Ed Team

The gay anti-gay preacher

Filed By Ed Team | January 11, 2010 7:00 AM | comments

Filed in: Quote of the Day
Tags: douglas foster, johannesburg, south africa

"One night at [a Johannesburg gay nightclub], I found myself in a long, confusing and infuriating conversation with an evangelical preacher from Soweto, who was the guide for a group of conservative, anti-gay white American evangelicals traveling around the country. He belonged to a sect that inveighed against homosexuality.

Here's how he reconciled the two halves of his existence: He felt an irresistible need, he said, to occasionally be in a place like Simply Blue with other black gay Africans because it helped him feel less strange, and a little less lonely. But he was also proud that he had so far stayed true to his theology by never acting on his desires. He watched -- but never touched."

--Douglas Foster reminiscing on his time in gay South Africa

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An interesting second incarnation of Donnie McClurkin --- but what does he tell his congregations? Does he say, "I'm attracted to men myself, but I don't think it's God's Will and therefore I don't act on it?" Further, does he admit to socializing with gay men occasionally? If not, he's a hypocrite. If he does, then you have to both respect and hold in compassion men who are that honest but can't quite manage to work through all the religious brainwashing.

Connected only by the concept of public honesty, I hope I will be allowed to go somewhat off-topic: What the Hell is all this bunk about Harry Reid saying racist things about Barack Obama early in the presidential campaign? I mean, since Obama is genetically half-white, what is wrong with pointing out that he is "light-skinned"? This is not an indication of Reid's racism, it is an acknowledgement of the (subconscious?) racism of many American voters. Sadly, there is little question that a light-skinned black will find it easier to get white votes (and maybe even black votes) than an equally qualified candidate with darker skin. Are we supposed to pretend this isn't true? Is it non-PC to point out that it is true?

The comment about "black dialect" is possibly more complex. Is the comment stating that Obama can "talk white" considered racist because it implies the assumption that most African-Americans can't "talk white" even if they wanted to? White or black, the main talents one needs to cross over that dialectical line is a good ear and good acting ability. Would it be racist of me to point out that Denzel Washington can also "talk white"? Or that Steve Martin can "talk black"?

Where is the racism here?

Or is this all just a political attack mechanism by the GOP, which Reid simply kowtowed to because it's easier than having a deep public discussion about what really constitutes racism?

Thanks for putting this up, Alex. The quote is interesting, the full article is even moreso - very thoughtful and thought provoking.