View of the audience from the NBJC's antihomophobia tour. Photo credit: NYT
The National Black Justice Coalition recently held its antihomophobia campaign in Atlanta to discuss among other things how to stop what they perceive as a climate of gay bashing in the church. But speeches at the church sounded more like a left wing political rally. Indeed the NBJC admitted "the Summit is a direct response to anti-[gay]marriage proponents." Some interesting observations from that meeting:
1. NBJC founder Keith Boykin was criticized for posting that blacks in the church where the conference was held were "chanting and cheering". Boykin's crusade against black churches in particular have been sharply criticized because he has no connections to the church, a pillar of black society. Boykin and group champion gay marriage which is seen as a white gay issue, rather than truly reflecting the needs of black people.
2. Accounts vary as to the membership losses of Rev. Kenneth Samuels, one of the handful of progay black clergy in attendance. It was reported that out of the 5,000 members in his church, he lost 1,000 after he became openly gay tolerant. The SF Chronicle added 1,500 more members to the lost roster which would mean Samuels lost half of his congregation.
3. Bishop Yvette Flunder, arguably the lesbian du jour for the NBJC's antichurch initiatives, called the black church opposition to homosexuality "oppression du jour". Although Flunder repeatedly calls for "nonpunitive discourse on human sexuality [video]", she conveniently launches into punitive denouncements of the church she accuses of not wanting to come to her "discussion" table.
"Homophobia was maximized during the election, and African American pastors were mobilized by aggressive white people," she told the Chronicle. The inference is that black pastors are little more than mindless lackeys of white conservatives.
4.The San Francisco Chronicle which reported on the event, inflated attendance numbers. Barely more than 100 people attended, but the Chronicle inflated the number to "more than 200 African American ministers and gay activists". That statement, even if true, is misleading. Actually, almost all of the attendees were either homosexual ministers or homosexual activists.
Audio via WAOK here, here and here.
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