Black clergy challenge Obama on 'gay marriage'
Chad Groening - OneNewsNow - 5/17/2012 8:55:00 AM
William Owens, Sr. is founder and president of the Coalition of African-American Pastors, a group whose goal is to promote and support Christ-centered values in the culture. The CAAP is appalled that radical homosexual activists have managed to hijack the civil rights movement by linking sexual diversity to the historic fight for civil rights by black Americans. What those activists have done, says Owens, is "unacceptable."
"We are really tired of the homosexual community hijacking the civil rights movement," Owens tells OneNewsNow. "I did not choose to be black and you did not choose to be white -- and homosexuals make a choice to be homosexual. So why compare what we went through with your situation? It's not the same thing; there's no comparison."
In a statement released on Tuesday, CAAP leaders said: "For activists, politicians, and now the highest office in the nation to link sexual behavior God calls sin to the righteous cause Martin Luther King gave his life for is abominable in and of itself. There is no civil right to do what God calls wrong."
Owens thinks President Obama will be surprised at how many blacks will not vote for him now that he has come out in support of same-sex marriage.
"We did a little survey ourselves by just telephone calls to people we knew," he explains. "And there was a solid 13 percent who said they absolutely would not vote for President Obama again because of his stand on homosexual marriages." According to a Pew Research Center report, exit polls in 2008 indicated that nearly all (95%) black voters cast their ballot for Obama.
The CAAP has launched an online petition drive calling on black Christians to let the president know they support traditional marriage. The Coalition hopes to present at least 100,000 signatures to the president in August.
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How might the White House respond to these concerns?
A 'money-grab' decision
The CAAP is not the only black faith-based group expressing its disdain for the president's endorsement of homosexual marriage. Council Nedd II is the presiding bishop of the Episcopal Missionary Church, and Bishop Ordinary of the Diocese of the Chesapeake and Northeast. He is also a board member of the black conservative organization Project 21.
"[The president] reversed his position seemingly for a short-term money grab from the gay community," Nedd tells OneNewsNow. "The other issue is scriptural -- scripture is clear from Genesis to Revelation: marriage is defined as a holy covenant blessed by God between a man and a woman. And the issue is that simple with me." (Listen to audio report)
Nedd says it is unfortunate that the reaction to Obama's decision has been mixed.
"The people who I have personally spoken to are clearly opposed to gay marriage, clearly opposed to President Obama pandering to the gay community in this way," the bishop shares. "But I also know there are a lot of people who are surprisingly -- or maybe not so surprisingly -- supporting the president on this issue, and the question I ask is: Why? They're going to have to be accountable for their actions at some point."
Nedd says he is concerned that America is following the slippery slope of other great civilizations that have abandoned traditional morality.
"American society right now has this view of This happened to them, but we're not going to let that happen to us -- and it's foolish," he states.
Will gay marriage force black churches
to reconsider the Democratic Party?
(Commentary by Larry Elder)
Feeling sorry for the president- Commentary by Dr. Michael Youssef
Two ideologies to which Barack Obama clings -- pro-homosexuality and pro-Islamist --
are diametrically opposed to each other.