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My Take: Overcoming the black church’s tradition of homophobia
June 15th, 2011
05:02 PM ET

My Take: Overcoming the black church’s tradition of homophobia

Editor's Note: Carlton Pearson is spiritual leader and author of the The Gospel of inclusion.

By Bishop Carlton Pearson, Special to CNN

Homophobia is hardly unique to the African-American community. It’s a social malady that's due largely to the influence of fear based-theologies, particularly fundamentalist Christianity, Islam and Judaism, all of which grow out of the Abrahamic tradition.

When something or someone is perceived as being despised by someone’s God, the worshippers of that God tend to despise and hate that person or thing as well. When given the opportunity, adherents act out against them with the same violence they presume God would use. That can happen through literal violence or in other ways - including the use of comedy.

I'm referring to Tracy Morgan’s reported an anti-gay rant at a recent show, during which he said“he'd stab his son to death if he said he was gay." Morgan has apologized for the rant and this week phoned a major gay rights group, vowing to return to Tennessee to apologize to those who heard it.

Preachers, too, often issue vicious denunciations of homosexuality.

African-Americans have always viewed male homosexuality as more of a sign of weakness than evil. This stems back to slave times, when male and female slaves were randomly abused sexually, usually by men.

I heard statements from my grandfather as far back as I could remember that homosexual practices were something the "white man" taught us and that it was a sign of weakness and weirdness in their culture. He spoke of how the white man sought to humiliate strong black slaves through sexual submission and subversion. It was the white man’s perverted way of exerting power over us, my grandfather said.

The same slave owners evangelized the slaves into Christian moral codes and dogmas that insisted slaves renounce their native spiritual traditions.

In some West African traditions, particularly in the Dagara tribes of Burkina Faso, certain Shamanistic spiritual leaders - sometimes called witch doctors by Westerners - were known to be of homosexual or bisexual orientation.

They were considered to have a higher vibrational level that enabled them to be guardians of the gateways to the spirit world. They were marginalized but not demonized. Similar traditions are known to other faith traditions, even if they’re not widely discussed.

African-Americans in particular should be sensitive to the violent injustices humans can perpetrate on other humans because of fear, ignorance and hatred. The African-American church has traditionally used a kind of "don't ask don't tell" approach toward homosexuality. But once someone’s homosexuality becomes public, the denunciations begin.

Such denunciations, exemplified in Morgan's comments, can send young people into depression and even drive them to suicide.

In more than 30 years of pastoring and dealing with pastors, I have observed that often when a public figure, secular or religious, shouts out in anger about or against a particular subject, it’s usually a sign of the inner turmoil of the person crying out around that very issue. I’ve discovered that many who angrily denounce homosexuality have latent homosexual tendencies or fantasies themselves and fear them - or are actually quite conflicted about the issue.

The most troubling aspect of Tracy Morgan's remarks is the bodily harm he said he’d inflict on his own child if he were to be seen acting in an effeminate manner.

Acts of violence against perceived unacceptable behavior, particularly if the behavior isn't harmful to self and others, is a sign of the deterioration of conscience.

What we fear, including homosexuality, we tend to amplify and exaggerate. There was a time when the "white man" feared black people and were threatened by our presence. We suffered horribly because of it. How quickly we forget. What we make the issue we make the idol.

Homosexuals and homosexuality are not going away. The sooner we recognize and accept that, the sooner the society will move forward.  I encourage the African-American community and church to reconsider ways to address the presence of gay people.

We don't have to go along to get along. We can mind many of the same things without necessarily having the same mind about everything.

The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Bishop Carlton Pearson.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Christianity • Homosexuality • Opinion

soundoff (609 Responses)
  1. lyd

    Sodomy is a mortal sin that we will never accept as normal. Never. God doesn't accept it. Neither will we, whether black or white or undecided. If you're looking for acceptance, look elsewehre. The church is no place for your kind.

    June 15, 2011 at 11:44 pm |
    • Mark

      I don't believe you've been invited to watch. don't speak for the church this is your hate-filled issue. You should stay away from places of worship for fear of getting struck by lightening

      June 16, 2011 at 12:23 am |
    • Mildred the Mouth

      Almost all churches in our community accept, welcome and love our gay brothers and sisters, including many Catholic churches, (much to the annoyance of the archbishop). Who died and made you pope ?

      June 16, 2011 at 2:11 pm |
    • Bucky Ball

      There are generally three requirements in RC moral theology to meet the standard of "mortal' sin. Assuming you are a Catholic you can look them up, in your catechism. To assume that YOU can know the state of mind of (another) person, engaging in any act, is not something even the most right wing RC's would agree is possible. Therefore there is no act, by itself, which is gravely sinful, without taking into consideration the mental state of the "sinner". That is not to say that certain acts are not "bad", or "to be frowned upon". I am not getting onto that here, but no one, except your god, (according to your system), can judge whether an act is "gravely" sinful. Then there is the whole question of "freedom of will". Seems there are countless se-xual "sins" which would not meet the "willing" criteria.

      June 16, 2011 at 2:49 pm |
    • Yo

      I bet you haven't look at the real definition of sod-omy have you? Since you were to lazy to do it here you go. It means an-al or oal copu-lation with a member of the opposite se-x. It's amazing how people can twist things to justify their prejudice and hatred. You are NOT a Christian. Gay and Lesbian couples are welcomed at our church too!

      June 16, 2011 at 3:00 pm |
    • Finger Puppet

      @Buckminster
      Hey Bucky Boy ! Come over to the Tech board if you're here, we're talking about the new galaxy/black hole stuff, from today's news.
      Anyway......(Sorry about this folks, it could be a bit graphic for some). Did you know there are anatomic anomalies, (MRKH Syndrome, Mayer-Rokitansky, occurs in 1 in 5000 female births) among others, where in the absence of normal mullerian ductal development, and thus the absence of a va'g'ina, the re'ctal orifice is used to surgically, in part, repair the problem ? There are also reported cases where a pregnancy resulted from anal inter'course in the presence of a va'g'inal-re'ctal fi'stula, in both cases, where intercourse WAS possible va'ginally, and NOT possible va'ginally, and which by some definitions would be "moral", in some cases (?) in that they produce life, or attempt to produce life. Just thought I'd throw that in. It raises a couple questions, no ?. Hope you're having an uncomplicated day.

      June 16, 2011 at 4:32 pm |
  2. jj

    Pretty enlightened article. And slavery – it's always been with us, and always will be. There are many forms. In the 17th century, 3/4ths of the world was under some form of slavery.

    June 15, 2011 at 11:40 pm |
  3. muteprophet8726

    Lets just get it out there, I know everyone here is thinking the same thing. . . D@MN YOU OBAMA!!!!!!!!

    June 15, 2011 at 11:36 pm |
  4. NoFluf

    Terrible article. It contains so many sweeping generalizations and false conclusions to think of critiquing it is mind-bending.

    Example: "In more than 30 years of pastoring and dealing with pastors, I have observed that often when a public figure, secular or religious, shouts out in anger about or against a particular subject, it’s usually a sign of the inner turmoil of the person crying out around that very issue."

    The logic is: those who denounce certain practices/behaviors are struggling with latent desires to do the same and are internally conflicted.

    Ever try that one on someone like John Walsh (former host of America's Most Wanted)? Guess since he cried out against crime in general and violent crime against children specifically he must have been internally conflicted and secretly wanting to go over to the dark side.

    Or what about an historical figure like William Wilberforce who was a white politician (British) who put his political career on the line to fight against slavery. I guess he must have been internally conflicted and secretl wanted to have some slaves of his own.

    STUPID!!!

    June 15, 2011 at 11:32 pm |
    • muteprophet8726

      Wasn't the reason he spoke so vehemently against stopping crime because his child was brutally murdered?

      June 15, 2011 at 11:38 pm |
    • NoFluf

      @muteprophet –

      yes (of John Walsh). And he spoke against crime and worked to overcome it from a very strong sense of conviction (not from a motive of trying to cover up some internal conflict of desires).

      June 15, 2011 at 11:47 pm |
    • Patrick

      This was a necessary and very well-written article. The purpose was to remind black Americans that they were oppressed and should not be oppressors.

      Apparently, you read the article with a microscopic eye and have come to your own conclusions, which of course is your right. I wish you could see what the pastor was trying to say: Don't hate.

      June 16, 2011 at 12:20 am |
    • JamminCanadian

      Same thing I told someone in regard to my political leanings. Was he saying that i secretly wanted to be on the other side?

      June 16, 2011 at 12:37 am |
    • Frogist

      @No fluf: Your argument reminded me of believers who are always so confused that atheists would dare speak out publicly about their position, that they think atheists must somehow be yearning for god.

      BTW I think you slightly misunderstood the point the author was making. As far as I understood him, in his experience, he has noted that those who speak out the loudest against the abomination of being gay, turn out to have some se-xual fears about that issue themselves, which could be because they are gay. I think that's kind of a fair point. It is the fear and experience of certain things that make us focus on those things above all others. To take your example, John Walsh has a certain amount of fear and experience with crime, thus he is a spokesperson against crime. Eddie Long has a certain amount of experience and fear of hom-ose-xuality, so he was really outspoken against gays. It's the experience of that which they fear that might be a motivating factor.
      And while there might be some truth to that, personally, I think that idea is a bit of propaganda to some extent. What better way to discredit someone who stands against you than to associate them with you?

      June 16, 2011 at 4:01 pm |
  5. ruth takahashii

    This person needs to read J.esus' comments on S.odom and G.omorrah in the g.ospel of Luke, and also Romans chapter on.e v.erses on.e and tw.o. Standing against s.exual si.n is not a "phobia".

    It is not the *only* s.exual sin, but the Word of Go.d makes clear that it is indeed a s.in.

    This liberal media driven PC attack on the Bi.ble, and on my faith is getting old and monotonous, and It is also forcing me to vote against the D.emocratic p.arty that I have always supported...

    June 15, 2011 at 11:26 pm |
    • Anonymous1

      Remember that God sets all authorities and powers. Regardless whether we have a republican, democratic, etc....in office...God is sovereign. Don't be so easily swayed by everyone who proclaims their party or life to be above reproach.

      I completely agree with you on your references from Romans.

      June 15, 2011 at 11:48 pm |
    • Yo

      You realize that sod-my also means an-al or oal copu-lation with a member of the opposite se-x. It's time to pickup a history book and understand that it's about pagan rituals and idolatry. Stop hiding behind literal translations to justify your prejudice.

      June 16, 2011 at 3:04 pm |
  6. zooompilot

    Really? Black people have it sooooo together that they can discriminate against anyone? REALLY? Mexicans have passed Black Americans up in population AND per capita income. Mexicans have a higher literacy rate and ENGLIGH IS NOT EVEN THEIR FIRST LANGUAGE! We want to call ourselves "African-Americans" but ask a black person WHERE in Africa their ancestors are from. We have lost our religon, we have lost our families, we have lost our sons to violence and rap, our women are not respected, and we have lost any sense of pride.

    I think we'd better worry about the mess that we find ourselves in and stop worrying about Gays. They want to get married and be in a committed relationship and adopt children....more power to them. Maybe they can show us how its done because a married black couple now-a-days is about as rare as a black Rhode Scholar.

    Yeah, discrimination against gays. Maybe we should concentrate on finding a belt for our saggy pants and then maybe we will get jobs. Let's stop worrying about what other people are doing shall we? I could care less about a Gay but I DO care that all we want to do is sit around and smoke weed all day while we do everything in our power to prove the racists right.

    June 15, 2011 at 11:14 pm |
    • hoopsfan33

      You realize that not all Black People sit around and smoke weed all Day. You act like white people or Mexicans don't smoke weed. And find me evidence that says Mexicans have a higher literacy level than Blacks. You also realize that not all black people sag their pants. Just because a few black people do it does not mean that all black people do it. You would never say that all white people are trailer park trash just because you saw a few hillbillys. I know a lot of Black People who are married so it sounds like you are Really down on Black People. And finally last time I checked it wasn't Black people's fault they don't know where their ancestors came from and what difference does it make if they know the exact location of where there ancestors came from all they need to know is that they came from AFRICA.

      June 15, 2011 at 11:33 pm |
    • Anonymous1

      Allow me to be transparent on who I am in relation to your arguement:

      Son of a practicing medical doctor and US Army Vet (Persian Gulf War)
      Son of an educator in public schools...now retired after over 20 years service.
      Graduate in the top 25% of my HS with a 4.0 GPA
      Graduate from one of the top Architectural schools in the nation
      Happily married several years and going to a success and well-respected African American woman.
      Employed and enjoying a successful tenure in a prominent construction company
      ....
      By the way, I am a devote God fearing Christian man who happens to be of African-American descent!

      Shame, poor literacy, low-self esteem, lack of vision, and hope are not welcome in my household, neighborhood, and with the people I associate with.

      All peoples have God given abilities to succeed. Our decisions make or break us. NOT STATISTICS and STEREOTYPES.

      By the way, recently, there was a gentleman from FSU who became a Rhodes Scholar...he happened to play football as well....African-American.

      Allow some of this information to marinate deep in the crevices of your mind. I hope you find some inspiration to live. Not every African-American story is full of the same palette of color...failure.

      June 16, 2011 at 12:19 am |
  7. OJ

    Way to go Mom in MA! Why do people take the Bible so literally? How much of the Old Testament is Oral Stories written down long after they were first told? Anyone ever play Telephone? Things get garbled after a couple tellings. Also, how much of the Bible is meant as metaphor instead of literal fact? It is OK to question the Bible! Blind faith only leads to fanaticism in any religion.

    June 15, 2011 at 11:13 pm |
  8. guest

    OKAY so the media beats down Tracy Morgan but they put up this Opinion among the other news storys. Why do I have to hear the opinion of somebody I dont know when Im trying to read the news but Tracy Morgan is shunned?

    June 15, 2011 at 11:12 pm |
  9. Magic Johnson

    What a terrible article. This so-called Bishop does not even know the Bible which denounces this aberrant practice.

    June 15, 2011 at 11:03 pm |
    • RaKa

      He's another superstar preacher more interested in selling books. These guys have sold their souls for a buck.

      June 15, 2011 at 11:08 pm |
    • RaKa

      What a coward! if your gonna preach the bible, preach the bible. If your gonna make crap up...then that makes you a "wolf in sheeps clothing".

      June 15, 2011 at 11:10 pm |
    • ChuckFromCalifornia

      Ok, Magic, id it is, indeed, you...start treating women the way the Bible says. Oh, I forgot, they're ho's.

      June 15, 2011 at 11:24 pm |
  10. KyleGlobal

    As far as hiding behind the Bible to justify bigotry against gays, it might be important to remember that whites hid behind the Bible to justify enslaving blacks. After all, the Bible does approve of slavery. The Bible was also used as "evidence" that Africans were inferior to other humans.

    June 15, 2011 at 11:01 pm |
    • hoopsfan33

      How does the Bible justify slavery? If the Bible justified Slavery then why would Moses have led the Jews out of Slavery in Egypt at God's command? Exactly, White Slave owners tried to twist what the Bible actually said just to fit their own agenda when in fact it doesn't say any where in the Bible that slavery is right.

      June 15, 2011 at 11:10 pm |
    • KyleGlobal

      hoopsfan33, let's start with:

      However, you may purchase male or female slaves from among the foreigners who live among you. You may also purchase the children of such resident foreigners, including those who have been born in your land. You may treat them as your property, passing them on to your children as a permanent inheritance. You may treat your slaves like this, but the people of Israel, your relatives, must never be treated this way. (Leviticus 25:44-46 NLT)

      If you buy a Hebrew slave, he is to serve for only six years. Set him free in the seventh year, and he will owe you nothing for his freedom. If he was single when he became your slave and then married afterward, only he will go free in the seventh year. But if he was married before he became a slave, then his wife will be freed with him. If his master gave him a wife while he was a slave, and they had sons or daughters, then the man will be free in the seventh year, but his wife and children will still belong to his master. But the slave may plainly declare, 'I love my master, my wife, and my children. I would rather not go free.' If he does this, his master must present him before God. Then his master must take him to the door and publicly pierce his ear with an awl. After that, the slave will belong to his master forever. (Exodus 21:2-6 NLT)

      When a man strikes his male or female slave with a rod so hard that the slave dies under his hand, he shall be punished. If, however, the slave survives for a day or two, he is not to be punished, since the slave is his own property. (Exodus 21:20-21 NAB)

      Slaves, obey your earthly masters with deep respect and fear. Serve them sincerely as you would serve Christ. (Ephesians 6:5 NLT)

      Christians who are slaves should give their masters full respect so that the name of God and his teaching will not be shamed. If your master is a Christian, that is no excuse for being disrespectful. You should work all the harder because you are helping another believer by your efforts. Teach these truths, Timothy, and encourage everyone to obey them. (1 Timothy 6:1-2 NLT)

      June 15, 2011 at 11:15 pm |
    • NoFluf

      the "slavery" the bible approves of is very different than the slavery you're thinking of and the term "slavery" has a wide semantic range if you consider a broad range of historical literature (in other words – it doesn't always refer to the exact same type of practice and abuses against human dignity). Many people are just not aware of this because they haven't actually read very much about slavery historically and think of it only through a 18-19th century, western world lense.

      At any rate see 1 Tim 1:10 where "salve traders" (literally – "man stealers" is listed as one of the worst types of sin).

      June 15, 2011 at 11:20 pm |
    • NoFluf

      Incidentally, I agree that many whites "hid" behind the bible just as you say.

      I also would say they (1) either didn't know the whole of the bible very well or (2) intentionally distorted it.

      June 15, 2011 at 11:23 pm |
    • John Richardson

      @NoFluf Oh, so the Bible supports only "GOOD" slavery. What a maroon.

      June 16, 2011 at 6:12 am |
  11. Anonymous1

    Too many of us cookie cut the gospel of Jesus Christ to cater to our lives and our desires. The book that is the foundation of the Christian faith tells us to,"be not conformed to this world, but to be transformed by the renewing of our minds" (see Romans 12:1).

    We believe the God we serve, is a gentleman and will not force His ways on us. He will leave us to fall flat on our own faces from our stubborn ways. Romans 1 references being given away to reprobate minds. We start to do what we feel like doing in the moment. We operate with no moral conscience or grounding. We act in our flesh.

    I realize for some you reading this, these words may seem over your heads or too heavy. Allow me the opportunity to simplify my case. God EMBRACES ALL but He REQUIRES US TO CHANGE once we truly encounter him....not just learn of him. 2 Chronicles 7:14 (humble, pray, seek His face, TURN (change) from your ways...He will heal your land).

    Christianity is a relationship...not a religion (man made).

    I respect everyone's right to an opinion and wish no ill will towards anyone living from a different moral and spiritual foundation.

    June 15, 2011 at 10:59 pm |
    • Sybaris

      "the gospel of Jesus Christ"

      There is no gospel of this Jesus person. He never wrote anything and that which is allegedly attributed to him was written some 70 years after his alleged last breath. What you're calling gospel is just the recounting of a mythological story borrowed from pagan figures that predate your "gospels".

      Research and learn.

      June 15, 2011 at 11:08 pm |
    • GodMadeEarth

      Sybarus,
      Just because you spent 3 hours watching Zeitgeist, doesn't mean you have all the facts. The Bible was not taken from other religions. Litteraly everthing that the movie narrator vomited out was twisted, misquoted information. If you want to learn about religion, used neutral resources.

      June 15, 2011 at 11:18 pm |
    • Yo

      Sybaris is right the bible is based on other pagan religions of that time do your research and stop being so lazy.

      June 16, 2011 at 3:07 pm |
  12. KyleGlobal

    I've always found it hard to accept that black people in America of all people and places are often so bigoted against gay people simply for who they are. One would think they might have learned something from their own experience.

    June 15, 2011 at 10:56 pm |
    • Sybaris

      Yeah right.

      African-Americans even show prejudice against those of different skin tones within their race.

      June 15, 2011 at 11:03 pm |
    • guest

      its not bigotry its the love for the creator and the rules in the bible because they dont want to go to hell. Anyone can just say F it im going to do whatever I want. It takes strength to do whats told of you.

      Leviticus 18:22

      "Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it [is] abomination."

      June 15, 2011 at 11:05 pm |
    • KyleGlobal

      Guest: The Bible also says, "Slaves, obey your earthly masters with deep respect and fear. Serve them sincerely as you would serve Christ." (Ephesians 6:5 NLT)

      And: Leviticus 11:9-12 says:
      "9 These shall ye eat of all that are in the waters: whatsoever hath fins and scales in the waters, in the seas, and in the rivers, them shall ye eat.
      10 And all that have not fins and scales in the seas, and in the rivers, of all that move in the waters, and of any living thing which is in the waters, they shall be an abomination unto you:
      11 They shall be even an abomination unto you; ye shall not eat of their flesh, but ye shall have their carcases in abomination.
      12 Whatsoever hath no fins nor scales in the waters, that shall be an abomination unto you."

      Ever go to Red Lobster?

      June 15, 2011 at 11:18 pm |
    • JamminCanadian

      You speak of shrimp and lobster. Have you read the bible? Read the new testament in regards to food. Read it also as to what defiles a man.

      June 15, 2011 at 11:30 pm |
    • Yo

      "Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it [is] abomination." This is about how pagan rituals used male prosti-tutes to worship their god. Stop taking it so literally, it has nothing to do the facts about gays as we know it today.

      June 16, 2011 at 3:10 pm |
  13. guest

    Satan has tried to deceive the whole world into thinking having a n a l s e x is okay, it used to not be okay but now it is. Now kids grow up thinking being gay is okay, and now the media is seemingly being run by people that are gay or they have there hands behind there back because they cant say otherwise. Ant they let a gay guy vote for the right to have gay marriages, its all down hill for here.

    June 15, 2011 at 10:56 pm |
  14. Apeasant

    This is the cycle: those who were once oppressed will one day themselves oppress. Oppression is a challenge to all civilization, and a chance to bring ourselves together or drive us further apart. Such it has always been

    June 15, 2011 at 10:54 pm |
  15. guest

    the way the media tried to stone Tracy Morgon was a clear sign the media no longer likes the creator nor his statutes and commandments.

    What about Tracy Morgans opinion, can he share HIS opinion with being beat up by the media?

    June 15, 2011 at 10:49 pm |
    • JOAN

      YOU ARE RIGHT.

      June 15, 2011 at 10:55 pm |
    • Sybaris

      Uh, man wrote your religions commandments.

      June 15, 2011 at 10:56 pm |
    • JamminCanadian

      I know, right? They threatened his job and everything. He should've stood by his statements. Watch their next move when they realize he's fearless...

      June 15, 2011 at 10:56 pm |
    • guest

      god (yhwh) likes a man who will stand up for himself and his opinion.

      June 15, 2011 at 11:01 pm |
    • fandango

      If someone asks Tracy Morgan or anyone else their opinion on any subject, in a private setting, he has a right to voice that opinion. In a public forum? NO! He was not giving an opinion, he was working in a comedy act and there was nothing funn about what he said. Nothing. When comediennes are allowed to make fun of others and it is acceptable is the day we lose all forms of deceny. Sometimes apologies don't get it. I. however, always thought Tracy Morgan was gay and so did not get too upset over his remarks, but if he is not (not so sure about that one), then his remarks are truly offensive.

      June 15, 2011 at 11:01 pm |
    • Frogist

      @JamminCanadian and guest: What the heck are you talking about? Fearless? Sticking to his opinions? He said what he did as a comedy bit. He also swiftly apologized and is doing everything he can to make amends. Unlike you two, at least he can admit when he says something offensive and goes too far. And he doesn't hide behind his bible either.

      June 16, 2011 at 4:19 pm |
  16. paulm5545

    Ah yes – the evil white man made us do it.

    June 15, 2011 at 10:48 pm |
  17. guest

    dont test the creator. a p e n i s was made to impregnate a woman not for the pure s e xual pleasure of s e x. A p e n i s was not made to go in a a n u s.

    June 15, 2011 at 10:46 pm |
    • Happy Bob Parks His Pink Porshe In Your Garage

      Religious people sure are weird and hung up when it comes to se-xuality and the body. Just like circu-mcision and celibacy. Weird. If people legally consent and it causes no harm to anyone else, then why don't you religious kooks just go mind your own business (which as you remind us is full of sin anyway).

      June 15, 2011 at 11:06 pm |
    • Sybaris

      Right.

      Your creator was so intelligent in his design of the human body that he made the same organ for pleasure the same organ for expelling waste. No engineer, no designer in his right mind would design something like that.

      Evolution rules!!!

      June 15, 2011 at 11:12 pm |
    • Frogist

      LOL@Sybaris: You know those intelligent designers might have a point with that! God made the pen is in the exact perfect shape to fit into an an us...

      June 16, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
    • Mildred the Mouth

      @ Mr. what goes in where
      You need to go to #5th page of this board, and IN DETAIL, answer the questions raised by Finger Puppet. No one can. I "double dog dare" you.

      June 16, 2011 at 6:18 pm |
  18. ChiRomagnon

    It's hard to have any respect for blacks who still worship the god of their former slave owners, and read the same bible that was used to justify their bondage.

    June 15, 2011 at 10:42 pm |
    • ruth takahashii

      Racist clap trap. You don't respect black people if they don't share your anti Christian bigotry.

      June 15, 2011 at 11:02 pm |
    • fandango

      You find it hard to respect Blacks that don't go along with your program of how we should worship and what we do or don't believe in? Who cares!! Who the hell are you? We don't care if you don't respect us just because we don't behave the way you think we should. You sound like an old slave master = either we believe what you want us to or there's going to be trouble. Get a grip on reality, Please.

      June 15, 2011 at 11:09 pm |
  19. Jeremy Griffin

    See what I mean?

    June 15, 2011 at 10:41 pm |
  20. Jeremy Griffin

    Dude, can you imagine the look on the face of the guy who has to moderate these boards? Fifty bucks says CNN's got him on a 24/7 suicide watch. You know, because he has to watch you people whine all day?

    June 15, 2011 at 10:39 pm |
    • Lou Sypher

      There are no moderators. All moderation is done through text filters. The filter pick up on parts of words like 'tit' in constitution.

      June 15, 2011 at 11:17 pm |
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