The post today, entitled, "SC: Black minister serves up civil equality challenge to Sen. Obama," on Pam's House Blend is refreshing, as it shows an Afro-American minister advocating for full and equal civil rights for Gay people. Rev. Bennie Colclough, pastor of Greater Bethel A.M.E. Church in Kingstree, South Carolina, said the following:
"The African-American faith community must defend the human dignity of all people as distinguished leaders in our community are calling us to this task.
"Consider Coretta Scott King's remarks in a 1998 address in which she said that "Homophobia is like racism and anti-Semitism and other forms of bigotry in that it seeks to dehumanize a large group of people, to deny their humanity, their dignity and personhood."
"...The African-American faith community must recognize the perpetrators and injustice, and bring about an end to the hurt that has been caused to so many.
"Discrimination is morally wrong and un-Christian. Let me repeat this: Discrimination is morally wrong and un-Christian."
[To read the full post, see here.]
It's high time that clergy behave like Christians and, as does Rev. Colclough, forcefully speak out against the discrimination and oppression of God's LGBT children.
To remain silent in the face of discrimination against others is equivalent to supporting that discrimination! No one who remains silent has their hands clean! If you attend a homophobic church; if you in any way support homophobic clergy; if you do not speak out in favor of full and equal civil and sacramental rights for LGBT people; if you remain silent in the face of the deprivation of full and equal civil and sacramental rights for LGBT people, you are culpable in that homophobia, that discrimination, that oppression, that deprivation!
God bless Rev. Colclough for his articulate sentiments regarding LGBT rights, and for challenging Sen. Obama to confront homophobia by saying he hopes: "Senator Barack Obama will be true to his platform for change, and speak out against religious bigotry coming from a select group of African-American evangelical leaders."
It's unfortunate that the only candidates for President, Dennis Kucinich and Mike Gravel, who were the only candidates supporting full equality for Gay people, did not get meaningful and active support from LGBT people and from all people of good will in the U.S., and that we are left with a group of people who are not likely to have the decency to live up to the sentiments of a man like Rev. Colclough.