Just when you think you've heard it all. Just when you think
people have gone as FAR as they could to get some media attention,
someone says something to prove that there is really no end
to how far people will go to get the spotlight shined on them.
Even if it means being unabashedly fearful, ignorant, insecure,
grossly misinformed, and maybe just a little bit of stupid
(remember, ignorance is "I just don't know", stupidity is
"I don't know, and I don't care to find out") to be accepted
by the mainstream.
Rev. Foster has sent out numerous press releases trying to
get support for his mission to "call black gays and lesbians"
back home so they can start living how God originally intended
all men and women to live…. Free from unwanted homosexual
desires. That's quite a lofty and noble mission. What makes
it so sad is the fact that people like Rev. Foster actually
believe that God is SO small and one dimensional, that His
Divine intent was for EVERYONE to be the same. Doesn't the
fact that we are all HUMAN, but with diverse life experiences
speak to the majesty and glory of God? I just can't imagine
why God, in ALL His wisdom, would create us in ALL our diversity,
only to say "my original intent was for you all to act, walk,
talk, live, think, and BE just alike".
It's reprehensible to think that someone who knows what
it's like to be enslaved and abused by Theo-centric Slave
Owners (TSO's or "so-called" pastors), would want to become
one himself. Hmm…maybe that's the only way to feel like you're
actually worth something. What better way to get some clout
or gain some respect than become a TSO and start building
a plantation where you can enslave and abuse people who are
just like you "say" you once were? Maybe if you are convincing
enough, you can get those with the BIG plantations to say
your name amongst their friends and they'll support you in
your quest to become like them. They'll make you a part of
their boys club (cuz it STILL ain't no women in the club).
They'll even give you some tips on how to be more effective
at it. Maybe some of the power they exercise over their slaves
will rub off on you, and you'll be able to build schools,
hotels, gyms, etc. with the slave's money, and charge them
to use what they built so you can make more money! Look at
the power and control you'd have!
The following are statements Rev. Foster makes in the press…
"At the core of arguments by marriage-minded homosexuals
is neither love or commitment but a thirst for an estimated
1,049 benefits currently afforded to married heterosexuals….
These marriage benefits are rarely thought of by heterosexual
couples when getting married."
Heterosexuals don't think about the 1,049 marriage benefits
when they are getting married because THEY DON'T HAVE TO.
It's automatic. It's even expected. Nobody is trying to deny
them those rights. If things were a little different, and
someone was trying to legally deny heterosexual people these
rights, SOMEONE would be screaming and making noise about
it. TRUST ME! And the thought that ALL HETEROSEXUALS get married
because they are in love and want to be committed to each
other is lunacy. Who knows the number of people who got married
out of convenience, because a child was on the way, for citizenship,
or to cover up their sexuality to avoid this very discrimination.
Let's not even mention the bulk of those who oppose same-gender
marriage and talk about the "sanctity of this sacred institution"
are on their 2nd or 3rd marriages themselves.
Yet there are many Same Gender Loving people who ARE in
love, and have been in committed relationships for innumerable
years, and their relationship/union isn't recognized by law.
So they can't have access to bereavement leave, immigration,
insurance, tax breaks, veteran's discounts, visitation rights,
and Social Security survivor benefits. Now, come on…is that
REALLY a fair way to treat people who pay the SAME taxes that
you do? I think not!
This is the statement that really got me…"Let's settle
this once and for all. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said absolutely
nothing and did absolutely nothing to support homosexuality.
There is not one single quote on record anywhere that can
be attributed to Dr. King in support of homosexuality…those
who invoke his name and legacy as a defense of this moral
mischoice ought to be ashamed for assassinating the dream
all over again."
Dr. Martin Luther King said…"Injustice anywhere is a threat
to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network
of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever
affects one directly, affects all indirectly."? Does this
not mean whatever affects me (a same gender loving man), affects
YOU (a proclaimed ex-same gender loving man)? We are in this
thing together whether you accept it or not. And GOD created
it that way. Contrary to Pastor Foster's opinion, for anyone
to take the words of Dr. King and use them to exclude or discriminate
against anyone is assassinating the dream! Get it right! Furthermore,
who would know Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. better than his
wife? Who knew the dream before the world did because she
was one with him in spirit and in body? You got it…. Mrs.
Coretta Scott King. She can say, with more authority than
ANYBODY can whether or not Dr. King would support the eradication
of unjust laws that discriminate against same gender loving
people. And you know what? SHE DID…
"I still hear people say that I should not be talking
about the rights of lesbian and gay people and I should stick
to the issue of racial justice," she said. "But I hasten to
remind them that Martin Luther King Jr. said, 'Injustice anywhere
is a threat to justice everywhere.'" "I appeal to everyone
who believes in Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream to make room
at the table of brother- and sisterhood for lesbian and gay
people," she said. - Reuters, March 31, 1998.
Homophobia is like racism and anti-Semitism and other
forms of bigotry in that it seeks to dehumanize a large group
of people, to deny their humanity, their dignity and personhood,"
King stated. "This sets the stage for further repression
and violence that spread all too easily to victimize the next
minority group." - Chicago Defender, April 1, 1998, front
Mrs. King said, days before the 30th anniversary of the Rev.
Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination on April 4, 1968, "the
civil rights movement thrives on unity and inclusion, not
division and exclusion." - Chicago Sun Times, April 1,
"For many years now, I have been an outspoken supporter
of civil and human rights for gay and lesbian people…Gays
and lesbians stood up for civil rights in Montgomery, Selma,
in Albany, Ga. and St. Augustine, Fla., and many other campaigns
of the Civil Rights Movement," she said. "Many of these courageous
men and women were fighting for my freedom at a time when
they could find few voices for their own, and I salute their
contributions." - Chicago Tribune, April 1, 1998, sec.2,
We have a lot more work to do in our common struggle against
bigotry and discrimination. I say "common struggle" because
I believe very strongly that all forms of bigotry and discrimination
are equally wrong and should be opposed by right-thinking
Americans everywhere. Freedom from discrimination based on
sexual orientation is surely a fundamental human right in
any great democracy, as much as freedom from racial, religious,
gender, or ethnic discrimination. - Opening Plenary Session,
13th annual Creating Change conference of the National Gay
and Lesbian Task Force, Atlanta, Georgia, November 9, 2000.
For too long, our nation has tolerated the insidious
form of discrimination against this group of Americans, who
have worked as hard as any other group, paid their taxes like
everyone else, and yet have been denied equal protection under
the law.... I believe that freedom and justice cannot be parceled
out in pieces to suit political convenience. My husband, Martin
Luther King, Jr. said, "Injustice anywhere is a threat
to justice everywhere." On another occasion he said, "I have
worked too long and hard against segregated public accommodations
to end up segregating my moral concern. Justice is indivisible."
Like Martin, I don't believe you can stand for freedom
for one group of people and deny it to others. So I see this
bill as a step forward for freedom and human rights in our
country and a logical extension of the Bill of Rights and
the civil rights reforms of the 1950's and '60's. The great
promise of American democracy is that no group of people will
be forced to suffer discrimination and injustice. - Remarks,
press conference on the introduction of ENDA, Washington,
DC, June 23, 1994.
Now, Pastor Foster, go tell Mrs. Coretta what her husband
stood for. Write HER a letter informing her that her husband
was not fighting for equality for all people, since you know
better than she does what he was fighting for.
Why is it that people feel it necessary to beat other people
down, dehumanize them, and deny them equality just so they
can feel powerful and important? I'm not saying that Rev.
Foster is wrong. I AM saying however, the ministry he has
IS NOT for EVERYBODY! It IS possible for you to minister to
people who are seeking God to change them without infringing
on the rights of those who are at peace with God and who they
were created to be. Everyone is not seeking God for the same
thing. And that should be respected. Yes, God CAN change people's
sexuality…just like He CAN change the color of a person's
skin. There is NOTHING too hard or impossible for Him. So
why is it so hard to see that God CAN (and did) create people
with a different sexual orientation? If a person can be born
a hermaphrodite, then CERTAINLY God can create a man or woman
with love and sexual attraction to the same gender (maybe
it's Divine population control).
Why is equality for ALL PEOPLE such a threat to Pastor Foster
and those who agree with him? What does he have to lose if
same gender loving people have equal rights? Could this whole
thing be about a need be called a "great man" by mainstream
Christianity? Could it be that this crusade is a smoke screen
hiding something else? I mean, if Pastor Foster is indeed
delivered from "being gay", why even use the term GAY to define
himself (ex-GAY)? If he is truly delivered, then isn't he
"straight" now? Or maybe he hasn't EARNED the right to be
called "straight" by the church yet, so he must prove himself
to them with this crusade. It's a sad commentary indeed for
someone to not be strong enough spiritually or emotionally
to just BE who they are, so they have to jump through hoops
like some circus animal in every aspect of their lives to
gain acceptance from people who have convinced them that they
are less than what God intended them to be. It would be healthier
to seek God for oneself. It would be better to seek God for
the strength to just BE who you really are. I thought God's
original intent was for humanity to have relationship with
HIM. So why not seek for HIS acceptance. And if people have
problems with that, let it be THEIR problem.