I knew it wouldn't be long before this troll of a "minister" took to the airwaves to boast about the recent defeat of marriage equality in Maryland. Anti-gay Bishop Harry Jackson recently appeared on the Christian Broadcasting Network to take all of the credit along with the black church for "stopping gay marriage in its tracks" in his home state of Maryland.
The proposed marriage equality bill that passed by a slim majority in Maryland's Senate but failed to garner enough votes necessary for passage in the House was sent back to committee last week after supporters of the bill realized it wouldn't pass if brought to a floor vote.
Jackson is affiliated with the anti-gay National Organization for Marriage and was on the losing end of a bitter fight to prevent marriage equality in the District of Columbia.
I simply cannot wait for someone to out this despicable man.
Blogger Alvin McEwen writes about the black church's incessant need to impede the civil rights of the LGBT community on his blog Holy Bullies and Headless Monsters.
"Being oppressed is not a status symbol. Being oppressed is not a mark of achievement. It should never be used as a pedestal to somehow judge whether or not a group of people are “worthy” of being treated like basic human beings.
Not that it will make a difference in the minds of the people who choose to play this game, but some of those same lgbt scars belong to African Americans. Some of that lgbt pain and humiliation comes from African-American hearts. And some of that lgbt blood shed at the hands of homophobic monsters come from African-American bodies.
And that is the saddest thing about the entire mess. When some African-American leaders rag against lgbt equality, they fool themselves into thinking that they are speaking against hedonistic upper class white gay men sipping fancy cocktails in a ritzy bars.
But that notion is so far from the truth.
African-American leaders who speak against lgbt equality are stabbing their own people in the back - the young black lesbian kicked out of her home for “acting like a man,” the effeminate black gay boy constantly picked on by bullies, the older African-Americans lgbts left adrift and rendered invisible by their own black community, and all of the other assorted black lgbt brothers, sisters, cousins, nephews, nieces, and close friends not given the courtesy of simple public acknowledgement.
And while these self-righteous black leaders may claim that they don’t mean treat their own people in this manner, their pathetic mea culpa don’t mean a drop of water in the bucket to those like myself who have to deal with such things on a constant basis.
Through their barrage of hurtful comments, these black leaders foster a rejection of African-American lgbts like myself, thereby telling us that we are not a genuine part of the black community.
And that hurts."
Watch Bishop Harry Jackson gloat over what will be a short-lived victory in Maryland in the clip below.