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3 comments | Thursday, December 03, 2009

Video has surfaced of a very spirited debate between Rev. Irene Monroe and Bishop Harry Jackson shot prior to the National Equality March on Washington.

Rev. Monroe is Coordinator of the African American Roundtable of the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies in Religion and Ministry at the Pacific School of Religion and a frequent contributor to Pam's House Blend. She is also a lesbian.

Bishop Jackson needs no introduction as his anti-gay record has been covered extensively on loldarian.com and throughout the blogosphere. Bishop Jackson is at the forefront of the movement to stop marriage equality from becoming a reality in DC, an effort that is most likely to fail as the DC City Council voted 11-2 on Monday in the first of two votes that will legalize same-sex marriage in the district.

This debate is particularly noteworthy as it provides a different point of view of scripture as it relates to LGBT people and marriage equality from Rev. Monroe. Too often homophobic messages by ministers such as Bishop Jackson saturate the media and give the false impression that his views are widely held by the black community and black clergy. There are affirming churches and clergy and it's time their messages of love, tolerance, and inclusivity are heard.

Get into the debate below and tell me your thoughts:

Thanks NBJC


<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

To say that something isn't bigotry because you are being faithful to the Bible is a great big ole crock.

So let me get this straight. If you are a Christian and treat or act towards someone in a certain way because of your beliefs, then you CAN'T be a bigot.

I think we all know enough history to say that our brothers and sisters who hung from trees, had dogs set upon them, were denied integrated marriages, voting rights and had crosses burnt in their front yards by "Christian"(therefore not possibly bigotted) organizations would heartily disagree.

December 03, 2009 10:57 PM

<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

This is the first time I have heard Harry Jackson speak and not want to throw a brick at him.

This is a testament to the lovely reverend Irene Monroe who conducted herself with class and intelligence and really drove home her points even if he didn't want to hear him.

She is a brilliant woman and it's a shame more pastors aren't like her.

December 04, 2009 2:33 PM

<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

The Curse of Ham
I vote for the return of slavery. Allow me to justify by God's word and doings.

Jesus is not recorded as having expressed any opinion on slavery. Slave owners were carrying out God's plan by buying the using slaves.

God's word: Noah cursed his grandson Canaan, the son of Ham, who settled in Africa. The dark skin of Africans became associated with this "curse of Ham." Thus slavery of Africans became religiously justifiable.

In the Bible devils were always depicted as black. Later pseudo-scientific theories would be built around African skull shapes, dental structure, and body postures, in an attempt to find an unassailable argument--rooted in whatever the most persuasive contemporary idiom happened to be: law, theology, genealogy, or natural science -- why one part of the human race should live in perpetual indebtedness to another."

Therefore, today I vote for my right to purchase and own Rev. Harry Jackson as my slave.

Certainly, Rev. Jackson would also be a stark supporter in my quest based upon the word of God and biblical scripture. Yes?

December 05, 2009 4:01 PM


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