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obamian Donating Member (282 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-21-07 05:24 AM
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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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