Anti-Gay Pastors Hold a Press Conference

That group of virulently anti-gay black pastors from Michigan held a press conference to announce their filing of an amicus brief in the Michigan same-sex marriage case the other day and flew into some serious flights of rhetorical fancy in making their case.

“Hallelujah” some in the crowd said as speakers attacked gay marriage and same-gender sexual relations. They criticized celebrities and sports stars such as Ellen DeGeneres and Michael Sam who identify themselves as gay.

“We believe in the Judeo-Christian conception on which America was founded upon,” said the Rev. Rader Johnson of Greater Bibleway Temple in Bay City, Mich.

Many quoted from the Bible and the history of Christianity to back up their beliefs. They also portrayed themselves as under attack from a secular culture that’s hostile to religion.

“We love everybody, but we don’t love the (gay) lifestyle,” said the Rev. Rex Evans, pastor of Free Will Baptist Church in Ypsilanti, Mich. He said there’s a “small group of people trying to destroy the foundation” of the U.S. “It’s time to take our nation back.”

Speakers at the rally criticized pastors who support same-sex marriage.

“The fight is on,” exhorted the Rev. Roland Caldwell, pastor of the Burnette Inspiration Baptist Church of Detroit, during the rally. “We’ve come together to say, ‘Hell no. We’re not going to sit back.’ “

*yawn* Yes, yes, yes. You love the sinner, not the sin. They’re trying to destroy the foundation of the country. You have to take the nation back. What’s funny about this is that these black pastors are echoing the exact same argument used by racists fighting against the civil rights movement.

“We don’t hate black people, we just don’t think people should be forced to be integrated.”

“This country was founded by white people and this is going to destroy that foundation.”

“We have to take our country back from these radical integrationists.”


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  • eric

    “We love everybody, but we don’t love the (gay) lifestyle,”

    So don’t practice it.

    When will these folks learn the difference between speaking out against some behavior you feel is wrong (free speech), and preventing it using the force of the law (authoritarianism or theocracy).

  • Marcus Ranum

    on which America was founded upon

    That belongs in My Big Book of Wingnut Poetry.

  • Taz

    on which America was founded upon

    – From the Department of Redundancy Department.

  • colnago80

    In other news, a federal judge in Oregon struck down that states ban against same sex marriage. The 9th circuit denied a request by NOM to issue a stay of the order, citing the Supreme Court’s decision on Prop. 9 which said that they lacked standing to appeal.

  • d.c.wilson

    “We’ve come together to say, ‘Hell no. We’re not going to sit back.’ “

    And what? I have yet to have someone explain to me what hardship or oppression they would suffer if two dudes or two women are allowed to file a piece of paper at the courthouse.

  • Jasper of Maine

    “We believe in the Judeo-Christian conception on which America was founded upon,”

    Awesome. Good for you. I don’t believe in that.

    One of us is trying to get others’ freedoms supppressed. The other is not. Guess which one will win?

  • Crimson Clupeidae

    The bible also can be used to justify slavery.

    They do know that, don’t they? Of all the segments of the population that I thought would, at the very worst, keep it to themselves if they didn’t agree with gay marriage, I am surprised by the racial minorities who are so unselfaware that they are using the exact same arguments as the racists back in the ’60s.

  • howardhershey

    The “Judeo-Christian conception on which America was founded upon” included slavery.

  • Trebuchet

    Black guys (and it seems like it’s always guys) demanding discrimination make me very sad.

    But they want to return to the principles the nation was founded on. So they’re eager to be 3/5 of a person?

  • somnus

    It seems off to claim you love people, while at the sme time making claims about them (like that they’re out to destroy the foundations of society) that are designed to incite hatred.

  • Modusoperandi

    The arc of the moral universe bends towards irony.