When president-elect Barack Obama announced that conservative evangelist Rick Warren would deliver the inaugural invocation on January 20, 2009, the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community, part of Obama's base, was infuriated. Warren is against same-sex marriage. Openly gay congressional representative Barney Frank (D-Mass.) roundly criticized Obama for the choice. My column too has come under fire. When I wrote the following three articles, "Why Blacks Don't Like Gays" (November 27, 2008), "God Pays Gays With AIDS?" (December 4, 2008), and "Gays in the 'Last Days'" (December 11, 2008), the LGBT community interpreted them as an affront to their very existence, and they're not about to take it lying down. If they had their way they'd rip this page containing my column right out of the Sentinel! Among the critics is the National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) which describes itself as "a civil rights organization dedicated to empowering Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people." In fact, they assert: "Our mission is to end racism and homophobia. As America's only nationwide Black gay civil rights organization, we are the authoritative source on LGBT issues as they affect Black communities."
The LGBTs recruited two powerful advocates of gay rights--one Black the other White--to tag team against me as the country wrestles with the national issue of same-sex marriage. The first challenger is Dr. Sylvia Rhue, a "blesbian" (a Black lesbian) who is the Director of Religious Affairs for NBJC. (I'll use the term "blay" also for Black gay man since racism partitions the LGBT community.) Though there is a misimpression that we've debated one-on-one before, she was part of a panel of several gays and lesbians who debated me as a group about ten years ago for three years straight during West Hollywood's Gay Pride Parade. The panels couldn't refute the facts presented. And then, the national LGBT community at large recruited its champion--all the way from New York--the famed Dr. Caillean McMahon who is "a psychiatrist, forensic psychiatrist and medical administrator," and is listed in "Who's Who Outstanding Mental Health Professional 2007-08." Dr. McMahon also received the "Exemplary Psychiatrist Award, National Alliance for the Mentally Ill" in 1993. Interestingly, the good doctor is also "a person who, prior to sexual reassignment surgery, was a biological male transsexual suffering from gender dysphoria." In the nomenclature of our neighborhood, he got a sex-change operation and is now a "she." The forces arrayed against me are formidable indeed.
Oh, I almost forgot to mention a person of lesser consequence. I suppose I should at least comment on the little article Jasmyne Cannick wrote last week criticizing me and my Bible-based position on same-sex relationships. (I'm glad she directed her diatribe at me instead of at her sweet grandmother who shares my faith and views on same-sex relationships.) Well, sadly, it was an emotional, maybe even hysterical ranting devoid of anything constructive or useful to the Black community--most of which are opposed to homosexuality. And, surprisingly, though White racism divides blays and gays; blesbians and lesbians; blisexuals and bisexuals; and blansgender and transgender; a chasm also exists among Black homosexuals. Just last week Cleo Manago, a well-known and prominent self-described "same-gender-loving (SGL)" person--a blay--complained to me in an email: "Cannick was recently miffed with me for referring to her as a publicist in an article I wrote. Knowing Cannick's mentality, she (now in reaction) referred to me as a gay activist, knowing it's not true, because I had referred to her publicly as a publicist. It's petty, but I can't control that either. When Cannick and I first met," he continues, "she had just did a stint as a publicist/media person for 'people of color' issues at the [White] Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) organization in DC. She had come to my office to inquire about a job as a publicist." Obviously, he is none too pleased with Jasmyne the Junior. (Cannick is considerably younger than Manago and me.) Also, Black and White members of the LGBT community aren't enamored with Cannick either. This is especially the case with the Black community.
To put it in perspective, those who are diametrically opposed to Jasmyne's homosexual views and practices are the vast majority of African Americans; Africans on the Continent; and Africans in the Diaspora. In short, the entire world that is Africana. (Add to that the overwhelming majority of all Americans, irrespective of race, who are against her same-sex views and practices.) This poor soul seems to be lost on this fact as she waxes rhapsodic about blay and blesbian issues. Regrettably, those who succumb to rational or analytical claustrophobia suffocate themselves within a stifling cocoon of self-imposed ignorance, unaware that such is the limitation of their pitiable sphere. One would have to possess flint-like intestinal fortitude to observe such a tragedy firsthand. To be sure, it challenges the constitution. I'll leave those who read her column with these thoughts: The largest room in the world is the room for improvement, and the smallest package in the world is a person wrapped up in himself. And with the Black community feeling as they do about her, well, I can understand her taking out her frustrations on me. It's okay Sister Cannick. You can vent. Family, let's pray for our lost daughter. Now, where was I? Oh yes, Dr. McMahon.
Dr. McMahon, as well as others in the LGBT community who're proponents of same-sex marriage, are attempting to take the State of California and the rest of the country down a path that leads to a cesspool of sexual depravity; a pit of perversion. Today it's same-sex marriage, tomorrow it's legalized pedophilia. An overreaction you say? A calamity-howling exaggeration you contend? Well, have you ever heard of NAMBLA? Brace yourself for enlightenment. According to one source, "The North American Man/Boy Love Association (NAMBLA) is a New York City and San Francisco-based unincorporated organization in the United States that advocates the liberalisation of laws against sexual relations between adult and minor males--resolving to 'end the oppression of men and boys who have freely chosen mutually consenting relationships'. NAMBLA also calls for 'the adoption of laws that...leave [little boys] free to determine the content of their own sexual experiences.'" Translation? Legalize pedophilia. "Help us make it lawful," say NAMBLA members, "to turn your little boys out."
Being the slippery slope that it is brothers and sisters, same-sex marriage is only the beginning. Please note the carefully worded expression itself: "same-sex" as it applies to unions, marriage, relationships, etc. It's not "adult same-sex" this or that; it's just "same-sex." A male (or female), whether one day old or one hundred years old, is "same-sex." Do you see where I'm going brothers and sisters? Our ancestors who wrote the Bible foretold such attitudes in our day and time. Under inspiration they wisely warned: "Evil people who pretend to be what they are not will become worse than ever, as they fool others and are fooled themselves." (2 Timothy 3:1-7, 13; Contemporary English Version) But, I digress. Back to Dr. McMahon.
Like Goliath, the highly acclaimed and awarded Dr. McMahon, world champion of the LGBT community, stepped to me--"David"--in an outright challenge to my views on same-sex relationships. What was the result? Tune in next week for the winner of the one-round, gay-per-view, winner-take-all, ultimate-fight (intellectual style) smackdown! God willing, I'll see you on Janus' birthday. Amen.
Word for the Week (or is it "Weak"?): Janus: two-faced Roman god of gates and doors. January 1 is his birthday (being the doorway to the new year), and after whom the janitor (with keys to gates and doors) is named.
Dr. Firpo Carr can be reached at 800.501.2713 or