The article in the Huffington Post declares: African-American Vs. Gay Civil Rights Is A False ChoiceEvidently it is perceived to be insensitive or demeaning to the historical Black struggle for civil rights to equate the gay rights movement with the African-American fight for equality. Leading this indignant opposition to gay rights as a civil rights issue are the Black pastors. The African-American community is among the least accepting of gays, the most homophobic group, thanks to hard-core Christian indoctrination and the fire and brimstone rantings of many of their religious leaders.
Whole pathetic story here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/paul-raushenbush/african-american-gay-civil-rights_b_5353878.html?utm_hp_ref=religion
But "Choice"? What's choice have to do with anything? The fight for civil rights, for equality and equal protection under the law whether black, feminist, or gay doesn't require a "choice". Since when is civil rights an "either or" situation?
The fact that African-Americans were subjected to the abomination of slavery doesn't give them more right to equality, more right to respect, more right to the sole ownership of the term "civil rights", or the benefits thereof. The Jewish community came to the aid of the Black civil rights movement in the 60's. Some of those Jewish activists were beaten and hosed, torn by police dogs, and killed by racist southern scum. Those Jews felt a kinship with the black activists because they had borne the injustice of antisemitism. I don't recall rabbis coming forward to declare: "Well, yes, you're put upon, but you haven't suffered a Holocaust; so your demand for and expectation of equal rights is less than ours. Besides, the Torah doesn't say anything about Black people deserving equality."
The shame of Black Christian clergy is and always will be the fact that they stood against and barred the door to equality of another oppressed group that is desperately trying to throw off second class citizenship. Their opposition reminds me of Gov. Wallace and his ilk, and the crowds of ranting jeering whites, who barred the door to school integration by black children.
Can they be so blinded by the religious dogma inherited from their white slave masters, and their obedience to a book of fables? Can they be so callous as to NOT see the correlation to their own struggle for equality?
Interesting how, in such a short time, the persecuted easily becomes the persecutor.
Steven Weinberg's observation has never been more true: “With or without religion, you would have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things. But for good people to do evil things, that takes religion."