Obama includes anti-homosexual crusader in political tour

The L.A. Times is reporting that Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama is “is drawing fire for including Donnie McClurkin, a Grammy-winning gospel singer who has crusaded against homosexuality, on a concert and political tour that the Democratic presidential candidate will launch in South Carolina later this week.”

Here are a few excerpts from the Times article:

Commentator Earl Ofari Hutchinson, author of “A Colored Man’s Journey Through 20th Century Segregated America” and several other books that examine race relations, posted a blog over the weekend calling on Obama to “cancel and repudiate” the tour — “and do it now” — because of McClurkin. Hutchinson terms the singer a “notorious gay basher” and charged that Obama “ripped a page from the Bush campaign playbook” by traveling with him.

Obama has “sold himself as a healer and consensus builder,” the commentator added: “But healing and consensus building does not mean sucking up to someone that publicly boasts that he’s in ‘a war’ against gays, and that the aim of his war is to ‘cure’ them. That’s what McClurkin has said.”

McClurkin, who as a boy was sexually abused by two male relatives, has experience in the political spotlight — in 2004, he performed at the Republican National Convention on the same evening that President Bush accepted his party’s re-nomination.

This looks to me like additional proof that Obama is NOT ready for prime time.

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