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.”