SILENCE = CONSENT

Is This Your Pastor? – Rev. Bill Owens, Memphis, TN

It’s no secret that Rev. Bill Owens, Pastor of the Metropolitan Institutional Church in Memphis, TN and founder of the Coalition of African-American Pastors (CAAP) is very vocal about his disdain for marriage equality for the LGBT community.  He, in his far-fetched point of view, has gone on record as saying, “Two people of the same gender having sex is like a human having sex with a dog.”  REALLY?

The good Reverend is now known as the National Organization for Marriage’s “liaison” to the Black Community  (liaison is code for Porch Monkey).  In fact, instead of organizing the Black Community to fight against Voter ID/Suppression laws, police brutality, drugs, violent crimes, lack of education, high unemployment and the disproportionate number of Black men in the prison system, the Coalition of African-American Pastors (CAAP) is rallying for 100,000 signatures on a petition to stand against President Obama in this election because of his personal views on marriage equality.  Doesn’t our community have bigger fish to fry than trying to keep the LGBT community from having the right to get married?  When has equality ever hurt any community?

Rev. Owens has been quoted as saying, “I didn’t march one inch, one foot, one yard, for a man to marry a man, and a woman to marry a woman.”  Huffington Post revealed that there is little evidence to show he participated in ANY Civil Rights Protest.  WAKE UP CALL!!!

Black people need to wake up, ESPECIALLY the people who attend this man’s church.  As my grandmother used to say, “something in the milk ain’t clean.”  I’m not going to say that Rev. Owens is a bad person.  I won’t do the same things he does to the LGBT community by saying he should be condemned to hell because he’s a bold-faced liar, even though the very Bible he reads says, “These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him:  A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren” – Proverbs 6:16-19.

What I will ask is what is Rev. Owen’s motivation for this anti-gay crusade?  Has NOM paid him to take this public stance like they paid other so-called leaders?  What motivates an elder, a leader in the community to sell out his own people? Could it be $20,000 or 15 minutes of fame?  Maybe he’s gay and is using this to work out his own deliverance (it doesn’t work, ask the Republicans who’ve done it).

In the vein of Pentecostals who believe everything is a spirit or demon, “it sounds like he has a Judas spirit to me.”  His calling the President “Judas” is classic transference.  He’s trying to make himself feel better about his issues by accusing someone else of what ails him.

We cannot allow Rev. Owens or anyone else to divide us and distract us from the issues that are really hurting us.  Now is the time for justice and unity.  Marriage equality, like racism, isn’t a black issue.  It’s the issue for those who profit from a system of oppression in this country.  They are willing to use their money and the name of GOD to continue in their corruption.  Unfortunately, pastors like Rev. Bill Owens have forgotten that LGBT people are an integral part of the Black community.  Hell, his generation raised us.

Tuan N’Gai is Co-Founder of the Operation: REBIRTH Movement. He’s the author of “Will I Go To Heaven? The Black Gay Spiritual Dilemma,” “Little Brown Boy’s Blues,” and a contributor to the New York Times Best Seller, “It Gets Better: Coming Out, Overcoming Bullying, and Creating a Life Worth Living.” He lives in Chicago, Illinois.

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3 responses

  1. This man is a mess. He does not have my support. I thought Pastors were to be loving and kind and mild tempered. I guess not!

    August 11, 2012 at 10:15 pm

  2. Tuan,

    We have discussed this matter in depth on many occasions. Rev. Owens is not unlike many before him and many more will come after him to sew the seeds of bias among men who might otherwise learn to live together… I agree that the best strategy is to dethrone this false leader of men by exposing the social devisiveness of his policy. Intelligent and reasonable men will immediately see the flaw of his central philosophy of disunity… whether he is fighting demons of his own with regard to homosexuality is hardly the issue unless it can be truthfully documented. If he is indeed gay this too will eventually surface as he makes his hatred of homosexuals public to the world. In the interim, lets focus on extinguishing his credibility as a person of concience and humanitarianism. Expose him as a spurious agent of his own religious convictions and reprehensible provocatour of social descrimination… hit him at his foundation and watch him fall…

    August 12, 2012 at 6:59 am

  3. Standing in Truth

    When standing for truth and righteousness as God calls Christians to stand, by His law, there will always be those who are uncomfortable with that and will readily abuse the one standing firmly for their beliefs, especially when those beliefs are not popular. The previous comments prove this. Disagreeing with the most powerful man on the face of this Earth, our president, because he is leading souls astray by supporting gay marriage is not hatred. This is what is called “standing boldly in truth”, something we are called to do as Christians. Clearly Reverend Owens hates the actual sin, again something we Christians are called to do because sin leads to an empty life, a life which leads down a destructive path for the person leading it and those around that person. God wants to bless us all but when we get caught up in sinning and in supporting sin Satan gets his foot in the door every time. The road is wide but the path is narrow. I respect Reverend Owens for staying on the narrow path he is called to walk, even when it is not popular or politically correct. This man’s foundations look solid to me.

    April 18, 2013 at 4:20 am

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