Morehouse President Robert Franklin must be feeling some behind the scenes heat from gay students at the HBCU in Atlanta. What else could explain this weird advice he offers to straight men about meeting and learning about gay men.
“As an all-male institution with the explicit mission of educating men with disciplined minds,” said Franklin, “the great challenge of this moment in history is our diversity of sexual orientation.”
“Why don’t we,” he asked the students, “use this opportunity to model something our community needs?”
“Straight men,” Franklin said, “should learn more about the outlooks and contributions of gay men. Read a book by a gay author. Have an intelligent conversation with a gay neighbor.” Franklin reminded the Morehouse students: “At a time when it was truly scandalous to have homosexual friends or associates, Dr. King looked to Bayard Rustin, a black gay man, as a trusted adviser. And, Malcolm X regarded James Baldwin, a black gay man, as a brilliant chronicler of the black experience.”
“To my straight brothers,” he said, “diversity at Morehouse is an opportunity that can enrich your education if you are courageous enough to seize the opportunity. We cannot force you, but we invite you to learn from your environment.”
The greatest challenge of the moment in history is our diversity of sexual orientation?
Keep in mind Franklin isn’t from the apostate United Church of Christ, he’s a Church of God in Christ official. [bio].
I’d like to ask Dr. Franklin, exactly how does homosexuality “enrich” one’s education? Would he advise the same thing about students who are into pornography, drugs and other illicit behaviors? Why is Franklin trying to portray homosexuality as a morally neutral lifestyle?
When homosexual church organizations held their first political meeting in Atlanta in 2006, Franklin was interviewed by Atlanta’s gay newspaper, The Southern Voice. He had only critical words for “homophobic” black churches for voting against gay marriage. Our bold.
Churches continue to be the custodian of values for many African Americans, Franklin said. And while numerous civil rights groups such as the NAACP and black colleges are embracing gay rights and touting marriage equality, black churches — the central point in the civil rights movement — are lagging behind on this issue, he said.
“And if people are oriented by the church to be, frankly, homophobic, this is translated into the community,” Franklin said. “And this also makes us vulnerable to political manipulation — we just couldn’t think through [the anti-gay marriage ballot initiatives] clearly — we had an emotional reaction.”
But black churches and their pastors are not alone in their anti-gay stances — churches with predominantly white memberships are also anti-gay and many preach against marriage rights for same-sex couples, Franklin noted.
But black churches should play a significant role in defeating “homo-hatred” among African Americans by seeking tolerance and love for all people as Christ teaches, Franklin explained.
“The right hand of fellowship has been withdrawn. We need to listen to each other and stop preaching to each other,” he said.
I may be wrong, but I think Franklin will, within the next several years become rabidly progay. Its unfortunate and a bit tragic that a man of his educational level would pass out such poor, unbalanced and illogical advice to young men who are led to believe the homosexual lifestyle is just about reading great books and nice social contributions. I guess that’s just more of his evolving “liberating vision” philosophy.
Let no one deceive you with vain words, for because of these things cometh the anger of God upon the sons of the disobedience, Eph 5:6