SILENCE = CONSENT

Open Letter to Pastor Xavier Thompson in Support of California SB 48

September 1, 2011

Southern Missionary Baptist Church

Attn:  Pastor X. Thompson

4678 WestAdams Blvd

Los Angeles, CA 90016

Pastor Thompson,

I am writing you and the entire Southern Missionary Baptist Church family to express my concern about the misinformation that is being spread about California’s SB 48, the Fair, Accurate, Inclusive and Respectful (FAIR) Education Act.  This act is important to everyone as it gives our children the opportunity to learn that every community has contributed to the greatness of our society in diverse ways.  Without this piece of legislation, we are all subject to our future being misinformed about the beauty of diversity.
When I look back over my own life and remember how in the public school system, I was taught that slavery “wasn’t all that bad” and being made to feel the contributions my ancestors made to our society weren’t really great, it makes me sad to think that there are African-American people like you and those you lead who would support the repeal of a law that makes that travesty the norm for our kids.  It’s reprehensible that African-American people would support this immoral and racist agenda under the guise of standing up for morality.

As for “sexualizing history”… sir, nobody has said anything about sex but you and those who support your crusade.  This law is CLEARLY about diversity in education.  It’s important that our children know that our African-American ancestors who were slaves were NOT savages who were saved by the good Christian white people.  They should know that the very Christianity you
preach and teach was forced upon our people after they were stripped their identity, language, culture, and religion so they could be controlled and enslaved mentally, emotionally and spiritually.  It’s important that our children know that their Blackness, their Latin heritage, their Asian culture, and any other culture they may represent is not something that should divide us, but it’s what makes us beautiful and it should be celebrated. NOWHERE in this law is sexual behavior mentioned.

Contrary to your statements about homophobia, your stance on this issue IS homophobic.  Homophobia is an irrational fear of homosexual people and the things related to theirlives.  It is also a fear that one may indeed be homosexual.  What’s so wrong
about our kids knowing that the organizer of the Civil Rights March on Washington, Bayard Rustin, was not just black but a same   gender loving man?  What’s wrong with our children knowing that people who are different from them can also be good people who do great things that change the world?  Fearing that reality IS INDEED homophobic.  Not only is that, to think and perpetuate the notion that all there is to same gender loving people is what they do in their bedrooms ridiculous.  How dare we reduce an entire community to sex!  It’s like saying all black people do is play sports, eat fried chicken and watermelon, have children out of wedlock and drain the economy of its resources with their laziness.  Please remember that during the Reconstruction Era, black men were considered to be the greatest threat to white women, and black women were categorized as highly sexual.  Black people as a whole were once reduced to sexual stereotypes.

Your act of asking those who support SB 48 to leave your church meeting was not only bigoted, and irrationally fearful, but
anti-Christian.  When did Jesus (the one you are supposed to follow and imitate) EVER send anyone away from being close
to Him?  I can’t find that in any Bible that I read.  When did Jesus ever treat people that way?

My prayer for you is that GOD would open your heart and mind to see that what you are doing will have horrible consequences.  Without SB 48, what’s to stop the government from mandating that ALL education relating to anything other than “American”
(or white) people is inappropriate and should never be taught in the classroom?  What will that do to Native American History, Black History, Latin History, Asian History, being taught in the classroom?  Whether or not we believe it, or accept it there are gays, lesbians, bi-sexuals, transgendered, queer, questioning, intersexed and same gender loving people within ALL those
cultures.  We all contribute greatness and beauty to our society.  Who are we to rob our children of knowledge of that reality?

As co-founder of the OpREBIRTH movement (www.operationrebirth.com), I would like to invite you to further discuss this issue.  We at OpREBIRTH are more than happy to have this conversation (not debate) with you in an effort to bring peace, heal this
divide, and to let the community know that we are more alike than we are different.  At the end of the day, we all want the same things… to be loved, to be respected, and to be treated with fairness and equity.  The only way we are going to grow as a people is if we stop being afraid of people who are not like us in every way.  Now is the time that we stop being manipulated into letting our differences be used to divide us.  We must stand together on the things that make us the same.  It would be foolish for an entire generation to perish due to lack of knowledge, as a result of the fears and prejudice of people who should be teaching them how to love.

Sincerely,

Tuan  N’Gai

Operation: REBIRTH

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One response

  1. Colleen

    Tuan, I do not know this Pastor, have never attended his service and just ran across his name when I heard him on a radio commercial. I do not know you, In other words, I have no obigation to speak kindly or unkindly about either one of you. My concern about your “open letter” is that you are asking a Pastor to go against what God may have instructed him to teach. People twist the bible to fit their own sinful needs. A sin, is a sin! People try and act as though God has changed His mind on certain subjects or He’s a big contradiction. I’m sure you know “Romans”, and how God states that a homosexual act is unnatural. Therefore, how would He create such confusion? If God allowed a person to be born that way, there is no way he would call it an unnatural act. Homosexuallity is a prideful, perverted spirit. Why is it important to let kids know that the person that brought a certain contribution to a community is gay, are hetersexuals named for their contributions? I don’t see any hetersexual bars, or hetersexual newspapers or the first man or woman who walked on the moon were hetersexual. I can go on and on about the subject but I don’t want to appear rude, however we all have our opinions, beliefs and to be so judgmental against a Pastor, you may suffer horriible consequences. Especially when you do not know if God has instructed the Pastor to speak on this matter. Yes, Christ loves us and He died for our sins, but all are not children of God, you must be adopted into the family. Many do not read the bible and ask God for guidance, they just read books and listen to so-called organizations that have no clue on what God true expectations are.

    As far as California’s SB 48 goes, that is the problem with our school systems, teachers are there to teach Academics (Math, Science, English etc..) not diversity. If we kept God in the schools, all of this would not be an issue. You take God out of the school and you have a society of Confusion! Wrong is now right and Evil is now good.

    Many people want Christians to have an open mind, well the Word says the path is narrow so our mind should not be too open.

    God Bles you!

    October 31, 2011 at 4:30 am

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