Monday, November 10, 2008

The Ugly Side of Hallelujah

Yesterday, black churchgoers across America savored the sweet taste of President Obama's election. What a beautiful, unifying day this could have been for freedom-loving people throughout our nation. But what we now know is that it was these very people, drawn to the voting booth to claim their rightful status in our society, whose votes were pivotal in squelching the civil rights of their gay brothers and sisters. The same hands that so reverently rose to their moment in history by helping elect the first black US president, also reached out and opted to continue America's shameful tradition of discrimination.

My belief in Barack Obama's destiny, the hope his election puts in my heart, and the elation I feel for the huge step our nation has taken in putting its fate largely in his hands, refuses to fade. I have faith that he's the man of the moment.

But all of you religious folks, black and white, out there who had a chance to open all the doors, who had the historic opportunity to truly turn the page on discrimination, hate and inequality by voting in favor of Marriage Equality, you failed miserably and should be hanging your heads instead of celebrating.

To all of you, I say, We Shall Overcome.

It's time for true Separation of Church and Hate.

And all of you churchgoers who would discriminate against us, take a good look in the mirror. You have become the gay community's KKK.

Amen. Hallelujah. And God bless.