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10/24/2007

McClurkin: I was misquoted many, many, many, many, many, many times

by Jeremy Hooper

 Good As You Images  Good As You Images Picture-3-77 2-1Donnie McClurkin, the "ex-gay" gospel singer whose booking for a weekend is causing a whole lot of controversy for the Obama campaign, is now denying that he holds anti-gay views. McClurkin gave the following quotes to the Chicago Tribune:

"I don't believe that even from a religious point of view that Jesus ever discriminated toward anyone, nor do I,"..."Most of the things that were said were totally out of context and then other things weren't true."
...
"My only concern is to be in place with Sen. Obama in unity and bring all the factors together for the sake of change," .... "That's my only thing. Of course some agents have twisted it as though he [Obama] were embracing a racist or a Nazi, and that is anything but true."
...
"There's never been a statement made by me about curing homosexuality. People are using that in order to incite anger and to twist my whole platform on it. There's no crusade for curing it or to convert everyone. This is just for those who come to me and ask for change."

So in case you were confused, he said, "I don't believe that [homosexuality] is the intention of God" in the non-judgemental, gay-accepting way. And he connects his past gayness on molestation and has vowed to battle "the curse of homosexuality" because he is simply interested in "unity" and "truth." And, of course, these "lovely" comments from a 2003 "700 Club" interview must be totally taken out of context:

(this piece has since been pulled from the CBN website; this is from an archived copy)
700Mcclurk

No, no -- it's not Donnie that's acting in a scientifically unsound, discriminatory, misleading manner. It's just those pesky gays and their agenda once again twisting the truth.

::Writer rolls eyes deliberately and dramatically, as he doesn't want anyone to misunderstand that he's absolutely, 100%, unapologetically trying to convey his belief that that McClurkin is back-pedaling and saying whatever the hell he thinks will best get scrutiny off of his back::

You know, the whole "I was taken out of context" line is a very easy public relations cop-out. But unless McClurkin talks in a opposite-speaking tongue that the nation's journalists (both mainstream and Christian press) are incapable of understanding, we think the benefit of the doubt is a provision that none of us owe Mr. McClurkin.

Gospel singer says he is not anti-gay [Chi Trib]

**ALSO: The Human Rights Campaign is pressuring Obama to drop McClurkin.

**UPDATE: If Hillary's smart, she's stocking up on Pride flags [G-A-Y]

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Your thoughts

Donnie ministry is no better then the ministry of Westbora baptise Church. He is omparring gay and lesbion folkes to pedophile. Also has anyone talk to his urrent boyfriend. Donnie is all about the money that he has been making from the relgious right. This is not about ministry.

Posted by: TJ Williams gay gospel singer | Jan 1, 2008 9:31:24 PM

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