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Bishop Harry Jackson: The Black Church 'Raised Up the Banner of Jesus' to Kill Gay Marriage in Maryland


Anti-gay crusader Bishop Harry Jackson spoke with the Christian Broadcast Network following the shelving of the marriage equality bill in Maryland and claimed the win for the Black Church:

"We exerted spiritual impact in that natural secular arena. It took the Church coming out, the Black Church, and telling its representatives, don't listen to party leadership. Understand that you're going to have to come back to your own community. They see you sort of as lemmings who are willing to march off to your death. When really and truly there will be a price to pay. That message came across. The Church was strong. And the Black church did raise up the banner of Jesus and win the day for the Church in Maryland."


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  1. The black churches are exceptionally homophobic. We need to be on our guard against them. Let's not give them a pass simply because of their color. They are bigots and need to be held accountable.

    Posted by: brian | Mar 15, 2011 8:51:19 AM

  2. Lemmings.

    He said it, I didn't...but it fits.

    Posted by: Brian | Mar 15, 2011 8:55:22 AM

  3. Why am I being censored?

    Posted by: TADPOLICUS WEX | Mar 15, 2011 8:59:00 AM

  4. It ain't over 'til it's over, Jack.

    Posted by: candideinnc | Mar 15, 2011 9:02:03 AM

  5. Brian, so are the white churches. As an atheist, I wouldn't feel comfortable going into any religous organization because it might be presumptuous but pattern shows me that they are judgmental, conservative, narrow minded and hypocritical. All my least favorite characteristics.

    Be interesting to hear what Chitown Kev or Derrick have to say....

    I can't sat much because black church going people in the UK are really homophobic and like this guy. My mother who was a catholic got into evangelism-a race thing I think-and she's not only become stupider, but more irrational, illogical, fundamental,narrow minded and judgmental.

    I think what is important here is why are they using this guy to talk in the news-I know this is a christian program buut generally-not not intelligent black liberals? Do they not want to talk?

    The Tim Gill foundation gave at least 100k to the national black coalition based in DC last year. Do they uses this on just operational costs? What about outreach? The only reason DC passed was because of the powerful gay people there that were going took marriage pass, same with Boston. No place has succeeded in making gay marriage pass through the allege outreach of these equality groups who when faced with a simply strategic team like NOM, fail at first hurdle. All the time.

    If they knew it was a large socially conservative black community that listen to whack jobs like this,why did they not do the outreach instead of proclaiming they had it on the bag because they relied on Senators to put their jobs on the line for the?

    It's a two way street guys. Senators can only do so much if you live in a homophobic, backward and religious state.

    Iowa should be a wake up call what happens when govt fights for your rights in risk of their careers and you do NOTHING to work the social problem that exists.

    Posted by: Rowan | Mar 15, 2011 9:08:02 AM

  6. There are white churches that are just as homophobic as black churches, and we should be on our guard against them as well. My point is that we gays tend to be a little too politically correct in that we tend to be less critical of blacks than whites when it comes to homophobia. It's as if we're too afraid to criticize them because they're black.

    If we are to achieve progress, we must be prepared to criticize anybody and everybody, be they black, white...whatever.

    Posted by: brian | Mar 15, 2011 9:12:34 AM

  7. Bad black news gets you at least 75 comments.

    Oh, and Rowan, "whack job" is not the words that I would use for Harry Jackson. What I would say would get me censored.

    Do note, though, that he's not saying this on BET or running to any black blog with this bullshit.

    Posted by: Chitown Kev | Mar 15, 2011 9:14:29 AM

  8. I will never understand how the churches think they can pick and choose from the scriptures. If you're going to read a chapter and decide that the world must follow what it says then all must apply, not just verse 3,5,9 & 22. After all if it's God's word and laws, they ALL are not just the parts that you like (or not).

    Posted by: the woodrow | Mar 15, 2011 9:18:18 AM

  9. @Brian

    As long as it's the "church" that you are criticizing rather than the "black" I don't have a problem with the criticism; personally, I think that many black churchgoers are just as hypocritical and sanctimonious as their white brethern

    Posted by: Chitown Kev | Mar 15, 2011 9:24:42 AM

  10. That's bullshit. Stop lumping all black people and all black churches together. The problem isn't a racial one it's a religious one. The fact is the vast majority of blacks vote for democrats/progressives who are pro gay rights. Most blacks in political power are pro gay rights i.e. the congressional black caucus, the NAACP, gov of MA, the President, etc.

    This is why civil rights need not to be left for vote by the people.

    Posted by: Brian in Texas | Mar 15, 2011 9:25:26 AM

  11. Thing is Jesus would rip down the banner and ask him who he was to judge his brothers and sisters . He would also tell him he needs to concerned with his own relationship with god and then write the names of the woman he has cheated on his wife with in the sand

    Posted by: jimbo | Mar 15, 2011 9:27:14 AM

  12. OMG, the guy just doesn't give up. If you're going to wave the banner of Jesus, Mister Jackson, why don't you do so to HELP your fellow man instead of trying to oppress a group of citizens with selected Bible verses from the Old Testament that you think help your homophobic cause? It seems so many Christians - who should be taking their lead from Christ's teachings in the New Testament - instead rely on decidedly unreliable (misinterpreted or mistranslated) passages in the Old Testament. Jackson and so many others like him are most un-Christlike in their words and deeds while professing to be His followers. They are a joke to Christendom.

    Posted by: Rob | Mar 15, 2011 9:27:45 AM

  13. I live in Prince George's County where this lovely gentleman and the hater churches are. Equality Maryland did a terrible job in failing to reach out to the black church in this fight. Dumb, dumb mistake.

    Posted by: Laurie | Mar 15, 2011 9:33:04 AM

  14. Religious folks aren't elected, so there is no recall process. They have virtual immunity from governmental prosecution (unless they've molested some poor wretch and even them they still maintain the upper hand). They instill hatred and fear for us in their followers and advocate that we be admonished, abused and in some cases exterminated. they have declared a culture war upon us. If this article isn't meant to incite some visceral response from us then is it meant to satisfy some masochistic desire of the audience? Flight or fight folks.

    Posted by: TADPOLICUS WEX | Mar 15, 2011 9:39:55 AM

  15. Here we go again. Using reasons of a religion forced upon them during slavery.

    Posted by: tyn | Mar 15, 2011 9:46:23 AM

  16. If churches are going to partake in politics why don't they pay taxes?

    Posted by: JKM | Mar 15, 2011 9:47:17 AM

  17. Jesus expressed that we love one another. Stop corrupting His teachings. Hate is what God can't abide.

    Posted by: CGD | Mar 15, 2011 9:54:09 AM

  18. "We exerted spiritual impact in that natural secular arena."

    That's right, Mr. Jackson. (He doesn't deserve the title of Bishop). You said it yourself, SECULAR. Which means that non-religious people have the right to marry. Which means that RELIGIOUS arguments against marriage equality are invalid. This simple concept needs to be drilled into their fanatical religious heads over and over again until it sticks.

    Posted by: David in Houston | Mar 15, 2011 9:57:27 AM

  19. I agree with JKM - it's time to force churches to choose between being a church and remain tax-free or being a political advocacy and open their books and pay taxes.

    There is nothing more frightening than a zealous bigot wearing a clerics collar.

    Posted by: MikeBoston | Mar 15, 2011 9:58:55 AM

  20. Sounds LESS like the banner of the Black Church rising up for what is right, and MORE like the oppressed FINALLY having a turn at becoming the oppressors.

    Posted by: pdxblueyes | Mar 15, 2011 9:59:26 AM

  21. Bishop Jackson wouldn't even know the term "Black Church" without this decade old media hyped clash between Blacks and Gays. He is a ridiculous demagogue who has found his "issue", and hopeufully he will meet a similar fate as another anti-Gay demogogue--Bishop Eddie Long of Atlanta.

    Having said that, yes, some of the Black delegates to the Maryland legislature caved in and gave in to anti-Gay bigots. And that is sad. And were all the White delegates (Repulican & Democrat) for marriage equality in Maryland? But as CANDIDIENNC said, " aint over".

    I sometimes wonder what will these religous bigots will do when Gays win battle after battle in federal courts--and that WILL happen. That's why we need a Democratic president to choose those federal judges (no matter how long it takes to get them affirmed by the US Senate). State by state struggles are important, I guess-- but I never believed that's where the struggle for Gay Americans civil rights would be won. Just like every other minority group it will happen on a federal level.

    Brian, you can "be on guard" against the Black Church all you like, but the White American Christian Fundamentalists are far more powerful. Out in Kansas, Idaho, Montanna, Nebraska, Utah, Alaska, the Dakotas or even Indiana and Missouri--who works against Gay civil rights equality in those places? Blacks? Where are the Blacks at out there? Maybe at Sarah Palin's Rib Shack.

    And who runs the Christian Broadcasting Network? Not Bishop Tutu, Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton--they're your friends.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Mar 15, 2011 10:01:48 AM

  22. Interesting point Chitown, wouldn't it be great to get him and a super articulate respect black public figure to go at it? I would even throw in Al Sharpton or Jesse Jackson.

    Sharpton would appease the fundies as he still thinks we're going to hell but would still fight to defend our rights and Jackson would just spout out civil rights facts that would shut this guy down.

    Why oh why more gay blacks don't try and get in there as public figures....especially as MLK's right hand man Baynard Rustin was GAY!!!

    Posted by: Rowan | Mar 15, 2011 10:04:26 AM

  23. Yet another, possessed by the demon "Anita Bryant"! This man should know better than to spread hatred and fear, it's obvious there's more here than meets the eye. He's got one hell of an agenda going on.(pardon the pun) Harry's out to make a name for himself in the media circus. Clowns freak me out.

    Posted by: Beau | Mar 15, 2011 10:07:54 AM

  24. Well said, Derrick.

    Posted by: The Milkman | Mar 15, 2011 10:14:24 AM

  25. @Rowan

    there are plenty of gay blacks that are public figures (Keith Boykin, Pam Spaulding, Rod McCollum, etc., etc.). And there are plenty of straight blacks that have spoken to the issue.

    The brutal truth is that the MSM (as usual) is invested in the notion of two conflicting sides.

    Put me (or...say Rod M.) on the air with Harry Jackson and he can't lob that bullshit. Of course, it's easy for him to lob this on a (white) Christian network. (as if NOM and the Catholic Church had absolutely nothing to do with the failure of marriage equality in Maryland).

    And of course, they are delighted that Harry Jackson wants to hog the spotlight.

    Posted by: Chitown Kev | Mar 15, 2011 10:21:12 AM

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