Friday, June 08, 2012

WOW! Black minister gives spirited defense of marriage equality

From Think Progress, something simply awesome:

Pastor Frederick Haynes of the Friendship-West Baptist Church in Dallas gave a powerful sermon in support of President Obama’s recent endorsement of marriage equality. Haynes notes that during his oath of office, Obama vowed to uphold the constitution, not the Bible. During his sermon, which criticized both fellow pastors and the congregation for their condemnation of marriage equality, “the congregation stood up and shouted their disapproval at him.” Haynes argued that the congregation should change its views:
HAYNES: He [President Obama] swore upon oath to uphold, protect and defend the Constitution, not the Bible, but the Constitution of the United States. He is not the pastor of the United States, but the president of the United States. And for the first time in the history of this nation, we have a president who has dared to use his position to make the democratic promise available, not just for a select few who are up and in, but for everybody, regardless of their race, their creed, their color, or their sexual orientation! And my brothers and sisters, I  salute the President.

Have you ever read the Gospel and heard Jesus say anything about homosexuality?…Black folk can’t even deal with homosexuality because we got issues with sexuality. And because we got issues with sexuality we can’t have a healthy discussion about homosexuality. Why, why do you get so upset?

Pastor Haynes should be commended for his intelligence, his integrity, and his bravery for stepping out on the right side of history on this issue.

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Mitch Wood said...

Electrifying and game-changing! Now that's a preacher. Can't wait to read the feeble, sputtering Natl Org for Marriage rebuttal. This is an amazing clip and I am certain will be disseminated far and wide. To God be the glory for this pastor and truth-teller!

BJ Jackson Lincoln said...

Wow! I was moved. Thank you and Amen!
I'll pass this on.

Gabriel Roybal said...

really does give me hope