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Coalition of African American Pastors launches national pro-marriage campaign

Here’s some good news from CNS News.

Excerpt:

The Coalition of African American Pastors (CAAP) announced at the National Press Club on Tuesday that  the grassroots group – comprised of the more than 3,000 members – is a launching a national campaign to support marriage between one man and one woman and to oppose the Obama administration’s efforts to advance same-sex marriage.

“The time has come for a broad-based assault against the power that be that wants to change our culture to one of men marrying men and women marrying women,” CAAP President William Owens said at the press conference, held to announce the Marriage Mandate campaign, which includes a petition seeking 100,000 signatures pledging support for traditional marriage.

“Mr. President, I’m not going to stand with you, and there are thousands of others across this country that are not going to stand with you with this foolishness,” Owens said.

In a press release announcing the campaign, Owens encouraged black pastors and the black community to “withdraw their support for [Obama].”

“Today we will be launching a nationwide campaign rallying black pastors and African Americans to voice their opposition to the president’s position on same-sex marriage, and withdraw their support from him,” said Owens, who told reporters he voted for Obama in the 2008 presidential election.

“We will see that the black community is informed that the president is taking them for granted while pandering to the gay community,” Owens said.

Bishop Janice Hollis, presiding Prelate of the Covenant of International Fellowship of Churches, called Obama’s support of gay marriage a “travesty” and said it reflects the “disorder in the highest office in the land.”

Owens said CAAP sent a letter to Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder in May asking for a meeting to discuss the gay marriage issue.

“We wrote the president and Mr. Holder May the second, requesting an audience with him to discuss this very issue,” Owens said. “He has not given us the courtesy of any reply.

“The Coalition of African American Pastors (CAAP) consists of 3,742 African American pastors, and he has totally ignored us,” Owens said.

He said Obama is ignoring the black community “because he feels that he has us in his pocket.”

“Well, we are not in his pocket,” Owens said.

In the 2008 election, black Protestants voted overwhelmingly for the pro-abortion and pro-gay-marriage Obama. (He had a radical pro-abortion record and had come out for gay marriage earlier, so this was all known then).

Which religions supported Obama most in 2008?

Which religions supported Obama most in 2008?

So 94% of African-American Christians voted for an abortion and gay marriage radical. NINETY-FOUR PERCENT.

I actually believed, based on this voting data, that American black Protestant churches were officially pro-abortion and pro-gay-marriage. I just considered them to be apostate denominations the same way that denominations like the Episcopal Church and the Presbyterian Church United States of America are apostate. (Note: this does not apply to non-American black churches, which are conservative).

These voting numbers confirm my experiences. For example, I remember one African American woman at work who was interested in me who could not understand why I would not join her in working on The United Way workplace partnership initiative. I took her aside in the hallway and told her that the United Way supported abortion and opposed the Boy Scouts, and she was like “So what?“. She attended church weekly and she supported Barack Obama. So I just figured based on these voting numbers and my personal experiences that most African-American churches were pro-abortion, pro-gay-marriage, pro-socialism, etc.

This action by the 3,742 black African-American pastors shocks me as much as if those gay bishops in the Episcopal church had suddenly came out in favor of defending traditional marriage. Maybe these 3,742 pastors will be able to begin to educate their flocks about what the Bible actually says on these issues so that these voting numbers change. I did know about the good African-American pastors like Harry Jackson and Ken Hutcherson who are pro-life and pro-marriage, but I just thought that there were only a handful of faithful black pastors. I guess I was wrong, at least on the marriage issue, and that’s a good thing. Color me surprised.

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9 Responses

  1. “Color me surprised.”

    Ha ha

    “(He had a radical pro-abortion record and had come out for gay marriage earlier, so this was all known then).”

    I agree with you that his radical pro-abortion record was known then (or should have been known—I know people who are surprisingly unaware of such issues, who nevertheless vote), but in theory, officially, was not candidate and then President Obama “opposed to same-sex marriage” until May of this year?

    http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/112795-axelrod-obama-remains-opposed-gay-marriage

    http://news.yahoo.com/obama-announces-his-support-for-same-sex-marriage.html

    • No he was a supporter of same-sex marriage before he ran for President.

      Source:

      http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304070304577394332545729926.html

      Quote:

      Obama on Gay Marriage
      • 1996, running for Illinois state Senate: “I favor legalizing same-sex marriage.”
      • 2004, running for U.S. Senate: “Marriage is between a man and a woman.”
      • 2010, as president: “My feelings are constantly evolving” on gay marriage.”
      • 2012, as president: “I think same-sex couples should be able to get married.”

    • Exactly—the last time (before 2012) that he officially “had come out for gay marriage” was in 1996, which I don’t think most people had ever heard about, presumably partly because the mainstream news media didn’t bother mentioning it. Even this WSJ piece you just gave is from 2012.

      I’m not trying to excuse his “evolution”, by any means—which looks an awful lot like political opportunism—but if you’re saying everyone voted for him knowing that he had been pro-homosexuality, I’m saying I don’t think most people knew that at the time.

  2. DC Al Fine says:

    I think the issue with black protestants is that there is quite a wide range in devotion, much like the Catholics. The Chreaster and the preacher both identify as Catholic/black protestant, but there is a huge range in their views.

    I know a few black protestants and the ones who are serious Christians that don’t mess around with liberal theology are totally onside with the pro-life, anti ssm-marriage.

  3. Nell Clark says:

    I am absolutely elated and overjoyed to read about the stand
    of the Coalition of African American Pastors via Rev. Owens.
    Color does not matter…it takes courage to take a public stand for what is bibilically based and true. With the assault of family
    values from the white house; and more recently following
    convictional comments voiced by the CEO of Chick fil A; and the backlash of criticism from the left….I have wondered where is the voice of the “black” right and where do they stand.
    I praise the Lord for your stand, your voice and pray God gives
    you the continued courage to follow through on your words
    and not back down. It will take God to stir the people’s hearts
    out of this apathy attitude and be stirred into action, to impact
    the upcoming elections May God bless and strengthen you
    as you follow His directions. All christian based churches, regardless of color or creed, should be following your example.
    God’s people can turn this thing around. God is for the “Family”.

  4. Walter Kurtz says:

    You are gravely mistaken regarding the Presbyterian Church in America, which is an orthodox, reformed, and Bible-believing church much like the Orthodox Presbyterian Church and the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church.

    I believe you meant instead to refer to the Presbyterian Church (USA) which is now hopelessly liberal and apostate.

    Please keep the distinction in mind. It is important to those of us who take religion seriously.

  5. John Maggi says:

    I’m an old Italian-American retired carpenter, and I feel the CAAP represents superbly my religious beliefs. Keep up your excellent work. I don’t have a Pulpit or Constituency. Would you help promulgate the following (which Courts & Media refuse to acknowledge)? Atheism Is A Religious Belief That Disavows The Word. Atheists Are Forcing Their Religion, of Disbelief, on Our Society. Atheists bring lawsuits to remove Nativity scenes from public spaces (or stop school prayer), stating hypocritically that such scenes (or activities) force specific religious beliefs. Their Actions Force NON-BELIEF, Which Is THEIR RELIGIOUS BELIEF ! Huh ?! Why does Their Non-Belief trump Our Belief ?!

    • george taylor says:

      Mr. Maggi.. as a non working 66 year old…American that does not believe in linking his parents heritage to his nationality.. I applaude you for your comments sir!! It takes just as much faith to accept the religion of “Atheism” as it does to accept the truth of the Word which tells us how everything came to be. We all can have whatever reality we want to have.. just remember, when a BIGGER reality comes along, then your reality is either going to stand or not. So, the choice is up to us… Galatians 6:7 tells us what to expect… google it if your not familiar with it..

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