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This Easter Sunday Morning Patti will perform at the Easter Services of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta Georgia. Bishop Long is the pastor of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church.
In case you have forgotten, Bishop Eddie Long made national news when he and Bernice King, daughter of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. led a march at the gravesite of her father with thousands of demonstrators to denounce gay marriage.
“Woman is the soul of man. She is his flesh consciousness. In essence, God made Eve to help Adam replenish the earth. Woman has the canal…everything else is an exit. God had to separate Adam and Eve where they connected so he could tell them to reconnect in covenant to duplicate Him. In Christ, God puts his seed in us. Any other way is a spiritual abortion. Cloning, Homosexuality and Lesbianism are spiritual abortions. Homosexuality is a manifestation of the fallen man.” —Bishop Eddie Long
In addition to his views on gays, Long is a believer that women were put on Earth to procreate.
But now, back to Miss Patti.
Apparently, Patti appeared on NBC news embracing and praising the work of Bishop Long. Long has bragged about his friendship with President George W Bush and reaffirmed his rigid brand of Christianity by jockeying for “Faith Based” dollars from the Bush administration.
Labelle the popular R&B singer has had a long relationship with gay community marked by her public friendship with the Sylvester and scores of gay men. Patti, as she is lovingly called by gay men, owes much of her success to her popularity among gay men. I mean face it, you can hear a dance remix of a Patti song on any given night of the week in a gay nightclub anywhere in this country.
So the question remains, does Patti know about Long’s anti-gay actions towards gays? I would have say yes. Given the visibility of the march in the news and the recent controversary with Long hosting Coretta Scott’s funeral, how could she not know.
So what should we do?
Just like with homophobic hip hop artists DMX and Busta Rhymes, stop buying her music. If she can’t take a stand and support the community that has embraced her from day one, then don’t support her.
Do not go flock to the theatres to see Preaching to the Choir, her new movie.
It’s as plain as that.
Patti doesn’t deserve special treatment when it comes to this.
Contact Patti through her website at www.pattilabelle.com and demand an apology.
If we don’t do anything, we can expect to continue seeing incidents like this.
So as always, the ball is in our court.
Either we care enough to do something or we don’t.
There’s no in between on issue like this.
Sorry, Patti, but you crossed the line.