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Context of Obama Campaign's Decision to choose Donnie McClurkin to perform on Gospel Tour
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First, Obama doesn't agree with the views of Donnie McClurkin. Here are Obama's views on LGBT issues: http://www.barackobama.com/pdf/lgbt.pdf

Here's the stated purpose of Obama's gospel concerts

Senator Barack Obama is committed to bringing people of all faiths together to put their faith into action to change this country for the better. With the help of many talented, spirit-filled supporters, Barack Obama's campaign is hosting Gospel concerts throughout Palmetto State on October 26, 27, and 28 to bring South Carolinians together for a few evenings of song and praise.

http://my.barackobama.com/page/content/scembrace

Donnie McClurkin is one of many gospel acts who have agreed to help bring people of all faiths together to put their faith into action to change this country for the better, which includes strengthening LGBT rights.

Second, Donnie McClurkin is one of four performers at one of three gospel concerts.

Third, Donnie McClurkin has a long history of singing on behalf of both Republicans and Democrats, including Bill Clinton.

With the Restoration Choir, Mr. McClurkin sang ''No Problem Too Big'' at the Democratic National Convention in 1992. In 1994, the choir sang before Knicks games at Madison Square Garden. In 1999, Avery Fisher Hall was on the schedule. Mr. McClurkin has also performed for Presidents George Bush the elder and Bill Clinton, and appeared twice on the Oprah Winfrey show.


http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9400E7DD...

Fourth, Donnie McClurkin's religious views on homosexuality are the product of an unbelievably difficult childhood. From the same New York Times article:

When he left New York in 1987, Mr. McClurkin had no intention to return. His mother's drug addiction and his father's womanizing and alcoholism, domestic violence and incest scarred his youth.

''Our weekends were spent hiding knives and forks,'' Mr. McClurkin recalled. He said that at age 8, on the day that his 2-year-old brother, Thomas, was buried after being hit by a car, he was raped by his great-uncle. Later, he said, he was raped by an uncle.

The young Mr. McClurkin found refuge in his church, Amityville Gospel Tabernacle. ''The church was my escape,'' he said. ''I always loved church.'' At age 11, he met the gospel singer Andrae Crouch at a church concert. He became a mentor, spiritually and musically. Mr. McClurkin taught himself piano.


Just thought I'd provide a little context...
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  -Context of Obama Campaign's Decision to choose Donnie McClurkin to perform on Gospel Tour obamian  Oct-21-07 04:24 AM   #0 
  - What context?  MonkeyFunk   Oct-21-07 05:06 AM   #1 
  - i'm sorry -- this isn't slicing the cake.  xchrom   Oct-21-07 05:19 AM   #2 
  - I have to agree with the other posters.  avrdream   Oct-21-07 05:46 AM   #3 
  - Maybe he could invite  Luminous Animal   Oct-21-07 05:51 AM   #4 
  - Obama loses big points with me on this  LeftCoast   Oct-21-07 05:59 AM   #5 
  - OTOH, Obama gains big points with me on this ... just sayin'  sundancekid   Oct-21-07 09:14 AM   #19 
     - You LIKE that he's got a self-hating homophobe participating in his campaign event?  LeftCoast   Oct-21-07 10:40 AM   #20 
  - The More improtant question is why is he doing a gospel tour anyway?  TheUniverse   Oct-21-07 06:04 AM   #6 
  - That's context? Yeah, right.  vi5   Oct-21-07 06:13 AM   #7 
  - Heres something you can try to put into context.  William769   Oct-21-07 07:23 AM   #8 
  - Hey, lest we all forget  Goblinmonger   Oct-21-07 10:44 AM   #22 
  - It's the context of a floundering campaign  JCMach1   Oct-21-07 07:34 AM   #9 
  - Durkin is an outspoken "ex-gay"  Sandaasu   Oct-21-07 07:45 AM   #10 
  - here is a crazy idea  Bodhi BloodWave   Oct-21-07 07:54 AM   #11 
     - no "ex-gay"  MonkeyFunk   Oct-21-07 08:23 AM   #12 
        - i guess that will be seen  Bodhi BloodWave   Oct-21-07 08:41 AM   #13 
           - well  MonkeyFunk   Oct-21-07 08:47 AM   #14 
           - unfortunately it is too late for that  ldf   Oct-21-07 11:04 AM   #26 
  - Obama, if he does care, should be for GLBT rights unequivocally.  terrya   Oct-21-07 08:51 AM   #15 
  - Don't sweat this obamian.  Dawgs   Oct-21-07 08:52 AM   #16 
  - You're wrong  MonkeyFunk   Oct-21-07 09:08 AM   #18 
  - You're absolutely wrong....  vi5   Oct-21-07 10:43 AM   #21 
  - Wrong  Sandaasu   Oct-21-07 10:47 AM   #24 
  - That's BS Dawgs  seasonedblue   Oct-21-07 10:48 AM   #25 
  - Any glimmer of support for Obama  Golden Raisin   Oct-21-07 09:04 AM   #17 
  - This is a TERRIBLE defense  Kurt_and_Hunter   Oct-21-07 10:47 AM   #23 
 

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