Why Washington D.C. Was Right To Disinvite Donnie McClurkin To Their MLK Jr. Memorial Concert

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August 14, 2013 ‐ By Charing Ball

Donnie McClurkin

Here’s a story that almost slipped through the pages: Gospel singer Donnie McClurkin was disinvited to perform at a Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial concert in Washington D.C. last Saturday because of concerns about his anti-gay sentiments.

McClurkin was supposed to be headlining the city-sponsored event, which was entitled “Reflections on Peace: Gandhi to King,” but was removed after several local gay activists lodged objections about the idea of an anti-gay singer at a peace event. According to the Washington Post, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray said of the decision to withdraw his invitation, “This was an issue involving a potential controversy at an event that was going to focus on harmony and peace, and we just didn’t think that was appropriate for this event.”

In response to his canceled performance, the Grammy Award winning gospel singer released a video response, via social cam, giving his side of the incident, which was pretty similar to what was reported in the Post. However, he also added, “It is unfortunate that today, a black man, a black artist, is uninvited from a civil rights movement depicting the love, the unity, the peace, the tolerance.”

Well, it was Dr. King who advised that we judge folks not based on the color of their skin but on the content of their character, so perhaps the mayor as well as other organizers of the concert had a point.

A sex abuse survivor and self-proclaimed ex-gay, McClurkin has over the years been very vocal about the role his faith has had in “overcoming” his homosexuality. In a series of YouTube videos, McClurkin is seen testifying at the 102nd COGIC Holy Convocation in Memphis about how not having a dad or proper male figure around led to him trying to “find himself through other men in the church.” He described homosexuals in general as “broken people.” He then warns parents to shield their children from the likes of Katy Perry, who is somehow turning these young girls out through homosexuality and how openly gay gospel singer Tonex (now B. Slade) is a “perversion” and must turn to God and basically pray away the gay. “I see feminine men – no, no no, do not applaud like its a bash – it’s because we failed. It’s not the children’s fault…We didn’t father our children.”

So yeah, after taking in that bit of fire and brimstone, I can certainly see why the organizers of the concert felt it wise to renege on their invitation. Of course, whoever was in charge of booking failed miserably in securing entertainment that would appeal to all of its attendees. We are talking about an event, which is largely funded and supported through public dollars, and aims to celebrate the more harmonious aspects of both Gandhi and Dr. King Jr.’s messages. An event being held in a city, which has the highest percentage of an LGBTQA community than any other state in America.

And before folks turn this solely into a debate about the legitimacy or illegitimacy of his personal beliefs, let’s just for a second consider the respect angle. Unlike McClurkin’s own personal testimony, there are plenty of openly proud people within the LGBTQA communities who don’t feel like broken people; who don’t much believe that what they do is a perversion; and are not interested in being converted nor condemned. What they do believe, however, is that they should be able to go to a got-damn concert in their hometown that their tax dollars helped to support without the threat of their existence being publicly called into question.

On a side note – and mainly because I already know that this will turn into a conversation about the legitimacy or illegitimacy of not only the gay “lifestyle” but also gay rights – I truly feel that it is time for folks to recognize and understand how some folks can be twice (sometimes more) maligned and subjugated. More importantly, acknowledging as much doesn’t mean that “someone else” is going to get something more than “us” (i.e. rights). It just means understanding that in addition to being black, being black in addition to something else (be it woman, gay, poor, etc.), can makes things greatly more complicated. We have to fight to ensure that everyone is treated fairly, and more importantly, respected, within the community.

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  • Eddie Rattlehead

    The reason why people like Donnie boy are dangerous to the system of ordered liberty is because he implies that being gay is a CHOICE, like gay people actually CHOOSE to subject themselves to lifetime of intolerance, hatred and death threats, including death, sometimes! So by his ignorant OPINION he encourages militant Christendom to persecute gays who are just “stubborn in their sinful ways”. And the suggestion that being gay automatically makes you a pedofile is just downright LIBELOUS. I think every LGBT person accused of that just because they’re LGBT should sue for defamation of character, because that’s exactly what it is! Being black and Christian does not make you any more worthy of MLK legacy than running around with an M16A4 rifle crying revolution makes you worthy of a war veteran’s respect. But it may make you less worthy, case in point. Frankly, this guy gives Christians everywhere a bad name in a very same sense as Bin Laden gave Muslims a bad name. And as if these so called Christians could ever prove BEYOND REASONABLE DOUBT (since they want to put them to death just for being gay) that being gay is a choice! Or the new, equally unscientific, ridiculousness: it’s a disease! Newsflash NARTH: being gay is not anymore a choice than using words like “research” or “science” while practicing pseudoscience makes you scientific! Na, being gay is not a disease. Being a conservative Christian IS a disease! It is a threat to peace, love, compassion and liberty, just like ANY other religion based on fear of death and punishment. Guys like McClurkin make me sick. The guy can sing like it’s nobody’s business, though.

    • Bits

      I…Love…you. Thats all.

  • Eddie Rattlehead

    Dude ALWAYS struck me as incredible feminine for a Christian back in my Christian days. Now I know why. While it is possible to be a former Christian like me, Donnie boy is delusional or a liar. Once gay always gay. Once a Christian…you can always switch to something more rationalcompassionate, down to EARTH and, well, real, like agnosticism, for instance. And as an added bonus, you don’t have to live in denial like he is. Win-win

    • Bits

      yeS! yES! YES!

  • WESEEITOI

    This group is still trying to justify btheir legitimacy by trying build a mountain with beach sand. If this is natural why search for clues. LBGT has a flawed agenda … to terrorize anyone who opposes their sex agenda . This is the reason we have people afraid to come out of the closet as anti-Homsexual within our Black elite .

  • Child_Puhleez

    Gay agenda wins again. See what y’all “enlightened” folk have to say come Judgment Day. (Rom 1:32)

  • mdottwo

    Donnie McClurkin is a practicing Christian. He is not anti-gay; he is pro-Christian. He is pro-submission to The Word of God. He is a Christian American who represents the sentiments of the Christian founders of this great nation; and should enjoy the rights to express his Christian based beliefs in the American Christian built public
    square, without repudiation. Millions of men have died in order that he
    be able to exercise that right.The DC mayor has no right to deprive him of those rights.

    Martin Luther King was a Bible-believing Christian who would be shocked, outraged and appalled that a fellow Christian like McClurkin, who has repented of his sins, who speaks for and stands on The Word of God, would be ousted from an event honoring his Christian life and behavior. MLK based everything he did and said on The Bible. Since when have non-believers been given the right to re-define Martin Luther Kings’
    standards? Since when do sinners redefine who is an acceptable Christian? Since when can those who hold different beliefs assume the right to deny their opponents their citizenship rights of free speech and open access to the public platform? The mayor had no right to dis-invite Donnie McClurkin because of his beliefs, or his words said in support of his beliefs. What the DC mayor did to Donnie McClurkin was UN-American.

    • Child_Puhleez

      America’s turned her back on God. And He’s far from finished with America. smh

  • Gabie Aldrich

    You can’t come to a peace Concert/ Memorial with hate in your heart and a agenda. I think he really needs some help.. Does he know the people he was bad mouthing? or is it just ignorance? Anyway he needs to work on himself. I hope he can find peace without degrading others.

    • clwa0303

      I agree. You can disagree with something but you don’t have to degrade others to get your feelings on the matter across. If he feels its a choice and he decided to not to partake it what he feels is a “lifestyle” that’s completely his choice. But he should remember there are real people who live everyday wanting to kill themselves because they feel as strongly as he feels in his opinion, that this is not a choice. That this is just who they are. I like donnie’s music and I respect his beliefs but he should learn respecting someone is not equivalent to agreeing or approving. c

  • Bill Nedra Bill

    Few years back when Donnie attacked Gays I said that IF he did not change his evil ways that God would spew him out and here we have it today! Donnie is a Gay man who has allowed himself to take on a LIE in order to please a crooked religion. There is nothing more saddening than a Black man condemning another Black man on account of his color, likewise nothing worse than a Gay man condemning another Gay man. Donnie’s continuous rants against Gays over the years have further added to DEATHS DEPRESSION and DISCRIMINATION of Gay men. simply because he wants people to live his lie. For a man to accept his homosexuality is for that man to walk in God Righteousness, because we are to be who God has made us to be!
    RELIGION is the cause of the mayhem and confusion we have today with respect to sexuality. When those Christians came to the New World they found the Natives living in PEACE with God/Nature and loving all their peoples, including their Gay and Queer children and what did the ‘goodly’ Christian did, they planted HATRED into the hearts of the natives…and of course committed genocides. That is the religion Donnie and many today follow.

    • Marvalous

      This post is way out of order and actually promotes hatred.. to attack this man’s character and beliefs is ignorant. This is supposed to be a country where people have the right to feel and think the way that they want without the repercussions. Yet you sit on the computer and claim to know his lifestyle and judge his faith..People like you are the reason he was dis invited..This article was biased and opinionated.. should people stop subscribing because she clearly agrees with the decision no.. so be more conscious of stating someone is hateful while expressing your own inner hatred.

      • Child_Puhleez

        Exactly! Thank you!

      • Bill Nedra Bill

        Being that my comment was deleted I am unable to confirm what exactly I wrote, BUT one thing for sure, I am of INTEGRITY and nothing I wrote is a lie or biased. Donnie McClurkin is a man who has used his platform to attack the Gay community; am I lying?
        When Tonex accepted his identity didn’t McClurkin rebuked him and went on to call Gays vampires? Am I lying? Isn’t it a FACT that Bayard Rustin was a homosexual man, and isn’t it a FACT Rustin’s efforts were significant to the success of the Civil Rights movement?
        Therefore, if I say Donnie is hypocritical for wanting to perform at a function made possible by a Gay man, where is the hatred in that?
        Believe it or not there is a JUST God who sits high and looks down low, and for all the lives that have been killed, all those youth on the streets, having to turn to drugs and prostitution because their parents refuse to accept their sexuality; for all those kids bullied into depression and suicide etc. etc., God says I WILL AVENGE. Therefore I have all right to take Donnie’s rejection as a show of God showing Donnie His hot displeasure.

    • Bits

      Thank you for having the courage to speak the real truth. so many lost people who think they know ‘the way’ because of religion.

      • Bill Nedra Bill

        My friend, any man who is religious is not of God: The only religion God values is you being kind and caring to the least fortunate. Religious people are (in terms of ‘church’ goers) are most cruel and heartless people existing; that is why I encourage people to get in touch with the REAL God who Jesus tells us is WITHIN each and every man who cares to give himself over to do Christ’s will.

        • clwa0303

          No truer words ever spoken

  • Dei

    This is sad. Just because this man has a certain religious belief that differs from the popular majority, it’s now righ to ban him from a CIVIL RIGHTS service? That’s not fair. Not supporting homosexual lifestyle doesn’t equate to gay-bashing or any sort of homophobic title. This is just plain wrong.

  • I_am_a_Gladiator/Scandalista

    Hmmm….a event about peace and unity “discriminates” (pay attention to that word) against a Christian artist because of his beliefs that they already knew about just because they were afraid of offending “one” certain group of people….Alrighty, America.

    • Skylar

      You betta Tell it!

    • EnoughisEnough

      I agree….it’s just like the foolish “supposed” boycott of Chik-filA…… Let’s ask a OPEN Christian (so much so they don’t even open on Sunday) founder about his beliefs on homosexuality and then get offended when he tells us how HE feels!!… It’s absurd…. The main people screaming “there is soo much discrimination against our kind” are the main people doing the most discriminating!… Anyone who does not agree with the LGBT lifestyle is labeled as a bigot and intolerant when the LGBT community are the ones most guilty of intolerance..

      • I_am_a_Gladiator/Scandalista

        Exactly. They pretty much use their words and the guilt of America as picket fences against Christians. Sounds like they are winning to me.

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  • FromUR2UB

    Now there’s a QA on the end of that acronym, which I thought already pretty much covered it all. Who are the Q’s and A’s?

    • charingb

      Questioning and Allied.

  • childofjesusrose

    As christians we should not be unequally yoked with enemies of God. its a big shame he was uninvited but it is what it is, smh!

  • childofjesusrose

    That’s ok not inviting Donnie because of gay rights whatever was wrong but I hope Donnie will continue in his faith! The bible CONDEMNS HOMOSEXUALITY whether we like it or not! its not by force to accept the lifestyle why are the so called “gays” always try to pick a fight about it, my goodness!

  • childofjesusrose

    That’s ok not inviting Donnie because of gay rights whatever was wrong but I hope Donnie will continue in his faith! The bible CONDEMNS HOMOSEXUALITY whether we like it or not! its not by force to accept the lifestyle why are the so called “gays” always try to pick a fight about it, my goodness!

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/thesapphireempress96?feature=results_main A.J.

    A couple of things that I’d like to point out. First, the organizers of the program were well aware of Donnie McClurkin’s beliefs about homosexuality before they thought of having him on the program. If they felt that it was not going to “fit” with the tone of the day, why would they put him as a potential guest in the first place? Second, he never said that he hated the gay community, that he wanted anything bad to happen to them, etc. He said that he believed they needed help. Third, and most important, I also find it dangerously ironic that at an event that is supposed to represent peace, tolerance, and the spirit of Dr. King’s dream is essentially discriminating against someone because of their beliefs; someone who, as a Black man, is a part of the group that Dr. King and others were initially fighting for. It is also ironic that a group which constantly talks about discrimination and being treated unfairly is essentially doing the same thing. I also believe that everyone deserves to be treated with respect and dignity, and that it’s wrong to hate someone because of who or what they are. But just as someone has the right to live their lives the way they want to, I have the right to disagree. This is not about feeling that another group is “getting more than us”, or that taking up for someone else will take away from our struggle. The issue is that it seems that anyone who disagrees with the LGBT community, even if they express their beliefs rationally, automatically gets typed as a bigot and intolerant. It is wrong to leave him out just because he doesn’t believe the same way.

    • I_am_a_Gladiator/Scandalista

      100% agree with everything you said.

  • folamix

    I am so sick of the gay rights activists trying to subvert the civil rights movement of the 60′s to support their lifestyle.

  • Real Truths

    Gay is the new J*w. Weed smokers are still treated as black in the majority of the country. Which group goes to jail for practicing their “lifestyle”? Constantly barred or fired for practicing their “lifestyle”? Loses their right to vote, sit on jury or own guns for their “lifestyle”? Loses their children to the state for their “lifestyle”? Can have their property confiscated for practicing their “lifestyle”? Profiled by police for “suspected lifestyle”? It’s a joke, it really is. If you want fight for HUMAN RIGHTS then legalize the plant, that’s the real “CIVIL RIGHTS ISSUE” not acceptance of homosexuality.

    • I_am_a_Gladiator/Scandalista

      Ha! Amen to that one!

  • aDayLateAndAdollarShort

    I just don’t see how someone can be “ex-gay.” Growing up fatherless and sexually abused doesn’t lead to gayness. I’m just confused by Donnie’s logic, I could care less if he preformed at the COGIC national convention or San Francisco Pride. I just need people to be honest with themselves.

    • aDayLateAndAdollarShort

      So you use Wikipedia, a non-peer reviewed “source” to “educate” me. Ok…

    • Bits

      so true! people that know absolutely nothing about homosexuality accept for what they read in a book thats thousands of years old with missing chapters have so many ‘opinions’ and are quick to co-sign with a man who is clearly in the closet and odds with who he really is vs what his religion dictates on how he should live his life. so sad.

      • Kayla

        A book that is thousands of years old that is still here, and when you exit this earth that “book” will still be here. What is sad is that people think they have so much “control” over their lives but can’t even control their own heart beat. Once that stops, at the end of it all we will all have to answer to our Maker. What is so sad is that people have no clue where they will end up when this life you’re living is over and that is sad… Hell is real.

        • Bits

          LOL you are so right! people have NO IDEA where they will end up after this life. no one has that answer not even people who will be reading that ancient book long after we are all gone from this earth. and btw it has been proven plenty of times that humans can indeed control their own heartbeats. The Creator dwells in all of us.

  • SavedbyGrace

    This blog post is not an artical, actually this is an op-ed piece. Since when is it ok for someone’s “Civil Rights” to be violated in the name of “Civil Rights?” Something is very wrong with this picture. Donnie McClurkin has the RIGHT to believe what he chooses to believe and live his lifestyle just like anybody else! Being tolerant should go both ways. So you mean to tell me Ms. Ball that it is ok to protect free speech in America only if it agrees with the masses? You may want to do some research on who Dr. King was and what he truly stood for. Equality for ALL not just people who agree or like what you like.

    • hollyw

      Being tolerance of intolerance..? How is that going both ways? Donnie obviously has the right to anything, that’s why the org didn’t ask him to retract his statements. HOWEVER, people and org.s then have the right to invite, disinvite, or boycott a person or institution based off of those beliefs, esp. if it is not in line with their message. Where is the rationalization in allowing him to show up in partial support of only some freedoms and equalityn, but not others..?

      • SavedbyGrace

        Holly, Donnie is a black man who got uninvited to an MLK event that represented peace, tolerance, and love. His stance and personal story surrounded his OWN experiences with homosexuality and no longer identifying with it. He never spoke against the LGBT community please read the full official statement of what was said because if you are basing your opinions solely on this post written above you are not receiving the full story. Please read the whole story and not some post on how someone FEELS about the story. You are basically saying that it’s ok that he is uninvited because he is no longer gay, when the event was celebrating so much more then sexual orientation. If I publically state that I am no longer gay to the world, I should still be able to attend an event focused on peace, love, and tolerance.

        • hollyw

          I am not basing my opinion solely off of this post, and I am very familiar with the Rev. Donnie McClurkin and his story.

          He’s said so much more than “I’m no longer gay” over the years, so no, I am not basically saying it’s okay he was uninvited b/c he says he is no longer gay. I am saying that it is okay he was uninvited because he has said that being gay is a perversion and an abomination, amongst other things. Do you not realize that this is hate speech? Is matters not whether he is Christian, Muslim, Buddhist (though they would never say that), or atheist, OR that he says it “with love”. Hate speech is hate speech, and it doesn’t matter that it’s not a gay rally or other things were celebrated. These org.s decided that they did not want his sentiments attached to this event, and given his stance, it makes complete logical sense. Unfortunate, yes. But this is not a Black or a Christian thing; it’s as you said, equality, peace, and tolerance.

          • I_am_a_Gladiator/Scandalista

            So what is the fact that he said those words out loud that bothered you because either way whether it comes out of his mouth or he thinks it in his head, he still feels the same and that’s “His” opinion based on the words of God who states the same thing about homosexuality. The world is not just made of people who are gay and the straight people who are tolerant of the gay lifestyle, there are actually those who do not agree or accept homosexuality and I do not think that they should be bashed, called homophobes, or denied rights to attend OR perform at an event. So long as they don’t try to harm anyone, they deserve to be treated with the same respect as everyone else.

            • Skylar

              Well said!

            • hollyw

              Three things; one, nothing here bothers me. If you are bothered, perhaps you may need to spend more time off these blogs. Two, no one here is even arguing that Donnie is a homophobe. Three, you are confusing respect, rights, and choice. He was disinvited, so obviously, he does not have a right to perform at this event. Otherwise, he would have a good lawsuit on his hands. In fact, it is these org.s who have the RIGHT deny performance allowances. Now, if he wants to ATTEND the event, I’m sure he is free to, as everyone else is. I find it very ironic how you can’t see the hypocrisy in your own arguments towards ‘tolerance’ of intolerant beliefs, as well as feigning victimhood for having those beliefs when it is widely known that those beliefs themselves victimize far more than the other way around.

          • FreedomFighter

            You just proved her point. Un-inviting him did not reflect equality, peace or tolerance. What was said as far as abomination and perversion are stated in the Bible, not a form of an opinion or feeling. So if you don’t agree with the Bible discuss that with God and if you don’t believe in the Bible don’t get offended that someone else does. What he stated DOES NOT reflect hate speech, when he was once part of that lifestyle. Hate speech is hate speech when you HATE the people or persons you are referring to, he does NOT hate homosexuals. People who do not accept homosexuality should not have to be labeled as homophobes because they don’t agree with the lifestyle. Disagreement does not always equal hate. As a child, when your parents considered something unacceptable growing up, that did not mean they hated you.

            • hollyw

              You seemed to not have understood what was said. Secularism is everything OUTSIDE the Bible; therefore, no one cares where he got the sentiments. The fact is, he said them. You are obviously more offended by this than I.

              Also, hate speech is a factual occurrence regardless of its intent, so again, even if one thinks they can pray or love the gay away, uttering publicly the things that he has automatically qualifies as hate speech. What you seem to have is a misconception of law and the separation of church and state. Please don’t take this out on me. Thanks.

          • Bits

            wonderfully said.

          • WESEEITOI

            It is a public event paid for by taxpayers and it is blatant discrimination base on sexual orientation. Someone is going to get LBGT on this one just wait and see

            • hollyw

              Discrimination against who’s sexual orientation..?

  • CKB

    For those who say DC was wrong. How would you feel if it was a white gospel singer who was uninvited for thinking being Black was a defect of sorts?

    • sunny

      Uninviting this person does not help them understand. so to dis-invite them would be foolish!

    • JazzyJazzyJay

      Your argument is irrelevant. Not even the same thing.

      • CKB

        If you truly believe that , then nothing will ever get better.

    • I_am_a_Gladiator/Scandalista

      Being Black is not a lifestyle.

      • CKB

        No it’s not, but it is who you are. Just as being gay is who a person is.
        And that is the point that I think far too many people are not getting.

        • Bits

          Thank you!!!! The box is big and a lot of people unfortunately are in it.

  • Justin

    Without the potential for conflict, peace is just subjugation. Removing a person from a peace rally because they disagree with you sends a clear message: Unity is only available to people who agree with those in power. Simply not attacking, which would fall under the actual definition of peace, is not good enough. You have to never have attacked or abandon all capability of doing so. Wake up, people, that’s not unity. That’s control.

    • Zensa

      Abso-effing-lutely, Justin!!! Well said!

    • Guest

      They’re looking for uniformity(agree with me or else) not unity(unity in essentials, liberty on non-essentials).

  • Laverne

    I’m sure he wasn’t planning on gay bashing either. But that’s how it is now-a-days…doesn’t matter your intentions, your past will come up. If Paula Deen would’ve been there, it would have been an issue too, I’m sure.

    Who cares, Donnie – I’m sure you got other places to be.

    • SavedbyGrace

      You’re clearly missing the point..

      • hollyw

        I don’t think they are, actually. As they said, it didn’t matter the intent of a sentiment, I.e. it’s my religious beliefs, other Black people say it (in Ms. Dean’s case); if you show intolerance or ignorance, you stand to be judged on that, past or present…unless you renige, that is.

        • SavedbyGrace

          No I was actually referring to the last comment about “Who cares, he has other places to be.” I understand what she is saying, it is the attitude behind the last comment that I responded to. As said before him being uninvited represents a larger issue at hand. It’s not about him having other places to be, that is the “oh well” attitude of today’s society. Try telling Dr. King oh well, I’m sure you have other water fountains to drink from and I’m sure sitting at the back of the bus isn’t all that bad. No, he did the unthinkable and disagreed. Thank God Dr. King and Ghandi didn’t hold the attitudes of who cares. Hope this clarifies…

          • hollyw

            Yes it did, thanks. I see what you are saying.

          • Laverne

            Clearly YOU are missing my point….

            My point is there is no point in dwelling on it – he wasn’t wanted for his views. Well…those are his views, so take it or leave it! Obviously, they decided to leave it, so move on – he shouldn’t have to apologize for it or worry about it. Donnie has already spoken up about these things…so no need for the Dr. King comparison. I’m sure he will continue to be vocal about his views, but no need to be mad at people for disagreeing. That’s the risk when you take a stand.

  • RenJennM

    No, this is wrong. I’m pretty sure Donnie was going to go there to participate in the event. I’m sure he had no intention to show up and judge gay people. This is a peace rally. Anybody who believes in peace (and plan on acting right while there) should’ve been able to go.

    I think the only reason he was uninvited was to appease those who protested against him coming. It’s a peace rally, so the organizers probably just want to keep everything as low-drama as possible.

    • Sheela

      But who would have initiated drama? Surely not Donnie…Even when Dr. King and Ghandi performed a peace rally did they not have people looking to attack them hands down to the side, white flag and all?

      • RenJennM

        I’m confused. Are you agreeing with me or disagreeing with me? Because I’m sure my point was that Donnie didn’t deserve to be disinvited.

  • Toni

    They were died wrong for disinviting him. Everyone have the right to their views and if gays people want rights, stop trying to deny others of their rights.

  • hollyw

    Ohhhh so men become gay because they had no fathersss…got it.

    Yeah, I feel like this was a no-brainer, I’m sorry. This has nothing to do with religion or religious beliefs; the event was a peace and tolerance event; therefore eliminates anyone who’s ever shown intolerance..? He has. He owns it. It doesn’t matter why he’s intolerant; he is. No biggie, you just can’t be attend every event!

  • am

    I’m so confused you have a Civil Rights program based on Martin and Ghandi’s beliefs but you dis invite someone who does not believe in your sexual orientation. They are using Martin and Ghandi in vain because these two great leaders would not agree with this. Plus I think they did this on purpose Donnie has always had this belief he didn’t come out with this the day before he was suppose to perform. They shouldn’t have invited him in the first place if this is how they were going to feel. I think this was just another cry for attention from the LGBT community.

  • Nicholas. X. W. Williams

    As I’ve always said, the issue of Gay rights is taking over the Black/minority equal rights as the front runner for the Civil Right Movement? I’m like why do we always get pushed to the bottom of the barrel?

    • shabbyt83

      I’m getting so tired of Gays comparing their issues to slavery and what our ancestors was forced to endure. We didn’t have a choice not to be slaves, white people made us!!! To be gay is a CHOICE! Gay people need to understand that laws may change but people are not going to change they belief.

  • watchthegaysattackmelol

    I’m so not a supporter of anything that supports homosexuality! I believe gays should be treated with respect. But Gay folks need to quit trying to force people who don’t agree with them to accept their sexuality. They know it’s not right and they all looking for validation.

    • Lvndreamz

      I know many white people who believe pretty much the same regarding equality and civil rights for African Americans. Many of them turn to the bible to “prove” their point as well. Blacks are not equal and will never be in the minds of the majority of the world. Based on the bible, homosexuality seems to be an equal abomination to eating shellfish (we know black folks love us some skrimps), and wearing cotton and silk. You can no more overcome homosexuality than you can heterosexuality.

  • Nia

    Donnie, please. You ain’t fooling nobody! Ex-homesexual. Bye girl!

    • SavedbyGrace

      Disrespectful

    • I_am_a_Gladiator/Scandalista

      You shoulf be patting this man on the back for overcoming his homosexuality especially if he truly believed that it was wrong. No need to be rude

    • Maria

      THANK YOU

  • Dumbassarticle

    Donnie, is not anti-gay the article is absolute trash. He has nothing agaist gay people. gay people are just mad because I choose God and turned away from homosexuality. I sick of this crap. Dr.King was about unity and not discrimination against pople because of their believes. If I was Donnie i would sue the pants off of D.C. for discrimination, he has aright to believe what he beileves.

    • Godcandeliveryoufromgay

      Gay folks can change the laws of this land but the heavenly laws will remain the same! They ain’t trying to go to heaven. They living for the world and not for their soul. May God bless them all to overcome homosexuality before the clock stop ticking.

      • Naoki Sumiko

        You sound like a real psycho!

        • I_am_a_Gladiator/Scandalista

          More like someone who is speaking the truth

          • Zealand

            That isn’t truth. It is nothing more than an opinion.

        • Posh

          Like someone said before, Hell is real…

  • sha

    We have bastardized Dr. Kings dream into something we think he meant. Civil rights movement came about due to race – judging someone based on the color of their skin. Being gay has nothing to do with that and in my opion does not belong in the same conversation. Apples and oranges. They were wrong to remove him from the program. It is amazing to me how the LGBT community is not tolerant of anyone who disagrees with them. Everyone is entitled to civil rights, however, those who are entitled do not always believe the same things. Not everyone agrees nor should they be made to agree with the gay life. The issue should only be about treating someone as a human and with dignity and equality, but I do not have to like anything about you to do that – that is true tolerance. Tyler Perry’s life story is very similar to Donnie’s only that he does not public state what his personal feelings are about a gay lifestyle. Donnies comes from a religious standpoint and I do not think it implies that he would ever not agree or state that a gay person would not be entitled to the same rights as him due to prejudice.

    • Toni

      Sha, u said it!!!

      • lovingme

        Yes she did!!! Well said!!!

        • cee

          Very well said! :)

    • Beejcee

      “We have bastardized Dr. Kings dream into something we think he meant. Civil rights movement came about due to race – judging someone based on the color of their skin.”It really angers me when people compare the struggles of being black to being a gay person in US of America. It is SO not the same. I was a teenager in the 1960′s and some of the experiences I had, one would think I would be much older! You can look at me and see that I am a black woman, you can’t look at people and see that they are gay (only if they want you to). IMO

      • Beejcee

        Sorry I meant 1970′s (got too excited). I was a teen in the 70′s when times were supposed to have been more tolerable than the 1960′s, trust me they were not.

      • bigdede

        I so agree with you on that the Civil Rights Movement should NOT be compared to gay rights. I hate when Elle tries to do that stuff. BUT Bayard Rustin was a VERY important person in the civil rights movement. He was Dr.King’s right hand man and he was openly gay. So I totally understand them disinviting Donnie for his anti-gay comments when one of Dr. King’s trusted men who helped with the movement was gay.

    • bigdede

      Donnie has a right not to agree with the gay lifestyle. He has a right to voice his opinions regarding that. But I totally understand them disinviting him. One of the men who was a very important figure in civil rights and one of Dr. King’s most trusted right hand men was openly gay. So if Dr. King welcomed a gay man into his inner sanctum, it kind of wouldn’t be right to have someone with openly anti-gay views to attend.

      • Bits

        Speak on Bayard Rustin! He was basically the ‘father’ of the King movement. A lot of people who should know that has no idea who the man was an they surely didn’t know he was gay.

    • Starcru

      Preach,it preacher!!!

    • Bill Nedra Bill

      Dr King’s Civil Rights’ Movement was not a Religious one, it was Socio-Political one. Donnie’s presence at the event would have been CONTRARY to the spirit of Justice and Equality as well as to the History of the Civil Rights Movement. Not because the Movement during Dr King’s time focused on BLACK injustice, means that would have been the only social injustice Dr King would have championed! Why I say Donnie’s presence would have been contrary to the history of the movement is because the man who helped to shape Dr King into the icon he became, was a Black GAY Man by the name of Bayard Rustin. Bayard Rustin taught Dr King the Gandhian approach to non-violent protest AND it was Rustin who organized that very successful march to Washington: That is why many people who were at the forefront of the Civil Rights Movement are supportive of Gay rights! In addition, Gandhi (whose protest strategy was borrowed) is also revealed to be Gay, so why Donnie who thinks being Gay is a shameful demonic plight, cares to perform at an event made possible by the hard work of a Gay man?
      Unfortunately, MOST Black Americans today are not aware that the rights they are enjoying today are owed to the effort of a Gay man:
      It was a Gay man God used to end slavery (President Lincoln) AND it was was Gay man God used to guide Dr King to be victorious in the Civil Rights Movement. YET today we have Black churches continuing to condemn Gays, using their evil Religion to discriminate against Gays.
      Donnie is a self-hating Gay man who needs to get a grip of reality.

      • clwa0303

        Wow I think you have a valid point.

      • WESEEITOI

        and it was a black man and a white man and a christian and a homophobic, and wife beater and a molester, and a abortionist, cross dresser and a Monk and a Buhuddist, and a former Klansman and rapist, and a school teacher and a President, and a murderer, Nazi and a Jew, and a Muslim, and a terrorist and a Gay Priest and the Pope.. now who else do you want to say was inspirational in Civil Rights. n. Do you want to honor them and dis invite them as well I’m sure you can have a party for them as well.. ugghhh You people are selfish bigoted whiners being a homosexual does not make one an exceptional person. You ask him to be part of your group to bolster inclusiveness of other views. You are using the same tactics of the Democrat Bull Conner when he rejected Blacks at the voting booths and schools.

        • Bill Nedra Bill

          It is obvious your learnt bigotry has clouded your mind, making it impossible for you to think and express yourself logically. There were many whites, Christians, Jews, women, men etc. marching with Dr King; and for YOU to muddle the list with ‘rapist’, ‘molester’, ‘klansman’ etc. etc. only goes to show the danger of giving people like Donnie McClurkin a platform, because the same culture that has prompted you to write such a delusive comment is the same culture that has led Donnie to hate himself and unjustly condemn others.

          You calling Gay Advocates ‘bigoted whiners’ is an insult to the Spirit of Justice! In your hateful state it is all right for Gays to be killed, abused, discriminated against WITHOUT voicing an objection to their inequality: WOW!!!
          How would you like your Rights to be taken? How would you like to return to a time when Blacks were slaves, when Blacks could never dare dream of owning property, when Blacks were ganged and killed without any hope of getting justice?
          Today many Black Americans wonder WHY they are still at the Bottom of the social ladder; it is because of hateful people like YOU!
          Until we fight for the Rights of All Men be them Male/Female, Gay/Straight, Black/White, Rich/Poor…Black Americans will NEVER fully rise from the Bottom of the barrel.

          On a personal note, whether you want to accept it or not, your Civil Rights is largely owed to a Gay man. Take note also your presence on the computer is also made possible by another Gay man (Alan Turing)!

          • SHA

            And you said all of that about a gay black man in the civil rights movement to say what?! The gay community now has rights to the civil rights movement to make it into what they need to get what they want from the government. I must respectfully say GTFOHWTB and just stop it. Why does he have to hate himself because he chooses not to live a gay life? Are you not being judgemental of what is best for that man’s life? That black gay man that you speak of had to fight for rights as a human being based on his skin color – first and foremost – civil rights! Stop switching this up and accept that everyone does not have to accept the gay lifestyle, only be tolerant and accepting of everyone as a human being within this society with rights equal to every human being in this society – without including a re-evaluation of what marriage is between two people. I feel beyond that you cannot and should not expect more from a movement not created for your purposes. Apples and oranges. I think its shameful for anyone to want to piggy back on such a monumental movement and switch its direction. Bottom line the organization was wrong to remove Donnie from the program, it showed more than anything that the movement is dying and who will fight for racial equality when we are being side-lined and side-tracked. Its needed more than ever for our Latino brothers and sisters who are currently being exploited – legal or not.

      • mdottwo

        The Civil Rights Movement was a black Christian led entity. The Southern Christian Leadership Conference, which led the movement, was made up of ordained black ministers of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It was run out of churches. All who came to participate, had to abide by the Christian cultural profile of the movement. I doubt that Bayard Rustin “taught” Martin Luther King anything. Rustin was one of many people who played a prominent role in the CRM as an organizer. He did not “shape” anything about MLK. King’s father, and other ministers influenced King’s early graduation from undergraduate school, and his being ordained at an early age. They also molded his leadership style, and honed his public persona. Bayard Rustin “took” instructions from black Christian ministers.

        Your post is indicative of contemporary gay revisionist propaganda. Abraham Lincoln gay? Please…

  • Guest

    Looks like the only one not being tolerated is Donnie.

    • Chey

      Well why would they want him there if he has an issue with how they choose to live?

      • Guest

        Why would he go where he is not celebrated? Ministry:101. “Go to where you are celebrated not tolerated.” If they don’t receive you, shake the dust off your feet.

  • Bits

    And Ms. Charing I agree with you 1000%! Thank you for writing such a poignant and thought provoking piece. We need more articles like this one. Equal rights for EVERYONE!

    • I_am_a_Gladiator/Scandalista

      Where were his equal rights for having an opinion? Your comment would have made more sense if he had refused to perform because the LBGT community was going to be there but he did not. He was the one being discriminated against.

      • Bits

        He can probably find his equal rights in the barrel labeled “opinions based on ignorance and fear” along with the ‘equal rights’ of all the other folks who once said that interracial marriage is wrong or that black people shouldn’t sit in the front of the bus or that women shouldn’t have the right to vote etc. That’s probably exactly where his ‘equal rights’ are and should stay. Change is inevitable and people like him need to get over it. sooner or later.

        • I_am_a_Gladiator/Scandalista

          To say his opinions are based on ignorance and fear is wrong especially with him having been a homosexual and one point in time himself. He knows what it feels like to have people look down on you for your sexual orientation and he was not attacking the LGBT community he was simply stating his beliefs “now” as a reborn Christian so attacking him is like attacking his religion and is that not just as wrong? And please do not compare homosexuality rights to civil rights. As you can clearly see, they are getting everything they are asking for. Now its more like complaining

          • Bits

            Homosexuals fighting for equal rights IS the same as the Civil Rights movement. Are homosexuals not people too? the Civil rights era was about a certain group of people fighting for the right to be treated as equals. The discrimination is the same the topic has just changed. NO one should be discriminated against because of who they are. Period. And please hold off on telling me the Bible and therefore God calls gays an abomination. The bible calls a lot of things an abomination including wearing clothes of two different fabrics. There is also a story about a talking snake in the Bible and woman being made from the rib of a man. Give me a break

            • I_am_a_Gladiator/Scandalista

              Typical non believer response. Sad….

              • Bits

                non-believer = logical thinker. Non-believer and PROUD :-)

                • I_am_a_Gladiator/Scandalista

                  Rather be a believer than a non believer who finds out they were wrong in the end buddy!

                  • Bits

                    ummm believing in a book full of fairy tales with missing chapters??? the ‘end’ is not on your side…buddy lol!!!

                    • I_am_a_Gladiator/Scandalista

                      smh, shame shame. May God have mercy on your soul non believer, and I pray that one day your blind eyes are open and that your soul will be saved. That’s all I have to say about this so no other comment is needed.

                    • Bits

                      LOL Ooookay…ummm thanks?

                    • I_am_a_Gladiator/Scandalista

                      Oh you’re very welcome little Bits ^_^

                    • Bits

                      Didn’t you say…”That’s all I have to say about this so no other comment is needed.” Make up your mind please…lol! Its over…this is old now. i proved my point. you had none to prove. have a seat. #annoyingashell

                    • I_am_a_Gladiator/Scandalista

                      Ya well I changed my mind:) And please retire the “have a seat” Tamar Braxton quote. #veryannoyingashell
                      P.S. You are more than welcome not to respond back ^_-

                    • Bits

                      You are such a lame and your ego is hilarious! Get over it lol! You and ALL u had to say on this topic were proven irrelavant. Now have SEVERAL seats. I’m done with you :-)…I have a life.

                    • I_am_a_Gladiator/Scandalista

                      My ego is hilarious? Ha! Pot calling the kettle black. Oh really? You have a life? Go get it then child

        • mdottwo

          Sin is inevitable. The Word of God Never Changes!

      • Bits

        And also according to your logic for example the NAACP would be guilty of discrimination if they unknowingly invited a white supremacist to speak at their function and then uninvited him once they realized that his ‘opinion’ was that Black people were all inferior and belonged in the jungle? A LOT of people have stupid opinions that hold absolutely no merit and should never be entertained.

        • I_am_a_Gladiator/Scandalista

          You are comparing a white supremacist, a person who thinks that whites are above everybody and every other race is beneath them, to a Christian who simply stated his opinion? So are gays right to call me a homophobe and a bigot just because I don’t agree with their lifestyle even though I have done them no harm? Come on now.

          • Bits

            I made my point clear as day using logic and examples. Hate speech is hate speech. Rather it comes from a white supremacist or a man who is ashamed of who he is because of what his religion taught him. And btw white supremacist base their belief of blacks being inferior on what they view as the truth of the Bible (Christian Holy Book). Ever heard of the story of Ham? There is no need for me to explain any further.

            • clwa0303

              Good points!!

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