Homosexuality is a growing trend within the CCM movement. In The Gospel Sound, which was first published in 1971, Anthony Heilbut said, “The gospel church has long been a refuge for gays and lesbians, some of whom grew up to be among the greatest singers and musicians.” In 1998, CCM star Kirk Franklin said that “homosexuality ... is a problem today in gospel music--a MAJOR CONCERN--and everybody knows it” (Church Boy, pp. 49, 50). Douglas Harrison, a homosexual who grew up Southern Baptist, said, “... you can’t swing a Dove Award without hitting upon evidence of the longstanding, deep-set presence of queer experience in, and its influence on, Christian music culture at all levels” (“Come Out from among Them,” Religion Dispatches, April 30, 2010). James Cleveland, who has been called the “King of Gospel,” was a homosexual who died of AIDS. Other homosexual CCM artists are Anthony Williams, Marsha Stevens (who wrote the popular song “For Those Tears I Died” and who has been called “the mother of Contemporary Christian Music”), Kirk Talley, Clay Aiken, Ray Boltz, Anthony Williams (known as Tonex or Ton3x), and Jennifer Knapp. In light of Kirk Franklin’s statement in 1998 that homosexuality is a major problem today in Gospel music (Church Boy, p. 49) and in light of the rapid spread of homosexuality in society at large and its rapidly growing acceptance within “evangelicalism,” it is obvious that we have seen only the tip of the iceberg of this problem so far.
(Friday Church News Notes, May 4, 2012, www.wayoflife.org, firstname.lastname@example.org, 866-295-4143)
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