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Texas pastor: Fight for gay rights not the same as civil rights struggle


FORT WORTH, Texas - The suffering of the homosexual does not compare with the suffering of the black man in America, Dwight McKissic said in chapel at Southwestern Seminary Oct. 13.

McKissic is senior pastor of Cornerstone Baptist Church in Arlington, Texas, and founder of the "Not on My Watch" coalition.

Margie Dolch

In chapel at Southwestern Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, Oct. 13, Pastor Dwight McKissic of Arlington, Texas, decries comparisons between the Civil Rights Movement and gay rights.

"When homosexuals have spent over 200 years in slavery, when homosexuals have been legally defined as three-fifths human, when homosexuals have been the denied the right to vote and own property because they are homosexuals, then we can begin a discussion of parallels [between the civil rights and gay rights movements]," McKissic said.

Referring to the case of Emmett Till, a 14-year-old black boy killed for whistling at a white woman in 1955 and the tragic history of the lynching of blacks in America, McKissic said, "No white lesbian has ever been murdered for whistling at another white girl."

McKissic said that, in the African-American community, pastors "are required to address current controversial issues, particularly if they interface with racial issues. You cannot be silent on these issues ... to equate civil rights with gay rights is to compare my skin with their sin.

"To equate gay rights and civil rights is insulting, offensive and racist," McKissic said. "It is time for this generation to rise up and say, 'Not on my watch!'"

"Not on my Watch" is the name of the coalition of African-American pastors McKissic has brought together to advance the biblical definition of marriage and family, and to counter the move toward gay marriage in our culture.

McKissic contrasted the Civil Rights and gay rights movements to show how they are different. "Civil rights are rooted in moral authority," he said. "Gay rights are rooted in a lack of moral restraint."

Regarding the legal issues involved, McKissic said civil rights "are rooted in constitutional authority. Gay rights are rooted in civil anarchy." He later referred to gay rights judicial rulings as "constitutional anarchy and carnal antinomianism."

McKissic acknowledged the citizenship rights of gay people as Americans. But he said gays should not be given special privileges or special protection simply because of how they practice sex. McKissic did not see historical parallels between the Civil Rights and gay rights movements either.

"The Civil Rights Movement was birthed in the church," McKissic said. "The gay rights movement was birthed in the closet and it should stay there."

In answering the question of why he is so passionate about this particular issue, McKissic quoted Martin Luther: "'My conscience is captive to the word of God. To go against conscience is neither right nor safe. God help me. Here I stand. I can do no other.'"