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Aug. 2nd, 2009 @ 08:50 am "...Something Sick...About Break[ing] Into People's Bedrooms & Claim That God Sent You."
I had referenced Rev. Al Sharpton on one of my recent posts, and I included a link to his stance & work in overturning California's Proposition 8, which included a portion of a speech he had given at an Atlanta church. Below I have included a link to the entire article from the website for the newspaper, Southern Voice, which describes itself as the South's "most respected and most read gay and lesbian newspaper."

Below the link you'll find parts of Rev. Sharpton's speech earlier this year at Atlanta's Tabernacle Baptist Church. I know that he is a pretty controversial figure for a lot of people & I know that he probably has as many detractors as fans, but I really do love the way Sharpton can turn a phrase & how he can fire up the faithful!

Most of all, though, I love how fearless he is in speaking up for GLBTQI people & how willing he is to take this particular good fight to the fearmongers who--to paraphrase the line from the movie Saved!--delight in using the Bible as a weapon against our community.

Sharpton decries churches pushing Prop. 8

It amazes me when I looked at California and saw churches that had nothing to say about police brutality, nothing to say when a young black boy was shot while he was wearing police handcuffs, nothing to say when the they overturned affirmative action, nothing to say when people were being delegated into poverty, yet they were organizing and mobilizing to stop consenting adults from choosing their life partners. There is something immoral and sick about using all of that power to not end brutality and poverty, but to break into people’s bedrooms and claim that God sent you.

I am tired of seeing ministers who will preach homophobia by day, and then after they’re preaching, when the lights are off they go cruising for trade.

We know you’re not preaching the Bible, because if you were preaching the Bible we would have heard from you. We would have heard from you when people were starving in California, when they deregulated the economy and crashed Wall Street you had nothing to say. When [alleged Ponzi schemer Bernie] Madoff made off with the money, you had nothing to say. When Bush took us to war chasing weapons of mass destruction that weren’t there you had nothing to say. … But all of a sudden when Proposition 8 came out you had so much to say, but since you stepped in the rain, we gonna step in the rain with you.
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Date:May 19th, 2010 07:46 am (UTC)
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Old entry, but I just came across it.

I totally needed to see this today, so thanks. :)
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Date:May 19th, 2010 10:23 am (UTC)
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It is an old entry, of course, but Reverend Sharpton's words are as relevant today as they were the day he spoke them.

Thank YOU for letting me know that this post lifted you a little. I post things like this because I can't believe how ugly we can be to one another sometimes, and because I never cease to be amazed at all the hurts people will inflict in their creator's name. Ultimately, though, I think it's a way for me to release a little righteous indignation.

I also know that there are many, many good hearts out there in the world: hearts that hurt for those who only know the back of the hand of the people who should be the human representation of God's heart; people who also know the same righteous indignation that I feel as a gay Christian, when imperfect human beings begin attaching selective exclusionary codicils to God's unconditional love. They delight, it seems, in slaying people like us with their mean-spirited small print.

I used to take these people at their word, and it caused me a world of hurt & self-hatred...back in the days before I came to understand the difference between God & those who proudly (yet erroneously) claim to speak for God. I finally understand that since I unwittingly gave them the power to batter & bruise my heart & my soul with their faux gospel, that I could also revoke that power, which is what I've done.

It's kinda like that scene from The Wizard of Oz when Glinda, The Good Witch of the North, told the Wicked Witch of the West to begone because she had no power here. :-)