OBAMA’S GOSPEL CONCERT TOUR BRINGS CONTROVERSY!

MCCLURKIN MESSAGE ABOUT GAYS UNDER FIRE AND OBAMA IS CAUGHT IN THE MIDDLE!

A gospel tour held over the weekend to raise money for the presidential campaign of Rep. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) was criticized by homosexual groups because it included performances by an “ex-gay” minister who believes that sexual orientation is a matter of choice.

Grammy Award-winning singer Donnie McClurkin was one of several participants in the “Embrace the Change” tour in South Carolina, which Joshua DuBois — the campaign’s national religious affairs director — said on the candidate’s Web site would demonstrate how Obama’s family values and faith are “bringing all people together around his movement for fundamental change.”

“Bringing together artists of this caliber, on one stage, in support of one man, speaks volumes about the purpose of that man,” said Holly Davis Carter, whose company, RelevA Entertainment, spearheaded the event. “And collectively, we embrace this change” even though Obama was campaigning on the West Coast and therefore did not attend the tour.

However, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) homosexual advocacy group released a statement last week calling McClurkin “an ‘ex-gay’ gospel singer and minister who has called homosexuality a ‘curse’” and has “repeatedly stated his opposition to homosexuality as being against ‘the intention of God.’”

“There is no gospel in Donnie McClurkin’s message for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) people and their allies,” added HRC President Joe Solmonese. “That’s a message that certainly doesn’t belong on any presidential candidate’s stage.”

Wayne Besen, executive director of Truth Wins Out — which describes itself as “a non-profit organization that counters right-wing propaganda, exposes the ‘ex-gay’ myth and educates America about gay life” — also used a news release to urge Obama to “part ways with this divisive preacher who is clearly singing a different tune than the stated message of the campaign.”

Attempts to speak with McClurkin by Cybercast News Service were unsuccessful by press time, but in his book, “Eternal Victim, Eternal Victor,” the singer/minister wrote that he was raped at 8 and 13 years of age by adult male relatives.

“The abnormal use of my sexuality continued until I came to realize that I was broken,” he stated. Once he accepted Christ, he became “a saved and sanctified man.”