A Detroit pastor wants YouTube to remove a video of him lying on top of new bishops as part of their consecration ceremony (see video here).
Bishop Wayne T. Jackson told The Detroit News that insults left on his Facebook page have “been a main attack on homosexuals.”
The video was taken in August at Jackson’s Impact Ministries International. It shows him praying while lying atop new bishops who are on the floor, clothed and covered in white clothes.
Jackson says he has been holding the ordinations since 1998, but he wants to have the video removed from the popular YouTube site.
Many of the comments left on YouTube compare the ritual to Catholicism or the occult. Many others brand it a “gay” rite or call it emasculating.
“Good grief,” writes one typical commenter. “I just saw the video and I don't know what to say. I can say for sure that all the men that I know would have jumped up the minute they felt him on their backs and quite frankly so would I. this is a show for entertainment value. It has nothing to do with Jesus. I'm not sure if this has anything to do with being gay but I can certainly see how it emasculates.”
Washington, D.C.-based National Black Church Initiative president The Rev. Anthony Evans says the practice is unusual and offensive, but Jackson “has a right to develop any ceremony he chooses.”
The newspaper says Jackson is married and has nine children.