Gawd, these people are tiresome. The Coalition of African-American Pastors (CAAP), headed by Rev. William Owens, sent out an e-blast to its membership, trying yet again to build some momentum against marriage equality by driving a wedge between blacks and gays. (Conveniently rendering those of us who are black and gay, naturally). Here at the Blend we have written about this clownish, feeble organization many times as it pimps the National Organization for Marriage’s race wedge strategy (and CAAP admits sucking off of NOM’s teat as well).
The homophobia spewed by Owens is outrageous:
“If you watch the men who have been caught having sex with little boys, you will note that all of them will say that they were molested as a child…” Owens said. “For the president to condone this type of thing is irresponsible.”
And he panders to the crowd that believes that “civil rights” is a term that cannot and should not be used in any context for the fight for LGBT equality. That’s the message of the latest plea for cash, um support as CAAP plans to gather in DC for a “March for Marriage” as the Supreme Court begins oral arguments in the Prop 8 case:
Gay Marriage is no Civil Right
..The African American family and community have been under constant assault from all sides. Unscrupulous politicians have preyed on the inequities and deficiencies within the Black community for decades. And, today the African American community has been unwillingly dragged into the gay/lesbian’s battle for ‘equality’.
They believe that their civil rights have also been violated, and they also feel that they’re entitled to claim the same level of discrimination experienced by many African Americans historically. Nothing could be further from the truth; there is a stark difference in regard to the problems of each group. No one denies that there is discrimination in regard to homosexuals, but where the objection lies is with the comparison with the Civil Rights struggle.
So as an African American, I am insulted every time this comparison is used to identify and define the ‘struggle’ within the gay community. I do not want to come across harsh, and I do sympathize with discrimination under any circumstance, however to use the word ‘discrimination’ in comparison to the ‘historical ‘Black struggle is inaccurate, and quite frankly in my opinion imbalanced.
Friends, every morning I wake up, I look in the mirror and I see a black man, and there is absolutely nothing that I can do to change my race. Unfortunately, I have to face those in our society who are biased against me, I have no choice. However, a gay or lesbian individual can interact in society with almost complete and total anonymity, they have a choice. In other words, no one has to know what their sexual orientations are. So to ‘come out’ as many have, is a choice they make individually, and what results from that choice. This is not the same as being discriminated against simply because of the color of ones skin.
Unfortunately, because many of us take this position, we are labeled bigots by those in the gay community and by the liberal media. And this is an unfair assessment; there seems to be a ‘disconnect’ when it comes to understanding that we are not bigoted, or prejudiced against the gay community. It is changing the definition of marriage and what it will mean to children and families that we object to. Gay marriage threatens the family, [all families] with devastating impact to societies.
The African American family is already under assault from every side, with abortion, single family households, poverty, and a failing education system. We simply cannot take another body blow. History has evidenced that any society whereby homosexuality has progressed ‘unchecked’ will ultimately lead that society to an unpleasant end. History always tells the story.
… We reject the attempts to alter its meaning and significance by this administration. We reject all attempts to redefine marriage. We reject all attempts to discredit our position, and we reject all attempts to destroy the family.
Sure, you’re bigots. And yes, you are prejudiced against the LGBT community, you just don’t like being called out, Rev. Owens. Blend barista Alvin McEwen:
I feel safe in saying the vast, vast majority of African-Americans do not appreciate being manipulated like pawns, whether or not we support marriage equality. Black people are not monolithic and we certainly aren’t stupid. But here is what the gay community needs to do. Every time Owens and his group shows up in the media, the lgbtq community should remind folks of how they fit into NOM’s strategy of divide and conquer.
It is especially crucial that folks like myself – folks who are members of both communities – to take the lead in getting African-Americans and gays to recognize just who our true enemies are.
Blend contributor Rev. Irene Monroe, prior to the 2012 election, about Owens and his anti-Obama coalition (oops, that effort was a #FAIL, huh?):
I don’t care how many e-blasts this organization sends out, it’s a losing proposition. Marriage equality, and LGBT civil rights efforts are sprouting all over the country and Owens and NOM are doing their best to throw roadblocks in the way, to bolster firewalls of support in areas of the country (primarily the South) where they think they can stave it off due to social conservative cultural norms. Even that is changing city, by city. They want a Supreme Court win badly. Will this court give it to them?