Tom Smith (filkertom) wrote,
Tom Smith
filkertom

Get 'Em, Al

I've got my problems with Rev. Al Sharpton. But when he gets going, he is one of the only figures out there who can speak truth to power in such a way that you simply cannot ignore it. And this -- at the Human Rights Ecumenical Service in Atlanta -- is as good as it gets:
I am tired... of seeing ministers who will preach homophobia by day, and then after they're preaching, when the lights are off they go cruising for trade.... We know you're not preaching the Bible, because if you were preaching the Bible we would have heard from you. We would have heard from you when people were starving in California--when they deregulated the economy and crashed Wall Street you had nothing to say. When [accused Ponzi scammer Bernie] Madoff made off with the money, you had nothing to say. When Bush took us to war chasing weapons of mass destruction that weren't there you had nothing to say.

But all of a sudden, when Proposition 8 came out, you had so much to say, but since you stepped in the rain, we gonna step in the rain with you....

There is something immoral and sick about using all of that power to not end brutality and poverty, but to break into people's bedrooms and claim that God sent you. 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 [relegated] into poverty, yet they were organizing and mobilizing to stop consenting adults from choosing their life partners.
Yeah.
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