Former presidential candidate Rev. Al Sharpton fired up a crowd of some 150 people gathered at a forum in Atlanta Jan. 20, urging them to “turn up the heat” in black churches to combat clergy who preach anti-gay messages from their pulpits.
“We must have this dialogue in the black church,” Sharpton said. “The black church must not be refuge for those who want to scapegoat and use violence on any community, including the gay and lesbian community.”
Sharpton was a keynote speaker at the National Black Justice Coalition’s summit on homophobia in the black church held at First Iconium Baptist Church in Atlanta, Jan. 20-21. He recently made a public call to challenge anti-gay sentiments among notable black clergy leaders.
“Martin Luther King said there are two types of leadership — there are those who are thermometers, who measure the temperature in the room, and those who are thermostats who change the temperature,” Sharpton told the applauding crowd.
“I come to tell you to be thermostats. Turn up the heat in the black church. Make these people sweat,” he said.
Sharpton said his participation in the summit, as well as his desire to urge the black church to address homophobia, came from having a lesbian sister as well as his friendship with Bayard Rustin, a gay man who worked with Martin Luther King Jr. Rustin organized the 1963 March on Washington that culminated with King’s “I Have a Dream” speech.
Sharpton also criticized some black churches that he said were manipulated by traditionally white religious conservative organizations to support efforts in 2004 to ban same-sex marriage in exchange for faith-based grants under President George W. Bush’s administration. Sharpton criticized those moves as creating a wedge issue to boost votes for Bush’s re-election.
Al Sharpton is another example of everything's that wrong with the Democratic Party. The fact that a man who touts himself as a "reverend" would call on Black Christians to accept an act so blatantly anti-God shows you that Sharpton is nothing but a tool for the lunatic Left. But guess what Al?
It'll never happen.
You see Al, most God-fearing Blacks are too smart and too serious about their faith to accept the theorical liberal model because of its athestic and immoral philosophy. In other words, Blacks don't view homosexuality as important to their everyday lives and they know better than to allow liberals into brainwashing them into thinking that their "struggles" are aliken to gays. And in no way are they going to believe that the Republicans used them in '04 because the GOP barely made a dent with the Black vote anyway. Plus, more and more God-fearing Blacks are finally waking up and realizing that while liberal Democrats use Black folk way more then any Republican does.
Then again, the fact that Sharpton continues to be taken seriously by anyone is sad and represents the incitement to murder wing of the Democrat Party. There is much blood on Al Sharpton's hands and Sharpton's pathetic behavior during the fake Tawana Brawley kidnapping should also never be forgotten. Nor should anyone forget the fact that Sharpton's a former informant for the FBI. Nor should anyone forget that he's stolen money from the gov't. Nor should we forget that he still wears a perm.
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