More nonsense from the infamously "ex-gay"—or perhaps merely re-closeted?—Grammy award winning gospel singer and evangelist Donnie McClurkin. The controversial entertainer, who dominated headlines in the early primary cycle by campaigning for Barack Obama, exports his hate speech to Barbados and ramps up the anti-gay message.
McClurkin repeats his familiar tale of sexual abuse that allegedly led to two decades in the gay "lifestyle" and channels fellow gospel gay-bashers Mary Mary to compare gays to drug dealers and prostitutes. This reported last week in The Nation, Barbados' largest newspaper:
"The lifestyle began to grow. The girls did not want a broken man . . . . In homosexuality, there's always someone to abuse you. My lust for man and lust for God was pulling me one way and tearing me apart." ..
"He said Donnie, go and talk to others. I don't condemn it, so don't condemn them. God does not hate the homosexual, he hates the sin," said McClurkin, adding he is now a sincere, compassionate man, who keeps his masculinity, is ready for a wife and who is "transformed by the blood of Jesus".
McClurkin said God wants to reach out to people who society may view as cast-offs with no hope in sight such asdrug leaders, prostitutes, gang members whom he termed as "evangelists [but] just don't know it".
McClurkin's revisionist ex-gay and anti-gay messaging is well-received by the black religious community in the States. Barbados is fertile ground to plant more seeds of hate. The island is heavily fundamentalist. For example, authorities promoted conjugal visits over condoms at the new prison because condoms were seen as carrying the "stigma of homosexuality" and the likelihood of conjugals was seen as decreasing sex behind bars. Seriously.
McClurkin's hyperbole and nonsense has the potential to fuel the anti-gay culture of the Caribbean and victimize a new generation of young gay men and lesbians. "[McClurkin's] is now violating young people in much the same way that he was violated," Keith Boykin notes. "By teaching young people that they can pray their way out of who they are, he is essentially creating a generation of newly confused adolescents."
Oh and how sweet is it that McClurkin is "ready for a wife." Maybe, like Tyler Perry, he just hasn't found the right woman. But those who know him well agree Donnie McClurkin does "keep his masculinity" very close to him.
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