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Posts for October, 2007

The Weekly Standard on Donnie and Barack

Jim Burroway

October 30th, 2007

Suffice it to say that I virtually never agree with the neo-conserviative The Weekly Standard. But today I’m reminded of my wise father’s saying, “Even a broken clock is right twice a day.” Just about everything Dean Barnett writes about Donnie McClurkin’s appearance in Sen. Barak Obama’s Gospel tour in South Carolina elicited an amen from me. Read the recap here.

McClurkin – perhaps not so Ex-Gay after all

Timothy Kincaid

October 25th, 2007

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Clay Cane claims to have an exclusive interview with an ex-lover of Donnie McClurkin. I don’t know if it’s legit, but here’s a bit:

How long were you guys being sexual?
Off and on for three years, 2001 to 2004.

During this time to 2001 to 2004 is really the height of his anti-gay rants. The book came out, he made comments, he told the New York Times in 2002 he’s counseling adolescent boys to convert them from homosexuality. Would you hear about these rants?

Every time I’d read an article in Ebony or Jet, or whatever, I’d just hear it—I’d get upset and we’d always have an argument about it. He said, “I told you.” I said, “It’s crazy. What you’re doing is crazy. You’re writing this stuff, but yet you’re still doing it.” I said, “I have a problem with that. What’s wrong with you?” He said, “I have a problem.”

What do you think he meant by “I have a problem”?
It’s something he just can’t control. He feels that he has to say that to please people. He said, “I don’t want people to believe that I’m still doing it.”

I know that McClurkin has said some things that are pretty nasty about gay people, but he’s far from the worst. And he’s not – to my knowledge – lent his name to political campaigns or supported draconian laws.

If the claims in this interview are true, McClurkin has my pity. That does not sound like a happy way to live.

Donnie McClurkin at the 2004 GOP Convention

Jim Burroway

October 24th, 2007

We mentioned earlier that ex-gay Donnie McClurkin will be featured on Senator Obama’s gospel concert tour in Souther Carolina. McClurkin has denied having made anti-gay sentiments. Here’s his testimony on the Exodus web site. I’ll let you read it and decide for yourself. I personally have trouble with the prayer, “Every enemy of God is an enemy of mine” — having been labeled an enemy of God on more than one occasion in my life.

Just three years ago, McClurkin appeared at the GOP national convention. You can catch the video of his appearance at that convention here.

Obama’s Campaign Gospel Tour To Feature Ex-Gay Advocate

Singer "struggled with homosexuality" after being molested at ages 8 and 13.

Daniel Gonzales

October 21st, 2007

Senator Obama’s campaign has planned an “Embrace the Change” gospel concert tour to consist of three dates in South Carolina featuring five acts, one of whom is Donnie McClurkin according to the New York Times. (Yes, the tour is named “Embrace the Change” which XGW also finds worth noting.)

Several years ago the Washington Post noted McClurkin’s public statements on his own sexual history and views on gay conversion:

McClurkin wrote on a Christian Web site in 2002 that he struggled with homosexuality after he was molested by male relatives when he was 8 and 13. “I’ve been through this and have experienced God’s power to change my lifestyle,” he wrote. “I am delivered and I know God can deliver others, too.”

Via AmericaBlog