Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan recently weighed in on President Barack Obama’s endorsement of marriage equality. A full video, found on The Final Call, of Farrakhan’s comments are posted below:
Farrakhan was quoted as saying Obama was “the first president that sanctioned what the scriptures forbid.”
During an address at the California Convention Center on Sunday, the Nation of Islam leader ridiculed the media for its portrayal of Obama after the announcement, and chastised politicians and clergy for hypocritically supporting gay marriage despite the fact that the Bible forbids it.
Throughout his speech, Farrakhan carefully points out that he does not condone homophobia, saying “I’m not your enemy. I’m your brother, and I do love you.” However, he said “sin is sin according to the standard of God.”
“Males coming to males with lust in their hearts as they should to a female,” he said. “Now don’t you dare say Farrakhan was preaching hate; he’s homophobic. I’m not afraid of my brothers and sisters or others who may be practicing what God condemned in the days of Lot. That’s not our job to be hateful of our people. Our job is to call us to sanity.”
Farrakhan goes on to call out clergy who support gay marriage, saying they are placing society’s needs over God’s.
“Is this the book that you believe in, but now you(‘re) backing down from an aspect of it because people will get offended?” he asked.
More of the same bigoted, homophobic BS, right?
What is ironic is support for marriage equality among black folks rose last week, jumping to 59 percent among black folks. I should note that’s higher than the overall number of 53 percent who said they support marriage equality.
I’m sure they’ll be folks out there who will follow Farrakhan until his passing. I am sure there are millions of people out there, both white and people of color, who actually agree with Farrakhan’s opposition to marriage equality. But, as I’ve stated before, Farrakhan is one of many people who use the Bible and hide behind their religion to hurl homophobic insults and slights against GLBTQ individuals and their right to full equality under the law. He’s one of many people who will criticize progressive, forward thinking individuals who don’t allow a literal translation of the Bible dictate how they should treat individuals and how they conduct public policy.
Farrakhan’s comments pretty much indicate he, anti-GLBTQ rights activists, lay folks and ministers who’ve called for the “extermination” of GLBTQ folks and for physical violence towards children who “act” gay, are pretty much stuck in the same bigoted rut that’s dedicated to preventing the GLBTQ community from advancing towards full equality.