The First part of this post was a very harsh critique of the black churches leadership on the aids issue. In it I argue that the church is guilty of criminal negligence, although the dialog in the comment sections didnt adrees that. Anyway here is the conclussion I came up with as a result of my findng the black church guilty as well as some measures that should be adopted to remedy the prior abuse and hatred promoted by the black church.
The black church is guilty of criminal neglect on the issue of aids in the black america community because even after leading government experts were warning us about aids and exactly how it was spread they failed to lead and in fact promoted hatred against gays as well as fairy tales that aids was god cursing gay folks. They continued to do this long after magic johson, Eazy E and Authur Ashe came out and said they contracted aids from ways other than homosexual activity. The fact that the black church continued to promote this fairy tale after those brave brothas came out about their Hiv status goes WAYYYYYYYYYYY BEYOND unacceptable.
Instead of the black church leading on this issue and educating the black american population to protect themselves and their families. They choose to promote hatred and fairy tales without a single solitary shred of biblical evidence from the bible that god would curse homosexuals with aids. The church failed to refine themselves and their message sufficiently to allow themselves to grow, evolve and mature into higher truths and intellectual positions. Because of these prejudices and biases they choose to focus on the on a narrow interpretation of the bible which allowed them to blame aids on homosexuality and get away with it This narrow and ignorant interpretation had various negative and compounding effects, on the black american population including-
1) Fostering a climate which pressured gay men into pretending they were straight, which resulted in a certain amount of gay men getting married but still carrying on with men, which resulted in men bringing diseases home?
2) Fostering a climate where men and women who are gay feel ostracized, ridiculed and not taken seriously, or respected?
3) Allowed black people to continue to have unsafe sex in spite of the danger because after all aids is a curse on homosexuals by god isn’t it?
4) Totally marganilized a whole community of black people who were still a part of the black american family while promoting scorn and ridicule against the black american gay population.
This fairy tale amateurish interpretation of christianity was flawed from the beginning because it only focused on condemneding homosexuality which is not the only sin that people committ. People where having unprotected sex all the time and that is a sin as well but the preachers didn’t signify about that did they? Also children born out of wedlock has been a gigantic problem in the black community for a long time and we all know how that unmarried child thing is working out in the black community. . Still no robust policy of condom use and safe sex promotion amongst black churches targeted at all unmarried black people having sex. Starting with the people in their congregations.
Because of an extremely narrow interpretation of Christianity/spirituality they chose to vilify homosexuals while excusing/ignoring behavior that was resulting in a 70% out of wedlock birthrate for black children, an hiv death rate 13 times as high for black women as for white and the sad fact that black kids make up 60% of children with aids. The fact is the black church was warned exactly what was up with Hiv along with the rest of america many, many, many times over the last 25 years and they chose to present fairytale reasons for what was happening while black children were being born infected at much higher rates than all other children in america. I consider this pure bafoonery as condom use policy promotion by the church probably could have spared hundred, if not thousands of lives in the african american populaion.
The Black church is guilty of criminal neglect. No doubt about it.
What is to be done
Take the main points from this document and turn them into a debatle argument that is simple to understand yet thunderously hard hitting proving the churces negligence.
Force a debate with the black church in order to get them to renounce that aids is a curse by god against homo sexuality, make then renounce their bigotry against homosexuals and apologize to homosexuals and their families for endorsing and allowing a level of homophobia that has caused a lot of pain and suffering in the black community.
After we have proven in no uncertain terms that their actions on their matter have been beyond shameful then we should demand the church creates a united plan to fight, treat and test all of their members and the general black american public.
The church should also set up counseling and support programs for those people who test positive for Hiv.
The black church should apologize for misleading the entire black american population about aids.
Every black preacher in american should sign a creed of ethics and piousy, that would prohibit any black preacher (called by god) to recieve an income higher than that of the average black american from the coffers of the church. Every black preacher should sign a moral contract with black america.