Oct 25, 2007
Quickie Link: Obama's Anti-Gay Gamble -- By Doug Ireland
(USA) - Senator Barack Obama has enrolled a trio of notorious anti-Gay bigots to campaign for him in the South - and when a blogosphere firestorm erupted over the move, Obama compounded his betrayal of the Gay community by refusing to dump the homohaters. This past weekend, the Illinois Democratic senator's presidential campaign announced a three-day, gospel music campaign tour through South Carolina it billed as "Embrace the Courage" featuring four singers - Reverend Donnie McClurkin, Mary Mary (a sister act duo), and Reverend Hezekiah Walker, all prominent in the gospel world. McClurkin, an evangelical minister and a Grammy Award-winner, has told the Washington Post that he's in "a war" against what he calls "the curse of homosexuality." Moreover, McClurkin is the poster boy for the African-American "ex-Gay" movement. He claims that he became homosexual after having been molested by relatives when he was eight and 13, but was "cured" by religion.