Monday, January 17, 2011

Black Pastors Denounce Gay Rights Tie to MLK

Taking the occasion of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, dozens of pastors from across the Chicago area expressed their opposition to homosexualists claiming an analogy between the momentous civil rights movement and the movement to normalize deviant sexual behavior.

-- From "Ministers Denounce Comparison Of Dr. King, Gay Rights" posted at WBBM/CBS Radio Chicago 1/17/11

“When we apply words to things that are as sacred as a movement to free a people – African-Americans – from the stigma of the color of their skin, and then apply that to what I call a lifestyle choice that wants to be made into a law, I find that very disheartening,” [said Rev. Al Cleveland, the pastor of a church in Bensenville, IL].

Cleveland said to equate the gay rights movement with the work of Dr. King perverts a noble cause.

The group [of pastors] said in a news release that comparing the gay rights movement to the civil rights movement is the equivalent of using “the heroic battle to end racial discrimination as a Trojan Horse to eradicate moral judgments about homosexual conduct. All civilized persons — particularly African-Americans — should be outraged.”

“Homosexualist organizations have one goal that reigns supreme over all others: the eradication of the true moral belief that homosexual acts are profoundly immoral,” the news release continues, “and they are willing to exploit the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement in order to achieve their morally dubious and intellectually vacuous goal.”

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From "Ill. Church Leaders Reject Gays Misrepresenting MLK's Legacy" by Stephanie Samuel, Christian Post Reporter 1/17/11

The group, which largely consisted of African-Americans, gathered Monday to speak out and commune together at a luncheon. Most of the concerns shared were that of "deep concern" over legislation connecting gay rights to the civil rights movement – which helped secure voting rights and end the discrimination that was rampant in the south.

King, born into a family of reverends, pursued theology studies at Crozer Theological Seminary in 1948 and Boston University in 1955. Following his ordination, King served as assistant pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church, his father's. After finishing his doctoral studies at BU, he became the pastor of Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Ala.

King accomplished all these things before he got involved in the fight for racial equality. As pastor of Dexter, he founded the Southern Christian Leadership Conference with three other ministers. King and others orchestrated civil right protests in Georgia and Alabama through the SCLC. In 1960, King returned to Ebenezer Baptist Church as co-pastor with his father until his death in 1968.

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From "Christian leaders rally against gay activists 'hijacking' Martin Luther King legacy" by Kevin J. Jones, Catholic News Agency 1/17/11

Dr. Alveda King, full-time director of African-American Outreach for Priests for Life and King's niece, cited her uncle's advice columns written for Ebony magazine in 1957 and 1958.

"In advising men and women on questions of personal behavior 50 years ago, Uncle Martin sounded no different than a conservative Christian preacher does now," she commented. "He was pro-life, pro-abstinence before marriage, and based his views on the unchanging Word of the Bible. Today, Planned Parenthood would condemn Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as part of the 'religious right'."

"Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a man of peace, justice, and most of all a man of God," Alveda King continued, suggesting that he would be working today to secure justice for those in the womb endangered by abortion.

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From "King's Legacy and Civil Rights Cause Misrepresented" by Laurie Higgins, Illinois Family Institute 1/16/11

Illinois State Senator Heather Steans (D-Chicago) cited Dr. Martin Luther King's description of "the long arc of the moral universe that bends toward justice," saying that jettisoning the most enduring criterion of marriage -sexual complementarity- is the moral equivalent of "ending Jim Crow segregation laws."

State Senator Michael Noland (D-Elgin) continued by saying dishonestly that "We have come far on this issue of Civil Rights and today good men and woman on both sides of the aisle should be able to unite behind this very straightforward issue." This is dishonest in that the legalization of civil unions for homosexuals is anything but a "straight forward issue."

Both State Representative Careen Gordon (D-Morris) and openly homosexual State Representative Greg Harris (D-Chicago) further exploited the flawed analogy by comparing same sex marriage to interracial marriage. They are in essence saying that opposition to discrimination based on an immutable, non-behavioral, morally neutral condition like race is equivalent to homosexuals' fight to normalize and institutionalize deviant sexual relations. Rep. Gordon expressed a radical and heretical notion in her plea for civil unions, which is merely a more publicly palatable term for same sex marriages. She described the passage of the civil union bill as doing "God's work."

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