Bishop Harry Jackson: 'Some of the Smartest People I Knew in College Were Gay'

D.C.'s anti-gay marriage crusader Bishop Harry Jackson is profiled in the Washington Post on the heels of the recent decision by the D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics not to allow a ballot initative that would put the District's proposed marriage equality law before voters.

Says Jackson: Harryjackson "Some of the smartest people I knew in college were gay. Some black students I knew who were gay were off-the-charts smart...I don't know of anybody black who says, 'I hate gay people.' We're more accepting generally. But you overlap that -- homosexuality and gay marriage -- with broken families, and we don't know how to put it back together....I believe that the Bible teaches that same-sex marriage is an oxymoron. If you redefine marriage, you have to redefine family. You'd have to redefine parenting. I'm looking at the extinction of marriage. And black culture is in a free fall."

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  1. Bishop Jackson, homosexuality and gay marriage are not to blame for black culture being in a free fall. Hundreds of thousands of black children are born to unwed parents, and quite often, these children know very little of their fathers. And this isn't exclusive to the black community either. But don't go blaming gay marriage for that, you small-minded homophobe.

    Posted by: Larry | Nov 18, 2009 1:55:10 PM

  2. "If you redefine marriage, you have to redefine family."

    Maybe after 2,000 years it's time we redefined the family then. It's not like we have to have children to tend the herds anymore.

    Step into the modern age you ignorant ass.

    Posted by: MT | Nov 18, 2009 1:59:02 PM

  3. Dear Bishop Jackson,
    I would suggest you bring your deeply flawed logic to those off-the-charts-smart black gay people you knew in college (and kudos, sir, for at least stopping short of saying "some of my best friends in college were..." the irony of that would be too distracting to the point at large). Perhaps those folks can help you see that the very thing you believe threatens you may actually help you.
    And if they don't help you see that, they are also perhaps best suited to tell you to stop being such a damn fool.

    Posted by: JauntyJohn | Nov 18, 2009 2:01:01 PM

  4. Some of the dumbest people I knew in college were religious.

    Posted by: crispy | Nov 18, 2009 2:12:08 PM

  5. BULLSHIT you are still a fucking anti-gay bigot first off.

    Secondly to set your homophobic shit-stain ass "straight" (no pun intended) black people are no more accepting of gays "generally" (as you put it) than white,hispanic,and asian people.Homophobia has no color.The overall general population of heterosexuals are anti-gay to some degree.So dont pull that "black people are generally more accepting of gays" BULLSHIT on me MOTHER FUCKER

    If that were the case,then there would be no gay black men,living that goddamn DL lifestyle which is more harmful to the black community than your sorry ass wants to realize.DL happens in all races/ethnicities but heterosexual blacks seem to have a major issue with gay people (specifically gay men),just as many other heterosexuals,however blacks tend to express their homophobia in a slightly more extreme fashion (I said SLIGHTLY BITCH) from other heterosexuals.Its shit-stains like you who cause gay black men to live a life of shame and fear and you are also partially to blame for the high HIV rates in black women and the MAJOR cause of the overall gay/lesbian teen suicide rate,you and other neanderthals of your ilk.You are a sell-out and an embarrassment to self respecting people of color like myself.Any other lies your bigot ass wants to spew?

    Oh and knowing gay people who were "off the charts smart" in college is completely irrelevant to how you treat us.You fucking piece of swine garbage

    Posted by: Rocky | Nov 18, 2009 2:14:14 PM

  6. "...I don't know of anybody black who says, 'I hate gay people.' We're more accepting generally."

    This guy is flat out a fucking liar. PERIOD!!!

    "I hate Gay People" is EXACTLY the phrase Tim Hardaway used to express his tolerance and acceptance of gay people.

    "Former Miami Heat guard Tim Hardaway said on a radio show Wednesday afternoon that he would not want a gay player on his team.

    "You know, I hate gay people, so I let it be known," Hardaway said. "I don't like gay people and I don't like to be around gay people. I am homophobic. I don't like it. It shouldn't be in the world or in the United States.""

    Posted by: MikeinSanJose | Nov 18, 2009 2:16:41 PM

  7. He doesn't hate gay people, he just finds elaborate phony sociological/religious reasons for continuing bigotry and discrimination against gay people.

    Just like President Obama, as it happens.

    Posted by: Roscoe | Nov 18, 2009 2:16:57 PM

  8. These bigot preachers need to realize that the bible doesn't say one single word regarding gay marriage. Maybe it says something about gay sex but that has nothing to do with the debate at hand.

    Fact: Gay sex is legal.

    Posted by: Aiden Raccoon | Nov 18, 2009 2:17:50 PM

  9. the sky is green. up is down. i'm as pretty as i was 20 years ago. the african american community is down with gay people. down low that is. the gay agenda is ruining black family life.

    next bigot, please.

    Posted by: casey | Nov 18, 2009 2:26:21 PM

  10. I don't understand how this guy thinks gay marriage will affect broken families etc...

    Posted by: db | Nov 18, 2009 2:33:11 PM

  11. Many misguided christianist bigots, like Jackon, also believed the Bible taught inter-racial marriage was wrong. That it would "redefine marriage", "redefine family" and "redefine parenting".

    Posted by: Mark | Nov 18, 2009 2:34:05 PM

  12. WTF?????????? And people listen to this man???? This guy actually used the word Oxymoron while talking complete nonsense! I weep for humanity. Seriously!

    Posted by: JR | Nov 18, 2009 2:41:03 PM

  13. What is the correlation between gay marriage and broken families in the black community, Miss Bishop Jackson. I can't think of one.

    Hell, in DC, gay as that city is, marriage equality might actually stabilize families in the black community.

    Posted by: Chitown Kev | Nov 18, 2009 2:41:14 PM

  14. This man speaks like you can tell he just likes hearing himself talk. Makes up stupid shit, that has nothing to do with the other...he has some serious issues a therapist could help him with.

    Posted by: Disgusted American | Nov 18, 2009 3:00:33 PM

  15. Bishop Jackson, the black male version of Sarah Palin

    Posted by: Disgusted American | Nov 18, 2009 3:01:29 PM

  16. Are you Serious.... I Remember when a quote like "Some of my best friends are Black" was highly offensive to people who weren't ignorant....Isn't this type of talk the same thing?

    Posted by: John Normile | Nov 18, 2009 3:24:57 PM

  17. WaPo does it again. This paper is featuring all the bigots it can find.

    Posted by: watcher | Nov 18, 2009 3:30:39 PM

  18. Another religious believer cherry-picking the Bible to suite his own cultural likes and dislikes. The Bible also approves of slavery, but I'm sure Jackson does not support bringing THAT back.

    Posted by: Bill in SoCal | Nov 18, 2009 3:33:06 PM

  19. damn you guys a saying things i never thought of. keep this going so i can tell it to a bigot one day

    Posted by: Jacob | Nov 18, 2009 4:41:07 PM

  20. And what did a few 'Ex' Nazis say? Some of my best friends were Jews?

    Obnoxious fucking comment. Not to mention some of the stupidest people I've known have been gay.

    Posted by: John in Boston | Nov 18, 2009 4:48:04 PM


    As Dan Savage pointed out last week, Straight people have ALREADY redefined marriage, thank you very much.

    Posted by: Mike Friedman | Nov 18, 2009 4:57:52 PM

  22. This ignorant approach is so familiar: GOP says US health care is broken so let's fix it by raising insurance premiums and giving rich people a tax cut! This one: "Black families are falling apart so let's ban same sex marriage." He should have looked up non sequitur when the word of the day was oxymoron.

    Posted by: NanMan | Nov 18, 2009 5:18:39 PM

  23. I wonder if the bishop ever took into consideration that if the Civil Rights Act went up for popular vote it would have been shot down in a heartbeat?

    Posted by: Dusty | Nov 18, 2009 5:37:36 PM

  24. Well, if 'some of the smartest people' were gay, it's obvious that the Bishop isn't.

    (Gay, that is. Or smart. Take your pick.)

    Posted by: steve | Nov 18, 2009 5:51:34 PM

  25. Since when is knowing someone an exemption on being called on your bigotry?

    And if he doesn't know any black people who say they hate gays, maybe he hasn't actually watched anything on YouTube. (It's not just black people of course).

    This man's collar is so wide it goes all the way around, and yet he doesn't even know what his own holy book says about marriage. Take your pick. It says a lot the wonders of polygamy, concubines, marrying your sister-in-law, and raping dear old dad while he's asleep. But it doesn't say anything about same-sex marriage or same-sex parents.

    As for black culture, except for two guys in Chris Rock's hair documentary, it seems to be run almost exclusively by straight people, so don't be blaming gay people for bringing it down. Bishop needs a mirror.

    Posted by: Randy | Nov 18, 2009 6:05:28 PM

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