DON’T GET ME STARTED
was born in 1938 and I imagine that I am among only a few who are still living who
experienced picking cotton. It was in the early nineteen forties that I labored
many days dragging a cotton sack up and down rows of white cotton stalks from daybreak
to sunset in the unrelenting burning sun of a cotton field. It was the custom in those days for a
my life as a teenager, the desires of a homosexual developed into confusing
times. I can recall many sermons condemning homosexuals to burn in hell even
with the thought of a homosexual relationship. I remember words coming from the
pulpit encouraging white, high school football players to take a baseball bat
and go down into the gay community and beat up a fag, because they deserve it.
I remember sermons where it was proclaimed that all gays should be put behind a
barbed wire fence and shot. Children are a product of what they are taught,
therefore, for a time; I believed that homosexuality was the worst of all sins.
I also remember sermons where scriptures were used to command all slaves to “obey
their masters.” I remember a time when “acts of mercy” were considered a
weakness in plantation owners. The whip represented the command for obedience.
I remember times when slave owners sat in the Amen corner and shouted Amen to
preachers who confirmed their right to own human slaves. The act of January 6, 2021 confirms that
so many others, I reached out to religion to solve my problem of homosexuality.
After four years of college I enrolled in the seminary in an attempt to find
relief from what I thought was an evil influence that had invaded my body. After 3 and 1/2 years of biblical studies, it
was finally revealed that I was not going to be touched by the magical wand of
the Holy Spirit and turned into a straight man. It was then that I came to the conclusion that
I am a
though I accepted that I was a gay man, I still thought that I had to live in
the closet. As an openly gay man now I realize that living in the closet was a
mistake. I am proud that I have been granted several years to acknowledge my
homosexuality and to look the world in the face and say; I am a free, proud,
openly gay, happy man. I am pleased that God has granted me several years, even
in the twilight of my life, to speak openly to other gay individuals, and
encourage them to come out of the closet, and declare their freedom, because there
is no substitute for being free.
to the heart of this Op-Ed., of all the decades of decadent talk about
homosexuals, I have lived long enough to see the evangelical church baptized in
evil. Even though it is impossible to name them all, I will name a few of the evils
endorsed by so-called American Christianity: lying, cheating, adultery,
bigotry, injustice, insurrection of the USA government, supporting White Supremacy,
supporting Neo Nazis, invasion of private property, attacking and killing
policemen, unlawful rioting of the Federal Capital, and supporting the most evil
man ever to be called a human. Those who sleep with the devil will step forward
with the stink of evil wrapped in the eternal wardrobe of their character.
will say to all Christians don’t you ever point your finger at me and with your
forked tongue try to condemn me to burn in hell. This is one southern, gay, man
that will not live in the shame of your evil empire. I will continue to
announce to the world that it is an honor to know that I am a child of God and
that I am fulfilling God’s purpose for me on this planet. With my last breath I
will condemn Donald Trump and declare that he is the most evil individual ever
to set foot on American soil.
will also admit that a new light is now directing a path for progress in the