Would you accept an endorsement from this man?
But … women falling down on another woman, strapping yourself up with something, it ain't real. That thing ain't got no feeling in it. It ain't natural. Anytime somebody got to slap some grease on your behind and stick something in you, it's something wrong with that. Your butt ain't made for that.
No wonder your behind is bleeding. You can't make no connection with a screw and another screw. The Bible says God made them male and female." --Rev. Willie Wilson
The sermon is not appropriate near children or in workplaces. It was delivered in a church.Some political candidates can't help but make really stupid mistakes and touting them as victories. Sometimes they are naive. Sometimes they are just pandering to one group while alienating others.
At-Large Council candidate Clark Ray has unfortunately been boasting about his endorsement by Rev. Willie F. Wilson of the Union Temple Baptist Church. Wilson has a long history of race-baiting and hateful anti-gay rhetoric. Ray should be rejecting this endorsement and the association with Wilson's hateful rhetoric.
Wilson is also a master of religious tolerance.
Wilson led an 1986 boycott of an Asian-owned takeout near his church after he said a member of his flock had been “disrespected” by a store owner. When asked by the press whether his demands that an African-American be allowed to run the business inflamed racial tensions, Wilson replied that if Anacostia residents had been less forgiving of the store owner, “we would have cut his head off and rolled it down the street.” --Washington City Paper
... Wilson was preaching racial and cultural harmony to nearly 2,000 clergy and members of Jewish, Catholic, Protestant, and Muslim congregations. But his rambling 30-minute speech, which ran twice as long as scheduled, was often defiant and sometimes divisive, as he railed against “feeble, fake, phony ecumenical gatherings.” He told the assembled religious representatives that many of them “have become psychological, spiritual, philosophical, and intellectual masturbators,” a line he likes to use on unsuspecting audiences. --Washington City Paper
Clark Ray is probably touting this endorsement to get support in the Ward 8 Democrats straw poll on Saturday. Wilson does have some support. He represents a large church. He is Marion Barry's on-again off-again minister, and has defended all manner of illegal and immoral behavior by Barry. Wilson has benefited from Barry's popularity, and Barry from Wilson's veneer of religiosity.Ray should be ashamed of associating himself with Wilson. Instead he is rather proud of it. On a small scale, this is akin to Elton John singing at Rush Limbaugh's wedding. It denigrates both men. Let's hope that the voters remember this in September. D.C. doesn't need a councilmember who embraces hate. D.C. doesn't need another Marion Barry.
Here is the full text of the recorded speech in the lede:
… We live in a time when our brothers have been so put down, can’t get a job, lot of the sisters making more money than brothers. And it’s creating problems in families. That’s one of the reasons our families’ breaking up. And that’s one of the reasons many of our women are becoming lesbians.
You got to be careful when you say you don’t need no man.
I can make it by myself. Well, if you don’t need a man, what’s left?
Lesbianism is about to take over our community. I’m talking about young girls.
My son in high school last year, trying to go to the prom, he said, ‘Dad, I ain’t got nobody to take to the prom because all the girls in my class are gay. There ain’t but two of them straight and both of them are ugly. I ain’t got nobody to take to the prom.’
Now, can I talk here for a moment? I ain’t homophobic, because everybody in here got something wrong with him. Whoever you point at, you can point at your own self. You got something wrong with your life. But when you get down to this thing, women falling down on another woman, strapping yourself up with something, it ain’t real. That thing ain’t got no feeling in it. It ain’t natural. Any time somebody got to slap some grease on your behind, and stick something in you, it’s something wrong with that. Your butt ain’t made for that.
[Audience shouts and yells its approval in the background.]
You got blood vessels and membranes in your behind. And if you put something unnatural in there, it breaks them all up. No wonder your behind is bleeding. It’s destroying us.
Can’t make no connection with a screw and another screw.
The Bible says God made them male and female. The Hebrew word "neged," which means complementary nature — there is something unique to man and unique to woman and it takes those two things to complement each other. You can’t make a connection with two screws. It takes a screw and a nut!