Black pastors reject Obama’s equation of gay activism with civil rights effort

Black pastors reject Obama’s equation of gay activism with civil rights effort

Conservative black leaders are calling President Barack Obama’s likening of homosexual activism to the 1965 Selma to Montgomery civil rights march “ridiculous” and “an insult.”

“We’re the gay Americans whose blood ran in the streets of San Francisco and New York, just as blood ran down this bridge,” President Obama said in a speech delivered Saturday at the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala. …

“There were some good things in it [the speech],” Bishop E.W. Jackson of STAND (Staying True to America’s National Destiny) acknowledged of the president’s speech. “But I think the thesis of the president’s speech seems to be that what makes America great is protest, what makes America great is criticism of our country and he’s wrong.”

“What makes America great is freedom, freedom is what allows protest,” said Jackson. “Freedom is what allows critique, but he didn’t talk about freedom he talked about this sort of ongoing critique of the country that we’re constantly trying to make the country in his mind better but to me all he meant was we’re trying to change it into an image that I find to my liking.”

“To me, it is an insult and every black person ought to be insulted by it,” Bishop Jackson said of Obama’s comparison of homosexual activism to Selma. “Instead of applauding that, we ought to be booing lines like that because it denigrates the tremendous price our ancestors paid to experience the full rights of citizenship in this country.”

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