Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Controversy
Due to his ex-gay status, and especially the politically incorrect claim, supported by personal experience, that he was delivered from the sin of homosexuality, he was denied participation at the concert devoted to celebration of the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington. The Washington Mayor Vincent Gray who orchestrated his last-moment removal from the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial gave in to political pressure of intolerant activists of totalitarian LGBTI ideology and defended the decision with statement that it was necessary “So that Donnie McClurkin’s participation did not become a distraction from the goals of the program”. McClurkin denied the mayor’s claim on mutual decision and called his removal the act of discrimination, intolerance and deprivation of civil rights, ironically the very topic of Memorial.
The case, portrayed as example of intolerance occurring in contemporary US society, was also mentioned in the former Slovak minister of interior Vladimir Palko’s criticism of Theodore Sedgwick, American ambassador to Slovakia, for encroaching upon Slovak internal affairs and exporting LGBT propaganda to Slovakia (before the 2013 local Gay pride, Sedgwick flied a rainbow flag out of the US Embassy balcony in Bratislava, capital of Slovakia) in return for Slovak loyalty to USA after 9/11 and sacrificing the blood of Slovak citizens in Afghan and Iraqi missions. Palko, criticizing also American liberal media such as CNN for not covering the cases of this kind, calls this a “silly deal” and compares, with great deal of irony, the endeavors to solve the problems of gay community by means of the spreading the gender ideology to communists' attempts to fight the poverty by spreading their totalitarian ideology of communism.
- Grammy winning pastor Donnie McClurkin. Long Island Newsday (February 16, 2013). Retrieved on February 22, 2014. “Donnie McClurkin is a gospel star who's won three Grammys and recorded three albums that went platinum. He's performed at national political conventions, the White House and Whitney Houston’s funeral. But home on Long Island, he is Senior Pastor Donald McClurkin, the founder and leader of the fast-growing Perfecting Faith Church in Freeport.”
- Donnie McClurkin; Banned From MLK Concert, by LGBT Intolerance in Washington DC. ABC7DC (August 12, 2013). Retrieved on February 22, 2014. “Donnie McClurkin, a gospel singer who says God delivered him "from the sin of homosexuality," is firing back at Washington Mayor Vincent Gray and other officials after he says he was removed from headlining a concert at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial. ...DC mayor un-ivited him from the civil rights concert at Washington mall. …”So that Donnie McClurkin’s participation did not become a distraction from the goals of the program a mutual decision was reached between the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities and his management team that it was best for him to withdraw from the event.” … The controversy stems from McClurkin's past statements that he was "delivered from the sin of homosexuality." - what's referred to as being an "ex-gay."”
- Ambassador to Slovakia: Who is Theodore Sedgwick?. Retrieved on February 22, 2014. “A business executive from the publishing and timber industries, Theodore “Tod” Sedgwick has no experience as a foreign diplomat. But the chosen ambassador to Slovakia has donated substantially to Democratic candidates, especially to President Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign.”
- US Embassy flies rainbow flag in support of Bratislava PRIDE 2013. The Slovac Spectator (18 Sep 2013). Retrieved on 23 Apr 2016. “The US Embassy in Bratislava is flying a rainbow flag and has issued along with 19 other embassies the Representation of the European Commission in Slovakia in a joint statement supporting Rainbow PRIDE Bratislava 2013, the TASR newswire wrote. “By flying this rainbow flag, the US Embassy in Bratislava is symbolically demonstrating our support and commitment to rights that I know Slovakia also supports and protects,” US Ambassador Theodore Sedgwick said in a video message on the Internet.”
- Vladimír Palko (September 22, 2013). Americká dúha za slovenskú krv (American rainbow for Slovak blood) (Slovak). tyzden.sk. Retrieved on Februray 22, 2014.