McKissic: Marriage Equality Just Like 9/11


I missed this a month ago when it happened but it’s worth reprinting. Dwight McKissic, a black Southern Baptist minister, responded to President Obama’s acceptance of marriage equality with all the subtlety of a dog with rabies. It’s just like 9/11, you see.

President Obama has betrayed the Bible and the Black Church with his endorsement of same-sex marriage. The Bible is crystal clear on this subject, and the Black Church strongly opposes same-sex marriage. His endorsement is an inadvertent attack on the Christian Faith. America is now a candidate for the same judgment received by Sodom and Gomorrah. This was a sad, sad day and a very bad decision, by our beloved President. The moral impact of this day and decision is equal to the military impact of AL-Queda when they attacked the Twin Towers on 911. Today’s announcement is a moral earthquake equivalent to a tsunami or hurricane that will have far more devastating results than Katrina.

This means that parents are now going to have an extremely difficult time teaching their children that marriage biblically and traditionally is between a man and a woman, when the President that many love and admire is now on record endorsing sodomy. This is painful and shameful. The Black Church should galvanize, mobilize and address this matter with the same (if not greater) intensity, velocity and resolve as we did the Civil Rights Movement. If we don’t, our children and grandchildren will pay a far greater price in suffering from a governmental sanction of same-sex marriage than we would have under segregation.

I don’t have kids, but I certainly wouldn’t have a difficult time teaching a child about marriage. Only a bigot would.

Comments

  1. tubi says

    Our kids, 7 and 5, ask us occasionally whether boys can marry boys and girls can marry girls. We usually just answer, “Sure, sometimes.”

    We haven’t really gone much further than that, yet.

  2. jamessweet says

    Meanwhile, in Reality Land, there is an actual problem with teaching kids about marriage that is exacerbated by the lack of marriage equality: When Dan Savage told his son that his dads planned to get married, his son — Dan Savage’s young son — was like, “What are you talking about dad, men don’t marry other men!”

  3. Synfandel says

    …the Black Church strongly opposes same-sex marriage.

    Where can we look up the official tenets of this “Black Church”? I’m not familiar with its organization.

  4. Synfandel says

    I have to give him credit for chutzpa! He’s invoking the civil rights movement in order to deny others their civil rights. The unabashed hypocrisy is ballsy.

  5. slc1 says

    What Reverend McKissic is really worried about is the apparent poll result that, at least in Prince Georges Co., Md., the presidents statement has caused a reduction in the support in the African American community for the current initiative that will be on the ballot in November, that would overturn the bill recognizing same sex marriage in that state. This would result in a concomitant reduction in the influence of African American ministers in that county on their parishioners.

  6. Michael Heath says

    Dwight McKissic writes:

    The Bible is crystal clear on this subject [gay marriage]. […] America is now a candidate for the same judgment received by Sodom and Gomorrah.

    Another Christian leader ignorant of his own holy book.

  7. d cwilson says

    The Black Church should galvanize, mobilize and address this matter with the same (if not greater) intensity, velocity and resolve as we did the Civil Rights Movement.

    We’ve come full circle. Now last generation’s opponents of oppression are calling for oppression of the new “other”.

    BTW, how does one measure the “velocity” with which some galvanizes?

  8. Hercules Grytpype-Thynne says

    Oddly, I had no trouble teaching my daughter that “marriage biblically and traditionally is between a man and a woman”. Of course, this may be because I’ve also made it quite clear that I don’t consider either the Bible or tradition a particularly good guide to proper behavior. They certainly don’t trump reason and empathy.

  9. eric says

    This means that parents are now going to have an extremely difficult time teaching their children that marriage biblically and traditionally is between a man and a woman,

    He’s partly right. It’ll be just as easy to teach the kids what the bible says. But it will be increasingly difficult to get them to see gay marriage as an abomination when they see it happening more and more, with no negative consequences.

    I believe the bible even has something to say about this – something about building your house on sand, perhaps?

    when the President that many love and admire is now on record endorsing sodomy.

    These folks always equate marriage with acts of male sex, don’t they? Multiple errors here – ignoring gay women, ignoring hetero sodomy, the difference between supporting someone’s legal right to do x and endorsing x, and so on…

  10. beezlebubby says

    When will American pastors learn that the sin of Sodom wasn’t buggery, but inhospitality? If a minor, part-time demon such as myself can understand it, they ought to be able to.

  11. Abby Normal says

    How is it so difficult to explain to children that while the Bible condemns divorce, the government is not a part of the church and so allows it? Similarly, because the government is separate from the church, women aren’t required to marry their rapist, men aren’t required to marry their brother’s widow, and women who aren’t virgins on their wedding night aren’t executed. Seems pretty straight forward to me.

  12. teawithbertrand says

    So convenient for McKissic that his god hates all the same people he does. Typical.

  13. Hercules Grytpype-Thynne says

    @eric:

    It depends on the definition of “sodomy” you’re using. By the more expansive definitions, female homosexuality might be included:

    American Heritage: Any of various forms of sexual intercourse held to be unnatural or abnormal, especially anal intercourse or bestiality.

    Merriam-Webster: anal or oral copulation with a member of the same or opposite sex; also : copulation with an animal

    @beelzebubby:

    Probably never. They want to reserve the right to be inhospitable. Say, to gay people.

  14. rork says

    Maybe he should read the chapters about Jesus. That might change his mind.

    “our children and grandchildren will pay a far greater price in suffering”
    I’d like that part spelled out better by the anti’s, so we could see if it holds any molecules of water. Saw Romney trying to give non-religious reasons for his opposition, but I’ve never seen him get to the point either. Not that made any sense.

  15. tubi says

    Saw Romney trying to give non-religious reasons for his opposition, but I’ve never seen him get to the point either.

    That’s because they can’t. I wrote a letter to our local paper in Minnesota explaining why the November ballot amendment ought to be rejected, and every response for the past 4 weeks has invoked god, or jesus, or the bible. Sure, some of them also talk about how it’s unnatural because gay couples can’t have kids, but when I wrote a response explaining why that wasn’t a good reason, all they had to fall back on was religion.

    I’ve taken a couple of weeks off, but I might need to wade in again with another letter. The paper didn’t print my last one, probably because it was too long, so maybe I’ll tighten it up and keep the pressure going.

  16. Alverant says

    Aren’t there enough problems with abscent fathers, slain husbands, and divorce in this country that we have to panic when two people of the same gender want to get married?

  17. Alverant says

    After my previous post I had to check, according to the Huffington Post the African-American community have an 11.5% divorce rate, the second highest in their list (google “divorce rates by race in US”) Maybe the good preacher should get that down before complaining about two guys getting married. Though I wonder, if there was equal marriage would the divorce rates go up or down or stay the same? I think they’ll go down slightly at first since every same-sex couple knows that every divorce is another “I told you so” for their opponents so they may stay together just to spite them.

  18. Tualha says

    America is now a candidate for the same judgment received by Sodom and Gomorrah.

    Yes, yes, I’m sure the fire will start raining down on us any day now. Just like it did on Canada, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Iceland, Spain…

  19. footface says

    Have the bigots ever tried to speak with their children about… anything? It’s not hard.

    Parent: “Men can marry other men in some places. And women can marry other women in some places.”

    Kid: “I didn’t know that.”

    Parent: “Yep. It’s true.”

    Kid: “Okay. Can I go play now?”

    Even bigots can do this much.

    I live in progressive Seattle, and when my son was 7 or so, I mentioned a (male) coworker’s husband. My son said, “Men can marry other men?!” I reminded him that he knows a whole bunch of people (friends!) with two moms. “Well, yeah,” he said, “I knew two women could get married, but I didn’t know two men could!”

    He remains unscarred by this knowledge.

  20. Nentuaby says

    Alverant, be very careful. The way you’re using those statistics skirts the edge of treating ‘queer’ and ‘black’ as disjoint and opposed categories. Remember, we pop up more-or-less randomly and cut across all other demographic categories. Careless activist statements can too easily play into the bigots’ wedge strategies. That’s harmful strategically, and utterly deadly to the people living at the intersection and getting the wedge driven through their own person.

  21. frog says

    Just like 9/11, which is of course why New York legalized gay marriage. Oh, sure the rest of the state had to be convinced, but the folks who live in direct viewing distance of the southern tip of Manhattan were mostly in support of gay marriage.

    Apparently New York is full of masochists? Is that the point he’s trying to make?

    Two things I never want to hear again:

    1. “Gay marriage will destroy marriage because of…um…reasons!”

    2. Any reference to 9/11 by anyone who isn’t a native New Yorker or a close friend/relative of someone who was killed in the attacks.

  22. M Groesbeck says

    the Black Church strongly opposes same-sex marriage.

    That must be news to Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, Jeremiah Wright…

  23. Azkyroth, Former Growing Toaster Oven says

    I think they’ll go down slightly at first since every same-sex couple knows that every divorce is another “I told you so” for their opponents so they may stay together just to spite them.

    I think they’ll go down because same sex couples have an extremely low rate of jumping into marriages they don’t really want either because they feel they have to get married before they have sex, because they feel guilty about “living in sin,” or because they have a surprise pregnancy.

  24. says

    tualha:

    Yes, yes, I’m sure the fire will start raining down on us any day now. Just like it did on Canada, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Iceland, Spain…

    What have you got against Belgium (sorry for swearing), South Africa, Portugal, Argentina, and Denmark?

  25. kermit. says

    beelzebubby, are you sure? I thought the sin of Sodom was insufficient respect for Yahweh or general disobedience. Lot displayed his piety not by being hospitable so much as showing so much respect for his important visitors (he didn’t know they were angels yet) that he offered up his daughters for a gang rape as a diversion. Lot’s wife was punished not for inhospitality but for glancing over her shoulder, overcome by curiosity – which was disobedient. It seems to me – feel free to disagree – that all the OT sins could be boiled down to 1) not instantly and completely doing what they were told (by Yahweh or his representatives[1]), and 2) not being sufficiently servile (to Yahweh or his representatives).

    Remember, this is the god that rewards his faithful followers by allowing them to tell him how awesome he is for all eternity.

    [1] It has not escaped my attention that all of his representatives were self-appointed.

  26. fastlane says

    The moral impact of this day and decision is equal to the military impact of AL-Queda when they attacked the Twin Towers on 911.

    He’s actually right about that. The military impact of 9/11 was almost nil.

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