The Rev. Willie F. Wilson, who last week apologized for using "intemperate" language in a sermon about homosexuality, writes in a new posting on his church Web site that he remains deeply concerned about an "epidemic" of lesbianism among young black girls, calling it a "severe crisis" that threatens "the very survival of the Black family."
"The situation is so grave that it should be declared a national emergency," Wilson writes in a defense of his original sermon posted over the weekend on the Web site of Union Temple Baptist Church, where he is pastor
"Our girls, some as young as 10 and 11 years of age, are engaging in same sex relations," Wilson writes, citing as evidence an incident in an unnamed "local school" where girls were "asked to report to the gymnasium" so school officials could "decipher how many girls were involved in same sex relations." Those who were, he writes, outnumbered those who had not been "by a 10 to 1 count."
Wilson, a prominent local minister who ran for D.C. mayor in 2002, is executive director of the Millions More Movement, a national celebration planned to mark the 10th anniversary of the Million Man March.
In his Web posting, Wilson apologizes "to any and all whom I offended" July 3, when he delivered a sermon at his Southeast Washington church describing gay sex in graphic terms. "But I do not apologize for bringing to the forefront a very critical and crucial issue facing our young girls," Wilson writes. "Though many clergy, parents, school administrators, teachers, community and youth workers are aware of this very serious situation, no one has addressed it."
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