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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.

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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. UnFred

    "Some people wonder" who? the 2 people in your article? Black people are more prejudice than white people these days. Ooops!! did I say something politically incorrect?? I think black people should really ask themselves is this really what they want. Another group to be treated as they were in the past. ?? This is a historic event in our history, will you stand for freedom and equality or will you stand in fear?

    May 14, 2012 at 11:41 am |
    • American_Fury

      In fear of what sweetie? You really should clarify. Surely you don't mean in fear of the gays do you? If so, hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

      May 14, 2012 at 11:43 am |
    • Timothy

      Just a few years ago I would have never imagined that an article like this could have been written. While it is still politically correct to stomp on the inalienable rights of gay Americans, it would have been a great mistake to point out deep flaws within the African American churches.

      May 14, 2012 at 11:44 am |
    • Agnes

      I should think that the African American community wouldn't have a moment in the day to waste on thwarting the rights of gay Americans. I mean, their communities are in a spiraling downfall as we speak. Child Protective Services in every state of this country are overworked and underfunded and buried knee deep in the results of unwanted children, abused children and children born with drug addictions and fetal alcohol syndrome. Where does this community get the moral authority to stomp on gay Americans. Their moral authority is bankrupt.

      May 14, 2012 at 11:51 am |
    • tom

      This whole article is boneheaded! First, what is a "black church"? There are several churches that are predominately black. Second, if I had wrote something like the premise of this article up here, the WP censors would have banned it for viiolation of terms of service. So WP is engaging in some hypocracy of its own. Third, it is ALL the christian churches who are being hypocrites, not just "black" churches! What would Jesus say about all this? Probably he would say that each of us should stop judging others and focus on our own personal sins. Judging others is nothing but a power trip!

      May 14, 2012 at 11:51 am |
    • Risa

      We look at Muslim countries and wonder why they take their religious texts so literally. Why do they treat women like they do. Why do they deny them an education? Why do they marry off their daughters so young? Why do they give any weight to talk of infidels? Why is their religion so incredibly rigid and why does it always have to be the Muslim way or the highway? Don't they see that their religion has kept them permanently buried in the 12th century? Don't they aspire to something more than just a religious education? Why are women covered from head to toe? Could any of us wear something like that in the Middle Eastern deserts all day? With all of these questions about a religion that we find so offensive, you would think that we would ask ourselves questions about our own religions and look in the mirror on occasion. Our religion is just as crazy to them and many other Americans as their religion is crazy to us. Please people. Take another look at your religion. You are using the same tactics to deny people of inalienable rights by quoting scripture that the Muslims are using to deny their women and us.

      May 14, 2012 at 12:09 pm |
    • Shane

      I never thought that I would see the day that a story like this would be written. We can now say without a doubt that the black man is no longer the victim. Gay Americans are now the victims of African American biases that use religion as a tool to kill the souls, thwart the spirit and brow beat an entire group of people.

      May 14, 2012 at 12:29 pm |
  2. remorse2

    This subject is a diversion from the obama dismal administration record ! Obama's failed leadership and policies needs the attention of the voters !

    May 14, 2012 at 11:39 am |
    • ShawnDH

      President Barack Obama is the best president of my lifetime. He has done a remarkable job turning this country around from the ruins he inherited. By every standard, the state of the nation is better and sorry but yes, we all remember Bush existed and caused the recession Obama has led the nation out of. GM is alive and bin Laden is dead. If that's "failed leadership" I guess YOU are not paying attention and a reblinded by your own biases.

      May 14, 2012 at 11:44 am |
    • tom

      and the GOP has done better? You had eight years under Bush! Where were the results to show the GOP is "better"?

      May 14, 2012 at 11:46 am |
    • James PDX

      Distraction or not, it's still an historical issue that we will all someday look back on. At least I'll be proud that I took a more Christian stance than the Christians did.

      May 14, 2012 at 11:54 am |
  3. ShawnDH

    It's pretty obvious that the African American community should really know better and not mindlessly oppress gay people, denying them of the equality under the law black people fought so hard for. It's very disappointing, selfish, hypocritical and confusing.

    May 14, 2012 at 11:36 am |
    • tom

      This whole article is boneheaded! First, what is a "black church"? There are several churches that are predominately black. Second, if I had wrote something like the premise of this article up here, the WP censors would have banned it for viiolation of terms of service. So WP is engaging in some hypocracy of its own. Third, it is ALL the christian churches who are being hypocrites, not just "black" churches! What would Jesus say about all this? Probably he would say that each of us should stop judging others and focus on our own personal sins. Judging others is nothing but a power trip!

      May 14, 2012 at 11:50 am |
  4. Doug

    And what verse of the Bible tells me to go and capture blacks as slaves? Huh? Can't find one? That's because it does not exist. The verses quoted are (as usual for CNN) taken out of context. They say, "If you are a slave, act this way. And, if you have slaves, treat them in this fashion."

    Now, the question that needs to be answered for this article, "what is a slave in the Bible." More often then not, it was a form of indentured servant.

    However, the real question is: Will black churches ignore Obama's stance just so their candidate will be reelected? So far, the answer is Yes.

    May 14, 2012 at 11:36 am |
    • American_Fury

      Excellent!! Keep up the good work black churches. We Pres. O in there for another 4 years.

      May 14, 2012 at 11:41 am |
    • Ozymandias71

      Oooh I love to see conservatives use the 'out of context' line – that's the #1 way to explain away any verse that makes them feel uncomfortable, while demanding a literal interpretation of verses bashing Gay folk. Hilarious!

      May 14, 2012 at 11:50 am |
  5. carolstrick

    “It’s more than scripture – it’s history, culture, how we were raised.” Isn't that also an argument used by pro-slavery people? And by people who want to keep the white race exalted?

    As for that bit about Paul saying that women should stay silent in church—isn't that from a book KNOWN to be a fake? One that completely reverses a position stated in another book supposedly by the same Paul? I could swear that I read that the folks at the Catholic conference that decided on the final books that should comprise the modern Bible knew at the time who had written that book and how much he'd made off of hawking it as the real thing.

    May 14, 2012 at 11:30 am |
    • bandgeek1

      The "women be silent" is from a letter from St. Paul in response to a church where the men had all but bowed out, leaving the women to interpret the Holy writings and Judaic law. Since the women couldn't read they were relying on their memory and their husbands interpretations for their teachings. Therefore it only made sense that Paul would ask that women be silent and the men step up and do their religious duty and teach because the men could read and the women couldn't.

      May 14, 2012 at 11:44 am |
  6. The Illuminati

    Lets all take a moment and think of how grand the world would be if religion wasn't involved. There could be Palestinians making baklava with Isrealis, gay couples being married and raising beautiful children together, and woman could get the birth control that they need through their insurance companies. Oh how the world would fall into chaos....

    May 14, 2012 at 11:29 am |
    • Elaine

      So many Americans have God in their heart and give absolutely no credence whatsoever to the Bible. Must these people be forever subjected to the majority interpretation of a religious text that has no meaning at all to them? Why does your belief in the text override my disbelief? God gave me a heaping helping of pessimism and I take the Bible with 15 billion grains of salt.

      May 14, 2012 at 11:32 am |
    • Ab

      What a misguided post. I'm sure Palestinians wouldn't mind the land theft and ethnic cleansing if it weren't for all that religion...

      May 14, 2012 at 11:36 am |
    • John

      What we do know is Elaine's low I.Q. spread feces elsewhere.... Ha Ha.... Is that all your simple mind can come up with. Get off your Daddy's computer stupid.

      May 14, 2012 at 11:38 am |
    • The Illuminati

      Ab,
      Pssst...all that land theft and ethnic cleansing was due to religion...think first...then type.

      May 14, 2012 at 11:42 am |
  7. John

    Obama is as black as he is white. His father was an African drug addict and his mother was white floozie trash. I wonder how many infidels Obama killed in high school..... Did he go to high school? The world may never know.

    May 14, 2012 at 11:28 am |
    • Elaine

      What we do know is your low I.Q. Spread feces elsewhere.

      May 14, 2012 at 11:34 am |
    • American_Fury

      "His father was an African drug addict and his mother was white floozie trash" You seem to have confused the POTUS parents with your own. You should just keep quiet cupcake, your giving us white people a bad rep.

      May 14, 2012 at 11:38 am |
    • mark

      he went to punahou for high school, but i suppose you might choose to not believe that either.... there are a lot of infidels in hawaii, but we just call them people. i doubt he killed any of them.

      May 14, 2012 at 11:39 am |
    • tom

      That's very helpful John. You are brilliant and you should be on the Anne Coulter/Rush Limbaugh/Hannity show!

      May 14, 2012 at 11:42 am |
    • The Illuminati

      Just so everyone knows...this is what we on the interwebs call trolling...don't feed the troll

      May 14, 2012 at 11:46 am |
    • Dan

      How sad John that you are filled with such groundless vitriol.Maybe you can get a job writng copy fpr the RNC or Faux news...if you're not there already.

      May 14, 2012 at 11:51 am |
  8. wcb2001

    Its not like people who believe the Biblie is truth are critical thinkers anyway. This is not surprising.

    May 14, 2012 at 11:28 am |
    • Truth

      True.

      May 14, 2012 at 11:40 am |
  9. G

    Trust me, the Black Baptist, Pentecostal, and GOGIC churches have NO problem with gay men so long as they are firmly and deeply in the closet. Don't ask, don't tell. Yes, the Black church and the GOP are in lockstep on this issue, lovers of men who use women and children as beards. If you want to hear the best choir, you will find the gay choir director and many gay musicians. You will find it in the pulpit as well. Growing up, I had always been told if you want to find a good man, look to the church. After singing in choirs for about 4 years as a a teen, travelling throughout the city and the country to do so, I came across more gay men than I have in a lifetime and I am 50. As woman that would be the last place I would search for a husband. If I had a daughter, I would not want her to find her husband there either.

    May 14, 2012 at 11:26 am |
    • American_Fury

      Yeah, you would better off looking in the ghetto for your man sweetie. And you probably wouldn't find and takers there either.

      May 14, 2012 at 11:33 am |
    • G

      AmericanFury, don't weep for me. My husband and I found one another in college.

      BTW, you have no room to be so smug. There are many White females who are finding themselves married or living with men they thought were straight, and Republican and church White women are at HUGE risk for the very same reason Black women are.

      Remember Paul Crouch of PTL fame who likes his boys chocolate, Jim Bakker, rentboy loving George Alan Rekers, Gov. (I'm Gay) McGreevy, bathroon stall trolling Larry Craig, the Rev. Dr. meth smoking Ted Haggard, and there are many more.

      May 14, 2012 at 1:17 pm |
    • G

      American Fury, oh, I forgot about Bob Allen, Member of the Florida House of Representatives, Florida Chairman of John McCain’s Presidential Campaign who offered an undercover cop $20 to allow Allen to blow him in a men’s room in a public park. After being arrested, Allen tried to explain that he only offered to blow the cop because the cop was a “burly black man” and he “didn’t want to become a statistic.” Allen was one of 21 Florida legislators to sign Gov. Jeb Bush’s friend-of-the-court brief supporting the state’s ban on gays adopting children, and he co-sponsored an unsuccessful bill that would have enhanced penalties for “offenses involving unnatural and lascivious acts” such as indecent exposure.

      May 14, 2012 at 1:33 pm |
  10. dontknownada

    What ever happened to the idea that no sin is greater than any other? What ever happened to the idea that "You shall not covet your neighbor's wife. You shall not set your desire on your neighbor's house or land, his manservant or maidservant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor." So how many home boys in the black church cuvet things such as 20" wheels or spinners for their hoopty? In theory, if no sin is greater than any other, why are gays destined for hell and you can cuvet your entire life away and be ensured to live in the Kingdom of God as a faithful follower of the Lord?

    May 14, 2012 at 11:26 am |
    • FiveLIters

      Or why is it OK for (some of) us to have (multiple) kids out of wedlock,abuse their bodies with drugs,kill each other,etc...I think that hits about 3 sins right there,but hey,that's OK! I am black,and I find it just as humourous that there are a TON of blacks that I know that have an issue with a white man dating a black woman,using that whole "they're taking our women" argument or whatever. If someone doesn't want you,they just don't want -you-;race is probably the lowest reason on their list for that. People need to get over stuff...it's not 1912,it's 2012,act like it.

      May 14, 2012 at 11:49 am |
  11. TonyB

    Gotta love the bible thumpers....replace gay with black or jewish and this issue would go away fast. Hypocrite bigots.

    May 14, 2012 at 11:23 am |
    • tez07

      actually, it sounds like you don't

      May 14, 2012 at 11:29 am |
    • LinCA

      @TonyB

      You said, "Gotta love the bible thumpers....replace gay with black or jewish and this issue would go away fast. Hypocrite bigots."
      Yup. That's why those that aren't completely stupid keep trying to frame this debate as completely different from those. That's why according to them, being gay has to be a choice, contrary to what every medical association says. That's why they have to ignore all homosexual activity in nature as irrelevant to humans (ignoring that humans are animals is instrumental in this).

      It's noting more than hate, codified in their book of ancient myths, passed of as still relevant today.

      May 14, 2012 at 11:35 am |
    • mark

      religion is a choice, but we respect it...well, less and less the more i hear from them, but their "special rights" are on the books 🙂 and from my experiences with other people it appears to be as much a choice as left handedness. i'm sure you could electroshock someone into saying they're cured and just have bad handwriting, but that's not a very nice world is it?

      May 14, 2012 at 11:42 am |
  12. Donald in CA

    Simply said, the black church should understand discrimination better then any other group. Its these fried chicken eating, behind the times black ministers who should get educated. All those church members they are preaching to have gay family members some where in their family line. They advacate not voting for Obama so the heartless republicans can win, PLEASE.

    May 14, 2012 at 11:23 am |
  13. GE

    Jesus did not attack anyone who was caught in sin He healed all who called His name. Christians are not ostracizing anyone. The Word judges everyone NOT the preacher he is simply the chosen vessel to proclaim what thus said the Lord. This whole Jesus encouraged slavery based on that scripture taken OUT OF CONTEXT is off base and that makes this article INVALID and useless

    May 14, 2012 at 11:22 am |
    • Humanist11

      Using the phrase "taken out of context" is a cop out. Support your claims with facts. The bible is seriously flawed and full of violence and the righteous simply like to cherry pick the nice stuff and ignore the ugliness that permeates the good book.

      May 14, 2012 at 11:37 am |
    • Ozymandias71

      Yeah, 'out of context' is just a massive dodge so you don't actually have to deal with bible verses that make *you* uncomfortable.

      May 14, 2012 at 11:55 am |
    • Scott

      "The bible is full of violence...", like atheists were never violent – what a crock.

      May 14, 2012 at 1:52 pm |
  14. Truth

    Christians will continue to give themselves an excuse to hate from the bible as long as they want to. You can see how long it took them to stop using the bible to justify hatred of black persons, the "sons of Cain" according to some, and it wasn't until military intervention that they finally gave in, though in their hearts the hatred for other races still burns like a white hot coal today as is apparent in many of these racist bigoted comments.

    May 14, 2012 at 11:22 am |
  15. jjc9999

    If, by some terrible fortune, Romney wins, will he swear in on a Bible or The Book Of Mormon? Either way, it will be a lie,
    but I'd really like for all the Bush-gelicals to chime in on that one. Or Mormon Bishops (mitt), for that matter.

    May 14, 2012 at 11:21 am |
    • Truth

      And will he be wearing any magic underwear when he does?

      May 14, 2012 at 11:23 am |
  16. Jerome

    One of the things that still, to this day, i fail to understand is how "religious people" can follow, word for word a book which is based initially on many unwritten stories past generation to generation with 1/2 of it written over 2000 years ago, in another language, translated multiple times, edited by multiple kings/politicians/"special interest groups"/etc who used it to their advantage, then translated into English and edited (hence the "King James Edition") and yet they still say things like "god said" or "jesus said" when, THEY (If they even exsisted) DID NOT..they did NOT speak English #1..so, they did not say anything in the bible, its simple as that.... All the rest of the arguments, sure, bring them on, but you can't argue with that.

    So, with that in mind, how can you be so sure they mean what you THINK they said?

    I 100% believe the bible is the work of man and not a god yet, for the sake of argument, i challange anyone to disprove that Jesus/God actually spoke english.

    Enough with this insanity.

    May 14, 2012 at 11:18 am |
    • GE

      Maybe you need to read the book of Timothy

      May 14, 2012 at 11:24 am |
    • Dallas

      What an absolutely moronic post! The Bible was not written in English. I thought everyone knew that. Evidently, some people still live in caves.

      May 14, 2012 at 11:24 am |
    • ohbrother

      Well said!

      May 14, 2012 at 11:25 am |
    • Truth

      But Christians like to "feel" like it's true and only use the parts that they agree with anyway.

      May 14, 2012 at 11:25 am |
    • Truth

      @Dallas – I think he meant that when you say "God said 'this or that' from the bible" you are lying, because he didn't say those words even if the bible is 100% fact, he said other words that were then translated into those English words which you believe an ancient person spoke, though even with the gospels none were written during Christs life but several decades later. Talk about a tough job quoting exactly what was said from hearing someone else tell the story about what was said and then you write it down and start selling it as the word of God.

      May 14, 2012 at 11:30 am |
    • Jerome

      Um....Mr Dallas...I'm not sure you (a) you get sarcasm or (b) Notice i am arguing against the fact the the bible was written in English...which perhaps you should brush up on. At least we both agree it was not written in english! Haha...

      May 14, 2012 at 11:38 am |
    • Jerome

      Oh....and thank you "truth"

      You hit the nail on the head! (no Jesus Pun intended....Ouch..)

      May 14, 2012 at 11:39 am |
    • Jerome

      Oh, i see now.. I made a TYPO..

      My Last line in original post should read, "for the sake of argument, i challange anyone to PROVE that Jesus/God actually spoke english."

      I find if funny that 80% of the comments people make her are regarding spelling/grammar, which seems to occur when someone makes a good point and the people fighting it can't argue against it, so...they point out/spelling grammar.....

      At least i noticed my mistake..Sorry for the confusion!

      May 14, 2012 at 11:43 am |
    • Scott

      Having period manuscripts certainly helps with authenticity Jerome...

      May 14, 2012 at 1:53 pm |
  17. LJ

    First off – THERE IS NO BLACK CHURCH OR WHITE CHURCH YOU SCHMUCK!!! Who let this guy write an article? Do all black people belong to the same church? Do all white people belong to a separate church? This is beyond offensive to any spiritual person....

    May 14, 2012 at 11:18 am |
    • Mike

      Is your head in the sand? Of course there are white churches that dont accept blacks and of course there are black community churches with very few white. If you are in a mixed area than good for you, but try not to sound so naive.

      May 14, 2012 at 11:27 am |
    • Humanist11

      They do in Memphis.

      May 14, 2012 at 11:40 am |
    • Damon

      There are most certainly black and white churches. You are just offended that the door of hypocrisy has finally been opened on the black churches. These churches must learn to live with the hypocrisy that they cook up with such glee.

      May 14, 2012 at 12:22 pm |
  18. Duane - St. Pete FLA

    Romney 2012!!!!!

    May 14, 2012 at 11:17 am |
    • Onlovesside

      Santorum 2016!

      May 14, 2012 at 12:22 pm |
  19. Proud Atheist

    NO MORE BLOOD TRANSFUSIONS – THE BIBLE CLEARLY SAYS SO.

    Who's going to die for Jesus first? Come on – we're taking volunteers.

    May 14, 2012 at 11:16 am |
    • American_Fury

      I'd die for Jesus sad athiest. Especially if it is in defense of the Bible and to prevent h o m os from marrying. There, now you have your 1st volunteer. it must be so sad not to believe or have faith in anything or anyone. Well at least you can count on your hubby, right?

      May 14, 2012 at 11:29 am |
    • Nate

      If Jesus were here today, I think he'd be hanging out with "h omos." AF, quit spewing hate, that's not what Jesus did.

      May 14, 2012 at 11:48 am |
  20. GianCarlo

    They keep saying they Bible Says this, the Bible says that..........Hello! Screw your Bible, this is not about your religious beliefs, you have all the right to believe in a marriage between a man and a women according to your faith and Bible. Marriage between a man and man or woman and woman is about legal rights. They are no enacting laws to force your church to marry gays. So what is your problem. If blacks don't want gay marriages, then I will turn straight and marry a women they they turn around and obey their master. How do you like them apples Black pastors?

    May 14, 2012 at 11:14 am |
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