Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Anti-Gay Pastor Encourages Blacks to Oppose Federal Hate Crimes Law!
The Bigotry, hate, and exclusion that is being promoted by Bishop Harry Jackson is reprehensible, and unacceptable. Now he's rearing his ugly head again to promote religious-base bigotry. The type of religious-base bigotry used against African Americans in the 1960s. Now that the Bishop has his rights, he wants to shut the door of equality on the next equality movement, the gay rights movement.
The black right-wing pastor now is encouraging the African-American community to oppose the proposed federal hate crimes bill that recently passed the U.S House.
As Rod 2.0 says: Like most black religious conservatives, the senior minister of the Hope Christian Church, one of the largest black mega-churches in Maryland, shrouds his anti-gay message in the history of the civil rights struggle:
"Approximately 50 years ago, my father was threatened at gunpoint by a misguided state trooper for his involvement in civil rights activities. This death threat and the lynching and torture of several young black men in his state led to my family’s migration to the north.
My father engaged in political activism until his death by natural causes over twenty years later. He instilled in me a love for America—her vision and her promise. He also alerted me to the fact the American liberty is a prize for which blacks must continue to fight. ...
Today we are engaged in yet another battle, one that I believe threatens our religious expression. I encourage all African Americans to voice our fervent opposition to the “Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2007”. This bill could greatly affect our religious liberty.
Under the guise of extending existing legislation to protect “sexual orientation” and “gender identity,” the hard-fought liberty of religious freedom could be stripped from the most consistent defender of African-American liberty—the black church."
Justice MH says:Once again Bishop Jackson has fallen in the religious' right ideology of bigotry and hate. The hate crimes bill does NOT threaten religious speech or expression. Once again the bill clearly says: "Nothing in this act, or the amendments made by this Act, shall be construed to prohibit any expressive conduct protected from legal prohibition by, or any activities protected by the free speech or free exercise clauses the First Amendment to the Constitution" the hate crime bill says. Unlike like countries like Sweden, or Canada, America has strict language on freedom of speech. As Rod 2.0 says: If Jackson doesn't like gays and doesn't want the government to prosecute gay-bashers more aggressively, okay, just say that. I'm telling you, just speak your true feelings, or is placing your hatred under the guise of religion is so much easier, right? It's like what Coretta Scott king said " you don't shut one group out from equal rights after the other group has gain equal rights". Unfortunately that's what Bishop Jackson is doing. It's sad that he chooses to stand on the side of bigotry, injustice and hate. While other such as Coretta Scott King, Yolanda King, NAACP Chairman Julian Bond, and Martin Luther King III choose to stand on the side of the dream, equality,and justice!