Hutchinson on “The Sissy Church”
There’s an interesting article on BlackAmericaWeb.com today posted by my friend and mentor Dr. Earl Ofari Hutchinson entitled, “Talk of ‘The Sissy Church’ – Meaning Tolerance for Gays – Inflames Many Blacks.”
Here’s an excerpt...
The Rev. Dennis Meredith’s mouth had to drop when his head deacon brusquely accused him of turning their place of worship into "a sissy church” and left in a huff. Rev. Meredith had committed the unpardonable sin to the deacon -- and, as it turned out, hundreds of other black members at the predominantly black Tabernacle Baptist Church in Atlanta -- of embracing and welcoming gay members. The deacon and the other members that fled the church in protest over gays are not a hateful, intolerant aberration. There are reports from other black churches of members marching out in indignation when their minister preaches a message of tolerance toward gays......(Read More)
New Jersey Black Lesbians Form Civil Union
On National Public Radio’s News&Notes, Black lesbians sued the state of New Jersey for a same-sex marriage. But Saundra Toby-Heath and Alicia Heath-Toby say for now, they are satisfied with their civil union. Click here to listen.
NBJC Fiercely Condemns Actions of Army Recruiter
Words cannot fully express the shock, disgust, and anger that has risen within the Black LGBT community over the recent actions of Army recruiter, Sergeant Marcia Ramode.
Back in February, Sgt. Ramode responded to an online resume post of Jersey City, NJ resident Corey Andrew. After revealing that he was openly gay Sgt. Ramode responded with the following email rant.
"GO BACK TO AFRICA AND DO YOUR GAY VOODOO LIMBO TANGO AND WANGO DANCE AND JUMP AROUND AND PRANCE AND RUN ALL OVER THE PLACE HALF NAKED THERE...THAT'S WHERE YOU BELONG"
In addition, Sgt. Ramode stated that being gay made him unqualified, and that it was "disgusting and immoral."
The National Black Justice Coalition denounces the actions taken by Sr. Ramode and strongly urges that Ramode be promptly relieved of duties for violating the Department of Defense's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy in which recruiters are barred from asking applicants about their sexual orientation.
"Sgt. Ramode's comments demonstrate her callous disregard for the dignity and humanity of Corey Andrew. It is no small leap to assume that her words reveal her narrow-minded and un-American view of all Black and gay Americans as well. Those sworn to protect our nation should not tolerate such venal attacks on our fellow Americans. Ms. Ramode should be immediately dismissed and the Army should examine the role that the Army's culture has played in tolerating such views within its ranks" stated H. Alexander Robinson, NBJC Executive Director/CEO.