“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. Don’t see David’s comment “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.”

    Coulter and intellectual discourse, and sometimes David and Squeeky too, oxymoronic.

  2. OS,

    Claymores and dirks?
    As they say on Facebook, “Photos, or it didn’t happen.”

    C’mon, share us a few.

  3. Thanks, Mike,
    My excuse for making the axe was that I could use it for carpentry. My real reason was seeing photos of broadaxes, and thinking, “I have to make one of those.” It was lust at first sight.
    Mostly, I admire my broadaxe because it ignores Ann Coulter. Probably has no idea who he/she is.

  4. @David:

    You’re welcome! Demonic is a great book. Her pattern seems to be to first lay a great foundation in support of her point, make her point, and then end with a sarcastic snarky barb. The liberals just focus on the snarky barb part, and ignore the whole “foundation and point” thingy.

    The way their world works, they get to tease and ridicule people, but nobody gets to tease and ridicule them back. A bunch of smarmy prigs with a crummy track record and an inflated sense of self worth makes a balloon just waiting to be be pricked. She pops them good!

    Squeeky Fromm
    Girl Reporter

    Oh, PS, you might want to check out the Jim Crow thread. You will never guess what I found last night! All that “North Carolina is cutting back on early voting stuff to hurt black voters” nonsense they are putting out, and there’s like 18 or so states that don’t even have early voting, mostly in the Democratic northeast! Oh, I wonder how that failed to get mentioned??? There’s a list, and a map. Some of those same states even insist on other non-liberally stuff.

  5. “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.”

    Again, I laughed so hard I nearly hurt myself.

  6. “Her one gift to posterity is that she will leave none, for which we ought all be grateful.” (Mike A)

    Well said

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