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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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What’s Next for New Birth and Bishop Eddie Long? I’ll tell you…

 

So, Bishop Eddie Long and his four accusers have come to a settlement out of court.  How many of us didn’t see that coming?  From the onset of this scandal, I think it was understood that the good bishop wouldn’t let this go to trial.  Which makes me wonder, what was so damaging, so disturbing, so scandalous that good ol’ Lacefront Eddie would pay $15 MILLION to keep it from becoming public record?  HIS GUILT!

Bishop Long got on worldwide television and talked about how he wasn’t the man that was being portrayed in the media.  He declared how he would fight this.  And to thunderous applause and cheers he SWORE that he was like David facing Goliath, and how he had 5 stones and hadn’t thrown one.  I guess those stones were worth $3 million each.  The last time I read the story of David and Goliath, David didn’t negotiate with the giant, he killed him and cut his head off.  David was a warrior and a king, not a child molesting hypocrite.

But enough about my opinion about this issue.  This is what’s going to happen with Eddie Long and New Birth Missionary Baptist Church.  It will be business as usual.  Since Eddie Long is the head of the organization, and there is NO ONE (like Deacons or Trustees) who can hold him accountable, there are most likely other “spiritual sons” that he will sexually abuse.  He will just do better at keeping it on the down low.  The church, in true black church fashion, will “forgive him as Christ has forgiven us” and turn a blind eye.  Some people will leave, because they now see clearly the pimp that Eddie Long really is.  The majority will stay, pray and support their embattled leader because that’s what sheep do.  And as for the good bishop, he will proclaim the battle over.  He will stand in the pulpit and declare GOD’s powerful hand to deliver.  He WILL NOT REPENT or APOLOGIZE for the damage.  He will proclaim the victory over this attack of satan, and nobody will speak of it within the walls of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church again.

Maurice Robinson, Jamal Parris, Anthony Flagg, and Spencer LeGrande will go away and live their lives quietly, never to be heard from again.  The money they receive is contingent upon their perpetual silence, so their legacy will not be that they fought their abuser and brought him to justice.  They will be the boys Eddie Long purchased.  Their opportunity to give voice to the countless other little boys going through this same type of abuse is gone.  So, Eddie Long will it again and again.

Unfortunately the message sent with this entire ordeal is, the pedophile pimps that the black church call “pastors and bishops” will continue to hurt our children.  And as long as there is enough money to purchase their silence, no one will be able to stop it.