Sharpton Turns the Church Out On “Gay Marriage” Focus

The Southern Voice reported today that Reverend Al Sharpton on Sunday in Atlanta called out Black church community on how much energy they put on the same-sex marriage issue, and little else about anything else in the Black community. Here’s what he said:

“It amazes me when I looked at California and saw churches that had nothing to say about police brutality, nothing to say when a young black boy was shot while he was wearing police handcuffs, nothing to say when the they overturned affirmative action, nothing to say when people were being delegated into poverty, yet they were organizing and mobilizing to stop consenting adults from choosing their life partners,” Sharpton told a packed audience on Jan. 11.

“There is something immoral and sick about using all of that power to not end brutality and poverty, but to break into people’s bedrooms and claim that God sent you,” Sharpton added.


He spoke at Tabernacle Baptist Church, which was written about in the New York Times in 2007, because Rev. Dennis Meredith proclaimed the church open and accepting to the LGBT community, which meant much of his congregation went elsewhere. According to SOVO, Reverend Meredith has since come out as bisexual.

Sharpton goes onto speak more about the hypocrisy of minister who are often in the closet themselves, and preaching hatred of gays, as well as their lack of participation in racial & economic justice issues.

“I am tired of seeing ministers who will preach homophobia by day, and then after they’re preaching, when the lights are off they go cruising for trade…“We know you’re not preaching the Bible, because if you were preaching the Bible we would have heard from you…We would have heard from you when people were starving in California, when they deregulated the economy and crashed Wall Street you had nothing to say. When [alleged Ponzi schemer Bernie] Madoff made off with the money, you had nothing to say. When Bush took us to war chasing weapons of mass destruction that weren’t there you had nothing to say. … But all of a sudden when Proposition 8 came out you had so much to say, but since you stepped in the rain, we gonna step in the rain with you.

Let the church say Amen.

Sherri Shepherd: When ‘Keepin’ It Christian’ Goes Wrong

I usually don’t like to poke fun at Black people on this site–Lord knows there’s enough of that in the world already. But this is too much of a mess to pass up.

Comedian Sherri Shepherd, who, along with Whoopi Goldberg, recently joined the cast of ABC’s long running talkshow, The View. It’s an interesting dynamic, two black women on the show. Shepherd, a devout Christian (and presumably) conservative, and Whoopi, a die-hard NYC ACLU-type liberal. As much as Whoopi’s liberal politics sometimes gets on my nerves, I do think her presence has brought the intellectual rigor of the show up quite a bit.

The same, unfortunately, cannot be said for Sherri Shepherd. Yesterday, in a discussion about ancient civilization, Sherri Shepherd insisted that Jesus Christ predated the Greeks. Seriously. Have a look.

Just a few weeks before, Shepherd also said that she wasn’t sure that the world was round.