There's no fail like a minister fail, and that's what recently happened in Mississippi when a white minister decided to not marry a black couple at his church because a few members complained and said they'd come for his job. In a breath-taking case of CYA, Rev. Stan Weatherford chose his job over doing the right thing and that's what lead to me writing about it for Clutch Magazine Tuesday.
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One of my least favorite news stories is back! You remember it from the Proposition 8 saga. It's the one about black people hating gay people. Unless you're that unfortunate black person who also happens to be gay. I suppose you're involved with some "war within." Wait? You're not? You just live as both a gay and a black American? Well, damn. Who knew?
I've always been fascinated in the disconnect between those enraged with President Obama versus his typically much more moderate or typical responses. They see some foaming at the mouth radical, tossing around handouts and sending out assassination squads and I just see this ...
As if that's a bad thing.
Rick Santorum, college graduate and presidential candidate, recently argued that Barack Obama, college graduate and current president of the United States, was a "snob" because he wanted all Americans to have the opportunity to go to college. Santorum argued that this seemingly benign thing had malevolent intent because college is the place Liberals are made -- or something. Ignoring the fact that pretty much everyone running for president, including himself, went to college, and in the case of the GOP candidates, somehow they all went to college and weren't turned into sodomites and radical black leftists. Nope. They went to college and are still their same obnoxious, narcissistic selves. Because, as you know, college is a place where you get an education, not a "re-education."
The great gathering of Mainstream Klansmen Smart Enough to Not Wear Hoods, aka "The Value Voters Summit," met over the weekend in Washington, D.C. and there folks engaged in their usual "gays and Islam are the greatest threats to America" hate speech, but no one called it that because they didn't use the "N-word" or wear hoods. It was great. They chose Ron Paul as their favorite Republican, and Value Voters summiter Baptist minister Robert Jeffress grabbed the media mic to call Mitt Romney a "moral" man who happens to be a member of the cult of Mormonism.
Oh, well, THAT'S going to get complicated!
In a rare, revealing moment on television, CNN's Don Lemon admitted for the first time in public that he was a victim of sexual abuse as a child. While conducting a televised discussion with a group of Bishop Eddie Long supporters Saturday, Lemon recalled abuse that started when he was six-years-old. As reported on Richard Prince's Journal-ism's blog for the Maynard Institute, Lemon said he hid the secret of his abuse until he was 30 years old because of shame.
A defiant Bishop Eddie Long said today he'll be back next week, beaming, unphased from the pulpit as he beat back recent allegations that he sexually coerced young men, then teens, at his church and youth program. Long said this was an "extremely difficult time" for him, his family and his church, but that he was going to "fight."
Megachurch prosperity gospel preacher, Bishop Eddie Long was recently slapped with charges that he pressured young men into sexual relationships with him. Since the news dropped there have been comparisons to the Catholic Church and its many scandals involving child molesting priests and other sex related controversies. There have also been a lot of jokes (sometimes tempered with cries that sexual coercions is not funny ... and, honestly, it isn't). But the underlying theme in the jokes and the comparisons is the feeling that something isn't quite right in some black churches.
Several months back professional yak-meister and political hustler Glenn Beck took a break out of his usual schedule of crying and bloviating to accuse President Barack Obama of having a deep seated hatred for white people -- despite being half white and raised by nothing but white people, including his mother and grandparents. Now Beck says he misspoke.
It gets so confusing sometimes.