Thursday, January 22, 2009

Good old Al

I have always enjoyed listening to Al Sharpton because he voices a strong commitment to social justice, which appeals to me. He and Dennis Kucinich were the only two candidates for president who stood up for full marriage equality for GLBT folks.

Recently Sharpton called out the Mormon church (and others) for their silence on all social justice issues except removing marriage equality from GLBT folks in CA via Prop 8, and I couldn't agree with him more. Churches should spend their time, energy, and money fighting issues that actually harm people, like poverty and racism.

“It amazes me when I looked at California and saw churches that had nothing to say about police brutality, nothing to say when a young black boy was shot while he was wearing police handcuffs, nothing to say when the they overturned affirmative action, nothing to say when people were being delegated into poverty, yet they were organizing and mobilizing to stop consenting adults from choosing their life partners.”

“There is something immoral and sick about using all of that power to not end brutality and poverty, but to break into people’s bedrooms and claim that God sent you.”

“I am tired of seeing ministers who will preach homophobia by day, and then after they’re preaching, when the lights are off they go cruising for trade.”

“We know you’re not preaching the Bible, because if you were preaching the Bible we would have heard from you. We would have heard from you when people were starving in California, when they deregulated the economy and crashed Wall Street you had nothing to say. When [alleged Ponzi schemer Bernie] Madoff made off with the money, you had nothing to say. When Bush took us to war chasing weapons of mass destruction that weren’t there you had nothing to say. But all of a sudden when Proposition 8 came out you had so much to say, but since you stepped in the rain, we gonna step in the rain with you.”

(Quotes are from this article in Southern Voice)

Crush du Jour: Alex Marte


Mistress Maddie said...

The crush for today-very nice!

Anonymous said...

Yeah Al! How cool is he?

Joy said...

This is good. I sent an email to my daughter to watch Prayers for Bobby on Lifetime Saturday night in hopes it will help her be more compassionate and understanding. I brought my son up, so he is on the right track. I gave her up for adoption when I was in college, and they gave her to Baptist Republicans! As if giving up my baby weren't punishment enough! Life in 1963 was weird. I had to give away my baby because having her and not being married would make other people uncomfortable. So yes, I know what it's like to lie about an important part of my life even though I don't know the extent of the abuse you go through on a daily basis.

She found me almost eight years ago, and we have a wonderful relationship despite her upbringing! :-)

Anonymous said...

Now if only everyone could hear those words! Thanks for sharing!

Joy said...

Thank you. :-)