continually pitted against each other by the agents of racism and homophobia,” the gay coalition said.

The keynote speaker last year?  Warren’s BFF Barack Obama, who famously told the audience that “our own community has not always been true to King’s vision of a beloved community,” in part because “we have scorned our gay brothers and sisters instead of embracing them.”  Guess they didn’t get the message.

The MLK Day service takes place on January 19th, one day before the Obama inauguration.  Looks like Warren successfully negotiated a package deal.

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.” –MLK, Jr.

Crossposted at Blue Mass Group

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