Pastors must take back civil rights movement

Star Parker

Star Parker

From Star Parker:

The civil rights movement was a Christian movement. It is high time that the black pastor, rather than the black politician, return to leadership in black American life. It is time for the Bible, rather than political answers, to define black life.

The purging of Grammy Award winner Donnie McClurkin from performing at a concert commemorating the 50th anniversary of the 1963 civil rights March on Washington and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech should serve as yet another wakeup call to Christian black Americans.

McClurkin, a black pastor and gospel music superstar, was asked to step down from his featured performance by Washington Mayor Vincent Gray as result of pressure from homosexual activists. McClurkin preaches against the homosexual lifestyle from his pulpit and says he himself departed and was saved from this lifestyle through God’s mercy.

Political correctness and a militant campaign to delegitimize religion and traditional values in America have become more important than our constitutionally guaranteed rights to freedom of speech and religion.

Let’s recall that earlier this year, the Rev. Louie Giglio of Atlanta, selected by President Barack Obama to give the benediction at his inaugural, was asked to step aside when it was found that over a decade ago he gave a sermon decrying homosexual behavior and lifestyle.

Anyone who thinks this is a good thing, or thinks it doesn’t matter, simply doesn’t care or get what a free country is about.

When King spoke on the National Mall 50 years ago, he said he came to cash in on behalf of black Americans the “promissory note” guaranteeing the “riches of freedom and the security of justice” transmitted in the U.S. Constitution and the Declaration of Independence.

The Constitution’s First Amendment guarantees freedom of speech and freedom of religion.

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