Irene Monroe: With forty years since the Jonestown massacre, a more disturbing image of the Revered Jim Jones’s treatment toward his LGBTQ parishioners emerges.
Rev. Irene Monroe: Is it possible that my “gaydar” is off about “Sesame Street”? Perhaps. But hasn’t “Sesame Street” over the years, in a tongue-in-cheek fashion, winked and nodded to the LGBTQ community?
Rev. Irene Monroe: While the two warring factions—conservative versus liberal wings—wrestle with the direction the Catholic Church needs to go in this modern era, the church, nonetheless, is still stymied and stained by continued unaddressed claims of sex abuse by unprosecuted sex offenders.
Irene Monroe: If a tape of Trump using the N-word appears, a tape that former White House staffer Omarosa Manigault Newman says exists, will the GOP have a cutoff point? What stance will the Republican Party take?
Rev. Irene Monroe: The confusion illustrates what happens when an epithet like the n-word, once hurled at African-Americans in this country and banned from polite conversation, now has a broad-based cultural acceptance in our society.
Irene Monroe: With Trump appearing to be both unstoppable and invincible, questions about the afterlife not only speak about social anxiety but, sadly, they also speak about hopelessness.
Rev. Irene Monroe: Our LGBTQ community continues to be clobbered with biblical texts to either scare us straight or terrorize our everyday existence.
Irene Monroe: While the Justices also did not say the decision will not influence opponents of same-sex marriages, like photographers, florists, wedding planners, wedding venues, honeymoon resorts, to name a few, Justice Kennedy’s narrow ruling, no doubt, will keep this debate going.
Irene Monroe: Pride parades will be taking place across the country this month. And, as we all rev up for this year’s festivities, so, too, will the fault lines of race, gender identity and class emerge.
Irene Monroe: The One Church Plan would excise the offensive and controversial language targeted at LGBTQs from the Book of Discipline and replace it with a more compassionate, accurate, up-to-date, and contextualized language about human sexuality in support of the mission and all its parishioners.
Irene Monroe: Immediately following JFK’s assassination, King told, his executive director of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Andrew Young, Jr.:“Guns are going to be the death of this country.”
Rev. Irene Monroe: The exploitation of black talent and the objectification of black bodies and images to pad the pockets of profit-making corporations under the guise of helping underserved populations and communities is also not new.
Irene Monroe: In 2017 Trump became president. And queries about whether the continuation of Black History Month is needed died down, because Trump has tweeted out an insult to just about every marginalized group in the country.