This will be a busy week for the infamously "ex-gay"—or perhaps merely re-closeted?—Grammy Award winning gospel singer and evangelist Donnie McClurkin. The controversial entertainer dominated headlines in the early primary cycle by campaigning for President Barack Obama. Now comes word the anti-gay evangelist will be featured in the official Super Bowl line up in a celebration to honor Super Bowl-winning Coach Tony Dungy—the first black coach to win a Super Bowl—also known for his social conservative views against gays.
The10th Anniversary Super Bowl Gospel Celebration will be held Friday. Melanie Few, the concert's founder and producer, says they are "excited and honored" McClurkin is appearing, adding "his performances are highly anticipated and beloved by the players and fans alike."
At Donnie McClurkin's recent "highly anticipated" performance in Barbados, the Pentecostal evangelist and Gospel singer compared gays to "drug dealers, prostitutes and gang members." How about that for Christian "love"?
The headliners at the Super Bowl concert include the most prominent gay-bashers in black gospel music. In addition to the allegedly "ex-gay" Rev. Donnie McClurkin—because there are some questions about that ridiculous claim—the line up includes popular gospel duo Mary Mary, who have compared gays to murderers and murderers, and, Rev. Hezekiah Walker. Walker, a Pentecostal minister like McClurkin, heads a Brooklyn mega-church well-known for its anti-gay views and was the subject of a gay rumor and whispering campaign that has become urban legend.
Tony Dungy is a living legend who deserves the recognition. But let's hope McClurkin's performance and gospel at the Super Bowl Gospel Concert will have more "love" and less talk about his dubious "conversion" from the "gay lifestyle." The concert will not be as large a platform as the game itself. But tens of thousands of fans will be watching and it will send the wrong message, especially in the homophobic world of professional football.
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