Bishop Boone, we're not 'mad' at you -- we're f***ing disturbed by your language!
At this past weekend's "Values Voter's Summit," Bishop Wellington Boone (intentionally not pic.) expressed disappointment that gay activists aren't "coming at [him] strong," with the minister saying that he "wants the gays mad at me." Below is a full transcript, courtesy of Think Progress (who also has the audio):
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?
But here's the thing, Mr. Boone: We're not going to get mad at you over this. That's because we instead feel very sorry for you! Sorry that your apparent idea of God excludes gay folks. Sorry that you consider hate for a sect of the population to be a "value" worth voting for! Sorry that impressionable folks might be convinced by your words to blindly go out and use slurs like "faggot" and "sissy." Sorry that you apparently want a government that has the right to legislate on the basis of your or anyone's version of Biblical morality. Sorry that you can't see that families are, in fact, sometimes man/man or woman/woman, when countless gay couples and their children could easily show you otherwise. Sorry that you seriously think we are the "side" that plays dirty ticks, when it's your "side" who has adopted the ultimate dirty trick of bias. Sorry that you, an African-American man, would be supporting discrimination of any kind. Sorry that the above words are the ones that came out of your mouth!
So Mr. Boone, if you're looking for gay activists who will scream and rage against your hurtful rhetoric, you won't find that here. The emotions we'll instead offer you are sadness that you've chosen to go down the route that you have, and hope that you'll someday see the err of such discriminatory ways.
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