Someone ought to tell this guy he’s obviously not doing it right. Dallas Pastor Frederick Haynes of the Friendship-West Baptist Church essentially ripped his congregation and fellow pastors a new one the other day for being so upset at President Obama’s endorsement of same sex marriage. Here’s a video and transcript (courtesy of ThinkProgress). I confess that if I had to listen to this guy for too long, I’d get up and leave, not because of what he says, but his cadence kills me:
HAYNES: He [President Obama] swore upon oath to uphold, protect and defend the Constitution, not the Bible, but the Constitution of the United States. He is not the pastor of the United States, but the president of the United States. And for the first time in the history of this nation, we have a president who has dared to use his position to make the democratic promise available, not just for a select few who are up and in, but for everybody, regardless of their race, their creed, their color, or their sexual orientation! And my brothers and sisters, I salute the President.
Have you ever read the Gospel and heard Jesus say anything about homosexuality?…Black folk can’t even deal with homosexuality because we got issues with sexuality. And because we got issues with sexuality we can’t have a healthy discussion about homosexuality. Why, why do you get so upset?
Okay, so joking aside, this was wonderful to watch. First of all, it’s encouraging to see that not every single outspoken pastor out there – especially of the Southern Baptist variety – is pathologically obsessed with personally sending every single homosexual to Hell. Second, it’s refreshing to hear ANY religious person encourage the concept of the separation of church and state, and force everyone to realize (or at least listen as as a captive audience) that what is considered “moral” and “immoral” within the context of one’s particular religion doesn’t necessarily translate to other religions, or a lack thereof.
I have a feeling he’s going to catch quite a ration of shit for this … but I also have a feeling he’ll welcome it. Good for him. It’s true he’s cherrypicking the bible to ignore the bad parts, but that’s fine with me. If more people did what he did, I’d have less of a problem with religion in general.