The group's president has said that it is very much proper to align gay-rights with civil rights struggles, because while the struggles are different, it's all fundamentally about human rights at the end of the day.
This is, yet another, quantum shift in the way that people publicly think about gay and lesbian (LGBTQI) rights in public ways. I wonder how are the members of the religious community are going to deal with the fact that the iconic organization's leader has come out in favor of the issue's status.
I'm especially curious, and breathless, waiting to take the temperature of the black church--- the backbone of the organization--- following his pronouncement.
What will shake loose, now that the titular figurehead of the NAACP has come forth publicly declaring that gay rights are a human right. I wonder what the reaction of the faithful will be, who now must look directly in the face of a new zeitgeist of fairness. They must also be willing to share the mantle of an oppressed class of people with the gay and lesbian community. But will they, ever?
“But to have the president of the United States validate each of these movements, and through inference and through various other statements, so many others, was important. And I think today's activists, especially today's young activists, are more willing, more able, more inclined, less inhibited to see our country's great movement for human rights as what it is, which is at the end of the day one great movement.”
in the "black church", there is an
irrepressible, virulent, rejection of
LGBT people or concerns--- even
while frequently employing gays
and lesbians to fill roles such as
choir directors, ministers of music,
deacons or the like.
Whispers persist, but they need a
qualified organist, more than they
care about with whom they sleep. The, more than seldom-found, hypocrisy
We have seen a case of a black, mega-pastor, living on the "down-low", in the persona of disgraced Bishop, Eddie Long.
We have also seen that this condition of self-loathing, money-motivated lying, is not limited to black churches. As in Ted Haggard.
This is, truly, a matter of simple human rights. Time's are really a-changin'! One cannot stop a tsunami. One cannot shut off a volcano. People are going to have to find a way to learn that the equality they enjoy, and have enjoyed for decades, or centuries, is o longer exclusively their own. It is for everyone. As is screamed in the Declaration of Independence!
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness"
people simply fail to understand?
Get INTO it! Get OVER it!
Or... Get Out of the Way of the freedom train!
Bravo, Mr. Jealous. Bravo, Mr. President. And bravissimo to the people of this nation who have had enough of being a second, or third, -class citizen in the land they call home.