Eugene Robinson slays Bishop Eddie Long

This has to be the finest piece written, yet, since the Bishop Eddie Long scandal has broken.

In 2004, Long led a march to Martin Luther King Jr.’s grave site in support of a Georgia constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. Two years later, when it was decided that Coretta Scott King’s funeral would be held at New Birth — the Kings’ daughter Bernice is one of the ministers there — veteran civil rights activist Julian Bond was outraged. “I knew her attitude toward gay and lesbian rights,” he said of Coretta Scott King. “I just couldn’t imagine that she’d want to be in that church with a minister who was a raving homophobe.”

The black church in America has long mixed political activism with a deep social conservatism. But while polls show that the nation has become much more understanding and tolerant of homosexuality, the black church has been painfully slow to change. I wrote a column several years ago suggesting that black preachers come down from the pulpit and get to know their parishioners — and I still think that would be a good start.

Robinson goes on to hit every note sans maybe the admonition we should expect our political leaders to observe and keep homophobia from the pulpit from infiltrating and influencing public policy. Bishop Eddie Long, whether proven guilty or not of allegations, but certainly culpable of repulsive homophobia, is a fine reason for the continued separation of church and state.

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  • http://insideoutandbackwards.files.wordpress.com/2010/12/creepy-clown-nun.jpg Ritorna Vincitor

    Ah yes. Another brilliant piece by Eugene Robinson. I remember reading his brilliant words at Obama’s inauguration. Never got to actually see him give that speech at the inauguration, because it was given at the inauguration kick-off ceremony three days before the inauguration and HBO decided not to cover it. After Obama’s choice of Rick Warren for the inaugural spotlight caused a firestorm of protest, Obama invited Robinson to speak, giving him an early time-slot that the media ignored. And who did Obama choose to be the inauguration’s de facto Pope? Why, Rick Warren, of course. The man who successfully campaigned for Prop 8, who said gays “think they are smarter than God” and choose “to disobey God’s sexual instructions.” The man who equated gay marriage with incest, child abuse, polygamy and pedophilia, and said we didn’t even have a right to civil unions. The man who pastored a church that had an ex-gay program. The whole world got to see and hear Rick Warren invoking God’s blessing on the Obama presidency.Robinson writes, “I wrote a column several years ago suggesting that black preachers come down from the pulpit and get to know their parishioners — and I still think that would be a good start.” Very good advice. But it appears that at least in some black parishes the parishioners are getting to know their pastors instead.

  • nicho

    And Martin Luther Kimg’s daughter is another hate monger at that cesspool of a church — proving that while the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, the nuts can roll quite a distance.

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