Skip to comments.D.C. Mayor axes gospel singer from MLK memorial concert because he is an ‘ex-gay’
Posted on 08/13/2013 6:17:19 PM PDT by Morgana
WASHINGTON, D.C., August 13, 2013 (LifeSiteNews) D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray admitted Monday that he made the final decision to remove gospel singer Donnie McClurkin from the lineup of performers at a city-sponsored concert held Saturday at the Martin Luther King memorial in respond to complaints by gay activists.
McClurkin was to have been a headline performer at the event , called Reflections on Peace: Ghandi to King, which marked the beginning of a planned series of events to commemorate Kings life during the run-up to the 50th anniversary of the civil rights leaders I Have a Dream speech.
But on Friday, several homosexual activists contacted the mayors office to complain about McClurkins inclusion in the show because the gospel singer is a vocal ex-gay who believes homosexuality is a curse which can be overcome through prayer and determination. They threatened to protest the event if he was allowed to perform. Soon after, it was announced that McClurkin would no longer be part of the program. Gospel singer Donnie McClurkin
Initially, the mayors office claimed McClurkin had volunteered to step aside. The Arts and Humanities Commission and Donnie McClurkins management decided that it would be best for him to withdraw because the purpose of the event is to bring people together, said Grays spokeswoman, Doxie McCoy. Mayor Gray said the purpose of the event is to promote peace and harmony. That is what King was all about.
But on Saturday, McClurkin posted a video to social media claiming there was nothing mutual about the decision, and that the mayors office told him not to come.
On Monday, Gray confirmed McClurkins account, telling the Washington Post, This was an issue involving a potential controversy at an event that was going to focus on harmony and peace, and we just didnt think that was appropriate for this event.
McClurkin said the decision was made to placate a group of 15-20 homosexual activists. Fifteen or twenty people, the gospel singer said, shaking his head, compared to thousands upon thousands who were coming out to worship Jesus.
McClurkin said that church pastors throughout the city offered to take responsibility for the event if he was allowed to sing, but the mayor refused.
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Said McClurkin, This is bullying. Its intolerance. And it is depriving someone of their civil rights when they are told that they cannot come to an event, [because] by coming it would cause a disruption.
This is not the first time former homosexuals have been subjected to campaigns of intimidation by gay activists in the nations capital.
The kickoff event for the first-ever Ex-Gay Pride Month, scheduled to be held at Family Research Council headquarters in D.C., was postponed last month after threats of protests and violence by gay activists.
And in 2007, at a county fair in the nearby suburb of Arlington, angry homosexual activists harassed and assaulted a group of ex-gays and members of Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays (PFOX) at their fair booth.
Last year, a metro Washington school district was sued by PFOX after the superintendent publicly told students that the groups flyers offering information on unwanted same-sex attraction and urging tolerance for those who leave the homosexual lifestyle were reprehensible and deplorable and labeled their contention that sexual orientation can be changed a really, really disgusting message.
In 2008, an American Psychological Association symposium on the role of religion in homosexual therapy to be held at the Washington Convention Center was canceled under pressure from gay activists who worried the panel might lend credibility the notion that individuals can overcome their homosexual inclinations, either through reparative therapy or other means.
"Conservatives were going to use this event to draw credibility to the so-called reparative therapy movement, Gene Robinson, the openly homosexual then-bishop of the Episcopal Church told the Washington Blade gay news outlet at the time, taking partial credit for the symposiums cancellation. It became clear to me in the last couple of weeks that just my showing up and letting this event happen lends credibility to that so-called therapy."
On Capitol Hill, some Democratic legislators have called for an outright ban on such therapies. One California congresswoman introduced a resolution in the last session of Congress called Stop Harming Our Kids that condemns therapies aimed at changing sexual orientation, and urges states to introduce laws banning their use with minors.
Lets get this straight, Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-CA) said, summing up gay activists objections to the ex-gay movement: Being gay, lesbian [or] transgender is not a disease to be cured or a mental health issue to be treated.
Only non repentant perverts are allowed.
The Obama Clown will still be there.
Gays with HeteroPhobia? Who would have thought of it /s
Would they bar him from performing at a half way. house because was a former addict?
Dennis Jernigan performed at the memorial service for tornado victims in Moore, Oklahoma. He was invited by our governor Mary Fallin. It was one of the most moving moments of the service.
As a friend of mine, I can tell you he has received countless death threats from the homonazis for his testimony dispiting the lie that they’re born that way. If you get a chance, look up the YouTube video of him leading worship at the memorial.
I will. Thanks for telling me about him.
Hey I don’t want to be a pirate
is nobama invited...just wondering?
just read yours AFTER i posted mine...sorry
So, he axed him not to perform.
Choice trumps virtue.
Race trumps choice.
Perversion trumps race.
Insuffiently perverse? Out you go!
Now if only we could isolate and shame all the miserable diseased drug addicts and loathsome obsessed criminals who fail to embrace their natural, wonderful selves and seek to be “cured.”
Apostasy is the one Unforgivable sin.
Homosexual activists don't want anyone to think they have a choice in their behavior. They want everyone to believe they were born that way and have no ability to control themselves.
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