Blasting the so-called “Equality Act” moving its way through Congress with the support of every single member of the Congressional Black Caucus, a prominent Black pastor from the D.C. area warned that the CBC “has become more dangerous to African Americans than the KKK.” Reverend Dr. Randy Lancaster-Short (shown) also slammed the NAACP. Among other concerns, he pointed to the organization’s support for the anti-Christian “Equality Act” (HR 5) and other policies harmful to Black Americans such as abortion, illegal immigration, sanctuary cities, amnesty, and so on. That makes the NAACP “a greater existential threat to the survival of Blacks than the Ku Klux Klan, the Nazis, rogue cops, and assorted racial terrorists past or present,” he warned.
Especially outrageous to Dr. Short and other Black leaders and ministers is the effort of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) movement to hijack the cause of “civil rights” to enshrine the LGBT agenda into law. And the “Equality Act,” introduced this month by Democrats in Congress, does exactly that, painting a giant target on the backs of Christians, Jews, Muslims, and other people of faith. And even more problematic for Dr. Short and other leaders in the black community are efforts by the far-left Congressional Black Caucus and the NAACP to facilitate that process. Indeed, every single member of the CBC has endorsed the Equality Act. And the NAACP officially jumped on the bandwagon as well.
In response to the onslaught against Christians and others, Rev. Short and other biblically minded pastors from various denominations joined forces to create the Gone 2 Far Movement. The interracial and interfaith body of clergy and laity, committed to being true to Biblical principles, said it was “aghast” at the legislative agenda of Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi — and the LGBT “Equality” Act in particular. Dr. Short, who serves as the political chair for the movement, expressed horror and outrage at the effort to equate sexual proclivities and gender confusion with the immutable characteristics such as race that were originally protected under the 1964 Civil Rights Act.
“The Equality Act poses a direct threat to religious freedom and the dignity of Blacks and women by blending the immutability of sex and race with radical LGBTQ theories,” the Gone 2 Far Movement and Pastor Stephen Broden, another Black leader, said in a recent press release. The alliance warned that, if passed, the controversial measure “will create a dangerous legal precedent creating social chaos and legal loopholes permitting reverse discrimination.” Also problematic is that “it has the potential to establish legal protections for previously illegal sexual practices and conduct,” the alliance of pastors and religious leaders explained, echoing warnings from others that it could even protect pedophilia.
In a statement to The New American, Dr. Short, who is working to make black churches aware of the legislation, noted that the Equality Act “will criminalize the Christian faith and deny religious belief as a justification for not complying with the Gay Equality Act.” Americans would also no longer be able to refuse to hire people unsuited for their churches, with even “minor-attracted persons,” also known as pedophiles, potentially being protected under the scheme, according to critics. The abolition of sex-segregated areas such as bathrooms is another key concern. And not marrying homosexuals or others could make pastors and churches a target of the federal government, Short warned. Church schools could be forced to teach pro-LGBT ideas, too.
But the “foulest” and “most despicable aspect” of it all is the “effort of radical homosexuals to hijack the Civil Rights Legacy of Blacks,” with the support of self-proclaimed black leaders, Short said. The “Equality Act,” which will unleash federal persecution against Christians, “portends as great a peril to the American family, religious liberties, small businesses, women’s rights, children’s rights, and the rights of Black Americans as the iceberg that impaled the Titanic in 1912,” he added, calling the legislation “anti-family, pro-pedophilia, and anti-Christian.”
“The Civil Rights Movement of African Americans has nothing to do with the sexuality dysphoria and hedonistic fetishes and sexual chaos of the LGBTQ jihadis,” he said. “My adopted grandmother Irene Morgan, who won the first Supreme Court case that declared Jim Crow Separate But Equal unconstitutional in March 1946, did not refuse to give up her seat on account of her sexuality. In fact, she was not favorable toward the LGBTQ movement. My movement aunt SNCC veteran Colia Clark, who was the personal assistant to Medgar Evers in the late 1950s and early 1960s, did not co-organize the Selma Project in 1965 because of her sexuality. My distant cousin Emmitt Till was not murdered 64 years ago because of his sexuality. Both my paternal grandfather fled North Carolina and my Garveyite maternal great-grandfather left Georgia to escape lynching because of their immutable skin color — not their sexuality.”
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SOURCE: The New American, Alex Newman