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Al Sharpton: Churches should focus on social woes, not gay marriage
Los Angeles Times ^ | January 13, 2009 | Shelby Grad

Posted on 01/13/2009 7:06:01 PM PST by presidio9

New York activist Al Sharpton is of course the latest to join the Proposition 8 parade. In a speech over the weekend, he questioned why churches that backed the ban on gay marriage aren't focusing on bigger issues such as violence and poverty. From the Southern Voice website:

From the pulpit of Tabernacle Baptist Church on Sunday, Rev. Al Sharpton called out the Mormon Church and other conservative faiths for mobilizing to support Proposition 8 to ban gay marriage in California while refusing to be as involved in any other social concerns.

“It amazes me when I looked at California and saw churches that had nothing to say about police brutality, nothing to say when a young black boy was shot while he was wearing police handcuffs, nothing to say when they overturned affirmative action, nothing to say when people were being delegated into poverty, yet they were organizing and mobilizing to stop consenting adults from choosing their life partners,” Sharpton told a packed audience on Jan. 11.

“There is something immoral and

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: alsharpton; perversion; perverts; sharpton; tawana; tawanabrawley
“White folks was in caves while we was building empires ... We taught philosophy and astrology and mathematics before Socrates and them Greek homos ever got around to it.” - Al Sharpton, Kean College 1994

"As for the one Mormon running for office, those who really believe in God will defeat him anyways, so don't worry about that; that's a temporary situation." -Al Sharpton on Mitt Romney and Mormonism 2007

1 posted on 01/13/2009 7:06:01 PM PST by presidio9
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To: presidio9

“Reverend” Al should be aware that the proper focus of Christian Churches should be Jesus Christ.


2 posted on 01/13/2009 7:09:09 PM PST by Graybeard58
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To: presidio9
Of course Sharpton did not criticize the blacks and other non-whities who voted for the gay marriage ban.
3 posted on 01/13/2009 7:10:59 PM PST by pnh102 (Save America - Ban Ethanol Now!)
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To: presidio9

Homosexuality IS a social woe you “White-Washed Tomb full of dead men’s bones.”


4 posted on 01/13/2009 7:13:07 PM PST by mkcc30 (He died for us let's live for him.)
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To: presidio9

Why is this individual even given the time of day?


5 posted on 01/13/2009 7:15:26 PM PST by Be_Politically_Erect (Don't be a Mawworm!)
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To: Graybeard58

When I read this article, I was thinking that Rev. Al would also like to see churches stop talking about abortion (as if they did -the subject comes maybe two or three times a year in my Catholic parish). The sooner Churches stop talking about abortion and gay marriage, the sooner they can focus all of their attention on subjects that Christ never talked about, like government redistribution of wealth. Black liberation theology, and its churches have nothing to do with God. The are a politicial movement. That’s why Barak Obama has no trouble jumping around from church to church and minister to minister. He may be a confused but essentially good person trying to do the right thing (and I choose to believe that he is), but he clearly has no relationship with God. How else could he spend 20 years going to the same church and never hear what was being said.


6 posted on 01/13/2009 7:16:19 PM PST by presidio9 (Islam Is As Islam Does)
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To: presidio9

Sexual immorality is the single greatest cause of poverty and the spread of aids. 1 Thess 4:1-8 relate God’s command against sexual immorality, and states who ever rejects that command has rejected God.


7 posted on 01/13/2009 7:16:33 PM PST by aimhigh
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To: Be_Politically_Erect

Ask the blond chick.

8 posted on 01/13/2009 7:17:59 PM PST by presidio9 (Islam Is As Islam Does)
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To: presidio9

Sharpston got the roles of ministers/churches confused with politicians/government programs a loooooong time ago!


9 posted on 01/13/2009 7:18:39 PM PST by lonestar
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To: presidio9
"As for the one Mormon running for office, those who really believe in God will defeat him anyways, so don't worry about that; that's a temporary situation."

Liberal = Gray

Conservative = Black and White.

Makes sense to be a conservative minded one IMO.

I'm a minority it appears these days however...

Trust in God, question everyone else.

10 posted on 01/13/2009 7:18:43 PM PST by EGPWS (Trust in God, Question everyone else)
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To: presidio9

As long as we are prescribing moral behavior for someone else, how about you, Al, focusing on moral and social woes like ripping black babies from the wombs of their mothers in the name of convenience? How about focusing on black men who refuse to be anything more than a donor? How about focusing on the evil of fostering dependence of your people on the secular god called Government? How about focusing on healing the racial divide in this country? What? You would lose your livelihood? Then don’t lecture someone else or some other organization on their choice of focus, you hypocrite.


11 posted on 01/13/2009 7:18:53 PM PST by caseinpoint (Don't get thickly involved in thin things)
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To: presidio9
Does anyone else get sick and tired of “government officials” telling Churches what to do and how to interpret their own Scriptures? Back off fascist.
12 posted on 01/13/2009 7:20:02 PM PST by Earthdweller (Socialism makes you feel better about oppressing people.....)
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To: presidio9
From the article at Southern Voice:

Sharpton called out ministers who speak out against politically popular causes, but don’t have the courage to live their convictions.

Where are the black ministers speaking about personal responsiblity and liberty to their congregations in New York, Chicago, Detroit and LA?

They're AWOL! They're advocating gun control; marching in state capitols for more money for black neighborhoods, public transportation, public health and welfare.

Sharpton, of all people, has no business advising any church or churches about political activism.

13 posted on 01/13/2009 7:23:51 PM PST by HoosierHawk
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To: Be_Politically_Erect

I have two words for this ahole: Tawana Brawley!


14 posted on 01/13/2009 7:26:07 PM PST by Batman11
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To: aimhigh
Sexual immorality is the single greatest cause of poverty and the spread of aids.

Lack of personal conviction is the single greatest cause of sexual immorality and the spread of AIDS because of it.

15 posted on 01/13/2009 7:26:15 PM PST by EGPWS (Trust in God, Question everyone else)
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To: presidio9

When Al Sharpton gets the “Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor” thing straightened out, he can talk to me about other moral issues.


16 posted on 01/13/2009 7:28:34 PM PST by Ghengis
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To: EGPWS

Sex drive IS human nature. How it fits into the society du jour is interesting at best.


17 posted on 01/13/2009 7:29:29 PM PST by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: presidio9

Churches Should Follow Rev. Sharpton’s Advice

NOT!


18 posted on 01/13/2009 7:33:33 PM PST by ChinaGotTheGoodsOnClinton (To those who believe the world was safer with Saddam, get treatment for that!)
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To: presidio9

“focus on social woes not gay marriage” in announcing he would focus on gay marriage??


19 posted on 01/13/2009 7:42:24 PM PST by GeronL (sanity prone freeper)
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To: Graybeard58
...the proper focus of Christian Churches should be Jesus Christ.

THANK YOU Graybeard, exactly.

20 posted on 01/13/2009 7:42:36 PM PST by brushcop (We remember SSG Harrison Brown, PVT Andrew Simmons B CO 2/69 3ID KIA Iraq OIF IV)
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To: presidio9
In a speech over the weekend, he questioned why churches that backed the ban on gay marriage aren't focusing on bigger issues such as violence and poverty.

You should talk Al! The "real" churches are focused much much more on relieving poverty, comforting those in need, and helping and loving people...its the "progressive" churches that are more focused on influencing government policy.

21 posted on 01/13/2009 7:45:35 PM PST by AndyTheBear
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To: presidio9

Sharpton fails to see the difference between incidents and policy.

A sin is that which injures a person, a community, or a relationship with God.

An abomination is a sin that gravely injures a person, a community, or a relationship with God.

Homosexuality is not accidentally or arbitrarily an abomination. “Abomination” is not calling “bad names” or engaging in “outrageous labeling.”

It’s an effort to accurately describe an act with terrible, deadly consequences.


22 posted on 01/13/2009 8:00:06 PM PST by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain, Pro Deo et Patria)
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To: presidio9

he is not a real rev! he is a liar and a cheat. a wolf in sheeps clothing.


23 posted on 01/13/2009 8:30:55 PM PST by Yaakob
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To: presidio9

God forbid that Churches should actually preach morality.


24 posted on 01/13/2009 8:42:17 PM PST by SuziQ
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To: presidio9

Uh oh...


25 posted on 01/13/2009 10:54:17 PM PST by wastedyears (In Canada, Santa says "Ho Ho, eh?")
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To: Be_Politically_Erect

Al Sharpton - leader of his race


26 posted on 01/13/2009 10:58:41 PM PST by Loud Mime (Things were better when cigarette companies could advertise and lawyers could not....LM)
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To: Loud Mime
Al Sharpton - leader of his race

Al Sharpton - leader of disgrace

I thought J.J. was the HNIC. Aren't we about to go post racial on January 20, 2009?

27 posted on 01/14/2009 1:43:20 AM PST by ME-262 (Stick it to the Man! - Down with Obama!)
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To: presidio9
Uh-huh.
Can you say "Tawana Brawley"?


28 posted on 01/14/2009 3:07:18 AM PST by XR7
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To: XR7

Tawana has since become a Muslim and lives in DC, if it’s of any interest.

But getting back to Fat Al, I just don’t see that anybody in his right mind could permit that guy within twenty miles of government. He’s an evil racist, he knew that Brawley was lying, but he had to carry out that horrible show anyway, one that resulted in the suicide of a good man, the destruction of many lives and careers, and cost the State of New York incredible amounts of money. Then of course, there was the Freddy’s fire, an anti-Semitic act that ended up costing the lives of several hard-working Dominican teenagers and young people, not to mention Al’s anti-Semitic and anti-Asian rabble rousing in Brooklyn.

It is disgusting. But I bet with our new master, we’re going to see Fat Al move right on up into some important official government position.


29 posted on 01/14/2009 3:39:44 AM PST by livius
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To: presidio9
Americans are currently focusing on the gay marriage issue
because
gays are currently pushing for acceptance of gay marriage.
30 posted on 01/14/2009 4:02:56 AM PST by syriacus
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To: HoosierHawk

You’ll notice he isn’t speaking out against adultery.


31 posted on 01/14/2009 4:06:09 AM PST by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: ME-262

LOL!

I’m waiting for the first lawsuits that challenge Affirmative Action.

With Zero in the ‘House it has to fall.


32 posted on 01/14/2009 4:57:22 AM PST by Loud Mime (Things were better when cigarette companies could advertise and lawyers could not....LM)
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To: Graybeard58

This and that other “Reverand” are in for a shock when they face the real God of the Universe (I’ve never been able to figure out just who they are “reverands” for...


33 posted on 01/14/2009 6:01:43 AM PST by mom4melody
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To: presidio9

“nothing to say when a young black boy was shot while he was wearing police handcuffs”

What does Al have to say about black on black killings?

“nothing to say when they overturned affirmative action”

Affirmative action is discriminatory to whites.

“nothing to say when people were being delegated into poverty”

Nobody is delegated to poverty. Most people are born into it and have many opportunities to get out of it if they make the right decisions and take responsibility for their own actions instead of crying victim.

As for the gay issue, gay lifestyle is a social woe because it is a HUGE transmitter of disease.


34 posted on 01/14/2009 7:17:20 AM PST by rfreedom4u (Political correctness is a form of censorship!)
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To: presidio9

gay marriage IS a social woe, you moron!

...the moron being Sharpton, not you, presidio9. :o)


35 posted on 01/14/2009 9:11:33 AM PST by mrs tiggywinkle
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To: livius
It is disgusting. But I bet with our new master, we’re going to see Fat Al move right on up into some important official government position.

Or at least a night in the Lincoln bedroom, eh?

36 posted on 01/14/2009 9:16:46 AM PST by XR7
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To: mrs tiggywinkle

We all know who the moron is when Al Sharpton is part of the conversation.


37 posted on 01/15/2009 12:11:04 PM PST by presidio9 (Islam Is As Islam Does)
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