The post below is from my book. (Something every parent who has a child should read!) Excerpt from: “Love Won’t Let Me Be Silent” and also included in, “They Say That I Am Broken” by Terry Angel Mason.
Believe it or not, this statement has been heard in the ears of The Creator more times than you or I could ever imagine! It is the prayer of the desperate mother and father who fear that he or she has done something so wrong in rearing their child, until the outcome has been disastrous. Minutes go by, hours go by, and to the dismay of the parent(s), his or her petition has not been answered. Not a peep from Heaven, not even a whisper. But it never occurs to that mother or father that maybe the lack of a response to their desperate plea is an answer in itself.
Days go by, and a trillion questions fill the mind of that mother and father – with the most pressing questions being: What did I do wrong? Why is my child this way? What are my friends and relatives going to think? What are the people at church going to say? Does this mean my child will never marry someone of the opposite sex and I may never have grandchildren? Who’s going to carry on the family name? Did this happen because I was too overbearing as a mother? Did he turn out this way because he did not spend enough time with his father? And the list goes on. And of course for the mother and father who have deep religious convictions arises the ultimate question: “Will my child go to Hell because he or she is gay?”
Dear Barbara Walters and Host of The View,
Today I viewed a clip from The View where hosts of the show and D.L. Hughley were discussing men who are DL (on the “down-low”) and men who have had gay sex in the last 30 years not being able to donate blood. While I do, to some degree, agree with the FDA’s decision to bar potentially dangerous blood donors from contributing to national blood banks, provided there is proven substantiated risk to those who would receive this blood donation. I can never agree with information being disseminated through the media via Television or any other means that is incorrect. African-American women are contracting the virus in the African-American community at an alarming rate, but it is not solely because DL men are infecting them with the virus, but do to the fact that they are having unprotected sex with multiple partners at an alarming rate, which can be confirmed by the CDC, who incidentally, also disagrees with the misinformation. And what is even more alarming and horrific is the fact that when made aware of the true facts and statistics, D.L. Hughley and Sherri Shepherd refused to retract or recant their statements.
What irritates me even more is the fact that people constantly talk about men living on the “down-low” in the African-American Community but never get to the root of the problem (which was lightly touched upon in their conversation).The root cause in my opinion) is that the African-American heterosexual community is equally to blame for the spread of the epidemic and the perpetuation of the “DL LIFESTYLE” because of their adamant refusal to allow people be who they were created to be. Until we are willing to face the fact that there are millions of same-gender-loving people of color in our churches and communities, and embrace them by allowing them to be who they really are, we will continue to die at disproportionate rates.
One of the most progressive, yet highly controversial policy changes currently being discussed regarding the military is the repealing of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell law. In 1993 Congress passed the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell Policy. Don’t ask, don’t tell (DADT) is the common term for the policy restricting the United States military from efforts to discover or reveal closeted gay, lesbian, and bisexual service members or applicants, while barring those that are openly gay, lesbian, or bisexual from military service. These restrictions are mandated by federal law Pub.L. 103-160 (10 U.S.C. § 654) the policy prohibits anyone who “demonstrate(s) a propensity or intent to engage in homosexual acts” from serving in the armed forces of the United States. This is a hot button issue because of the intense emotions and opinions it evokes on both sides of the argument. The opponents of repealing DADT argue that it will undermine the morale and discipline of the armed forces, thus degrading and subverting the military cohesiveness which is essential to maintain a superior fighting unit. Proponents for repealing DADT counter that the law should be repealed because firstly, gay soldiers have always been part of the Armed Forces since its inception and the military unfairly and arbitrarily administers DADT.
Secondly, the law violates the civil rights of gay soldiers. Thirdly, the law fails in its original purpose in protecting gay soldiers from being outed, harassed, and injured. And fourthly, our present day military cannot afford to lose any more qualified and highly trained personnel. When we analyze and investigate the arguments for the repealing of DADT, we find very compelling reasons for doing so.
I am tired of being attacked, robbed, and denied equal rights by heterosexual religious bandits who blame same-gender-loving people for their failed marriages. Today is January 27, 2010, and I have just read a statement released by the Associated Press, quoting the founder of a family values think-tank who said (while testifying before the California Supreme Court) that rights of same-sex couples should come second to preserving the cherished social institution of marriage.
Most of my life, I have served in worship centers across America in one capacity or another, and I can tell you that what has eroded heterosexual marriages has nothing to do with a secret gay agenda and/or conspiracy spearheaded by evil men and women dressed in rainbow-hooded robes like the Ku Klux Klan in the ’50 and ’60s. Unlike many same-gender-loving men and women who have left the church because of crazy statements like these (heralded from pulpits across America) and attitudes that demean and demoralize them as individuals, I have decided to remain in the ranks. So I know first-hand that the reason Bishop so-and-so and prophetess so-and-so got divorced had absolutely nothing to do with my attraction to another man. I didn’t live in their house! I did not attend their lavish wedding! I certainly didn’t secretly carry on an illicit sexual affair behind the scenes with either of them. And I was not the confidant they confided in when things began to crumble in their marriages and the erotic flame burned out in their sex lives. Nor was I the person they sought when they made their decision to marry and needed marriage counseling, although after observing the horrific aftermath of their failed marriage, perhaps I should have been!
UGANDA MY HEART WEEPS FOR YOU!
Uganda, Uganda, my heart weeps for you! For you kill, murder, and imprison the innocent (those who express love differently) in the name of The Righteous One, but it is clear that you do not know Him!
Like America, you label them pedophiles and child molesters, yet continue to close your eyes to the true heterosexual offenders, allowing them to continually rape your children and infect them with AIDS, foolishly believing that this will cure them from the pandemic.
It has been said that you freed yourself from the tyranny and oppression of a king (Mwanga) who was demented, greedy, self-serving and who defiled the people and if these things be true, then this is good! But you forgot that even though he was said to be corrupt and accused of raping the people both physically and emotionally for years, still we must judge each human being by their own conduct, character, and deeds, and not punish the innocent for another’s sin.