November 19, 2002

Keith Boykin, Speaking Truths

[ From Keith Boykin, several good reads, including his essay ] :

CONFESSIONS OF A RECOVERING HOMOSEXUAL

Donnie McClurkin, of all people, should know better than to encourage self-hatred. He suffered for nearly 20 years because society told him there was something wrong with him for his homosexual desires. Now, rather than teaching young people to love themselves for who they are, McClurkin teaches them that they are abnormal and sinful if they are gay.

Keith also provides a link to a scorching piece by Alicia Banks, and even a link to Donnie McClurkin’s self-delusional bullshit. There’s more:

CONFESSIONS OF A RECOVERING HOMOPHOBE

It's because of Bernhart that I'm a recovering homophobe to this day.

While I'm a long way from cured, our friendship laid bare my irrational fears and suspicions about gay men for the ugly lies they always were.

Letting go of lies isn't easy. Like most straight men in America, my vocabulary was well-stocked with insults I wielded effortlessly for years. The epithets I'd inherited were enduring as family heirlooms. They were uttered casually among friends, relatives, scoutmasters and the good folks at my church in Brooklyn, N.Y. Even my mom used to call the gay men she knew on her job "funny."

Keith continues to intrigue and provide great information. I love how he’s tweaked his site recently: providing targeted posts, categories and, hard-hitting original content. I really need to join his book club and write him. But I’m not cool like that.

Posted by ronn at November 19, 2002 06:38 PM

Comments
I've held the same opinion about Donnie McClurkin's hypocritical and damaging bile for the past couple of years. Posted by: j. brotherlove on November 23, 2002 12:24 PM
Is it evil of me to pray for the appearance of a tape of McClurkin and some (phoine ass) brutha doin' the do?! I want his ass exposed (pun mos def intended)! Posted by: ronn on November 23, 2002 06:08 PM
LEAVE DONNIE ALONE YOU ARE DEALING WITH WHETHER YOU LIKE IT OR NOT YOU ARE DEALING WITH A CHILD OF(GOD) LEAVE HIM ALONE!!!!!! Posted by: OLIVIA ANDERSON on January 8, 2003 02:34 AM
Libb, Please don't yell. I thought this issue was settled a while ago. I'd prefer you to take this back to email if you want to discuss McClurkin's self-hating homophobia. Thx. Posted by: ronn on January 8, 2003 06:16 PM
ronn it may be old but you talking about something new everyday about this man that has done no wrong to you,e-mail back thanks alot ps. what i wanna know is why? leave your e-mail address on my e-mail,if you want cause we need to discuss this matter peace Posted by: OLIVIA ANDERSON on January 10, 2003 12:13 AM
Libb, Olivia, Miss Anderson: I talked about Donnie McClurkin's duplicitious campaign a while ago. If anyone is bringing up that self-hating queen, it is you. Go back and read your old emails to me (you remember: THE ONES IN CAPS). I offerred a sympathetic ear and encouraged you to continue to write to me. For me, this issue is closed. You are not preaching to the choir. I am looking forwad, so should you. Please take it to email or you will be banned. Peace & Blessings... Posted by: ronn on January 10, 2003 04:22 PM
WELL RONN I'D RATHER BE BANNED BE- CAUSE I CAN'T KEEP LISTENING TO YOU BASH THIS MAN FOR NO REASON,AND DONNIE IS NO QUEEN,HE'S A PRINCE, I SHALL NEVER RETURNED,SO WHAREVER YOU WANNA WRITE SMART BACK TO ME I'LL NEVER SEE IT,CAUSE THIS CASE IS CLOSED. Posted by: OLIVIA ANDERSON on January 16, 2003 12:30 AM
WELL RONN I'D RATHER BE BANNED BE- CAUSE I CAN'T KEEP LISTENING TO YOU BASH THIS MAN FOR NO REASON,AND DONNIE IS NO QUEEN,HE'S A PRINCE, I SHALL NEVER RETURNED,SO WHAREVER YOU WANNA WRITE SMART BACK TO ME I'LL NEVER SEE IT,CAUSE THIS CASE IS CLOSED. Posted by: OLIVIA ANDERSON on January 16, 2003 12:31 AM
The reason that you HATE what The man of God is fighting against is because you Don't know JESUS as you LOrd and Personal Savior. Don't fight The Messenger. Fight Christ, because Christ is the reason for the change in his life. Posted by: Leatrice on January 16, 2003 10:08 AM
BY the way, He is so anointed that the truth is what makes you so angry in the first place. If I could meet him I would follow Him as He follows Christ. If you and anyone else would see Christ through his songs, you will be changed too. Posted by: Leatrice on January 16, 2003 10:11 AM
Olivia: Goodbye. Don't let the doorknob hit ya, where the good lord split ya. Leatrice: The only hate abounds from you self-righteous, hypocritical homophobes that mis-use christianity. Angry? Please, I don't have time to waste on insignificant punks like you and Donnie. You, Donnie and other phobes should heed the words of that (tired) parable: "Those in glass houses shouldn't throw stones." Posted by: ronn on January 16, 2003 11:37 AM
*sprays air freshener to clear the air* I just love how people who profess to practice a religion based on love and tolerance display their woeful lack of either trait. *ahem* Posted by: Cecily on January 18, 2003 12:12 PM
Cecily: I know what you mean. Especially since the very name of the religion incorporates the name of the prophet that never spoke out against queer people. These self-professed chrisitians need to keep one thing in mind: Reading is Fundamental (not just religion). Posted by: ronn on January 18, 2003 08:00 PM
Well it seems like Donnie has sparked quite a controvercy. Really, I think that no one has really hit the issue. This forum is not "policed" with intelligence and wisdom, but rather hate. By the mere fact that we are not able to have an intelligent conversation means that there is a presence of evil that clouds our God given right to relate in love and respect to one another. I am a man of God and I stand behind Donnie. There is no such thing as "Sexual Orientation" just because a section of society says there is does'nt mean that in reality it exists. Sexual Orientation, by it's own definition does not allow for one to CHANGE his /her orientation, which means that if one declares they are a "HOMOsexual, then changes his/her mind the explination is that he/she really was not a homosexual to begin with. The point is that because he has now changed and is declaring with a loud voice that this is a behavior that can be CHANGED, seeing it changed in him, this message goes against public knowledge/acceptance. Bottom line Donnie will touch more lives, and already has than you can ever dream of. And though you are spitting out hate, I am telling you that the LOVE of Christ that Donnie is preaching about is going to flood your life, and you are going to know what Donnie is talking about through your own EXPERIENCE. God bless you richly, infact he has your reading this email right now. I look forward to call you brother. I speak for Donnie, "WE LOVE YOU" Posted by: Peter Moncrieffe on February 17, 2003 02:39 AM
Peter Moncrieffe: You're extremely late on this issue. And truth be told, it was Keith Boykin that sparked the controversy. I won't argue with you because that would be preaching to the ignorant. You have your religious orientation and nothing will change your views. Not the truth, reality nor Donnie backsliding. Peace to you and yours, brother. Posted by: ronn on February 17, 2003 07:19 AM
And Christians (well-meaning ones as well as the myopic misguided ones who claim to 'represent' Christianity) wonder how scandals like altar boys being molested by priests and pastors who simultaneously lambast gay choir directors, members and musicians when it's convenient could happen in THEIR churches. It's denial, and it's REAL deep. For these Christians, I offer the Serenity Prayer - because you truly cannot change the fact that gay people are here right now, yes even in YOUR churches, yes even PREACHING to you the rhetoric that you're used to. We are here right now and we have always been. You can NEVER change that, so I hope knowing that will lead you to the courage to change your churches. The courage to see Christianity as something for everyone, the courage to accept the diversity of everyone that professes to be a follower of Jesus Christ. That's a WHOLE lot of gay people right there, like I said not just singing to you, but also preaching to you. Teaching your children in Sunday School. Giving you communion. Have the courage to create a church that welcomes and nurtures ALL of its congregation. Maybe that courage implemented will lead to the wisdom to know the difference between cutting off gay sons and daughters and brothers and sisters and loving unconditionally. Between holding up loveless, sexless, spiritless heterosexual marriages and recognizing the love and committment that gays and lesbians share with each other. Between spewing rhetoric and living true Christianity. Posted by: Donald on February 17, 2003 06:03 PM