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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

My Personal Tirade for Black History Month...

Religious & Non-Religious Prejudice towards Same Gender Loving People = Equals Racial Prejudice and Discrimination which undermines the Civil Rights Movement
By Samuel Marcus Brown

Discrimination is a hellhound that gnaws at Negroes in every waking moment of their lives to remind them that the lie of their inferiority is accepted as truth in the society dominating them.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

How dare I compare the two... Yes I said it and I mean it with every beat of my heart.
I am so sick and tired of the hypocrisy from religious church folk and non-religious black and non-black folk assigning their personal prejudices and their "holy" misguided fundamentalist doctrine, condemnation, customs, traditions and contradictions on homosexuality to the all knowing creator of mankind; the sovereign God.

Hateful preachers who passionately and arrogantly disseminate the "ignorant" message that one must be set-free and holy ghost delivered from homosexuality which is not God's best choice; maybe it is not the best choice for you if you actually chose your sexuality. You are not preaching the true Gospel of Jesus Christ and your rhetoric is not ordained by God.

My heart aches for my same gender loving/gay/homosexual/lesbian brothers and sisters who continuously succumb to the spiritual and scriptural enslavement and abuse that's handed down from generation to generation in the religious church establishment and in our society.

People within that establishment will misuse and abuse the popular statement: "The bible is certain that we are all born in to sin." That holds true for everyone, however when the traditional religious establishment disingenuously places an undue & unjust burden on people who were innately/naturally born with same gender attraction; when you demonize us and tell us that we are intrinsically evil and that our basic human natural need for spiritual, mental and physical intimacy and companionship is an abomination and off limits for covenants and marriage; you all have overstepped your scriptural & judgmental boundaries over the sovereign God the creator:
Hebrews 13:4 (KJV) Marriage is honourable in ALL, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge. It didn’t say homosexuals will be judged. Sin takes place when a heterosexual or a homosexual takes part in adultery, whoremongering, killing, stealing, lying, anger, idol worship, etc.

The religious establishment circumvents biblical truth in order to interpret scripture completely out of historical context or alter scripture that is now displayed in the many other versions of the bible to uphold man-made religious customs than can destroy a homosexual person's soul. When reading those isolated verses within their proper context and in all their TRUTH; those 5 or 6 verses condemns bisexuality, gang rape, a group of heterosexual people who abandoned God and their sexuality to worship idol gods of sex etc., and male prostitution; those particular verses do not address or define Same Gender Love or Same Gender Loving people.
Just compare the King James Version bible text to any other bible version that you may have and specifically look at the verses used against homosexual people; you will find a biased homophobic example of audacious wickedness and immorality operating... Jesus Christ, Apostle Paul and the eunuchs of the bible will confirm for you that there is no mandate or commandment to marry the opposite gender and procreate.

"If you are practicing homosexual you can't be a Christian" Let's get one thing straight and be totally clear that it is man made religion that has made that ghastly judgment and ungodly mandate for the homosexual; that statement and position drips from that strain of poisonous venom that has been injected in divisive doctrine which is the deep seated problem with Fundamentalist Christians in the body of Christ (the church) that statement is certainly not true, scriptural or godly. There is nothing sinful about being heterosexual or homosexual; one chooses to sin not their sexuality. The Fundamentalist Christian establishment has been riding roughshod over Same Gender Loving People and SGL Christians long enough.

It's very disturbing when people reduce their displeasure & prejudice of same gender loving people down to a vilifying stereotypical sexual act that some straight people love and not all same gender loving people participate in... Loving, monogamous, emotional, intimate, nurturing long term relationships are not exclusive to heterosexual people by no stretch of the imagination.

Comparing the sexuality of 2 consenting adults coming together in the name of love or lust for that matter; comparing that human emotion to murder, bestiality and any other evil that does not include 2 consenting adults to whatever the other evil is... those are egregious, outrageous and disingenuous comparisons.

I strongly believe and trust in the sovereign God of all creation that has established one of his laws of nature in me because I am fearfully and wonderfully made by him; marvelous are his works. I strongly believe in the sovereign God of all creation just because of that very reason; he is SOVEREIGN he can do exactly what he want to do without considering the ideology of your thoughts and feelings of how you think he should operate and rule all of his creation.

Anyone can make a prejudiced statement that is popular among traditional religious church folk; however it is the rightly divided word of God (understood in it's proper context) that establishes truth (not mine) not the popular traditions of men.

Being a part of God's great creation that has been demonized due to religion has taught me to love and embrace him and my fellow man even when I don't understand the great mysteries of his sovereignty.

The purpose of homosexual people & same gender love is identical to the purpose of heterosexual people &  heterosexual love; many heterosexuals procreate and some homosexuals procreate (of course not together) GOD fulfills himself in all humans. Galatians 3:27(KJV) For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. 28There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.

 John 3:16(KJV) For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son (Jesus), that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

We undermine the valuable innovative and powerful contributions of our African American forefathers and mothers from history when we use divisive double standards to uphold prejudice and bigotry in the name of religion. To put your foot on the necks of a people that you fail to understand; that's the ultimate
 "crabs in a bucket syndrome."

Happy Black History Month!

Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice. Justice at its best is love correcting everything that stands against love.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

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6 comments:

Derek said...

Sam,

Your words had me captivated!!! I love the way U started with “How dare U compare”……that was great because THAT is how SO many feel. It’s good 2 hit them HEAD ON with the truth. It doesn’t hurt that it’s from an intelligent & informed man as yourself!!!! I applaud U. I just wish that the people who really need 2 see this & digest it would simply read it with an open mind!!!! People can change. If they couldn’t ..what kind of world would this be???? You have the power 2 change some of these ignorant minds out there for the better.

I loved your article. It made my day & it made me proud!!!!!

Much love,

Derek

JG, III said...

Samuel:

Great post! As I’m getting older the more I understand the scripture that says, “Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he won’t depart from it.” It’s a challenge to change the life-script of a person who has been taught a certain way. It’s like a well worn grove and it takes extraordinary “self-actualization” to change behavioral or thought patterns.

At 16, I knew who I was and felt that being me I could change the world to think differently about homosexuality. A friend of mine told me I was naïve and now being fifty seeing how things have remained the same or gotten further entrenched in many ways, it does take time to change the hearts and minds of folks. To raise the consciousness of a people can and may take generations to accomplish.

Homophobia isn’t only a plague in the African American community but the larger African and African Diaspora; the recent killing of Uganda activist, notwithstanding. Currently, I’m trying to see about asylum for African gay male that being out will have to be killed.

Somewhere in our understanding of Christianity we have embraced the worse theological conceptualization or literalness of ancient scripture “hook-line-and-sinker.” A belief so entrenched that we believe that it was Europeans who introduced homosexuality to blacks.

It’s taken us two hundred years of oppression to finally get our due and the civil rights, women’s rights and gay rights struggle is happening right before our eyes on a worldwide level and people of African descent are disgruntled by the notion that before “we’ve gotten our piece of the economic pie that white GBTQ folks are getting into the picture.” It’s a backlash of helplessness and a sense of futility and blacks leaders are using all the means of power and control used by our oppressor, particularly, religious and heterosexual privilege.

If you go to my FB page there is a article on the evolution of one’s beliefs system.

JG, III

PS I saw that Bishop Long is going to mediation.

Marq said...

Passionate!
VERY GOOD READ!

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Marshall G. said...

Hi, I just read your entry about Black History Month, and, let me tell you, it was one of the best reads on the subject I have e\read in a long time. As a COGIC raised person who is of no church now, it sure would have been good to know all that back in the day to shut them down.

Props and keep up the good work!

elmundo6 said...

Hi. I am new to your site but I love it. Thanks for your blog and your insight. I am a 45 year old black gay man, and I have been affected by the message from the black church on homosexuality. In my life I have felt suicidal and down. For years, I shut myself off from family and friends because I didn't want to get too close to people because I feared they would find out who I really was--a gay man. I've lost a lot of good people being in my life that way. Jesus came that we may have life and have it more abundantly. I was not living that abundant life and I'm afraid so many of my gay brothers and sisters are not either. Even now, it's a daily journey. Thank you, man for sharing your story and words with us. It helps more than you know.