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Southern Baptists Say Gay Rights Aren't Civil Rights: 'They’re Equating Their Sin With My Skin'

SBCSouthern Baptists gathered in New Orleans yesterday to set out the convention's official policies, including their position on same-sex love. Shocker, they're against it.

In their resolution, the group insists that marriage is "the exclusive union of one man and one woman" and "all sexual behavior outside of marriage is sinful," according to the Washington Post.

The resolution also says that while LGBT people have "unique struggles," they are not distinguishable enough to deserve "special protections." Nor are struggles for equality akin to past civil rights struggles, they say.

The resolution reads, "It is regrettable that homosexual rights activists and those who are promoting the recognition of ‘same-sex marriage’ have misappropriated the rhetoric of the Civil Rights Movement."

One pastor, Rev. Dwight McKissic, said any comparison between gay rights and civil rights is "unfair." "They're equating their sin with my skin," said McKissic, who is black.

Southern Baptists are also calling on the Justice Department to support DOMA and want Obama to let military personnel and chaplains speak out against same-sex relationships.

All of this anti-gay action comes just one day after the 167-year old Southern Baptist Convention elected Rev. Fred Luter Jr. as their first black president.

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  1. Yeah, the SBC taking up the mantle of the Civil Rights movement is pretty damn rich.

    Posted by: Glenn | Jun 21, 2012 10:37:36 AM


  2. Traded one bigotry for another. For their sake I hope they never run out of bigotries. What would become of them?

    Posted by: MikeMick | Jun 21, 2012 10:39:52 AM


  3. "...HadenoughBS, where exactly in the Bible is slavery repudiated?"

    @Caliban: I think that commenter's point agrees with yours that it is NOT.

    It's so ironic that a black man is now leading a sect founded solely to re-inforce the idea that blacks are inferior and deserve to be slaves. From what I read on right-wing blogs, they seem so eager to pretend that never happened, or that everyone thought that way back then and NOBODY in society knew any better.
    Their grandkids will be saying the same thing someday when they elect a gay leader (one who would be too brainwashed to just choose a church that always did know better than to follow the prejudices of society).

    I cannot help that I am male any more than Mildred Loving could help that she was black. Her "sin," like Rosa Parks' "sin," was not acknowledging her inferior place as laid out by Biblical stories that Southern Baptists told.

    This basic mind-set of holding tight to prejudices in spite of all evidence (and being taught not to think too much) is engrained in the Southern Baptist mindset and has ALWAYS held them back intellectually, even as they very slowly change.

    Posted by: Gregv | Jun 21, 2012 10:43:22 AM


  4. Southern Baptists as a demographic are largely poor, uneducated, and easily lead.
    Go figure.....

    Posted by: Rob | Jun 21, 2012 10:44:08 AM


  5. Well. I'm sure that stand is what helped them to elect their FIRST African American President in their history... and Secondly, with that man in place, he can lead the charge for the oppressed to now become the oppressors... Congratulations. You've truly demonstrated your real Christian values. When you deny me the SAME rights that everyone else has - that's a CIVIL RIGHTS issue. Or Don't you remember Slavery to Selma?

    Posted by: pdxblueyes | Jun 21, 2012 10:44:11 AM


  6. You lost me at "Southern Baptists."

    Posted by: Jack M | Jun 21, 2012 11:32:49 AM


  7. Blackwashing? The SBC can set rules for its members all day long, but they need to be pushed into a corner rhetorically about what they would intend for the rest of us, because that is where they would quickly lose ground.

    Posted by: anon | Jun 21, 2012 11:42:33 AM


  8. Hmmm? I wonder how he would have liked it if the good old Baptist crackers had told him he couldn't lead the pack until he "prayed the black away". Come on Rev, you can do it if only believe hard enough.

    Posted by: patrick | Jun 21, 2012 12:04:11 PM


  9. Being black was never a sin.

    Black people were just thought of as ANIMALS of near human intelligence that could be utilized for labour that other animals were incapable of.

    Posted by: Blake | Jun 21, 2012 12:22:50 PM


  10. "ahhh religion>>> always finding someone to Hate."

    Nah.

    Religion justifies it.

    But that's simply human nature.

    Posted by: Chitown Kev | Jun 21, 2012 12:32:59 PM


  11. My contempt for the Southern Baptists is as great as anyone's here as I grew up in that cult and suffered much agony and wasted much of my life up to the age of 30 or so overcoming the psychological anguish their indoctrination caused me.

    I do take issue with those here who make the very unwise assumption that the SBC and its members are largely ignorant. Yes, there is a demographic of adherents who might be categorized as "ignorant".

    But do not dismiss the Southern Baptists or any of the conservative Christian groups that make of the strong voting base of the Republican Party as ignorant. They are not. They are smart, manipulative, media-savvy and they have the conservative movement in a stranglehold that they will not relinquish.

    They may have their theological and ideological differences but on one important issue they are united: the public and legal acceptance of homosexuality can never be permitted. Ever.

    They will do anything--ANYTHING--to make sure that this never happens. We might think that the majority of Americans are coming around, but we are ONE election away from a Republican in the White House and a Republican-controlled Congress.

    Republicans now control a majority of the States' governors offices and a majority of the States' legislatures.

    Such control means that it does not matter one iota what the "majority" of Americans think. Control that powerful means that they can pass laws, send Constitutional amendments to the States and appoint judges at all levels that will ensure that there will NEVER be any acceptance of LGBT people as equals in this country.

    Go ahead. Think of them as "ignorant". Such complacency comes with very negative consequences.

    We are in a fight for our civil and mortal lives against an enemy who wants to take us down and take us out. Such an enemy can never be considered ignorant.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Jun 21, 2012 12:40:26 PM


  12. @Blake, Southern Baptists actually considered black skin a mark of sin, know as the Curse of Ham (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Curse_of_Ham).

    Posted by: JJ | Jun 21, 2012 12:45:19 PM


  13. Note to Dwight McKissic: His skin won't save him from answering to God for the Ultimate Sin, which is his brazen disregard for The Golden Rule. I'm sick to death of these ignorant Black evangelicals, pretending they own Civil Rights activism! These gasbag bastards try to conceal their hatred for LGBT folk behind the Bible scripture, but matter how hard they try, their big hetero-bigot asses stick out!

    Posted by: Stuffed Animal | Jun 21, 2012 1:08:51 PM


  14. Am I the only person who sort of appreciates their making it clear they oppose us?

    1) Puts us in good company, as SB have opposed equality for just about everyone at one time or another

    2) We don't have to pretend that they are not, in fact, a sworn enemy.

    Posted by: BobN | Jun 21, 2012 2:30:13 PM


  15. "They're equating their sin with my skin" - catchy. As good as, "if it doesn't fit, you must acquit." Easy to remember, no critical thinking required. Genius!

    >sigh<

    Posted by: TJ | Jun 21, 2012 3:58:10 PM


  16. So what happened tto all those pretencious posts by our black posters trying to convince us that there isnt a PRoMInENT problem with black folks. If you adopt a complacent attitude that black homophobia is not deeper than other homophobias, then you will make no progress in that front.

    Posted by: CJ | Jun 21, 2012 8:07:52 PM


  17. Funny, the very people who complain constantly about how discriminated they are (african americans) are THE first to consistently fight against our freedoms. And we're told, demanded even, to not talk about their blatant bigotry. Not me. Enough with being PC. Time to get real

    Posted by: IonMusic | Jun 21, 2012 8:10:03 PM


  18. Yes, there is a huge problem with homophobia in the black community. Whats most disturbing about it is how often African Americans want to play the opression olympics and claim because they suffered more, we don't deserve equality. How self revolved and ignorant can one demographic be. Not to mention hypocritical

    Posted by: James l | Jun 21, 2012 8:11:55 PM


  19. Jamal-49
    I agree 100 percent.

    Posted by: vanndean | Jun 21, 2012 10:51:23 PM


  20. I AGREE. THIS ARTICLE IS, "ON POINT." IF YOUR EYES CAN SEE A HOMOSEXUAL YOU ARE LOOKING AT AN EFFEMINATE MALE, AN OVERTLY-MASCULINE FEMALE, OR, A TRANSVESTITE.

    CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

    Posted by: CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON | Jun 21, 2012 11:38:46 PM


  21. "JAMES L" (21 JUNE; 8:11:55 PM),

    HOW CAN YOU CALL NEGROES HYPOCRITICAL WHEN THE MAJORITY OF Y-O-U-R FELLOW CAUCASIANS DISAPPROVE OF HOMOSEXUALITY? I DID NOT KNOW CAUCASIAN HOMOSEXUALS HAVE BEEN KIDNAPPED, SOLD, LYNCHED, WHIPPED, RAPED AND WATER-HOSED.

    CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

    Posted by: CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON | Jun 21, 2012 11:53:56 PM


  22. Christopher

    Your demographic of African Americans are responsible for most crime, out of wed lock pregnancy, drug use, drug sale, AND preaching of holier than thou statements all while voting our rights down. You all need to start improving your own lives, before you ever comment on the lives of LGBT. LGBT don't move into neighborhoods and ruin them. Unlike you people. That's a fact.

    Posted by: Mission2Time | Jun 22, 2012 12:10:28 AM


  23. Christopher

    Your demographic of African Americans are responsible for most crime, out of wed lock pregnancy, drug use, drug sale, AND preaching of holier than thou statements all while voting our rights down. You all need to start improving your own lives, before you ever comment on the lives of LGBT. LGBT don't move into neighborhoods and ruin them. Unlike you people. That's a fact.

    Posted by: Mission2Time | Jun 22, 2012 12:10:28 AM

    It's very obvious that your a ra..cist fa...ggot!

    Posted by: CHRIS DA CHOCOLATEBEARCUB | Jun 22, 2012 12:55:58 AM


  24. "ESA" (21 JUNE; 9:41:25 AM),

    YOUR PREJUDICE IS SHOWING. MAYBE, THE CONVENTION WAS HELD IN NEW ORLEANS TO PAY TRIBUTE TO THE NEGRO-"Katrina" VICTIMS WHO WERE "LEFT-FOR-DEAD" BY THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT.

    CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

    Posted by: CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON | Jun 22, 2012 1:39:56 AM


  25. "MISSION2TIME,"

    HOPE THIS BIRACIAL ASS-KISSER OF YOURS WINS RE-ELECTION. IF HE LOSES, MANY "gays" WILL PROBABLY COMMIT SUICIDE.

    CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

    Posted by: CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON | Jun 22, 2012 1:52:53 AM


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