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5 comments | Sunday, July 01, 2007

(Bishop Harry Jackson, middle and Ted Haggard, right) How ironic

The NBJC recently responded to the outlandish claims by anti-gay conservative Bishop Harry Jackson regarding the the proposed hate crimes bill S-1105 also know as The Matthew Shepard Act. The bill was written to ensure that crimes commited against LGBT people would be prosecuted under the fullest extent of the law and would also provide local law enforcement with the tools necessary to curb the increase of violence against individuals based on gender or sexual orientation.

Bishop Jackson and those who wish to kill the bill would like people to believe if the bill is passed they will be unable to exercise their first amendment rights, which couldn't be any further from the truth. Dr. Michael Eric Dyson and Sylvia Rhue said it best,"Pastors will remain free to condemn, demean, defame and dehumanize their gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered congregants and neighbors as they feel called by their religious beliefs."

Isn't that what this whole argument is all about? Bishop Jackson says that the current murder laws we have in place should be sufficient and there shouldn't be any "special rights" given to homosexuals. Why is it that when we want justice under the law and the same rights and privileges granted to every other American we're asking for something "special"?

I want Bishop Harry Jackson to sit down with Rashawn Brazell's mother and listen to her tell him how she lost her son because some homophobic murderer decided to take his life and scatter his remains over New York City in trashbags. And how to this day the killer has never been caught and justice has not been served.

There is a need for this bill and it's a shame that Bishop's head is so far up George Bush's behind that he cannot see that for himself. I've never witnessed so much hate in a person that professes to be a christian. I was always taught that being a christian meant a person was christ-like. Bishop's contempt for the gay community , our political success, and visibility in mainstream America runs so deep it's almost impossible to imagine 50 years ago he was faced with the same discrimination and oppression as a minority in this country. I'm convinced that gay is the new black and LGBT people are the last minority it's socially acceptable to hate.

As I was researching Bishop's views on the LGBT community and The Matthew Shepard Act I came across a video that was rather disturbing but not surprising given Bishop's history for being a vocal opponent of equality for gays and lesbians.

In this video he's joined by other ministers white and black as they express their moral outrage over the success of the hate crimes bill in the House. They pray and one commands that gay pastors will come out of the pulpit and another forsees that "a pastor will drop dead in the pulpit" ! If you ask me christianity has been hi-jacked in this country by these people and the real children of God need to take it back. We as LGBT people have every right to a relationship with God and to fellowship with other believers without feeling like lepers.

Bishop Jackson and other ministers like him are doing more harm than good, especially to the members of his church who identify as gay or lesbian, and don't be fooled we're there. It's sad that some of us are so used to the abuse we don't know how to get up and leave, we just sit there Sunday after Sunday and take it.

I'll be praying that Bishop Jackson realizes that he has the power to breathe life and love into everyone he comes in contact with whether they're gay or straight, because that's exactly what Jesus would do.


<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

I have to support Bishop Jackson in this case. This bill simply cannot pass.

In the end, the battle is "discrimination" over favortism...which one do you think is better?

July 02, 2007 5:07 AM

<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

Rev Jackson and the Captain represent in some ways a trend in the new face of domestic discontent in America - what has been termed Religio-Facism.

Just like the Taliban and Al Quaida, religio-facists would impose their facistic version of religion on all.. first by the ballot box if possible, second by attempting to prevent the adoption of laws that would restrict their facistic activities, and if all else fails eventually by the sword.

Honor killings, public stoning of homosexuals and others deemed morally deficient or noncompliant with religious edicts, the bombing of abortion clinics, the sky is simply no limit.

We sleep safe in our beds at night against the threat of facistic Islam because, frankly, rough men stand ready to do violence to protect our freedoms.

Don't just be gay and proud. Exercise your constitutional right to arm yourselves. Train and prepare for the day when as citizens you will stand fast to protect your own families and freedoms.

July 02, 2007 4:05 PM

<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

@Captain: I can see why Darian doesn't respond to you. You say some things that make people think: "how can he type that"? Your self-loathing mind is NO surprise! Gay men like you are a usual case, but a SAD case!

July 03, 2007 1:12 AM

<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

Ponoono- Those are extreme perspectives I do not share. I guess that is the typical counter-argument the gay community has learned to throw back when they're challenged, just a slip-slope argument. Dismissed.

Injustice MH- Darian doesn't have to respond, this is his blog and the power of choice belongs to him. Don't attack me...I was just asking a question. Is there a harm asking a question? Why kill the messenger? You're quick to shout out, "self-loathing", but I'm far from that my dear boy. Get to know me before making unfounded assumptions.

July 03, 2007 7:50 AM

<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

new here.get to know you, captian? okay, where's your blog? anybody gay in your life?

August 12, 2007 5:12 PM


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