In statements today, the National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC), characterized recent anti-women and anti-lesbian and gay preaching by Rev. Willie Wilson as hurtful and divisive to the African American family and demands that he meets with Black same gender loving leaders to explain his pulpit rhetoric and apologize for the pain it has caused so many.
Rev. Wilson’s church has a history of community work and honorable activities, which makes the Reverend’s latest foray into pulpit bullying, name-calling and the outrageous bearing of false witness against lesbians and gay men all the more troubling,” said Dr. Sylvia Rhue, Director of Religious Affairs and Constituency Development for NBJC. Dr. Rhue added “Rev. Wilson’s about face from community conciliator to sexually-illiterate, provocateur has tarnished his legacy, brought public shame to his name and the cause decency in discourse.”
Incendiary statements such as Rev. Wilson’s are doing nothing to promote community equality. They instead try to ostracize and alienate some members of his congregation,” said H. Alexander Robinson, NBJC’s Executive Director and CEO.
“Statements like these are often used to pit family member against family member. This causes familial strife and discord with the church and the community at large. Rev. Wilson’s statements do a disservice to his congregants, to women and lesbian and gay Americans across this county.”
We call on Rev. Wilson to speak directly to the many Black lesbian and gay residents of DC and apologize for the hurts and pains his preaching has caused. He must make it clear that Christ calls ALL for love and reconciliation, not ill-informed caricatures and disdain.”
NBJC has repeatedly contacted Rev. Wilson about planning for the Millions More Movement March, but calls have not been returned. The Coalition is seeking Rev. Wilson’s support for its bid to be one of the national conveners of the March.
About the National Black Justice Coalition
The National Black Justice Coalition is a civil rights organization of Black lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and our allies dedicated to fostering equality by fighting racism and homophobia. The Coalition advocates for social justice by educating and mobilizing opinion leaders, including elected officials, clergy, and media, with a focus on Black communities.