Some of us are Black, some of us are gay, and those of us who are both aren't worth giving the time of day....
The Obama Gospel Concert Hate Tour
Mr. McClurkin is the preacher who had said he was gay but was “cured” through prayer and tonight he was the star act in a parade of star acts, which included the Mighty Clouds.And there's more:
The whole controversy might have been forgotten in the swell of gospel sound except Mr. McClurkin turned the final half hour of the three-hour concert into a revival meeting about the lightning rod he has become for the Obama campaign.
He approached the subject gingerly at first. Then, just when the concert had seemed to reach its pitch and about to end, Mr. McClurkin returned to it with a full-blown plea: “Don’t call me a bigot or anti-gay when I have suffered the same feelings,” he cried.
“God delivered me from homosexuality,” he added. He then told the audience to believe the Bible over the blogs: “God is the only way.” The crowd sang and clapped along in full support....
Mr. McClurkin’s support for Mr. Obama could signal to some black evangelical voters that race and religion are more important than Mr. Obama’s support for gay rights.
A September poll conducted by Winthrop University and ETV showed that 74 percent of South Carolina African-Americans believe homosexuality is "unacceptable."
Michael Vandiver, president of the South Carolina Gay and Lesbian Pride Movement said that he was disappointed by Obama's refusal to take McClurkin off the bill, but that he hopes it will be an opportunity for new dialogue.
"This is not a protest of Senator Obama, but rather a vigil in opposition of Reverend McClurkin and his statements on homosexuality," Vandiver said before the concert. "We're also here to show our support for Rev. Andy Sidden."
Sidden is the white, gay pastor added to the concert bill as a last minute compromise by the Obama campaign. Sidden's appearance was notably brief and anti-climactic: He said a short prayer to the auditorium at the very beginning of the program, when the arena was only about half full, and then he left.
Obama, while not present, appeared on a videotaped message to the crowd, saying, “The artists you’re going to hear from are some of the best in the world, and favorites of Michelle and myself.”
McClurkin said during the concert that he had been introduced to Obama by Oprah Winfrey.
All BFFs of Oprah's, sounds like fun! But wait, there's more! Now Obama's once again spouting right-wing frames. Yippee! (Good people of Illinois, just think, you could have worked to elect Alan Keyes rather than wasted time and money on this wannabe triangulator!)
Part of the reason that we have had a faith outreach in our campaigns is precisely because I don't think the LGBT community or the Democratic Party is served by being hermetically sealed from the faith community and not in dialogue with a substantial portion of the electorate, even though we may disagree with them.
(Pssst: just in case they don't get it, the Black faggots and dykes can just go to hell!)
The somewhat astounding thing is that Obama supposedly had the Black male primary vote in South Carolina sewn up, and was really vying for Black women voters. And as should be clear to anyone with half a brain, neither he nor any other Democrat, including John Edwards who was born there, is going to win South Carolina in the general election under any circumstances. But hey, kicking Black gays under the chassis may win some White and Black evangelical votes in Arkansas, Nevada, Colorado, Ohio, Missouri, West Virginia, and uh, somewhere else, so that's all that matters, right?