Jackson Delivers Weird, Bigoted Screed


The Family Research Council’s annual Watchmen on the Wall conference was a cavalcade of crazy bigotry. Bishop Harry Jackson, one of the most vitriolic and bigoted voices in the black clergy, delivered this incoherent screed about Obama’s announcement of support for marriage equality and how it dishonored black clergy.

It was the week before Mother’s Day that President Obama came out in public and said what some of us have known for years that he was in fact for same-sex marriage. This is one of those situations that he was before it before he was against it and now he’s for it again. It was shocking because it was dishonoring of the African American and Hispanic clergy, it was dishonoring of them because he and his party believe that blacks and Hispanics have nowhere else to go. We’re in an adulterous relationship with them, they come at our door at midnight, they knock, they want entry, they want what they want, how they want it and when they want it—do I have to spell this out for you? But then we don’t get flowers, we don’t get tickets to dinner, there’s no romance in this situation, are you with me?

There’s been a movement from 1967 to erase the sexual differences, the gender assignment that God has given. There has been an assignment of Hell trying to tell us that we need to be unisex, that we need to move into some kind of homogenous, androgynous zone. There’s been something in the culture that is trying to erase the image of God from before us. Marriage is supposed to be a reflection of Christ’s relationship with the Church, but also in the reality of that there is an understanding of femininity and masculinity that also reflect godly roles and assignments. How dare people have gender reassignment surgery that says the way God originally dedicated them to be was not good enough.

Here’s the video:

Comments

  1. Gregory in Seattle says

    I’m not quite clear, but is this conference related to the organization, Watchmen on the Walls? Frothing-at-the-mouth homophobe, Scott Livey — co-author of a book that tried to pin the Nazis and the Holocaust on gay activism and a key promoter of Uganda’s “kill the gays” law effort — helped to found the U.S. branch of that group, which should tell you everything you need to know about how incredibly dangerous they are.

  2. says

    To be fair, Watchmen on Walls wasn’t one of Seuss’ better works. (“I see homos on the bus. I see homos, make a fuss. I see homos over there. I see homos everywhere!”).

  3. helenaconstantine says

    “Marriage is supposed to be a reflection of Christ’s relationship with the Church, but also in the reality of that there is an understanding of femininity and masculinity that also reflect godly roles and assignments.”

    So Jackson is in a gay marriage with Jesus?

  4. cptdoom says

    There’s been a movement from 1967 to erase the sexual differences, the gender assignment that God has given. There has been an assignment of Hell trying to tell us that we need to be unisex, that we need to move into some kind of homogenous, androgynous zone.

    No, Mr. Jackson, there has been a movement, dating in the US to the 1840s, to acknowledge that gender should not predetermine one’s life or limit one’s opportunities. In more recent times, that has been amended to include our understanding that not all men are the same and not all women are the same. We all express our genders differently and that also should not stand in our way.

    In fact, Mr. Jackson, we’ve actually come to understand that there are human beings that can’t be easily classified as male or female at all. They’re known as intersexed and I think you have to include them among your God’s creation, unless you’re one of those Christians who argues the intersexed are examples of man’s sins after the Fall from Eden (so apparently they’re not really humans, or something).

  5. says

    I wonder why 1967 is his year of choice for when all the terrible stuff started to happen. Was it the fault of the Summer of Love?

  6. tubi says

    1967 was also the summer of Loving. I wonder if Jackson has problems with trying to change the race that God assigned each of us at birth.

  7. spamamander, hellmart survivor says

    *Tacks a post-it note to the monitor. “Do not drink coffee while reading a Modusoperandi post”.

    Keeps a towel close by, just in case it happens again anyway.

  8. kermit. says

    How dare people have gender reassignment surgery that says the way God originally dedicated them to be was not good enough.

    Indeed how dare my son get surgery to correct his nearsightedness?

    How dare people with spinal bifida, heart defects, brittle bone disease, conjoined twins and other issues they are dissatisfied with get surgery or other medical treatments, simply because they think the body that God gave them isn’t good enough?

    Now that I think of it, aren’t my glasses a way of telling God to kiss my hairy atheist backside? As well as the ones you’re wearing in that video.

  9. Gregory in Seattle says

    @timgueguen #6 – Well, 1967 is the year I was born. But that’s probably not what he had in mind.

    The Wikipedia has a nice calendar of events for 1967 that might be useful. Let’s see….

    There was the Expo 67 World’s Fair. The Doors released their first album. Louis Leakey announced the discovery of pre-human fossils in Kenya. The Boston Strangler was convicted. The Apollo 1 spacecraft blew up before launch. Aretha Franklin recorded Respect. Jimmy Hoffa went to jail. Pope Paul IV issues an encyclical (Populorum Progressio) saying that the world economy should serve all, not just a few. Elvis and Priscilla got married. Australia took its first steps towards recognizing the rights of indigenous people. Canada celebrated its centennial. The leader of the American Nazi Party was assassinated. There was an anti-war riot at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The British Pound was devalued.

    But probably the thing that really got his goat was the ruling in Loving v. Virginia, when the US Supreme Court issued a ruling that sought to erase God’s ordained separation of the races in marriage. That’s the closest thing I can find.

  10. Gregory in Seattle says

    @kermit #9 – Vaccines are a hearty slap to God’s Almighty Face. Hand washing, sewage treatment, indoor plumbing, bathing — any kind of regular hygeine, as a matter of fact — is a mighty middle finger to the Lord. After all, disease is God’s judgement against sin, just like the Bible makes very clear, and any effort to avoid God’s judgement against sin must piss Him off to no end.

  11. davem says

    I wonder why 1967 is his year of choice for when all the terrible stuff started to happen. Was it the fault of the Summer of Love?

    It was the first year I ever drank beer. That must be it. the first year of the downward slope. There can’t be any other reason…

  12. says

    I wonder why 1967 is his year of choice for when all the terrible stuff started to happen?

    That’s the year I was born, of course.

  13. marcus says

    Jeebus Barack, Send him some goddamned flowers already! (Maybe he’ll shut the fuck up.) (Probably not.)

  14. typecaster says

    Nitpick alert….

    The Apollo 1 spacecraft blew up before launch.

    Actually, an electrical spark started a magnesium fire in a nearly pure oxygen atmosphere. This depleted the oxygen, and the 3 astronauts asphyxiated as a result. A horrible accident, certainly, but nothing actually blew up.

    And pursuant to another article here today, I don’t have any issue with thinking of the astronaut corp as heroes. The things they ride on actually are in the process of blowing up – just in a highly controlled fashion.

    With the controls supplied by the lowest bidder. (Thank you, Pete Conrad).

  15. NitricAcid says

    It dishonours black clergy because the clergy have said that gay marriage is EVIL and Obama has DARED to have a different opinion. Doesn’t he know that clergy are the voice of GAWD!!?

  16. kagekiri says

    @kermit.:
    Yeah, pretty much what I was thinking. He made me slightly effeminate, made me have nearsightedness, made me pretty dang scrawny for a guy my height; I guess my “androgynous” characteristics are God’s fault? And hey, with him being an omniscient creator, then so is our sexuality!

    How dare this bishop claim that the way God made gay people is wrong and needs to be changed! Man, did this guy not remember why we’re “born sinful”? Terrible argument for him, but a great one to show God is an asshole.

    God even takes credit for making gays and atheists in the Bible (it’s true, he did make me an atheist….by failing to show up so consistently over decades that I could no longer believe his existence), so hey, you ultimately can’t blame us atheists and LGBT people for the way the nation is becoming. God is the one making more LGBT and atheist people! It says so in the Bible!! This guy’s a blasphemer! How dare he!

  17. Ichthyic says

    But then we don’t get flowers, we don’t get tickets to dinner, there’s no romance in this situation, are you with me?

    nope, not with ya there, looney. explain in more detail how this works, exactly?

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