The video of a prominent Detroit pastor's ordination ceremony has been criticized as "sexual" and "offensive." The internet buzz has become so loud that Bishop Wayne T. Jackson of Impact Ministries International Church claims that he is being "bullied" and has attempted to have the video removed from YouTube, reports The Detroit News.
Watch the video AFTER THE JUMP ...
The clip shows Jackson praying and laying on top of the new bishops. The men are shrouded in red and white cloths during the ceremony. Jackson claims the ordination is similar to the ordination of Catholic priests. The video of the August 2012 ceremony has gone viral in the past week and now has 62,000+ views.
"I have done nothing wrong," said Jackson, a grandfather and married father of nine, said Tuesday. "This was done in front of a thousand people. It was not done in secret."
Jackson said detractors "took over" his Facebook page and posted insulting remarks about the ceremony. "This was really Internet bullying," said Jackson.
He said his attorney is seeking a cease-and-desist order to pull the video from YouTube. "They are using my likeness to spew hate," said Jackson, senior pastor of the church and founder of The Impact Network, a Christian broadcasting network solely owned by African-Americans. "This has been a main attack on homosexuals. If [the ministers] call themselves Christians, they should be leading people with love."
The Rev. Anthony Evans, president of the Washington, D.C.-based National Black Church Initiative, said Jackson "has a right to develop any ceremony he chooses" — but the practice is unusual, offensive and seems to promote homosexuality, a taboo in the black church.
Jackson's analogy to "bullying" is a disservice to the many, many people—especially LGBT—who have been bullied and harassed in the Black church. And it doesn't appear that Jackson or his ministry are inclusive or LGBT-affirming, so that comparison is just a smoke screen.
Carry on, bishop. Watch the grinding—oops, ordination "ceremony"— AFTER THE JUMP ...