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Yesterday, Pennsylvania became the latest state to rid itself of its ban on same sex marriage. Days prior, Oregon also struck down its ban. Today, a new Gallup poll reveals that 55 percent of Americans now support marriage equality– the highest percentage on record. Other states will soon follow, which is exactly why it’s not far off to assume that Justice Anthony Kennedy may be responsible for making marriage equality the rule of law across the country sooner than later.

And yet, it was only a week ago that a bunch of sourpuss, Bible-toting but not necessarily comprehending Black pastors were out making the media rounds to declare that “the fight is on.” Yes, Pastor Ronald Caldwell of Burnette Inspiration Baptist Church of Detroit told a flock of fools that when it comes to supporters of gay marriage, “You are my enemy! Anybody that’s an enemy of God is an enemy of mine. And now the fight is on! We’ve come together to say, ‘Hell no. We’re not going to sit back.’”

Now, this is a man who lives in Detroit, a city which far more serious matters to concern itself with besides whether two gays get married. One would think a Christian pastor in a poverty-stricken town would know this. After all, Jesus thought poverty was a big no-no, so he’d probably be more inclined to tell his flock to go after the Koch Brothers than your gay uncle and lesbian auntie. Unfortunately, that’d be too much like right, now wouldn’t it, saints?

No? Well, I’d like to extend another hell no to Rev. Stacey Swimp of Flint, Michigan, who told the audience that same-sex marriage will “destroy the backbone of our society.” What great society is she trying to salvage? The one that doesn’t value her life as a woman, as a Black person, and especially as a Black woman?

That reminds me, I sure hope Swimp wasn’t on her menstrual cycle when she was condemning the gays. You know, given “the Bible says…” something to the effect of, “Eww, nasty woman!” in its text on that issue. Funny, how we pick and choose what to believe, huh?

Meanwhile, White pastors like Rev. Rex Evans, pastor of Free Will Baptist Church in Ypsilanti, Michigan, are joining them in the right. On the big bad gay marriage trend, Evans claims, “We love everybody, but we don’t love the (gay) lifestyle. It’s time to take our nation back.”

A White man talking about “taking our nation back.” Sound familiar? I thought so, which is why I’m unsure why Black Christians would be tagging themselves into this fight. After all, Christian dogma was once used against them. How soon we forget.

Enter the very much Black Rev. Rader Johnson of Greater Bibleway Temple in Bay City, Michigan, who said, “We believe in the Judeo-Christian conception on which America was founded upon.” So the slaughter of indigenous people and the enslavement of millions of Africans? Point and laugh, everyone. Rev. Rader earned it.

Frankly, there’s no sense in being too upset about this. All of the aforementioned will be remembered as nothing more than relics of ignorance and intolerance. Nonetheless, I’m just going to sit here and sing Mia X’s “You Don’t Want 2 Go To War.” This fight is almost over and it’s pretty evident which side is going to win.

Michael Arceneaux blogs at, tweets at @youngsinick, and praises Beyoncé’s name everywhere he goes.

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11 thoughts on “Anti-Gay Black Pastors Say You’re Their Enemy If You Support Marriage Equality

  1. Deirdre Alexander on said:

    One question…. Can a man and a man, or a woman and woman create a baby by having sex with each other? I’ll wait….NO they cannot. All I’m do is pray for these individuals and that they find God before it’s to late. I hate to see their souls thrown into HELL for this very reason. It’s wrong guys and you know this a part of you KNOW this!!! It’s like a form of insanity and they keep letting science convince them that this normal. “Jesus I pray that you heal every individual that wants to be broken free form this demonic strong hold and that they find your love and mercy offered to everyone the knocks at your door for truth, I pray that every unrighteous hand who led them astray will be dealt with however you see fit and that them too will find a way to repent of their sins and transgressions before it’s to late and handed over into reprobate mind. Amen.”

  2. Shonda on said:

    These pastors have a right to fight and stand for what they believe. They don’t have to believe in gays getting married or having relationships with same sex just because a poll suggests they should. Why is it that when straight people simply don’t agree with homosexuality, they are nailed to the wall for it and blasted on? We have a right to state whether we disagree with it or not, and I don’t agree with homosexuality. There is a reason why God destroyed two cities that were filled with people that burned into lust for the same sex. If you are gay and want to be married, that is your choice but it does not mean I have to agree and I shouldn’t be looked at as a bad person if I don’t. God loves us all, but not what we do. I’m not perfect. I just don’t agree. The gay organizations should find ways to accept that everyone won’t agree with their choices. These pastors don’t.

  3. Linda on said:

    Yo Black ministers–churches are supposed to be about spreading love and providing inspiration to folks–NOT SPREADING HATRED!!!

    If you are truly people of God-you do not stand in judgment of anyone else–you need to read and totally comprehend your BIBLE!!!!—

  4. Why do people think that same sex relationships are okay, its not okay it is wrong and it is sick. It should not be supported in any shape or form. The word homophobia should be removed. Homosexuality is just wrong. More people need to standagainst it.

  5. Well, it doesn’t matter, right is right and soon enough marriage equality will prevail. The walls are falling down. Gay people can adopt you know, and I have seen a many straight people who are not fit to raise a dog. We have as much right to marry as any of you. Remember the bible was used against blacks, women, and interracial marriage. How soon we forget!

  6. To the author of this article, Michael Arceneaux, how dare you call these Pastors ‘sourpuss bible thumpers’. These Pastors have a right to preach their belief. And like what the others reply, we will overcome this gay madness. It may appear to be winning the battle only because the President EVOLVED and for some reason, he is the only used-to-against-gay-marriage that don’t get public ridicule today…but this gay crap WILL NOT WIN THE WAR. God will declare destruction on the world before many of us join on those nasty people side. You can try to bully us into silence, but they will not win.

  7. Natasha Johnson on said:

    I don’t understand why people that oppose gay marriage has to be called a homophobe. And heaven forbid if that person is a Christian. We are still Americans and have the right to believe what we want. And to answer your question about who is going to win, the Bible has already told us that the battle is already won and that righteousness will prevail.

  8. janey on said:

    I will never agree with gay marriage it is not right. If it were meant to be than two men would be able to create a baby or two women for that matter. But they cant god created man and woman and if the majority of folks are gay then the population doesnt grow. Which will lead to the end civilization

  9. janey on said:

    These pastors have a right to fight for what they believe in. I dont think gay marriage is right and i have a right to my opinion. Dont get me wrong you love who you love but why should we redifine the term marriage for a small group of people ?

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