By Chinta Strausberg
Bewildered at black ministers who are headed for Springfield to lobby in support of the same-sex marriage bill, Pastor Marvin Hunter, of the Grace Memorial Baptist Church, Tuesday demanded to know who are they and why are they fighting on behalf of this legislation.
â€œWe all may have lesbian or homosexual people in our churches, but we are not there to be enablers. They are there for us to change this lifestyle or thinking,â€ said Hunter. â€œChurch is supposed to be a life-changingÂ ministry. Itâ€™s about changing peoples lives for the better, not maintaining the lifestyle that they are in.â€
Pastor Hunter added, “We can’t even get a busload of ministers to go to Springfield to lobby for jobs and parity in Chicago for African American people. Jobs curb violence, not same-sex marriage. If violence is our problem, we need jobs to get rid of our problem, not same-sex marriage.”
“Has anyone done research about domestic violence among lesbian and gay male couples? You would be surprised at the numbers,” Hunter said.
“I want to know from a social point of view what benefit does a same-sex marriage bring to the human race? They can’t make children. Their relationships are violent; so what are they bringing to the human race? What is the social good that could come out of a same-sex marriage for the human race?
When reminded that elected officials need the votes from the gay rights community, Pastor Hunter said, “If Pastor’s can help the gay rights community to push their votes, how come they can’t help the African American community push for jobs and parity in their community? We are at the bottom of the totem pole in every sphere of life.
” We need help from all pastors who are socially conscious and who are politically inclined to affect every sphere of life to come out and speak equally on behalf of African American people in America. The same energy to push for same-sex marriage is the same to push for jobs and parity in the African American community; that is if you really want to get rid of crime,” said Hunter.
“The person who is stealing the apple is not doing that because he’s a thief. They are stealing because they are hungry. If you feed the people, you get rid of the crime.
“The problem in our country is not that we need people who are on the down low to come out of the closet. They don’t need any help to do that. In our country, I believe that the have’s have too much and the have not’s can’t get a hold of anything.”
Asked if he could have the ear of state officials, what would he say, Hunter said, “They are not the problem because they’ll pass any law that you make them pass. If you show up at the polls and they feel their jobs are in trouble, they will listen to them.”
“The politicians are not the problem. The people are. We have forgotten that we are the government, and we need to show up in large numbers fighting for the right things,” Pastor Hunter said. â€œWe only get mad when weâ€™re guiding by the gatekeepers of the cast system that is still in place from slavery in this country.â€
â€œThe bible says behold how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity. What we need in this country is unity more so for our African American brothers and sisters but also for America as a hold. We are a multiplicity of spiritual personalities, but we are one nation under God,â€ he said.
Chinta Strausberg is a Journalist of more than 33-years, a former political reporter and a current PCC Network talk show host. You can e-mail Strausberg at: Chintabernie@aol.com.