PS: Thanks for posting this, Qs! Most sites are just going with the marshmallow fluff AP report by someone who either left the concert early or is secretly rooting for Obama and didn’t want to further embarrass him.
McClurkin clearly went home with a major Media Whore’s boner after rubbing everyone’s nose in it, particularly his stubborn, arrogant host, the Big O himself. Clicking on the linked NYT article finds:
“At Barack Obamaâ€™s gospel concert here last night, more than 2,000 black evangelicals were singing, waving their hands and cramming the aisles â€” most enthusiastically when Donnie McClurkin, the superstar black gospel singer, decried the criticism he has generated because of his views that homosexuality is a choice.
He said his past statements about homosexuality had been twisted and he had been unfairly maligned. He segued into a hymn about standing up for oneâ€™s self and thrust a defiant fist toward the ceiling. This led to a short pitch for Mr. Obama, who, he said, stands for change. â€œBut the greatest change a person can have is not in politics,â€ he said. â€œThere is only one king.â€
Mr. McClurkin is the preacher who had said he was gay but was â€œcuredâ€ through prayer and tonight he was the star act in a parade of star acts, which included the Mighty Clouds.
… The whole controversy might have been forgotten in the swell of gospel sound except Mr. McClurkin turned the final half hour of the three-hour concert into a revival meeting about the lightning rod he has become for the Obama campaign.
He approached the subject gingerly at first. Then, just when the concert had seemed to reach its pitch and about to end, Mr. McClurkin returned to it with a full-blown plea: â€œDonâ€™t call me a bigot or anti-gay when I have suffered the same feelings,â€ he cried.
â€œGod delivered me from homosexuality,â€ he added. He then told the audience to believe the Bible over the blogs: â€œGod is the only way.â€ The crowd sang and clapped along in full support.”
We don’t know how many votes Obama won, but apparently Homodemonization won in a landslide.
By the way, a local gay Black man who was among those protesting outside, wrote on A. McEwen’s site:
“A black woman who stood in line for the concert marched over to us and declared: ‘God made man for woman and woman for man’. She said a couple of other things of a Biblical nature (how homosexuality is ugly in God’s sight, blah blah blah), but I tuned her out. …as she went on her tirade, I recognized a few of the faces going into the concert as those belonging to gay black men I knew.
As more attendees went in, I recognized quite a few more gay black men. And let me tell you from the start that these men were not going into this concert looking to embrace McClurkin’s message of being ‘delivered’.
These men probably went in, clapped loudly, danced in religious ecstacy . . .and then went back home to their psychological closets.”