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Black Christian Pastors Proclaim ‘You Are My Enemy’ If You Support Gay Marriage (Video)

by David Badash on May 15, 2014

in Bigotry Watch,Discrimination,Marriage,News,Politics,Religion

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A group of Black Christian pastors were the face of a coalition of well-known religious non-profits at a press conference yesterday protesting a ruling that struck down Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriage. Michigan’s attorney general Bill Schuette is appealing that ruling, and the presser was organized by the Michigan Catholic Conference, the Thomas More Law Center, and “a national coalition of Baptists, Lutherans, Mormons and evangelicals led by Catholic bishops filed three separate briefs Wednesday in the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati,” USA Today reports.

“You are my enemy! Anybody that’s an enemy of God is an enemy of mine,” declared Pastor Roland Caldwell of the Burnette Inspiration Baptist Church of Detroit. “And now the fight is on! We’ve come together to say, ‘Hell no. We’re not going to sit back.’”

Rev. Stacey Swimp of Flint, Michigan told the audience that same-sex marriage will “destroy the backbone of our society.”

“We love everybody, but we don’t love the (gay) lifestyle,” Rev. Rex Evans, pastor of Free Will Baptist Church in Ypsilanti, Michigan told the audience. There’s a “small group of people trying to destroy the foundation” of America. “It’s time to take our nation back.”

USA Today reports the “ministers criticized people who compare the struggle for same-sex marriage to the black civil rights movement, saying such a comparison is offensive and historically inaccurate.”

Noting that millions of blacks were killed by slavery and public lynchings, Swimp said that backers of gay marriage who compare their movement to black struggles are being “intellectually empty, dishonest.”

In their recent decisions legalizing gay marriage, judges have referenced the 1967 court case Loving v. Virginia, which legalized interracial marriage in the United States.

The brief from the black ministers criticized the idea that allowing same-sex marriage is the same as allowing interracial marriage. Comparing the gay rights movement to black civil rights is “ignorant and myopic,” said Richard Thompson, president of the Thomas More Law center, who attended the rally in Detroit to show support.

“Hallelujah” some in the crowd said as speakers attacked gay marriage and same-gender sexual relations. They criticized celebrities and sports stars such as Ellen DeGeneres and Michael Sam who identify themselves as gay.

“We believe in the Judeo-Christian conception on which America was founded upon,” said the Rev. Rader Johnson of Greater Bibleway Temple in Bay City, Mich.

Many quoted from the Bible and the history of Christianity to back up their beliefs. They also portrayed themselves as under attack from a secular culture that’s hostile to religion.

The ministers are intentionally ignoring that the Bible condones the very slavery of which they speak, and are intentionally ignoring how it was used in their lifetimes to uphold Jim Crow laws making them second-class citizens. The bible was also used in arguments opposing interracial marriage, ultimately struck down by Loving v. Virginia in 1967.


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SeanLiberty13 May 15, 2014 at 10:03 am

Anybody who is against the American values of freedom and equality are uncivilized bigots and the enemy of America.

Mildred Loving and Coretta Scott King, just to name a few, support marriage equality and compare gay rights to civil rights and black people would not be "Christian" if white people had not forced them to be. America was not founded on "Christian" anything (see 1st 10 words of the 1st amendment). The same savages that lynched blacks did the same to gays.

Those statements are what are ignorant, myopic, intellectually empty, offensive, dishonest, and historically inaccurate. Nothing but uneducated trash from uneducated, mentally diseased, anti-American, anti-freedom trash. Those House Negro Uncle Toms would not have their freedom today if black LGBT people did not fight for the civili rights movement such as Bayard Rustin, Rodney Powell (freedom rider, student of MLK, and sit-in leader), and Langston Hughes (just to name a few). Those "pastors" are INGRATES.

We are taking OUR lives back from anti-gay TRASH. They can get out of the way and stop interfering in and controlling our lives willingly or they can be physically forced to. Fair warning.

ugandastories May 15, 2014 at 10:08 am

If you want to vent, here is Pastor Caldwell's Facebook page to leave a direct message:

saltcay May 15, 2014 at 10:23 am

If you go to this assholes FB page, many of the recent postings he has posted are advertisments for his RIB SHACK! Such a good "Christian".

rjhuntington May 15, 2014 at 10:35 am

Anyone who thinks same-sex marriage is wrong (for any reason) should not marry a person of the same gender as themselves! But to claim it is "anti-Christian" is just ridiculous. The one called "Christ", our friend from Galilee, never said a word about homosexuality, nor did he reference scripture about it.

If he is who his followers believe he is, then surely he has the wherewithal to see his words on any topic preserved. His silence on the subject is (or should be!) a huge clue for his putative adherents despite the hateful exhortations of small-minded men of questionable intent who posture and pretend.

The master said, "Love one another". What's so difficult?

inismagrath May 15, 2014 at 11:05 am

Good. The fight is on, "preacher" so stop talking and bring it. BRING. IT.

rogerwolsey May 15, 2014 at 12:28 pm

Sadly, instead of making them more compassionate and seeking solidarity, certain members of oppressed minority groups go the opposite direction by seeking to feel better about themselves by putting other oppressed persons down.

The good news is that more and more African Americans and Hispanics are recognizing their common ground with LGBTQI persons.

Roger Wolsey, author, Kissing Fish: christianity for people who don't like christianity

JustJinxed May 15, 2014 at 12:57 pm

It is like the days of segregation, maybe not slavery or the whole of the black civil rights. But we do go out every day as a black man in white man makeup. We live every moment not being ourselves for fear of segregation. We make up stories to co-workers to fit in and we introduce our most cherished at the company BBQ, as nothing more than "friends".

At the end of the day, we go home, remove the make up and cry. It isn't fair, and the only thing breaking the backbone of America is the alienation these groups are creating themselves. Without the fear, without having to hide, by being able to enter into a committed relationship, much of the deviancy they speak of would sputter out into nothing. Gay pride parades would be replaced by family picnics. Gay bars and back room porn shops replaced by other commerce, the world would become a better place over all. We would be integrated and have no need for all this separatism.

Marriage is not defined by any of these religions, they are the thieves. And justice will be served. We will reclaim marriage for the PEOPLE as it was before any of these religions came on the scene.

You said the words, you now have your enemy. Come at me brother. I have nothing but a hug for you while you slip that dagger in my back. Let the world see the blood on your hands.

newmexico51 May 15, 2014 at 1:15 pm
Angry Fag May 15, 2014 at 1:16 pm

This guy needs to check with my secretary before automatically signing me up for destroying the backbone of society AND the foundation of America. I've been kind of busy this week shoving the gay agenda down everyone's throat, you know…I don't appreciate the added burden without clearing it with me first.

Some people, I tell ya….

johnozed May 15, 2014 at 4:51 pm

Jesus would be so proud.

Lee May 15, 2014 at 10:01 pm

Oh look, the village idiot.

Flexdoc1 May 16, 2014 at 8:27 am

Wonder how many women, or men, he has cheated with.

edfdavidson May 17, 2014 at 3:50 pm

As a minority myself, and gay man, it BOTHERS me even MORE when shit like THIS comes from the mouths of other minorites! Wasn't THAT long ago YOU COULDN'T VOTE, GET MARRIED, or EVEN SIT AT A COUNTER IN A RESTAURANT! and now YOU GOT SOME SHIT TO SAY ABOUT MY RIGHTS!? NIGGA PLEASE!

SigoTratando May 18, 2014 at 4:03 pm

Does the struggle for civil rights for homosexual citizens rise to the degree as occurred the black struggle in this country? No. But degree does not automatically surrender the notion of "struggle for civil rights" to the African race. Saying that comparing the gay-rights movement to black struggles is “intellectually empty, dishonest" or "ignorant and myopic" is appropriation and arrogance — and, frankly, racist. To appropriate civil-rights struggle is arrogance: attributing unto yourselves something you do not actually possess.

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