Monica Roberts

Why We Hate On Gays

Filed By Monica Roberts | July 22, 2008 4:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Entertainment, Entertainment, Fundie Watch, Living, Politics
Tags: African-American, faith-based initiative, homophobic behavior, Monica Roberts, Monica's song rewrites

I love Kirk Franklin, and not just because he's ahem, a fellow Texan.

hate preaching.jpgHe fused traditional call and response style gospel singing with contemporary R&B and hip-hop tunes. It put a fresh, funky spin on gospel music, African-American style.

I wrote this a year ago on TransGriot to slam hypocritical African-American conservachristians selling out the community to fundie Republicans while grovelling for faith based bucks.

Seeing that the Faith Based Initiative is back on the public radar screen again, and noting how much you Projectors enjoyed my last song rewrite, here's another one for you from Monica's Song Rewrite Hit Parade.

Download Kirk Franklin's song "Why We Sing," and hum along Projectors as we get our praise on, TBP style.

'Why We Hate On Gays'
sung to the tune of 'Why We Sing' by Kirk Franklin

Someone asked the question
Why we hate on gays?
It has nothing to do with Jesus
It's how my church gets paid

Someone may be wondering
Isn't hating on gays wrong?
We'll quote scripture out of context
And do it all day long

(Chorus)
We hate you 'cause you're happy
Don't want to see the day
That you peeps can get married
That's why we hate on gays

Glory
Hallelujah
Looking for new ways to screw you

Glory
Hallelujah
That's why we hate on gays

We'll keep on jacking with you
To that we'll say Amen
Get your butts back in the closet
'Cause you know it is a sin

And if somebody asks you
If you hate gays rich or po'
Lift your hands and be a witness
And tell the whole world
Yo!

We hate you 'cause you're happy
Don't want to see the day
That you peeps can get married
That's why we hate on gays

Glory
Hallelujah
Looking for new ways to screw you

Glory
Hallelujah
That's why we hate on gays

When we go to Colorado
To hate on gays some more
We will write more checks to Dobson
The one that we adore

We hate you 'cause you're happy
Don't want to see the day
That you peeps can get married
That's why we hate on gays

Glory
Hallelujah
Looking for new ways to screw you

Glory
Hallelujah
That's why we hate on gays

Glory
Hallelujah
Looking for new ways to screw you

Glory
Hallelujah
That's why we hate on gays

That's the reason why we hate gays (repeat til the music fade out)



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"Better than a thousand hollow words, is one word that brings peace."
-Siddhartha Gautama, Buddha

"Hate" is a very hollow word..."Love" is one that brings peace.

Peace and joy...The Mad Celt
"Musings of a Mad Celt"
(http://dracocelt.blogspot.com/)

Okay, I am a cultural philistine was unfamiliar with the original song. Here is Kirk Franklin's performance of "Why we sing".
http://youtube.com/watch?v=y8NfAB3QdSI
You can play it and follow along Monica's clever word changes.

Robert Ganshorn Robert Ganshorn | July 22, 2008 11:18 PM

If Heaven is full of haters who would want to go there? As we used to say Heaven for climate, Hell for society. Thank you Monica!

Probably should have waited until Sunday to post it ;)


You do a great job with these re-writes, Monica.

Thanks for this kind of story. The terrible, awful, revolting thing is that black homophobia is now a convenient cover up for several issues: the irresponsibility of black men, being a main one; but also the fact that the black underclass has an almost impossible job now of surviving in mainstream American society, so queers are a marvelous target for diffusing the anger. Some of this can only be attributed to black racism itself--the idea that black street culture itself now hammers this community into an inferior position. Or, as Richie Prior once put it so perfectly: "I may be a nigger, but I ain't a queer!" Simple as that. No matter where he places himself, he's still above white faggots. The real tragedy of this is what it has done to black gay men, but that is another story.

Thanks Monica I'll hand it to my Father who is a Baptist preacher as a hymn he should consider.We have interesting conversations about TS rites and gay marriage.While we both disagree on many of these subjects we don't allow them to become overly devisive.I can say this though at times I can get him going when we share prayer and I add in little things like having god show him the importance of learning tolerance.He has never tried to persuade me to be anything other than myself and has been surprisingly supportive even though he has difficulty understanding.Amy

@Perry Brass

I think that discussing the problems with homophobia in communities of color by reiterating racist images (such as the irresponsible black man) isn't the way to go about critiquing the issue.

Amy.
As a Christian who was baptised at age 10, I vehemently disagree with the ones who twist and contort Scripture to mask their prejudices and bigotry. If they'd quit quoting Paul and actually read and lived by what Jesus said, this would be a much better world.

Perry Brass,
There are irresponsible men of all races. But homophobia in the Black community is a multi layered problem that is going to take a multi layered approach to root out.

The African-American SGL/transgender community will play a major role in doing so, with help from our allies as well.

But as quiteneil correctly pointed out, regurgitating tired stereotypes isn't the way to do it.

the day u peeps can get married is the day our nation is destroyed forever