Gospel Singer Cut From MLK Event Over Gay Rights

I think we’re going to be hearing more and more stories like this.

Mayor Vincent C. Gray cut a singer who has won Grammy, Dove, and Stellar Awards in gospel music from a city-sponsored concert Saturday at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial.  Joe Carter at The Gospel Coalition wrote about the situation:

The Story: Award-winning gospel musician Donnie McClurkin claims he was uninvited to a concert in Washington, D.C. celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. and the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington due to his stance on homosexuality.

The Background: According to the Washington Post, McClurkin was scheduled to perform in the D.C.-government-sponsored concert with other singers at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial during the “Reflections on Peace: From Gandhi to King” event. But at the request of Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D), who fielded concerns from activists Friday, the Grammy-winning singer decided not to perform, according to the mayor’s office.

In a lengthy video statement posted online Saturday, McClurkin said Gray “uninvited me from a concert that I was supposed to headline.”

“There should be freedom of speech as long as it’s done in love,” McClurkin said in the video, adding that he believes it is unfortunate that in today’s world, “a black man, a black artist is uninvited from a civil rights movement depicting the love, the unity, the peace, the tolerance.”

Read the whole story here, including the quote McClurkin gave Charisma magazine in 2002 (related to childhood sexual abuse) that raised the ire of gay rights activists. Donnie’s video statement can be viewed here.

This article first appeared on National Review here.

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  • Norman Dostal

    it would be inappropriate to have a self hating closeted gay bigot performing at an event honoring and equal rights activist-do you want MLK rising from the dead?? we must shame these hateful people and drive them back into the dark ages

    • David French

      Somehow, I don’t think he feels all that shamed by the intolerance and hate of those activists who cannot abide the existence of dissent from the sexual revolution.

  • PrincessOfTheCrystal

    “picting the love, the unity, the peace, the tolerance.”

    But this is the opposite of what he’s doing. He’s entitled to his views but others are entitled not to invite him based on them. It’s also making the assumptions that homophobia or views or actions that are exclusive towards homosexuals are not harmful when they blatantly are. It’s not just an opinion.