Dr. Michael Brown: The Homosexuality Debate Does Not Come Down to Black vs. White

This past Saturday, Dr. Frank Turek and I debated Rev. April Johnson and Rev. Ladale Benson at Southern Evangelical Seminary on the subject, “Must Love and Tolerance Equal Affirmation?” Dr. Turek and I are white and Revs. Johnson and Benson are black, and both of them argued that what we were doing to gays was the same thing whites had previously done to blacks. We were “othering” them – treating them as different and inferior, thereby hurting them with our views.

This is similar to what President Obama said to Uhuru Kenyatta, president of Kenya, when visiting there in 2015: “When you start treating people differently not because of any harm they are doing to anybody, but because they are different, that’s the path whereby freedoms begin to erode.” (The president, of course, was addressing LGBT policies when he said this.)

Ironically, Obama’s words remind us that the debate over homosexuality is not a white vs. black debate, as if whites were now suppressing gays the way they previously suppressed blacks. To the contrary, both in America and around the world, blacks oppose homosexual practice more strongly than whites. As a recent Newsweek article reminds us, “Homosexuality is a crime in dozens of countries in Africa . . . .”

In other words, Africa, an overwhelmingly black-majority continent, has much more conservative views on homosexuality than does white-majority America (or white-majority Europe). And here in America, blacks oppose same-sex “marriage” at a higher rate than do white Americans. As a June, 2017 Pew Research Forum survey stated, “Today, 64% of whites support same-sex marriage, as do 51% of blacks.”

That’s why, according to David Axelrod, candidate Barack Obama hid his real views on homosexuality when running for president in 2008. As reported by Time Magazine in 2015, Axelrod “admits to counseling Obama to conceal that position for political reasons. ‘Opposition to gay marriage was particularly strong in the black church, and as he ran for higher office, he grudgingly accepted the counsel of more pragmatic folks like me, and modified his position to support civil unions rather than marriage, which he would term a “sacred union.”’”

So, candidate Obama allegedly lied about his views on homosexuality so as not to lose black Christian voters, who tended to be more conservative morally than their white counterparts.

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Source: Town Hall