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Is the black church guilty of spiritual hypocrisy in same-sex marriage debate?
Delman Coates at Mt. Ennon Baptist Church is among a minority of black ministers in Maryland who have endorsed gay rights.
May 12th, 2012
08:00 AM ET

Is the black church guilty of spiritual hypocrisy in same-sex marriage debate?

By John Blake, CNN

(CNN) - Some people wonder if the black church will punish President Barack Obama for announcing support for same-sex marriage.

Here’s another question:

Why would the black church cite scripture to exclude gays when a similar approach to the Bible was used to enslave their ancestors?

“It’s so unfortunate,” says James Cone, one the nation’s most influential black theologians and author of “The Cross and the Lynching Tree.”

“The literal approach to scripture was used to enslave black people,” he says. “I’ve said many times in black churches that the black church is on the wrong side of history on this. It’s so sad because they were on the right side of history in their own struggle.”

Call it historical irony: Black church leaders arguing against same-sex marriage are making some of the same arguments that supporters of slavery made in the 18th and 19th centuries, some historians say. Both groups adopted a literal reading of the Bible to justify withholding basic rights from a particular group.

CNN’s Belief Blog: The faith angles behind the biggest stories

Opposition to gay rights is not the standard position of all black churches. Still, while several predominately white mainline denominations have officially accepted gays and lesbians in various forms, the vast majority of black churches still consider homosexuality a sin.

Black church leaders recently helped lead a successful drive to amend North Carolina’s constitution to ban same-sex marriage. The Rev. Fred Robinson, a black pastor in Charlotte, says most black churchgoers aren’t hypocrites. They take scripture, and sin, seriously.

“Black people are not confused,” Robinson says. “If you look at the scriptures that oppose homosexuality, Old and New Testament, they are clearer cut than the ones people used to justify slavery.”

Yet there are other factors beyond the Bible that shape the black church’s resistance to same-sex marriage.

“It’s more than scripture – it’s history, culture, how we were raised,” says the Rev. Tim McDonald, founder of the African American Ministers Leadership Council.

Some black church leaders are still fighting hard just to persuade straight black couples to marry. Accepting same-sex marriage when so many black households lack a husband and wife makes McDonald uneasy.

“I am not comfortable performing a wedding ceremony of the same sex,” says McDonald, an Obama supporter. “That’s just where I am.”

Some black pastors, however, embrace a literal approach to the Bible not just to exclude gays but to get rid of competition, says Edward Blum, a San Diego State University historian.

Some black pastors cite New Testament passages such as Paul’s demand that women keep silent in churches to argue against black women in the pulpit.

That argument is harder to make when black women’s energy and donations form the backbone of the black church, Blum says, but some still get away with it.

“The biblical literalist reading has kept male leadership in power in a church that is hugely female,” Blum says. “It keeps power in men’s hands.”

The one book that mattered

Black churches also embrace a literal reading of the scripture because of its unique history, says Blum, author of “W.E.B. DuBois, American Prophet.”

During slavery and segregation, many blacks saw the Bible as the one document they could trust. The Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, state and local laws – all found some way to ignore their humanity, Blum says.

The Bible, though, was one book that told them that they weren’t slaves or three-fifths of a person, Blum says.

It said they were children of God.

“Throughout the 18th and 19th century, what document could they trust?” Blum says. “When the Bible says it’s so, it’s something that black people believed they could trust.”

Their enemies, though, used that same veneration of the Bible against them. Slaveholders had a simple but powerful argument when critics challenged them: Trust the Bible.

They cited scriptures such as Ephesians 6:5. (“Slaves, be obedient to those who are your earthly masters, with fear and trembling. ...”) And they said Jesus preached against many sins, but never against slavery.

Since the Bible is infallible, and scripture sanctions slavery, it must be part of God’s order, slaveholders concluded.

“Slavery is everywhere in the Bible,” Blum says. “When Americans who were in favor of slavery defended it with the Bible, they had a treasure trove of clear biblical passages that accepted enslavement.”

Blum says abolitionists found it difficult to mount an effective counterargument. They couldn’t just say trust the Bible. They preached another approach to scriptures.

They said you couldn’t enslave people based on the Golden Rule: Do unto others as you would have them do to you. (Obama cited the Golden Rule and his Christian faith in supporting same-sex marriage).

“The abolitionist turned to the ethics and spirit of the Bible,” Blum says. “They were theological modernists before modernism.”

And what are black clergy and churchgoers today when they cite the Bible to oppose same-sex marriage?

Robinson, the North Carolina pastor, says they’re not homophobes.

“It says in the Bible that homosexuals will not inherit the Kingdom of God,” he says. “How do you explain that one away? A lot of honest Christians are not trying to hate homosexuals. They’re saying that if I take the Bible seriously, I’m not sure I can say it’s right.”

Robinson says that some opposition to homosexuality is actually based in compassion:

“If I’m concerned about your soul, I have to tell you the truth in love.”

Cone, who teaches at Union Theological Seminary in New York City, says black churchgoers opposed to same-sex marriage are instead mimicking their ancestors’ oppressors.

“I tell some people, ‘These people were against you.’ They would have lynched you. How are you going to now join them and help them lynch somebody else?’”

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Barack Obama • Christianity • Culture wars • Gay marriage • Gay rights • Homosexuality • Politics

soundoff (4,348 Responses)
  1. Laurel

    Why is relegion being brought into this issue? There is no commandment against it. And those commandments are the direct commandments of God. Everything else in the bible was interpeted by men on what they thought God meant...........TWO THOUSAND YEARS AGO. *sigh*

    May 12, 2012 at 3:17 pm |
    • Mike1

      Sodom and Gomorrah

      May 12, 2012 at 3:32 pm |
    • imeubu

      There is no commandment requiring you to stop at a red light either. I think lying is covered though. Propensity is no excuse. Doing the right thing is harder for some than for others. We all have our weaknesses and struggles to overcome. Lying about whether you could overcome somthing if you wanted to is wrong. Deciding that you don't want to or have to overcome something that is clearly damaging to society in general and especially to others closer to you... is particulary and obviously a serious lie.... worse than murder on the commandment scale. I traitor/coward creates more damage than a murderer.

      May 12, 2012 at 3:33 pm |
  2. Mike1

    I get the impression that some people posting here think they could write the Bible better. So I guess you're like Satan.

    May 12, 2012 at 3:15 pm |
    • Observer

      People could certainly do a better job to eliminate hypocrisy and nonsense.

      May 12, 2012 at 3:17 pm |
    • Drew

      No one "wrote" the bible. It's a compilation

      May 12, 2012 at 3:18 pm |
    • ME II

      Wouldn't even try...
      although, how do you know that this Satan of yours didn't write the Bible?

      May 12, 2012 at 3:18 pm |
    • rachel

      Anyone could write moral teachings better than your bloodthirsty, immoral bible.

      May 12, 2012 at 3:19 pm |
    • Mike1

      Observer, You will be "like the most high." Should we start worshiping you? Are you sure you're understanding things as well as you think? Random events create noise not information. Where did the information in DNA come from?

      May 12, 2012 at 3:21 pm |
    • Eric G

      @Mike1: "Random events create noise not information"? All events are of and by information. Information can not be destroyed. Even Hawking knows that.

      I think you should stay in the shallow end of the pool while the adults talk.

      May 12, 2012 at 3:27 pm |
    • Mike1

      ME II, The Bible argues against Satan.

      May 12, 2012 at 3:27 pm |
    • Mike1

      Eric G, Do you really think you know more about information than a computer scientist? Your arrogance deceives you. Information can be deleted.

      May 12, 2012 at 3:30 pm |
    • ME II

      @Mike1,
      "The Bible argues against Satan."
      All the more reason it works so well.

      May 12, 2012 at 3:34 pm |
    • Eric G

      @Mike1: I don't claim to know more about information and particle theory than all computer scientists. But, I obviously know more about it than you.

      Your "delete" button on your computer is not a magical matter eraser.

      If you graduate from a school that also sells snow tires and gas bar-b-q grills, I would not call you a scientist.

      May 12, 2012 at 3:35 pm |
    • Really-O?

      @Mike1- "Where did the information in DNA come from?"
      Most likely from RNA. You may want to occasionally study something other than the bible.

      May 12, 2012 at 3:35 pm |
    • Mike1

      Drew, 40 authors wrote the Bible and it is considered to be the inspired word of God.

      May 12, 2012 at 3:35 pm |
    • Mike1

      Really-O, Your guess is wrong. I do read other things that is why I have college degree Now lets examine your statement. The information came from RNA. Did it? No. It is stored in RNA and was put there by DNA. DNA also interprets it after it reads it from the RNA. I hope that increased your knowledge.

      May 12, 2012 at 3:39 pm |
    • ME II

      @Mike1,
      " Where did the information in DNA come from?"
      Hold on a second, define information. I don't know that chemical reactions that produce proteins are necessarily information, per se. If you're talking about Shannon information, that was just communication of information, i.e. how much information can be transmitted by a given signal, not a definition of information itself.

      May 12, 2012 at 3:39 pm |
    • Mike1

      ME II, I do not respect taking the conversation to the level of what is information. Let us say that the overall process of the construction of life is by far the most organized process ever observed by humans as far as we know. Any reasonable person knows DNA uses information to construct life. The only reason to question this obvious thing is to look for a way to get around the idea that life was designed. It is inconsistent to allow one theory to violate several scientific principles and then blatantly over look the obvious like genetic sequencing requires a code that is stored retrieved and interpreted in a machine like way.

      May 12, 2012 at 3:49 pm |
    • Eric G

      @Mike1: Sorry buddy, strike three. You are making an argument from as-sumption in your claim of "reasonable person". That would imply that your position is only valid with those that agree with you, not that your position is correct.

      You really should try harder.

      Besides, your respect of a question is irrelevant. You cannot choose to only respond to what supports your position and disregard the rest. That makes you intellectually dishonest.

      Please stop embarassing yourself and go the your local public library for the rest of the day.

      May 12, 2012 at 3:57 pm |
    • ME II

      @Mike1,
      "It is inconsistent to allow one theory to violate several scientific principles and then blatantly over look the obvious like genetic sequencing requires a code that is stored retrieved and interpreted in a machine like way."
      What violation? There is no Conservation of Information. That's something that was made up by Dembski and his cohorts.
      That was my point about Shannon information, which is where Dembski attempts to bootstrap his hypothesis from.

      May 12, 2012 at 3:58 pm |
    • Eric G

      @ME II: I really hope Mike1 is not trying to go the "obvious intel-design" route. Should we let him know that at the end of this road, he will need to provide examples of "designed" and "not-designed" life forms for comparrison? Maybe we should just get these out of the way.....

      "Something can't come from nothing": Please provide example of "nothing" and then prove that "something" can't come from it.

      "Watchmaker fallacy": Insert "Infinite regression" argument here.

      on and on and on.............

      May 12, 2012 at 4:11 pm |
  3. Tastes Like Chicken

    I guess those who argue against two consenting brothers getting married are also hypocrites?

    May 12, 2012 at 3:14 pm |
    • Mike1

      What if someone wanted to marry a dog?

      May 12, 2012 at 3:17 pm |
    • rachel

      It would affect you how?

      May 12, 2012 at 3:19 pm |
    • tom s.

      Who appointed you Judge ? Did God speak to you and give you the worlds answers to todays problems ?
      Stick to the subject MORON !
      GOD SAID LOVE THY BROTHER AS YOU LOVE YOURSELF !
      JUDGE NOT LEAST YOU BE JUDGED IN THE SAME MANNER !
      AH HELL I DON'T CARE BURN IN HELL WITH YOUR STUPID FELLOWSHIP !

      May 12, 2012 at 3:20 pm |
    • ME II

      @Mike1,
      If they could show that the dog could "consent" in the legal sense, why not. (i.e. it can't happen, because animals cannot make such a decision.)

      May 12, 2012 at 3:20 pm |
    • Eric G

      Yes. More to the point, what does it matter to you?

      May 12, 2012 at 3:30 pm |
  4. Don

    Morality and hypocrisy always travel together...

    May 12, 2012 at 3:14 pm |
  5. Henry

    filthy sodomites hate the truth!

    May 12, 2012 at 3:13 pm |
    • Observer

      What do you have against millions of HETEROS?

      May 12, 2012 at 3:15 pm |
    • rachel

      Spoken like a true Christian. I always laugh because the ore "righteous " a person is, the more I know their own skeletons are rattling in the closet.

      May 12, 2012 at 3:18 pm |
    • ME II

      ...clean sodomite on the other hand...

      May 12, 2012 at 3:21 pm |
  6. Hell, I say Hell No!

    http://thepeoplescube.com/peoples-blog/barry-obama-compares-himself-to-martin-luther-king-t7652.html

    May 12, 2012 at 3:13 pm |
  7. Mike1

    Saddam and Gamora, Obama is for gay marriage. Why risk it?

    May 12, 2012 at 3:07 pm |
    • seebs

      Sodom and Gomorrah's sin was pride and lack of charity. You're right, why risk it? We should be making sure poor people have food, shelter, and medical care.

      May 12, 2012 at 3:11 pm |
    • Peter Grenader

      Mike please, you're making yourself seem foolish. Don't say things like this. Please. Most of the peole you will see today are living in the 21st Century.

      May 12, 2012 at 3:11 pm |
    • Observer

      Saddam is dead and the sin of Sodom was that they were greedy and didn't share. Was it destroyed because they were Republicans?

      May 12, 2012 at 3:12 pm |
  8. chirac

    regarding gay marriages abominations .tell me brother should marry there own sister.mom marry there own son gay is work of Satan leading us astray .like sodom &gomora is inevitable painful torments is matter of time the lord say the person who support evil will be punish hard

    May 12, 2012 at 3:07 pm |
    • tom s.

      You obviosly didn't pass the 6th grade did you ? Go stand next to the redneck whose grand dad lynched many a black man and preach your infallible bible and burn in hell for the hate in your soul for your brethern that "JESUS" said to love !

      May 12, 2012 at 3:15 pm |
    • rachel

      I can't believe in this day and age, people still buy into this stuff. Truly amazing.

      May 12, 2012 at 3:16 pm |
  9. GianCarlo

    I am surprised and shocked that blacks of all people are steadfast against gay marriage. I used to feel for the blacks, I no longer will stand up for them. I used to feel bad for all the discrimination they they get. Well not anymore, if they can't see the discrimination against gays, well then there is no hope for these blacks. And I also believe that more gays will see the kingdom of God before Eddie Long will.

    May 12, 2012 at 3:06 pm |
    • Peter Grenader

      I have a funny feeling 'the blacks' could give two you-know-whats about YOUR support.

      May 12, 2012 at 3:13 pm |
    • Tastes Like Chicken

      Guess what? I don't care what you think.

      May 12, 2012 at 3:15 pm |
    • Truth7

      Did God place any male/male or female/female pairs on the ark to be saved? No.

      May 12, 2012 at 3:19 pm |
    • Helen

      Dear GainCarlo,

      We love you.

      Please read Called Out by Janet Boynes.

      May 12, 2012 at 3:20 pm |
    • ME II

      @Truth7,
      "God" didn't put anything on the ark. There was no ark because there was no global flood.

      May 12, 2012 at 3:23 pm |
    • rochdoc

      So, what do you think? everyone should jump in the bandwagon? People don't have mind of their own? What kind of discrimination are we talking about here? Did the LGBT community really had to go through what the African Americans had to go through? The real problem is that the libs are trying to make this issue comparable to the civil right movement of the 60's, trying to take away from our focus what is important for this county at this moment. This too will soon pass.
      This could be the final gift for the libs from Obama before he leaves the office, or just that he was armtwisted by the Hollywood money crew. They are a bunch of people who do not undertand what is happening in main street America.

      May 12, 2012 at 3:48 pm |
  10. reasonablebe

    Somehow the right wing has convinced people that they can assert they are more equal (kind of like Orwell's Animal Farm or 1984) by claiming their lives are threatened? It's more like saying I want to treat these people as either 2d class or non-people because they are different than I am– often called bigotry– but since that is no longer acceptable they had to find a new tack to accomplish the same result....

    Well, my group finds 'special underwear' repulsive, so can I stop you from wearing it? Can I claim the world is flat? Oh wait, that's already been done.... how about the idea that sending rockets into space will cause all the air to leak and leave earth? Oh, wait, that was in the 60's and 80's and since rockets have been sent and we can still breathe, I guess it's a dooms day prediction that has missed it's mark (big surprise)... but who cares, why let facts and evidence stand in the way of wanna believe beliefs- yes, society will collapse in catastrophe when the races and/or religion mix, right?

    Good thing we had people and politicians willing to lead, rather than follow populist claims... as they should do now. The noisy right wing and extremist religious zeal should not rule and prevent this country from doing what it is based upon, law and justice and equality and recognition of equality of all people in the eyes of the law.... or we can be like those countries in the middle east where a different belief is grounds for imprisonment or death.

    May 12, 2012 at 3:05 pm |
    • imeubu

      You're absolutely right! As long as we have people and politicians... who needs God!

      May 12, 2012 at 3:21 pm |
  11. Karma

    "Flip-flop" thinking is the norm when it comes to Black churches. It's unfortunate that Black church organizations are so behind the times and have no actual progressive leaders. The last statement of this story says it all...“I tell some people, ‘These people were against you.’ They would have lynched you. How are you going to now join them and help them lynch somebody else?’”

    I sarcastically say that as long as it fits their agenda, the lynching of someone else is justified in their "book"; however let some injustice (both perceived or real) befall them (members of the church) and they'd be marching down some street crying injustice. I'm only speaking the truth so no accusations of racism, please... Signed...A Black Female

    May 12, 2012 at 3:04 pm |
    • squirt

      The hypocrisy is in the tenets of all of today's organized religions—regardless of church name, faith or whatever! To preach the word, then ignore it for self interest in the name of "civil rights," is hypocrisy...saying one thing and then doing something else. Haggard, Swaggart, Robertson, Roberts, you can go on and on and on with names of the "annointed" whose sole purpose was either self-aggrandizement, accolade, superior status, or self gratification—the very thing they preached, ranted and rave against from the pulpit. The basic, guiding principle behind all organized "religion" today is, "Gimme mine, and then maybe you get yours!" The idea that infects organized religion from the very top? I know God's word, so "Do as I say, now, not as I do!" What a crock of giraffe manure!!!

      May 12, 2012 at 3:13 pm |
    • Karma

      Very true @squirt. I singled out the black churches based on this article, but this type of behavior is prevalent in all organized religions.

      May 12, 2012 at 3:17 pm |
    • Karma

      Very true @squirt. I singled out the AA churches based on this article, but this type of behavior is prevalent in all organized religions.

      May 12, 2012 at 3:18 pm |
    • rochdoc

      Black frmale – as in a HIndu female? He he .. "Their book?" .. you haven't even opened that book right?

      May 12, 2012 at 3:52 pm |
  12. SciGuy

    Hom.ose.xuality is inherently sinful; slavery is not.

    May 12, 2012 at 3:03 pm |
    • rachel

      Who decides what is a sin? Certainly not the bloodthirsty bible.

      May 12, 2012 at 3:06 pm |
    • SciGuy

      Rachel, God does, and he has communicated it to us through general and special revelation.

      May 12, 2012 at 3:09 pm |
    • Really-O?

      @SciGuy-
      Good job pointing out some of the idiocy of scripture.

      May 12, 2012 at 3:10 pm |
    • SciGuy

      O, there is nothing idiotic about the scriptures, only those who misuse it.

      May 12, 2012 at 3:12 pm |
    • rachel

      Glad you have access to some information that the rest of us don't. (eye roll)

      May 12, 2012 at 3:13 pm |
    • SciGuy

      We all have access to it Rachel.

      May 12, 2012 at 3:14 pm |
    • Peter Grenader

      Rachel: come come... it's the Republican party who decides. We all know that!

      May 12, 2012 at 3:14 pm |
    • Drew

      So, you're crazy. People like you present a great case for legalizing gay marriage

      May 12, 2012 at 3:15 pm |
    • ME II

      @SciGuy,
      "Hom.ose.xuality is inherently sinful; slavery is not."

      Hilarious. So you're saying that is more "evil" to love someone of the same gender than it is to own another person?
      Just hilarious!!

      May 12, 2012 at 3:29 pm |
    • atomD21

      SciGuy, do you eat ham, lobster, or shrimp? If so you are committing an abomination in the sight of God. At least according to the Bible that I read. How about your wife (if you're married), does she go to an unclean tent away from your house when she has her period? The thing we fail to realize is that when these rules were given out, the Israelites were wandering through the desert. The rules were designed to keep disease and death to a minimum, not to lay out ground rules for behavior. I said this in another comment thread, but if same gender relationships were such a big deal, why is it that Jesus never talked specifically about them? Y'know, Jesus, the guy we're supposed to be following and emulating?

      May 12, 2012 at 3:44 pm |
    • rochdoc

      That was definietly from a CNN staffer – or just a lib troll.

      May 12, 2012 at 3:53 pm |
  13. Mike

    punish the Christians on election day

    May 12, 2012 at 3:02 pm |
    • Ronald Reganzo

      How mike? Vote moron or stupid? Nice choices.

      May 12, 2012 at 3:05 pm |
    • Mike1

      78% of Americans are Christians. And yes, there will be some punishment on election day.

      May 12, 2012 at 3:09 pm |
    • rochdoc

      Yeah, we will keep it in our mind. Keep attacking.

      May 12, 2012 at 3:54 pm |
  14. jbcal

    I'm not sure if you're just trying to push someone's button, you're a bigot, or you'r just stupid. Of course being one of those doesn't necessarily preclude you from being any of the others.

    May 12, 2012 at 3:01 pm |
  15. rachel

    Church followers have no end to their hypocrisy.

    May 12, 2012 at 3:01 pm |
  16. n8362

    It is immoral to impose your religious superstition on others.

    You do not believe in religion because you honestly think it is true, you believe in it because you fear mortality or are seeking meaning in your life. It does not take a genius to figure out all religion is man made, so for humanity's sake, please stop lying to yourself.

    Deluding yourself in religion does not change reality. Lying to yourself is probably the worst possible way to try to find meaning.

    May 12, 2012 at 3:00 pm |
    • Hitchens

      To be a wanna be atheist you first have to lie to yourself.

      May 12, 2012 at 3:02 pm |
    • rachel

      well said. If they actually read their book, they couldn't in good conscience follow it.

      May 12, 2012 at 3:05 pm |
    • Truth7

      You are promoting the religion of "self" and "humanity". You are your own "god". You really should try to understand what the Bible says, because that belief is what ended each of the prior civilizations.

      And what you also need to understand is that the wicked are used to take out the wicked. Looks like your role is take out religion. Don't worry, God already states the mountains will be brought low. So, then what's left for you is wicked to then turn on you.

      May 12, 2012 at 3:10 pm |
    • n8362

      Hitchens, when people stop lying to themselves about religion they become non-religious. What do you claim non-religious people are lying about? They simply lack belief in any organized religion.

      May 12, 2012 at 3:13 pm |
    • n8362

      @Truth, there are European countries with majorities of non-religious people and they are doing just fine. The trend for societies around the world is going in that direction.

      May 12, 2012 at 3:18 pm |
    • ME II

      "You really should try to understand what the Bible says..."

      @Truth7,
      Judge not!

      May 12, 2012 at 3:32 pm |
  17. Got Faith?

    Who the Hell cares if man marries man, or man marries dog, cat or maybe a car or his own pride or whatever you all want to put ti. Ppl don't try to impose you "doctrines" or believes to other ppl. God is is God, Santa is Santa and the Tooth ferry well still the same. Just don't try to IMPOSE those believes to everybody else and all will be good. Respect each other – very simple and trust me you'll be happier.

    May 12, 2012 at 2:59 pm |
    • Tony

      And thats part of the problem and one main reason America's moral navigator is spinning in circles. The fact is that there's no such thing as gay marriage. This isnt an issue of equality or civil rights. This is an issue of immorality being accepted as normal. Its not

      May 12, 2012 at 3:02 pm |
    • atomD21

      I have to say that this bigotry and hate that pervades the church is a far greater immorality than allowing same gender marriage. I say this as a Christian that has had enough of being told that we are to love our neighbor as ourselves, but then watching pastors and others exhibiting the exact opposite and attaching a supposedly Biblical reason for it. Are you also going to preach out against those that divorce (for reasons other than infidelity) and remarry? Jesus addressed that one specifically and said it is adultery. Where are the protests and bumper stickers for that one? Oh that's right, divorce is common now, so let's ignore that, because it will affect attendance and giving. How about we shut our mouths, stop acting better and holier than everyone else, stop using the Bible as a weapon against other people, and start actually loving people. I am a Christian fully in support of same gender marriage.

      May 12, 2012 at 4:12 pm |
  18. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things .

    May 12, 2012 at 2:57 pm |
    • Desiderius

      Evidence please?

      May 12, 2012 at 3:00 pm |
    • just sayin

      You are here. God bless

      May 12, 2012 at 3:01 pm |
    • phoenix

      Instead of voting this coming election, perhaps you should just pray that your candidate wins instead. God's power > ballots, right?

      May 12, 2012 at 3:03 pm |
    • Observer

      Atheism apparently believes they can fool God into some brownie points with mindless spamming.

      May 12, 2012 at 3:04 pm |
  19. Wait, what?

    Black people can be bigots, too????

    May 12, 2012 at 2:57 pm |
    • atomD21

      Of course they can! It's Bigotry, the game the whole world can play!

      May 12, 2012 at 3:50 pm |
  20. Harland Sanderz

    I'm surprised that some feral apes are against gay marriage. There's FAR more down-low muh-dikkin' in the groid churches than there is in the RC, which monkey churches love to taunt. Doesn't anybody remember just a few months ago when Eddie Long brought in a fake rabbi to one of the big meetins' and crowned ol' Eddie the King of the Down-Low Muh-Dik and the Archduke of Ah Din Do Nuffins?

    May 12, 2012 at 2:56 pm |
    • rachel

      I dare you to go and try and say that to a black man. See what happens. Oh, wait, you wouldn't, because you're a coward.

      May 12, 2012 at 3:03 pm |
    • Karma

      @Rachel. Granted...this person's vernacular is sad and predictable for people with a high ignorance level; however in this case this person has a point that many in the black community including the holier than thou black churches tend to overlook. There are quite of few married black men that live the DL lifestyle and yes, Eddie Long was crowned a fool.

      May 12, 2012 at 3:10 pm |
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The CNN Belief Blog covers the faith angles of the day's biggest stories, from breaking news to politics to entertainment, fostering a global conversation about the role of religion and belief in readers' lives. It's edited by CNN's Daniel Burke with contributions from Eric Marrapodi and CNN's worldwide news gathering team.