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In the postmodernist scheme of thinking, people are free to marry whom they will, but doesn’t the bible warn Christians about being “unequally yoked”?
COGIC’s 2013 convocation agenda is out and its peppered with morally questionable COGIC leaders. Which, by the way, happens every year. The 2013 speaker lineup includes Pastor Maria Gardner, a well known personality in COGIC circles.
Gardner divorced Deacon Burnett Thomas and in 2012 the former “Elect Lady” of COGIC’s Evangelism Department married progay apostate Bishop James Langston the nonbiological father of lesbian bishop Yvette Flunder. Langston’s COGIC connections include being brother in law to W.W. Hamilton a former member of the church’s highest governing body, the General Board. But Langston isn’t just a passive bystander to his daughter’s heinous teachings and lifestyle. According to the Flunder’s organizational website, Langston is part of the gay denomination’s “family”.
Flunder’s mother Ruth, accepted the homosexual lie and begin working in the Fellowship until she died in 2007. Ruth Langston’s funeral was a snapshot of the uncomfortable intersection of COGIC and its homosexual offspring. The question is does Gardner also accept the homosexual lie that her new husband espouses?
Despite Gardner’s former years of preaching glory, her life has become littered with sex, divorce and remarriage scandals. It will be interesting to hear what she will “preach” to the COGIC faithful.
Its not clear who chooses speakers for COGIC’s high and holy gatherings, but more and more the speaker lineups are emanating the stench of false teachers. Tragically, like postmodernist influence on culture, the wheels of the organization have been turning slight degrees away from the truth of holiness.
The Black Christian News site ran a headline which read: “IRS Scandal Continues to Smolder: During 2012 Campaign, Black Churches Were Assured Their Tax Exemption Would Be Safe If They Helped Deliver the Vote for Obama Despite Being Unhappy Over His Support of Homosexual Marriage”
New information shows how Obama and his IRS cronies played black churches for his political gain. But what else is new?
The media played up the two faces of SOTUS. On one side they portrayed him in a religious context, using biblical imagery and words to play to the black church folk. On the other side they portrayed him as the most homo-centric president in the history of America. That was medicine for the homosexuals and their gay rights obsessive disorder. But now, some black folk are waking up to realize their fake savior and historical hero was not attracted to them. To Obama, black churches were nothing more than a political downlow booty call. In reality he was into same sex politics.
At the same time the IRS harassed Republican nonprofit groups during the 2012 political campaign, it selectively advised black churches and other Democrat nonprofits on how far they can go in campaigning for President Obama and other Democrats.
This raw exercise in political favoritism has not been reported in the context of the still-smoldering IRS scandal, in which the agency in 2012 audited big GOP donors and blocked Tea Party groups trying to obtain tax-exempt status as part of what House investigators suspect was an effort to re-elect the president.
But that same year, top officials with both the IRS and Justice Department — including the IRS commissioner and attorney general — met in Washington with several dozen prominent black church ministers representing millions of voters to brief them on how to get their flocks out to vote without breaking federal tax laws.
The day before the special IRS training session, then-Black Caucus Chairman Rep. Emanuel Cleaver predicted Obama would get 95% of the African-American vote — but only if black pastors “encourage” them to get to the polls. (He ended up getting over 93% of the black vote.)
IRS Goes To Church
At the time, many African-Americans were unhappy that Obama came out in support of gay marriage. So Democrats gathered them in Washington for a “pep talk,” which included assurances their tax exemption would be safe if they helped deliver the vote.
It’s not clear if the White House helped organize the unusual event, but two key Cabinet members — Attorney General Eric Holder and IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman — both spoke at length to the black church leaders.
GCMW published a comprehensive timeline of Barak Obama’s trail of deceptive lies with the “black church” in tow. Most African Americans discarded anything they perceived as negative because BO was the historic first black president. Protecting his legacy was more important than the truth. Now, the chickens are coming home to roost.
Black gospel music industry worker Tye Tribbett, took some time to ham it up gospel style with B. Slade, aka Tonex aka Anthony Williams formerly of the black gospel music industry until he began extolling the virtues of homosexuality. B.Slade/Tonex/Anthony returned to familiar ground: the black church stage at Ebenezer AME in Washington DC. Don’t be alarmed. False churches like Ebenezer do this kind of stuff all the time. The video was posted by its gay music director Clifton Ross III.
If you can stand a few moments of sheer cat screeching from two men, have a look and a listen.
Are you a white gay man who’s out of touch and spends too much time going to pride parades? Do you want to get connected with blacks so you can feel da spirit and really fight homophobia? Want to know how use manipulative tricks to get black church folk on your side to amp up your equality dreams? Well, fret no longer. In a new how to video, you too can learn to get black folks to do your bidding! And, get this!: its easy!
If Uncle Tom had a sister, would she be called Aunt Thomasina? The Rev. Irene Monroe, with trademark head rag, sits down with the WGWBS (white gays with blogs) from Truth Won Out for this must watch new training video.
Rev. Monroe says if you use her approach its a done deal. If you do three simple things, white gays can have black folks eating out of their hands in no time:
1. You gotta get black ministers to talk for you. Blacks only listen to other blacks, right? This sounds like it was ripped off from Planned Parenthood’s racist founder Margaret Sanger who said blacks were “human weeds” that needed to be exterminated. She devised a clever tactic using black ministers to convince blacks that abortion was the best option to keeping black families manageable. We all know how that worked out. Thanks to Sanger, black women constitute only 13% of the female population (ages 15-44) in the US, but get 36% of the abortions. According to the Alan Guttmacher Institute, black women are more than 5 times as likely as white women to have an abortion. On average, 1,876 black babies are aborted every day in the United States. That’s a lot of dead black babies!
2. You gotta gets the black women on your side. Rev. Monroe said black women loves they babies. So what the white gays need to do is convince black mothers that homophobia (not abortion) is the cause of so many of their kids dying. Its easy, she says. Real simple. What she’s implying is that Black women are stereotypically gullible. But wait! There’s more! IF you get gullible black women to buy into your racist drivel, you can also hook the black church as well!!! Lean in for this one: Black women are the BACKBONE OF THE BLACK CHURCH! You get two for the price of one if you act now!! Good going Auntie!
3. Lastly —and we know this is going to be tough for that Christian-hating, financially privileged white gay man out there — you gotta work with those “faith based” religious organizations. If you’re going to get anywhere, you have to court the religious folks. We’re guessing that homosexual Jews and Muslims also have to co-sign the “faith based” groups to get the ball rolling. But that shouldn’t be a big problem. Anything for the ole equality cause. Bonus added if you snag the ones who already use the “affirming” moniker. That way you don’t have to pretend to tolerate all that talk about deliverance, freedom from homosexuality and exgay ministry you despise.
So, there you have it, in three easy steps. White gays now have the tricks to get black folks up and crackin in no time. But wait! Thats not all! Mention Miss Irene’s name and you’ll get instant recognition from black folks in those hard to get to hood churches!
And sorry, please ignore the jarring white gay club intro music. Rev. Monroe probably just forgot to tell them to use Swing Low Sweet Chariot.
Still in the casting and production mode, a new stage play called “The Other Side” is hoping to wake up a much needed discussion about sexuality, sexual abuse and identity according to Connecticut based director/producer/actor Colin Ivan Osborn.
In LA on business, Osborn took some time to talk exclusively with GCM Watch about the play.
GCM WATCH: Colin, I really appreciate you taking the time to talk to me about your stage play the Other Side. So let me ask a few obvious questions. What’s the significance of the title of the play?
COLIN OSBORN: Initially the play was going to be called The Other Side of the Pulpit. But I shortened it to just The Other Side for a couple of reasons. One, I wanted it to draw a wider audience. I didn’t want it to be specifically a church play. Its not necessarily a church play, but it does have some religious references in it. I used that title coming from a lot of some experiences I’ve seen cause I have a lot of minister friends who have expereinced life and have gone through situations. Some of the stuff is fictional but there are some truths in what we talk about.
GCMW: If the church isnt your intended audience, who is it that you are aiming your message at?
CO: Everybody. Everybody who has been broken. Everybody who has experienced hurt and pain. Everybody who is not able to deal with and overcome things by the past. Those who have been dogmatized by the church and people who have been abused sexually. I want to talk to everybody. Some of that comes from my background workwise cause I work in the criminal justice field as well.
GCMW: No doubt, there are a lot of broken people in the church as well who could stand to benefit from seeing your play. If thats the case, what would you like for them to walk away with?
CO: I want the church people to walk away feeling safe to talk about what they’ve really gone through. From experience church people have been taught thats its not okay to talk about whats really going on. Put on your game face, your poker face. By you putting on the poker face youre exemplifying God…but in actuality you’re still broken. That’s kinda like the lead character in the play [Pastor Jeremiah Bryant]. He convinced himself to put on a poker face but everything that he’s been trying to suppress is coming back and controlling his life.
GCMW: You said you’re not aiming this at the church audience, but your lead character is a pastor. How do you reconcile that?
CO: I want the church to come outside the church so this is for everybody. A lot of the topics in this play ironically are conversations Ive had with church people. They say I wish the church would talk about this. I’m a rebellious type of guy, so lets do it. I dont want there to be any segregation when it comes to that. Everybody is dealing with something. so everybody needs to talk about it.
GCMW: Lets talk about Pastor Jeremiah Bryant. I’ve watched the trailer and there’s some striking imagery in the trailer particularly at the end where another man’s hands embrace him while he is looking in the mirror. So is it fair to say homosexuality is one of the issues youre dealing with in the play?
GCMW: And what’s your approach on the subject?
CO: Its not the typical conversations people have. Its not dogmatic. I’m definitely not talking about it to say that its right or wrong. I think that [pauses and sighs]… Im trying to use that situation to force people to ask another question. I’m not saying its right. I’m not saying its wrong. I have my own beliefs about things. But what I do want to do is to talk about the stuff people dont talk about which is why I wrote it in that manner. What’s funny is a lot of people have seen the trailer. And when they see that part they say hmmm I need to find out whats going on. I want to use that to pull and be suspenseful.
GCMW: You being the playwright, are your personal beliefs entwined in this play? I know you said youre not trying to say whether its right or wrong but if youre trying to move people to resolution, is it wise to leave it as an open-ended situation?
CO: I think so. I think by leaving it open-ended its going to force people to talk. Are some of my beliefs in there? There are some of my beliefs in it but I wrote the play based off of people’s stories. Like I said I wanted to talk about the topics that no one really wants to talk about it. Especially in our community.
GCMW: So this is a “black” play because all of the characters are African American, right?
CO: All the characters are African American but they also all come from different backgrounds. Their fan bases are very diverse. There’s a universal message and I’m just using the “black experience” to bring that message out to everybody. Its not stereotypical and not traditional.
GCMW: Do you think that anyone will be offended at any of the subject matter in the play?
CO: I kinda hope they are offended. I hope they are offended. If people get offended its because they have an issue with themselves internally. If they get offended, good. Now, talk about it. So to some extent I hope they do get offended because at the end of the day something is going on with you. Im not saying that negatively but yeah it means that Im doing something right.
GCMW: Talk to me about the production of the play. Is this going to have elaborate stage props…?
CO: This is my first major production so Im not trying to come out with big stage props but it will be as professional as possible. With the caliber of actors that I have, that alone will help to up the whole production.
GCMW: Im gonna give you a chance to drop some hints to well known folks. [he laughs] So, if you could assemble a dream cast of actors to work with, who would it be?
CO: Honestly, I would love to work with Morgan Freeman and Felicia Rashad. The older ones have so much wisdom and they have so much knowledge and skill. Im kinda an old soul so thats where Im at. I love the older actors.
GCMW: And I’m going to help you out with Alfre Woodard!
CO: Oh God, YES! I love her! Oh my God, yes! And Viola Davis!
GCMW: What producer inspires your work?
CO: I do appreciate what Tyler Perry is doing. I appreciate him more because of the struggle he’s had and to see how he’s overcome his life obstacles. That’s appealing to me. If I had the opportunity to sit down and talk with him all I’d want is to say is let me sit down with you for 15 minutes and just tell me how you overcame. To me, thats more valuable than asking for a part.
GCMW: Colin, how long did it take you from the conception, the idea to actually beginning work? People say “I have a dream” but the dream never becomes a reality. So how did you get your dream to this point?
CO: [laughs] Three and a half years. I finally woke up sometime last year. Im 33 years old now, so when I was 32 I finally said I think I can do something with this. So its been about a three and a half year process.
GCMW: Great! Thanks again for taking time out of your busy schedule to shed some light about the play.
CO: Thanks, I appreciate the opportunity.
Osborn says his website with tour dates will be updated. A “mini movie” about The Other Side is slated to be released September 2013.
Related: The Other Side on Facebook
One thing that may be a positive sign of COGIC’s old guard transitioning out is that the newer bishops seem more willing to engage the culture and at least talk about current issues in a cognitive manner. The Blake administration and his contemporaries are so tight lipped and up tight about homosexuality that it makes you wonder what the problem really is. Maybe its all the scandals they’ve had to tip toe around.
Detroit’s Bishop J. Drew Sheard, recently elected to the denomination’s General Board, took some time to respond to a question about Jason Collins and homosexuality. The challenge for those in front of the camera lens is to remain true to scripture. If they can just do that, we will be fine. After the colossal collapse of Kirk Franklin on the issue, its good to hear this bishop at least hold the line at the truth. It would have been great and a spiritual plus had he briefly talked about how homosexuals can be redeemed and transformed, but this is a very good first showing.
VIDEO TRANSCRIPT beginning at the 1:55 mark
[...]“You asked a question about Mr. Collins coming out of the clost as a gay man. Of course, the bible teaches us that God created a man and a woman. He created a woman for a man and at no time does the bible condone any kind of gay relationships. And so if you read the bible you will see that the bible often talks about those kinds of relationships and it talks about them not being of God and an abomination. And things of that nature. My opinion of Mr. Collins is I pray for him and I love him as a person and I pray that God will help him in this area. We often have issues about gays in our ministry and I make it clear that we don’t believe in any “gaybashing”, but we believe that we should help them live their lives the way that God intended for them to do. So thats my opinion of that. I hope that you will be prayerful and read the word of God and see where the Word of God very clear ly states that God intended for a man should be with a woman.”