Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Obama Pressured on "Gay Cure" Preacher ['Rats Chowing Down on One of Their Own -- DELICIOUS!]
TheHill.com ^ | 10/24/2007 | Alexander Bolton

Posted on 10/24/2007 12:11:48 AM PDT by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

The nation’s biggest gay rights group is trying to force Sen. Barrack Obama (D-Ill.) to cancel presidential campaign event with a controversial preacher who claims he was homosexual but has been cured.

The Human Rights Campaign has expressed its strong reservations to Obama over his campaign-sponsored tour that features gospel singer Donnie McClurkin.

The influential organization, representing a powerful Democratic constituency, let Obama’s campaign know that it would issue a public demand if Obama did not immediately cancel the event, said a person who had been briefed on the exchange.

Obama will not be present on the so-called Embrace the Change Tour, but public denouncement by the Human Rights Campaign could damage him in his quest for the White House.

McClurkin is notorious among gay rights activists for fighting what he calls the “curse of homosexuality,” for saying sexual orientation is a choice, and for claiming that homosexuality can be “cured” by prayer.

Obama has drawn intense fire from gay activists and liberal bloggers in recent days for recruiting McClurkin and other gospel singers for a statewide tour of South Carolina beginning this week.

By threatening to weigh in strongly, Human Rights Campaign has elevated what began as a controversy in the blogosphere into a full-fledged dilemma for Obama’s campaign.

Senior Obama aides had planned to hash the issue out Tuesday evening and discuss it in a conference call with gay supporters advising the campaign at noon Wednesday, said sources in contact with the campaign.

An online posting Monday by John Aravosis, a prominent left-leaning blogger, characterized the growing discontent.

“Funny how Obama is a big supporter of civil rights when blacks are being maligned, but not so much when gays are the victims,” Aravosis wrote on AMERICAblog, one of the most widely-read liberal blogs online. “I really like Obama. I’m from Illinois. But this is despicable.”

Earl Ofari Hutchinson wrote on Huffington Post, another popular liberal blog, that Obama should cancel the “gay bash tour.”

A count done late Tuesday morning found at least 17 political blogs that had sounded off on the flap, ranging from americablog.com, to dailykos.com, to perezhilton.com, a popular celebrity gossip site.

On Monday, Obama issued a statement in an effort to quell the growing uproar but stopped short of canceling the campaign-sponsored tour.

“I strongly believe that African Americans and the [lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered (LGBT)] community must stand together in the fight for equal rights. And so I strongly disagree with Reverend McClurkin’s views and will continue to fight for these rights as president of the United States to ensure that America is a country that spreads tolerance instead of division,” Obama stated.

The senator also said that he has “spoken directly to African-American religious leaders about the need to overcome the homophobia that persists” so that together they can confront HIV/AIDS and other issues facing African-Americans.

The statement failed to appease Aravosis, the founder of AMERICAblog, and other activists.

“That’s nice, senator,” he wrote. “You strongly disagree with the bigot who thinks I need to be cured, and who has declared ‘war’ on me and my people…”

One active member of the LGBT community who is supporting Obama said that his e-mail inbox has filled with complaints about the controversy.

“I think Barack Obama is between a rock and hard place and I imagine it will get worse not better over the next 48 hours,” said the supporter who declined to speak on the record because he had not made up his mind whether to criticize Obama publicly. “I never heard about [McClurkin] until 36 hours ago. Someone sent me an e-mail of a blog on the Huffington Post. God bless the Internet. Things spread like wildfire.”

The Obama backer said that better staff work could have avoided the political brouhaha.

“It shouldn’t have happened,” he said. “Someone should have known there was a red flag.”

Jimmy Williams, an openly gay Democratic lobbyist who supports Obama, said the media were unfair to criticize Obama without scrutinizing other candidates.

“If the press is going to hold Barack Obama to a certain level of criticism for his ‘anti-gay’ associates then I hope you would do the same to Sen. [Hillary Rodham] Clinton [D-N.Y.] and the Republican candidates,” he said. “For example, Clinton touts a guy named Harold Mayberry who is an African American minister who has publicly said that homosexuality is comparable to thievery. There are plenty examples.

“Why is the spotlight on Barack?” he said. “Let’s play a fair political game.”


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Illinois
KEYWORDS: barrackobama; donniemclurkin; exgays; gayagenda; gaystapo; homosexualagenda; perverts; ratfight

1 posted on 10/24/2007 12:11:53 AM PDT by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: Mr. Silverback; weegee

Ping! ;)


2 posted on 10/24/2007 12:12:49 AM PDT by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle ("Ron Paul and his flaming antiwar spam monkeys can Kiss my Ass!!" -- Jim Robinson, 09/30/07)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

With reservations, I don’t find it delicious. I understand the urge to do so.

We can dump on Obama all we like, but he’s the only thing standing between Queen Hitlery and the Democrat nomination. I guess it may seem to some that castrating him at this time is a great idea, but I’d rather Fred Thompson do so next fall.

Folks, as bad as Obama may be, he’s a first year tee-ball player compared to the Dixie Mafia’s answer to the Babe Ruth of Marxist politics. Let’s cut him some slack eh?


3 posted on 10/24/2007 12:15:23 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (Hillary has PAY FEEVER. There she goes now. Ah hsu, ah hsu, ahhhaa hsu, ah hsu, ahhhhhh hsu...)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: IncPen

ping


4 posted on 10/24/2007 12:15:56 AM PDT by Nailbiter
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle
Wait...I'm not sure I get this entirely...

There's a liberal ex-homosexual preacher who says God cured him. I get that.

There's a nutcase group (well, lots of them) demonding Obama skip this stop. I get that.

What I don't get: If this preacher has this controversial view (well, controversial to the left) why did Obama even plan the stop? Just curious...
5 posted on 10/24/2007 12:15:59 AM PDT by arderkrag (Libertarian Nutcase (Political Compass Coordinates: 9.00, -2.62 - www.politicalcompass.org))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: DoughtyOne
We'll simply have to agree to disagree. (More popcorn for all the rest of us, then!) ;)
6 posted on 10/24/2007 12:17:54 AM PDT by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle ("Ron Paul and his flaming antiwar spam monkeys can Kiss my Ass!!" -- Jim Robinson, 09/30/07)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: DoughtyOne

Obama and Hiltery are running together. They tour on the same plane. This is from trusted sources. A so called women and a black muslim raised as such, are not ever going to be cut any slack. Be wary, very very wary.


7 posted on 10/24/2007 12:28:40 AM PDT by DISCO
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle
Sorry, but I can’t think of anything else to say about all this except BWAAAAHAAAHAAAHAAA. Nurdly, also trapped in liberal Seattle.
8 posted on 10/24/2007 12:35:19 AM PDT by NurdlyPeon (Thompson / Hunter in 2008)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: DoughtyOne
We can dump on Obama all we like, but he’s the only thing standing between Queen Hitlery and the Democrat nomination.

I don't get it. What's the difference? All the demos walk in lockstep with MoveOn.org. Get over the paranoia, a Republican, any Republican will win the election.

9 posted on 10/24/2007 12:36:36 AM PDT by taxesareforever (Never forget Matt Maupin)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle; arderkrag; taxesareforever

Thanks for the comments folks. I will remind each of you what Bill Clinton was in 1992, and he still won.

I’d still rather see Fred run against Obama next year.

I appreciate your opposing views.


10 posted on 10/24/2007 12:40:02 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (Hillary has PAY FEEVER. There she goes now. Ah hsu, ah hsu, ahhhaa hsu, ah hsu, ahhhhhh hsu...)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

Kiss the homosexual butt Obama, we know you can do it.

11 posted on 10/24/2007 1:00:37 AM PDT by LowOiL (Duncan Hunter .. a man you're not ashamed to support full heartedly..)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: DoughtyOne
I will remind each of you what Bill Clinton was in 1992, and he still won.

And whose fault was that? The Republican Party. If the GOP doesn't put up a conservative candidate who actually represents the base,they have only themselves to blame. Voting for the lesser of two evils is not a game I play.

12 posted on 10/24/2007 1:28:22 AM PDT by taxesareforever (Never forget Matt Maupin)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: arderkrag

Methinks this preacher will soon find himself telling the world that he didn’t leave the Left, but the Left left him.


13 posted on 10/24/2007 1:30:48 AM PDT by drlevy88
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: DoughtyOne

Let me see, you have the Geraldine Ferraro type running against the Muslim type and we should give slack to the Muslim type. I think not.


14 posted on 10/24/2007 1:30:49 AM PDT by taxesareforever (Never forget Matt Maupin)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: taxesareforever

In 1992 Bill Clinton won with 43% of the vote. That’t being the case, I’m not sure there’s a real message in there. There were two contributiong factors at play also.

Ross Perot got 19% of the vote that year. George Herbert Walker Bush executed one of the most poorly run phantom campaigns I’ve ever seen.

It was my opinion at the time, that Bush thought his war execution would guarantee him the race. It didn’t.

I guess it would be remiss not to mention that Bill Clinton got a big wet sloppy kiss from the media that year also. Bush didn’t.

Remember that ‘worst economic conditions since the great depression’ claim of the Clintons that the media pushed for months on end?


15 posted on 10/24/2007 3:05:33 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (Hillary has PAY FEEVER. There she goes now. Ah hsu, ah hsu, ahhhaa hsu, ah hsu, ahhhhhh hsu...)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 12 | View Replies]

To: taxesareforever
Let me see, you have the Geraldine Ferraro type running against the Muslim type and we should give slack to the Muslim type. I think not.

I would say that this isn't a Ferraro type. It's more like a Stalin type.

Are you making the case we have more to fear from Obama than Hillary?

16 posted on 10/24/2007 3:08:32 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (Hillary has PAY FEEVER. There she goes now. Ah hsu, ah hsu, ahhhaa hsu, ah hsu, ahhhhhh hsu...)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 14 | View Replies]

To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

nothing more than the media installing hillary


17 posted on 10/24/2007 3:35:56 AM PDT by Revelation 911 (prov 30:33)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

Obama has an acquaintance who doesn’t think male on male sodomy is a beautiful thing? That’s gonna hurt him among Democrat primary voters, most of whom are a little gender confused to begin with.


18 posted on 10/24/2007 3:47:09 AM PDT by puroresu (Enjoy ASIAN CINEMA? See my Freeper page for recommendations (updated!).)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: taxesareforever
I don't get it. What's the difference? All the demos walk in lockstep with MoveOn.org. Get over the paranoia, a Republican, any Republican will win the election.

Hillary can't win, IMHO.

But she can steal it.

And I think she intends to.

19 posted on 10/24/2007 5:50:13 AM PDT by IncPen (The Liberal's Reward is Self Disgust)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle
“That’s nice, senator,” he wrote. “You strongly disagree with the bigot who thinks I need to be cured, and who has declared ‘war’ on me and my people…”

These leftists are incredible; they must live in an alternate universe. Because McClurkin was changed himself, and believes others can change, he's 'declared war' on homosexuals? Simply incredible.

20 posted on 10/24/2007 5:56:27 AM PDT by opus86
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: DoughtyOne
Are you making the case we have more to fear from Obama than Hillary?

I am more afraid of a wolf in sheeps' clothing than a wolf in wolf's clothing. Hillary is a wolf in wolf's clothing. I know what to expect, as most people should, from a wolf who is a wolf. It's the one that acts like a sheep that I fear.

21 posted on 10/24/2007 10:52:16 AM PDT by taxesareforever (Never forget Matt Maupin)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 16 | View Replies]

To: IncPen

There you go, Hillary paranoia. People are either for or against Hillary. There is no gray area and that’s a fact. What is there that would change a pro-Hillary voter to an anti-Hillary voter? Nothing. There isn’t anything else that Hillary could lie cheat or steal to get that hasn’t already been done by her. Therefore, the votes she would get, if she is the nominee, are already set in stone. I, nor you, have any way to prevent her from stealing the election. So, we might as well just concentrate on putting our best conservative candidate forward and supporting him.


22 posted on 10/24/2007 10:59:13 AM PDT by taxesareforever (Never forget Matt Maupin)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 19 | View Replies]

To: taxesareforever

You may not be far off base there. We do know that Hillary is connected at the hip with some very unsavory people in Arkansas. We know she hates our system of governance. We know she’s taking money from the Chinese government.

I do believe Osame could be a problem, but he’d have to graduate the University of Treason to be as bad as Hillary IMO.

For that reason, I don’t agree with your take, but I do understand where you are coming from.


23 posted on 10/24/2007 3:49:55 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Hillary has PAY FEEVER. There she goes now. Ah hsu, ah hsu, ahhhaa hsu, ah hsu, ahhhhhh hsu...)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 21 | View Replies]

To: taxesareforever
I, nor you, have any way to prevent her from stealing the election.

On the contrary, we can raise the public awareness that this is her intention, and encourage citizens to police, document, and report theft of votes. Documenting is the most important thing. Anything less is complicity in her scheme.

So, we might as well just concentrate on putting our best conservative candidate forward and supporting him.

That goes without saying.

24 posted on 10/24/2007 3:52:18 PM PDT by IncPen (The Liberal's Reward is Self Disgust)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 22 | View Replies]

To: IncPen

I don’t share your confidence in our election inspectors or in our FBI to do anything about liberal voting crimes. It happened in the State of Washington and the courts were complicit in it. I read that it also happened in other states and nary a thing was done about it. The Federal Election Commission is a joke. Nothing would be done by them and even if anything was it would so slight we wouldn’t even notice it. The FEC is in the backpocket of the liberals and the FBI will only investigate inequity charges by liberals against conservatives. So I don’t share your confidence in investigation of voter fraud by the liberals.


25 posted on 10/24/2007 4:09:14 PM PDT by taxesareforever (Never forget Matt Maupin)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 24 | View Replies]

To: DoughtyOne
I do believe Osame could be a problem, but he’d have to graduate the University of Treason to be as bad as Hillary IMO.

He has not distanced himself from the Koran or Islam. Even if he did, would he be lying since this is acceptable in Islam? That is what I mean by a wolf in sheep's clothing. I do not trust him. At least with Hillary I know what she is, as does the populace. She is a socialist but I believe, if she were elected, this country could at least place roadblocks in front of her. I can't say the same about if it turns out that Obama is a dedicated muslim in sheep's clothing.

26 posted on 10/24/2007 4:16:21 PM PDT by taxesareforever (Never forget Matt Maupin)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 23 | View Replies]

To: taxesareforever

I’m sure a lot of people would agree with you. I can’t.

You take care.


27 posted on 10/24/2007 4:22:38 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (CRINTON has PAY FEAVER. There she goes now. Ah hsu, ah hsu, ahhhaa hsu, ah hsu, ahhhhhh hsu...)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 26 | View Replies]

To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle
“I strongly believe that African Americans and the [lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans-gendered (LGBT)] community must stand together in the fight for equal rights. And so I strongly disagree with Reverend McClurkin’s views and will continue to fight for these rights as president of the United States to ensure that America is a country that spreads tolerance instead of division,” Obama stated.

He's TOAST.

28 posted on 10/25/2007 7:43:24 PM PDT by SweetCaroline (***Your own healing is the Greatest Message of Hope to others!***)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson