“Ex-Gay” Gospel Singer Barred From Martin Luther King Anniversary Event

199955_159748477414952_1948853_nmlkihaveadreamgogoFifty years ago, Martin Luther King stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and gave his “I Have A Dream” speech and spoke of the day when people would be judged by the content of their character. I am not sure that the recent controversy over singer Donnie McClurkin is what MLK had in mind. McClurkin is a deeply religious man who says that God delivered him from being gay. That reportedly led to his being told that he was no longer welcomed at the anniversary performance of the speech.

McClurkin was scheduled to perform at the concert Saturday evening but gay rights activities objected to his participation ahead of the event.

Yet, Doxie McCoy, a spokeswoman for Mayor Vincent Gray, insisted that it was McClurkin who removed himself from the lineup to avoid controversy over his participation. She issued a statement that “[t]he Arts and Humanities Commission and Donnie McClurkin’s management decided that it would be best for him to withdraw because the purpose of the event is to bring people together.”

McClurkin however contradicted that account and said that he did not agree to be excluded. He states that he was “asked not to attend” the concert. That is quite a difference in accounts. Where the Mayor’s office is claiming that he removed himself, he is saying that he was barred because of his religious beliefs.

I can understand the feelings of gay rights advocates, particularly given the clear analogies of their own current struggle with the fight of Martin Luther King. However, the greater symbol of division can be found in barring people who share their admiration for MLK but subscribe to opposing religious views. I am equally concerned over what McClurkin is clearly suggesting is a false account from the office of Mayor Gray on the matter. The burden is now on Gray’s office to produce proof that the singer did opt not to attend to avoid controversy.

What do you think?

Source: Washington Post

338 thoughts on ““Ex-Gay” Gospel Singer Barred From Martin Luther King Anniversary Event”

  1. Bob K.
    I also have a claidheamh (English: Claymore), which is the basket hilt broadsword. Many were found on the field at Culloden Moor after the battle. Some of those are preserved in museums, and mine is a replica of one of those swords. The claidheamh mòr is the “great sword,’ the “mòr” meaning great or large.

    Since a good blade was not something to be thrown in the trash if it broke, many broken blades of the two-handed sword were recycled into the shorter basket hilts by adding a basket hilt to the end of the blade.

    I also have a couple of dirks, which are much better for close-in wet work than either of the claymores.

  2. “Her one gift to posterity is that she will leave none, for which we ought all be grateful.”

    Well said, Mike A.

  3. OS,

    Yes, I have noticed that about trolls. It’s a kind of pseudo-subliminal tactic wherein they try to spread their distortions and lies by cloaking them in a lot of verbiage that amounts to low information high volume white noise.

  4. I believe the “Calumny brand” is the only brand of hammer Ann Coulter buys. Banging on pots and making noise is very entertaining. ….. if one likes hollow sounds, full of fury, signifying “stultification is good”.

    1. davidbluefish – Do you not realize that in your comment, you do exactly as Coulter says you would do? She predicts your liberal behavior with uncanny accuracy.

      The Democrats’ playbook doesn’t involve heads on pikes—as yet—
      but uses a more insidious means to incite the mob. The twisting of truth,
      stirring of passions, demonizing of opponents, and relying on propagandistic images in lieu of ideas—these are the earmarks of a mob leader.
      Over and over again, one finds the Democrats manipulating the
      mob to gain power. It is official Democratic policy to appeal to the
      least- informed, weakest minded members of the public. Their base
      consists of soccer moms, actresses, felons, MSNBC viewers, aging Red-
      diaper babies, welfare recipients, heads- up- their-asses billionaires, and government workers—who can never be laid off. The entire party gave
      up on attracting the votes of white men decades ago. It’s easier to round
      up votes by frightening women about “assault weapons” and promising
      excellent free health care to non– English speakers. Yes, a free health care
      system that is so superior that Democrats exempt themselves and their
      friends from being in it.

      Liberals frighten people about their health care in order to stampede through ObamaCare. They claim the Earth is overheating in order
      to seize taxpayer money for solar panels and compact fluorescent light-
      bulbs. They call out union thugs to force politicians to accede to insane
      benefits packages. They stage campaigns of calumny to get their way on
      gay marriage. Faddish ideas that would never have occurred to anyone
      fifty years ago—or even twenty years ago—are suddenly foisted on the
      rest of us by the liberal mobs.

      Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2011/06/06/exclusive-excerpts-from-ann-coulters-new-book-demonic/#ixzz2co8QCuGL

      I am thinking now that I never paid enough attention to Ann Coulter. Now I think perhaps I should take time to read some of her books.

  5. Some people have just one hammer and one nail. Screwdrivers and screws just don’t incite enough passion.

    Darren LOL…. Nick, you look remarkably healthy for your age!! :o)

  6. OS,
    As Graham Chapman said in “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” “What an eccentric performance!”
    The host was having way too much fun. I’ve seen him on other videos.
    Sword’s drop-forged, do you think?

    Thanks for the English spelling. My saying “claidheamh mòr” would’ve produced a permanent speech impediment, and hurt your ears.
    I hope you do post a pic of your sword. Better keep it sharp – no telling when you’ll need to remove a horse’s head during a parade. Gotta watch ’em, all the time.

    Keeping one by your front door might be kinda close quarters – “Wait, let me back up 5 feet so I can hit you.”
    The only cure for a bad guy with a Claymore is a good guy with a Claymore.

    When I took that pic of the broadaxe, I was breathing heavy by the time I got the right camera angle to get my hand in the photo. Not a one-handed tool, for me.

  7. Ok Mike, I’ll also comply and move on to other writings.

    Time to dust off that Linear C book and regain my self respect.

  8. Bob,
    I see your thumb has been somewhere it shouldn’t at the worst possible time. I do like the axe. Looks like it could do some serious damage, even if the other guy was wearing armor.

    I guess I will have to post a photo of my hand holding my claidheamh mòr, or in English, Claymore. Almost five feet long and eleven inches across the quillons. A Highlander wielding one could take a horseman’s head off, even if he was on a tall horse. It is said that Rob Roy was tall and had freakishly long arms, which made him a truly formidable opponent.

    It is hard to find an original seventeenth century claidheamh mòr, but there are both good and bad reproductions. This video is one of the better ones, and unless you are truly a master blacksmith, a sword is a most difficult thing to make. You will probably ruin at least six blades for every one you complete. This one is almost $600. Mine is not as good quality as this one, and I only keep it parade sharp, not combat sharp.

  9. @BobK:

    Eureka! That explains all the Dunning-Kruger stuff going on around here! You all done cut the feedback loop! And there I was thinking it was something in your water!

    Squeeky Fromm
    Girl Reporter

  10. Mike Spindell,

    I am already in compliance with your request. I no longer read anything the Manson groupie writes.

    Frees me up for more intellectual pursuits, like talking to my cats, or working on the broadaxe I’m making.

    The broadaxe is much more responsive to reason, isn’t bigoted, doesn’t lie, and doesn’t put on intellectual airs. In contrast to the Squeek, it’s fairly sharp.

    Kid I you not.

    1. Bob K

      That is one fine looking axe. Would have loved having one like it back in my camping days, for both wood and protection. Far more useful and interesting than Texas squeeks.

  11. ann coulter has a book called demonic?

    too much. i’m guessing it’s an autobiography?

    or an insiders story on the life of dick cheney.

  12. “Her one gift to posterity is that she will leave none, for which we ought all be grateful.”


  13. Hey everyone lay off the Squeek. She’s from Texas and lives as her parents instructed her. Of course she finds Coulter fascinating because they share a common bent towards bigotry. Now personally I’ve always suspected Coulter was a guy in drag, which would make her the great ironic satirist of our time. Squeek is just a wannabe using her mistresses formula.

  14. Chuck Lamented:

    “Have you noticed that trolls, as an occupational group, tend to be overly verbose, zeroing in on minutiae whilst ignoring fundamental issues?
    We had a great invention in WA. While it worked very well for this truly beautiful archetypical 80’s Seattle woman with a pouty lip challenge, it’s dual use should work well in addressing the troll issue we suffer in 2013.

    forward to 0:23


    As an added bonus, we can see Pat Cashman in his starring role as Nick Spinelli at 0:16 🙂

  15. Ann Coulter is not concerned with telling the “truth” because that is not her function. She specializes in the expression of false outrage and the appearance of an occasional fact in her opinions is largely fortuitous. And she has no excuse since mommy and daddy spent a small fortune on her education. She shares with Michelle Malkin the foolish belief that vitriol, if sufficiently acidic, is an acceptable substitute for accuracy. After all, if you are not guilty of the crime with which I have charged you, you are undoubtedly guilty of something at least as heinous, but as yet undiscovered. Her one gift to posterity is that she will leave none, for which we ought all be grateful.

  16. @gbk:

    It means it was mostly an excerpt from the book, Demonic, and a few words of wisdom from me. But, I have had 3 glasses of wine, and now I can’t remember the words of wisdom. But, I am sure I will think of more.

    Squeeky Fromm
    Girl Reporter

  17. Gene,
    Have you noticed that trolls, as an occupational group, tend to be overly verbose, zeroing in on minutiae whilst ignoring fundamental issues? They seem to be the living embodiment of W. C. Fields axiom, “If you can’t dazzle them with brilliance, baffle them with bull$hit.”

  18. @GeneH:

    No big deal. Thanks for trying! It was mostly an excerpt anyway. Here is another link, and people can just read all of chapter one. The first one was a scribd one, but what the heck, this one has a picture for people to enjoy!


    And, IF you are obsessed with some silly distinction between footnotes and endnotes, too, then that is great! Knock yourself out! I will continue to call them footnotes! For the above reasons. Similarly, I will continue to drink coke! Even though it is a Pepsi!

    Squeeky Fromm
    Girl Reporter

    1. Thanks Squeeky for the link to the Coulter article. All the calumny expressed here by liberals demonstrate how correct she is in her analysis. Very interesting read. Now I understand better why so few here actually engage in serious intellectual discourse. Coulter makes me realize that often I give others the benefit of the doubt a bit too often.

  19. Sqweakly,

    You appear to be a victim of the WordPress Vortex of Doom ™.

    You have nothing in either the spam or moderation filters.

    Not a leg to stand on either.

    This isn’t a forum where making up definitions is accepted. It illustrates disingenuous and intellectually dishonest argument. Someone will correct you if you try that stunt. See, trying to manipulate and force false or distorted definitions is one of the most basic of basic propaganda tactics. In case you haven’t noticed, this isn’t a forum that caters to such methodology. It is not a winning strategy.

    If that presents a problem for you?


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