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Homophobia in the Black Church: How Faith, Politics, and Fear Divide the Black Community
explores the various reasons for the Black Church's aversion—and the general black cultural inflexibility—toward homosexuality, same-sex marriage, and acceptance of the LGBT community. It connects black cultural resistance toward homosexuality to politics, faith, and fear; follows the trail of faith-based funding to the pulpit of black mega-churches; and spotlights how members of the black clergy have sacrificed black LGBTQ Christians for personal and political advancement.
The author systematically builds his case, linking the reasons blacks are intolerant of deviation from acceptable sexual behavior to the 1960s struggle for racial equality, and tying longstanding black sexual mores to present day politics, social conservatism, and the lure of federal funding to black churches and religious and social organizations. He also spotlights specific homophobic black ministers and draws back the curtain on their alliance with White social conservatives and religious and political extremists to reveal an improbable but powerful union.
"In Homophobia in the Black Church, Stanford fearlessly takes a bold stand as he dares to confront the taboo topic of homosexuality in the African-American community, but specifically in the black church. With purpose and poise, he challenges and exposes the hypocrisy that exists within the community." < p="">Iya A. Bakare, Chicago Independent Journalist <>
"Physical or mental abuse against any individual or group is wrong. Stanford's Homophobia in the Black Church confronts an issue that has serious implications for the black community." < p="">Tio Hardiman, Creator of < em=""> The Violence InterrupterS & Lt; / em > , featured in the documentary, < em=""> The InterrupterS & Lt; / em > , winner of the 2012 Independent Spirit Award <>
"In an era of divisiveness, Anthony Stanford's work provides a thoughtful analysis of one of society's most compelling issues. Mr. Stanford boldly confronts attitudes about race, sexuality and religion, opening the door for meaningful discussion and broader understanding." < p="">Marc H. Morial, President and Chief Executive Officer, National Urban League <>
This book explains how faith, politics, and fear contribute to the homophobic mindset within the Black Church and the African American community.
• Draws connections between the fanatical homophobia in contemporary black culture to sexual mores developed as a response to the racial discrimination carried out against blacks since the founding of the nation
• Explains how the creation of the Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnership and funds funneled to black churches have encouraged some of the nation's most powerful black religious leaders to dispense hateful rhetoric and malice towards black homosexuals
• Reveals how faith-based funding and the Black Church apply strong pressure on black LGBTs to keep their sexual identity a secret