Is AA Too White?

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Jeff Deeney: Dismissing AA as a white-person’s movement, many black addicts take a pass on the 12-steps and seek salvation from their church. That’s not always a prescription for success.

Homophobe Tim Hardaway’s Change of Words

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Rev. Irene Monroe: Hardaway’s homophobia is shaped by a particular type of black masculinity that no longer has to break through this country’s color barrier to represent the race and prove athletic prowess or manhood in sports.

Black Atheists in the Pulpit

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Sikivu Hutchinson: Congregants of Zion Hill Baptist Church in South Los Angeles probably thought Pastor Seth Pickens was certifiable when he proposed a community dialogue with the L.A. Black Skeptics Group.

Like Black Church, St. Patrick’s Day Parades Are Anti-Gay

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Rev. Irene Monroe: St. Patrick’s Day has rolled around again, and like previous March 17th celebrations nationwide, its LGBTQ communities are not invited. As a contentious and protracted argument for now over two decades, parade officials have a difficult time grasping the notion that being Irish and gay is also part of their heritage.

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Time to Say Goodbye to Bernard Parks

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Anthony Samad: Time to say, “Forescee can do better than this.” Time to say “Farewell Parks.” Enough is enough.

To Be Atheist, Feminist, and Black

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Sikivu Hutchinson: Sadly, there is still a fair amount of ignorance and bigotry toward black non-believers in African American communities due to the stereotype that atheists are immoral, rudderless, and not authentically black.

Finally, Black Civil Rights Movement is Dying

Rev. Irene Monroe: For many African Americans of younger generations, who are now the beneficiaries of the racial gains from the Movement, feeling the Movement’s’ slow death is like a welcoming boulder gradually being lifted from their shoulders, especially for those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer.

A Question of Power, Not Sex

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Thomas A. Foster: The conversations about homophobia in the black church or about Bishop Long’s hypocrisy confuse the issue at hand. This is not the story of a closeted gay man who simply needed sexual release. Sexual abuse – in all its forms – is about power, not sex.

Eddie Long Scandal: Silence Doesn’t Make Church Molestation Go Away

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Anthony Samad: The presence of gay men in black churches, and not just in the choir, is significant. This is an issue waiting to break in probably every city in America. And it’s not that the congregation doesn’t know it. It is now the silent concern in the black church.

My Own Bishop Eddie Long and My Exodus from the Black Church

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Jasmyne Cannick: After having heard this same person lecture about leaving the children the alone and the importance in strong adult role models in the church, I felt brutally betrayed and made my final exit from the church and organized religion. I was not going to co-sign behavior that I knew was wrong by staying in the church.

LA Progressive: December 6 to December 12, 2009

This week’s articles from the LA Progressive.

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