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Wellington Boone: Another Black Bigot

Well, my review copy of the book I mentioned earlierTheir Own Receive Them Not: African American Lesbians And Gays in Black Churches

— if it will help me understand people like Wellington Boone, the latest black minister to join the ranks of anti-gay bigotry.

In the last QKos round-up I link to Right Wing Watch, which noted one Values Voter Summit Speaker stating that the gay rights movment was “birthed and inspired by the anti-christ” and that the anti-christ himself will be gay. But somehow I missed Wellington Boone’s inspired oration. Fortunately, PageOneQ led me to Think Progress which has audio (for those who can stomach it) as well as a transcript of Boone’s speech which I’ll offer here as evidence of … Well. It speaks for itself.

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BOONE: This matter of gay — I want the gays mad at me. I’m not on enough of their hit lists. [Applause] Bless God. I want to tell you something, and I’m gonna get [inaudible] here, and I hope I don’t embarass anybody about this here. But I want to say something to you, that I’m not afraid of these people. And they do play dirty tricks, and they do try to, you know, you know, do stuff with your mailing lists, and they’re really nasty about trying to stop us from, you know, taking away their perversion.

But I want to tell you something is, they don’t know, we’re driven by God to deal with this stuff, and I want to say to you that, in this regard, I’m not playing with you. That when it comes to the matter of this gay stuff, I know that a family is not a man and a man or a woman and a woman. It’s a man and a woman. That’s the creative order, and I’m not backing down. I’m standing flat-footed on that right there. [Applause]

Everywhere I get to speak, I am guarded by the grace of God, being strong on it. Now they’re fussing on it, they’re saying a few things, but they don’t have me, you know, in their, you know, on their web sites. They’re not coming at me strong, and I would say this. Back in the days when I was a kid, and we see guys that don’t stand strong on principle, we call them “faggots.” A punk is — and our people, I’m from the ghetto, so sometimes it does come out a little bit. I got another one I’m gonna say in a minute — [laughter] — that don’t stand up for what’s right, we say, “You’re sissified out!” “You’re a sissy!” That means you don’t stand up for principles. And I just believe that God hasn’t called us to be sissies on a principle level. We’re called to be, to stand up and be men. I’m not talking about as in gender. I’m talking about man of God, men in the marketplace, and when a U.S. senator or congressman says that he wants me to vote for them, and he’s not biblically based — if he doesn’t have God as his Lord, how can somebody that doesn’t feel the need for God lead me?

As yet another hate-filled black preacher, with a successful ministry, Boone joins the ranks of:

Willie Wilson.

“Sisters making more money than brothers and it’s creating problems in families … that’s one of the reasons many of our women are becoming lesbians,” Wilson said.

…“Lesbianism is about to take over our community. … I ain’t homophobic because everybody here got something wrong with him,” he said. “But … women falling down on another woman, strapping yourself up with something, it ain’t real. That thing ain’t got no feeling in it. It ain’t natural. Anytime somebody got to slap some grease on your behind and stick something in you, it’s something wrong with that. Your butt ain’t made for that.

“No wonder your behind is bleeding,” he said. “You can’t make no connection with a screw and another screw. The Bible says God made them male and female.”

Alfred Owens.

During a dramatic presentation on how strong men follow the teachings of the church, he pointed out that “real men” for the Lord are straight. “It takes a real man to confess Jesus as Lord and Savior. I’m not talking about no faggot or no sissy,” said Owens on a church tape recording. “Wait a minute! Let all the real men come on down here and take a bow,” he said, inviting them to the front of the church. “All the real men—I’m talking about the straight men,” he preached. “You ain’t funny and you ain’t cranky, but you’re straight. Come on down here and walk around and praise God that you are straight. Thank him that you’re straight. All the straight men that’s proud to be a Christian, that’s proud to be a man of God.”

Eddie Long.

“In Christ, God puts his seed in us. Any other way is a spiritual abortion. Cloning, Homosexuality and Lesbianism are spiritual abortions.”

“Homosexuality is a manifestation of the fallen man.”

… “God brings himself back to himself through covenant through blood. When the ordained process of God (marriage), when a virgin man has sex with a virgin woman, there is blood shed on his penis which represents covenant and the redemptive grace of God. That’s the reason why men, you are circumcised, so that every time you pull out your male organ and wants to go in the wrong direction, you can SEE that you are in covenant and anything that goes against the covenant is Anti-Christ. It creates a religious system that will not return God to God. Anything that will hinder that is Anti-Christ. It’s an abortion of the whole process of covenant and blood shedding.”

“…They (children) cannot have 2 female parents. They cannot have 2 male parents. They will be off balance.”

Bishop Long’s answer to “I was born that way” – “spirits can be inherited or acquired. You can have a strong domineering mama and a weak daddy that creates a spirit in the male child that makes him more effeminate. This is true for homosexuality or any other disorder in our lives.”

T.D. Jakes.

In fact, when black America was outraged about the Administration’s handling of the Hurricane Katrina crisis, George Bush turned to one black man to bail him out and shore up his damaged reputation. That man was T.D. Jakes, who was all too willing to give the President the political cover he needed.

But Jakes is even more conservative than Bush. Unlike Bush, who has hired gays and lesbians in the federal government, Jakes has called homosexuality a “brokenness” and said he would not hire a sexually active gay person.

… Jakes has endorsed the so-called Truth for Youth campaign, which is distributing specially-made anti-gay Bibles to high school students all across the country.

Gregory Daniels.

Gregory Daniels is senior pastor of the Greater Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church in Chicago. A self-identified Republican and supporter of President George W. Bush, Daniels made headlines in February 2004 when he told the New York Times, “If the KKK opposes gay marriage, I would ride with them.” Yes, that’s a black minister who said that.

And more.

These are some of the most successful, or at least the loudest, African American religious leaders. No doubt their sentiments are share by many, if not most, of their fellow ministers. Precious few in their churches, their communities, or among their fellow ministers challenge them.

It brings me back to what I wrote when I first read Wilson’s comment.

But I have to ask: why bother? If the above is an example of the welcome we can expect when we try to reach out to our communities, to “go back home” as it were, isn’t the price too high? Where do you begin to dialogue with someone who’s comign from that position? It’s not possible that his words were taken out of context. Anyone who reads them or hears them can’t fail to understand exactly what he means. And at least some of his audience approved of the message. So, why even bother trying to make inroads into black communities where we, as black gay people, are not welcome or wanted? Sometimes it turns out that home was never really home to begin with.

I have news for Mr. Wilson (and, yes, I’m purposely dropping the ministerial title here). It’s not lesbianism that breaking up black families. It’s attitudes like his that are doing damage. How many sons and daughters distance themselves from their families because of attitudes like his? How many end up leaving their communities to try and find acceptance elsewhere? How much might our communities have benefited from the talents and abilities of those of us who are regularly driven away by people like him?

It’s time to call people like Wilson out for what they are. Bigots. Sometimes talking to them, and appealing to their humanity is a waste of time, because it’s wrapped under too many layers of hatred. Wilson can wrap himself in his ministerial robes all he wants. From where I sit, he might as well be wearing a white sheet. He’s no different from those who do, or who used to.

Neither, I guess, is Wellington Boone.


  1. Great roundup, T. The other question is how many of these losers are on the faith-based payroll.

    Willie Wilson is my personal favorite, because he’s one of the few that even acknowledges lesbians exist, lololol. My posts on him are here.

    Don’t forget failed MI Senate candidate and pastor Keith Butler, who is a proponent of “the parts need to fit” camp:

    Marriage was instituted by God himself for the purpose of preventing the promiscuous intercourse of the sexes — and for securing the maintenance and education of children.” Recent legal and cultural trends seek to redefine Webster’s definition of marriage.

    …First, traditional marriage must be protected for the proliferation of our generations. Regardless of how you slice it, you cannot get around the fact that a woman is the one who carries the egg and the man is the one who carries the sperm. The natural union of the egg and the sperm is how you and I came into being.

    A man-man or a woman-woman relationship cannot produce or bear children. The longevity of our familial generations throughout the years is based on the procreation of children.

  2. Wait a minute….Boone did NOT “refer to gay men as “faggots” and “sissies.”” He said anybody who backs down off of living by principle is a faggot and a sissy. But, hold on….you gotta check-out what he said at Liberty Sunday… (I clicked on the link at the bottom left to listen to the Simulcast.) He sure is a passionate one amongst the other speakers!! It’s almost as if he really believes what he’s saying. Everyone else seemed monotone and scripted. I don’t know. I’m still trying to net-out a bottom line. I have to admit I kinda liked this Boone guy. Anybody else see this Simulcast thing?

  3. Where in that speech that Boone gave does it ever say that he hates gay people. Oh that’s right it doesn’t say that at all. He is not filled with hate at all. The fact that he is speaking out about the issue (That gay marriage is wrong and is not backed by God) shows that he is filled with love. He doesn’t want to see anybody live a sinful life and not receive the blessing of God. Instead of just taking a small portion of the speech why not put the entire speech up there. I have heard Boone say that he loves gays and lesbians, as people, just as God does but he does not agree and will not back that lifestyle. You may say that if he doesn’t agree with the lifestyle then he doesn’t love them but that isn’t true. Many parents have children who are on drugs and the parents to do not agree with their children’s lifestyle, but that does not in any way lessen the love they have for their children.

  4. There’s nothing that infuriates me more than when Gays equate civil rights to gay rights. I mean come on. Sexual preference equals race? geez. Boone is right on the money.

  5. Anthony, you said: “There’s nothing that infuriates me more than when Gays equate civil rights to gay rights. I mean come on. Sexual preference equals race? geez.”

    How about if we equate sexual orientation not with race, but handedness? Like homosexuality, science doesn’t know for sure what causes left-handedness, but evidence seems to suggest it is partly genetic (identical twins are more likely to both have the same sexual orientation or handedness, but it’s not always the same, so neither of those can be entirely genetic) and partly due to hormone levels in utero.

    Like sexuality, a person who is left-handed COULD choose to live as a right-handed person. Of course, it won’t feel natural for a left-handed person to live as a righty, but it IS possible.

    Why not accept that sexuality is fixed at birth and extend equal CIVIL rights to gay people? If your church still wants to reserve marriage (or even membership) for straights only, fine. But when it comes to CIVIL rights, by what logic can a person deny equal rights to gay people?

  6. How about if we equate sexual orientation not with race, but handedness?

    Actually, how about we compare it with religion. If being gay is a choice, it as much of a choice as religion. Given that religion can be cited as a source of trouble throughout human history, perhaps “special rights” for religion should be reconsidered.

    After all, it’s a choice. And people can change, right.

  7. Please understand that homosexuality is a deceptive attack of the devil. There isn’t one scripture in the Bible that says that God is ok with a man having sex with another man or a woman having sex with another woman…NOT ONE SCRIPTURE. God who created marriage is the ONLY one who can define it (which he did when, “He created them male and female and He blessed them,” Genesis). That means any God created and blessed the sexual relationship between a husband and wife. Any sex whether homo or hetero that is done outside of God’s definition of marriage is sinful. This is why 2 men can’t create a child nor can 2 women create a child. Homosexuals therefore shouldn’t be allowed to adopt children. If they want to be gay, that’s a shame but they should be gay all the way and don’t try to bring innocent children into the picture.

  8. There are a lot of things in our world that people “feel” like doing that are wrong. Our society (influenced by Satan) is constantly telling people that it’s ok and if you feel like doing it..then it must be ok. That mindset caused Hitler to kill many innocent Jewish people, it caused many innocent Africans and African Americans to be brutally killed, and recently caused a young man to destroy the lives of countless families during the VT massacre. When will we wake up and see that homosexuality is another form of evil (like murder and fornication) that destroys lives. God NEVER intended for human beings to live under the influence of evil. He sent His Son Jesus to die for all of our sins so that we didn’t have to live under the lies of the Devil. God loves homosexuals, but he loves them too much to allow them to stay deceived by sin. This is why Wellington Boone and others whom you are belittling, are speaking up and telling you the truth. They love you, the way that a parent loves a child and tries to protect that child from danger. If a parent tells the child they can’t drive the car because they’re 5 years old, would you call that parent a biggot? NO. Would you say that parent is hateful? NO. That parent is showing love by not giving the child what they want because they know that it would be lethal to do so. The great men of God are showing you more love than this perverted society ever could. I pray that many will wake up from the homosexual propoganda that is being shoved down our throats and receive God’s awesome purpose for life. All men and women will have to stand before God one day and give an account….please choose the Love of Christ.

  9. I like Wellington Boone. I’ve met him personally he’s not hateful. I do have a question though. If claim salvation according to the Bible, how can you justify fornication regardless of the sex? Also why name call when you don’t like to be called names.

  10. It is not the place of Christians to execute judgement or prescribe punishment for the men and women of the world who rebel against God’s word. The time is coming when God Himself will execute His own judgement and mete out his punishment upon a sinful and rebellious world.

    It is the place of Christians however, to warn the world of the coming of God’s judgement against sin. God hates sin because it destroys the purpose for which humanity was created in the first place. Humanity is suffering because it is infected with the eternally fatal moral disease of sin; and humanity can’t fix itself.

    True ministers of God do not hate gays & lesbians. To the contrary, it is the love of God in their hearts that drive them to speak the truth as revealed clearly in the Bible.
    God is going to punish sexual sin and perversion of every kind, and the most unloving thing a man or woman of God could do is not warn the people who practice this lifestyle. It is God; not man, who determines moral right and wrong. None of the satanic rationalizations or justifications that sinners use will change God’s moral law.

  11. As far as homosexuality is concerned, even as humans are bodies were divinely designed to be with the OPPSITE sex, homosexuality was designed to hinder our relationship with our creator, and pull you further from under God’s grace….All of these minters do not preach hate, what is hateful about trying to save your spirit from sexual perversion? They are all stating homosexuality is wrong, marriage WAS created by GOD to be between a man and a woman; so there are NO civil rights infringed, marriages was created for a MAN and a WOMAN, not for Man’s interpretation of what he thinks marriage should be. I personally have homosexual friends and I respect them greatly as people and my brothers and sisters in Christ, but they also know I do not support them in there choice to be homosexual. Christians are not called to hate, but love and share Christ love with the world, and that’s what all of these Minister are doing sharing his love and letting the world know that God says “”I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 7If you really knew me, you would know[b] my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.” I John 14:6 So bothers and sisters be blessed!