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July 31st, 2012
04:15 PM ET

Black pastors group launches anti-Obama campaign around gay marriage

By Dan Merica, CNN

Washington (CNN) – A group of conservative black pastors are responding to President Barack Obama’s support of same-sex marriage with what they say will be a national campaign aimed at rallying black Americans to rethink their overwhelming support of the President, though the group’s leader is offering few specifics about the effort.

The Rev. Williams Owens, who is president and founder of the Coalition of African-Americans Pastors and the leader of the campaign, has highlighted opposition to same-sex marriage among African-Americans. He calls this campaign “an effort to save the family.”

“The time has come for a broad-based assault against the powers that be that want to change our culture to one of men marrying men and women marrying women,” said Owens, in an interview Tuesday after the launch event at the National Press Club. “I am ashamed that the first black president chose this road, a disgraceful road.”

At the press conference, Owens was joined by five other black regional pastors and said there were 3,742 African-American pastors on board for the anti-Obama campaign.

When asked at the press conference for specifics about the campaign – funding, planned events and goals – Owens said only that the group’s first fundraiser will be on August 16 in Memphis, Tennessee. But Owens insisted that “we are going to go nationwide with our agenda just like the president has gone to Hollywood.”

In May, Obama announced on ABC News that he thought “same sex couples should be able to get married." The president had previously said that he opposed gay marriage, but said in May that his views were personal and did not represent a policy change.

In a fiery Tuesday press conference at the press club, Owens said Obama was taking the black vote for granted and decried the idea of similarities between the gay rights movement and the civil rights movement, an assertion made by the NAACP following Obama’s same-sex marriage support.

Owens has long been an opponent of gay marriage and consults with the National Organization for Marriage as a liaison to the black churches.

At the press conference, Owens said that Obama’s support of same-sex marriage tantamount to supporting child molestation.

“If you watch the men who have been caught having sex with little boys, you will note that all of them will say that they were molested as a child…” Owens said. “For the president to condone this type of thing is irresponsible.”

Owens later walked about those comments back, saying he didn’t think the president was condoning molestation.

Earlier this year, memos obtained by The Human Rights Campaign in a Maine civil actions suit revealed that NOM aims at making gay marriage a wedge issued “between gays and blacks,” according to the released confidential plans.

“The strategic goal of this project is to drive a wedge between gays and blacks - two key Democratic constituencies," one NOM memo states. In light of the release, Brian Brown, president of NOM, said that he is proud of the group’s “strong record” on minority partnerships.

A Pew Research Center poll conducted in April found that 49% of African-Americans oppose legalized same-sex marriage, compared with 39% who support it. But that shows a softening on the position in recent years; In 2008, only 26% of blacks were in favor of same sex marriage, according to the same Pew poll.

At the same time, black voters overwhelmingly supported Obama in 2008, while more recent polling shows a nearly equal level of support for the president’s 2012 reelection.

In a Public Religion Research Institute poll released last week, 18% of black Americans surveyed said they see same-sex marriage a “critical issue,” putting it behind the economy, education, deficit, a growing wealth gap and immigration.

According to Robert P. Jones, the CEO of the polling company, there is no evidence that same-sex marriage is something African-Americans will bring to the ballot box in November.

“Among African-Americans, I think same-sex marriage will be a nonissue in the election,” Jones told CNN. “We just have no evidence what so ever in slippage of support for Obama, even after his announcement in support of same sex marriage.”

The reaction of black pastors to the president’s support for gay marriage has been as varied as their congregations, ranging from condemnation to congratulations.

"We may disagree with our president on this one issue," Rev. Wallace Charles Smith said from the pulpit of the Shiloh Baptist Church in Washington on the Sunday after Obama announced his support for legalized gay unions. "But we will keep him lifted up in prayer. ... pray for President Barack Obama."

At the Tuesday press conference, Owens questioned Obama’s commitment to black Americans, stating that the president is just “half-black, half-white” and has long “ignored the black press.”

He is “ignoring the people that put him in the White House,” Owens said.

- Dan Merica

Filed under: 2012 Election • Barack Obama • Black issues • Obama • Pastors • Politics • Race • Same-sex marriage

soundoff (1,434 Responses)
  1. Charles

    The level of ignorance in my community, the black community is just astounding. Does that ignorant man know who Bayard Rustin was, and how instrumental he was in making sure that the famous March On Washington went on without a hitch? Black people, you can make this a wedge issue if you like. Obama will suffer, gay rights will continue to advance, and you will in time find yourself on the wrong side of history.

    August 1, 2012 at 11:19 am |
    • Which God??

      You are sooo right. And mittens does not need to be in the white house. Period.

      August 1, 2012 at 11:41 am |
  2. Brother Maynard

    So this 'Pastor' has a campaign in an 'effort to save the family' and he is railing against gay marriage when 72% of African American children are raised by single moms?
    http://newsone.com/1195075/children-single-parents-u-s-american/

    What's that biblical verse "Don't worry about the speck in your neighbors eye when you have a stick in yours" ... something like that.

    Another ignorant hypocritcal christian bigot.

    August 1, 2012 at 11:16 am |
    • Jesus Christ

      Well said Brother Maynard!

      August 1, 2012 at 11:18 am |
    • Which God??

      Good reply Bro. M.

      August 1, 2012 at 11:42 am |
    • Dyslexic Dog

      amen!

      August 1, 2012 at 12:02 pm |
  3. HeedMyWords

    Concerning the support for sodomy, that reeking BO promotion, many voters for BO have been thinking and some have been saying "I am ashamed that the first black president chose this road, a disgraceful road." But his mother was a radical white socialist/communist and neither that major influence on his life nor his former statements and lack of actions opposing the sodomites and their sodomy should not be forgotten. Even a partially vetted half breed, like BO,
    should never have gained popularity. We have only to be ashamed of ourselves for our lack of perception, our reliance on the main stream media, our own disgraceful family values and our lack of faith in Divine Providence. We still have a second chance on Nov. 6, 2012, so let's not blow it again.

    August 1, 2012 at 11:14 am |
    • rAmen

      you're from Mississippi, aren't you?

      August 1, 2012 at 11:17 am |
    • Huebert

      What is your problem with sodomy? It's a lot of fun, you should try it with your wife or girlfriend.

      August 1, 2012 at 11:17 am |
    • HeedMyWords

      I do have to be honest and tell everyone that I am a big fat gay man that's really, really mad that I can't come out in my little town. I'm like Boss Hog in Dukes of Hazzard...always making dumb comments and acting like a fool. Geesh, I just hope you can't smell me from where I'm sitting right now. I wish I were Obama...he is truly my hero and I am a total nothing!

      August 1, 2012 at 11:17 am |
    • BRC

      You are a troll. Or an uninformed bigot who actually believes the patently false things they are saying. I'm really hoping for the first.

      August 1, 2012 at 11:19 am |
    • Which God??

      Hate much, hillbillywords?

      August 1, 2012 at 11:27 am |
    • Dyslexic Dog

      it's time for your meds.

      August 1, 2012 at 12:03 pm |
  4. Suester

    This is truly a step toward 100% erradication of discrimination. That will be when everyone looks beyond a candidates race and supports the candidate who he/she believes will be the best leader for our country. Thank you so much for taking this important and significant step against racial discrimination.

    August 1, 2012 at 11:11 am |
    • BRC

      Supporting the discriminations against gays is a step towards 100% erradication of discrimination? Ho won earth does your mind make that work?

      August 1, 2012 at 11:15 am |
    • AverageJoe76

      Really?!? It's like saying if all the Jews were killed, they're would be no more Anti-Semetism. Eat some food.

      August 1, 2012 at 11:53 am |
  5. Jesus Christ

    Stupid is as Stupid does...it seems that the black man has forgotten his own days of persecution. What sad little hypocrites they are. I am ashamed of them.

    August 1, 2012 at 11:05 am |
    • Helter Skelter

      How do you compare not being able to get married with being enslaved, having to use a "black" only bathroom or water fountain, not being able to vote, or being required to ride in the back of a bus?

      August 1, 2012 at 11:32 am |
    • 2Cents

      "How do you compare not being able to get married with being enslaved, having to use a "black" only bathroom or water fountain, not being able to vote, or being required to ride in the back of a bus?"

      The NAACP has passed a resolution endorsing same-sex marriage as a civil right, putting it stamp on an issue that has divided the black community.

      The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People's board voted at a leadership retreat in Miami on Saturday to back a resolution supporting marriage equality, calling the position consistent with the equal protection provision of the US constitution.

      "The mission of the NAACP has always been to ensure political, social and economic equality of all people," board chairwoman Roslyn M Brock said in a statement. "We have and will oppose efforts to codify discrimination into law."

      Same-sex marriage is legal in six states and the District of Columbia, but 31 states have passed amendments to ban it.

      The NAACP vote came about two weeks after President Barack Obama announced his support for gay marriage, setting off a flurry of political activity in a number of states. Obama's announcement followed vice-president Joe Biden's declaration in a television interview that he was "absolutely comfortable" with gay couples marrying.

      "Civil marriage is a civil right and a matter of civil law. The NAACP's support for marriage equality is deeply rooted in the fourteenth amendment of the United States constitution and equal protection of all people" said NAACP president Benjamin Todd Jealous, a strong backer of gay rights.

      Gay marriage has divided the black community, with many religious leaders opposing it. In California, exit polls showed about 70% of black people opposed same-sex marriage in 2008. In Maryland, black religious leaders helped derail a gay marriage bill last year. But state lawmakers passed a gay marriage bill this year.

      Pew Research Center polls have found that African Americans have become more supportive of same-sex marriage in recent years, but remain less supportive than other groups. A poll conducted in April showed 39% of African-Americans favor gay marriage, compared with 47% of white people. The poll showed 49% of black people and 43% of white people are opposed.

      The Human Rights Campaign, a leading gay rights advocacy group, applauded the NAACP's step.

      "We could not be more pleased with the NAACP's history-making vote – which is yet another example of the traction marriage equality continues to gain in every community," HRC president Joe Solmonese said in a statement.

      August 1, 2012 at 11:35 am |
  6. Doug Kendrick

    This is just a ploy to get us to drop our guard. I find the following quote more believable:

    “Even if Obama were in a crowd of people and he took a knife to a pregnant woman and cut the baby right out of her womb, most black Christians would blame the mother!”

    CHARGE HARDER!!!!

    August 1, 2012 at 11:00 am |
  7. wolfpackbob

    Just like Chik-fil-A, even pastors are getting hammered for freedom of speech.

    August 1, 2012 at 10:49 am |
    • midwest rail

      And yet no one's 1st Amendment rights have been violated. Nice try, though.

      August 1, 2012 at 10:50 am |
    • *facepalm*

      So, if someone takes a bigoted, ignorance stance on something, no one should have freedom of speech to disagree with them?

      Sorry to break this to you, but freedom of speech goes both ways.

      August 1, 2012 at 10:51 am |
    • rAmen

      you can have your freedom of speech if you're not on 501 (c) (3)

      August 1, 2012 at 10:57 am |
    • Jesus Christ

      Wolf (what a dumb name) are you so perfect that you can cast the first stone? What a typical, christian hypocrite you are.

      August 1, 2012 at 11:06 am |
  8. TheVeteran

    I went to their web site and sent them the following email:

    Greetings all,

    I am truly disappointed that we have men of the cloth, who are so uninformed on the Gospel. Supporting gay marriage is not about supporting the sin. It is about supporting freedom to sin. Which by the way, came from God. God does not need our help in punishing or condemning anyone for their sins. He is God all by himself. And if he wanted to stop gays from marrying, then He surely can do so without our help. With that said, freedom came from God, to include the freedom to sin. Taking away someones freedom to sin is what we are dealing with here. And if we must start doing that, then let us start by looking in the mirror and putting things in place to try to prevent our own sins, which may be different than theirs, but are nevertheless, the same in significance.

    Regardless, this is what should be at the top of the agenda for you gentlemen:

    Mormons believe that God is a man, with a wife
    Mormons believe that blacks are cursed
    Mormons believe that Jesus and Satan are brothers
    ***And most importantly***
    Mormons believe that they can work hard here (works), and achieve god status and rule over their own world

    Are you kidding me??? You Pastors, and I use that term lightly at this point, are raising a big stink over support for the freedom to sin, but ignore a candidate's religion that walks in the footsteps of Satan himself??? Only Satan would even fix his mouth to claim that he wanted to be a god and rule over his own world!!

    You gentlemen have simply disqualified yourselves from leading the lost, because you yourselves are lost. The blind leading the blind.

    What the president is doing is simply Loving those people, and leaving the judgment to Christ himself. Who is the only sinless person to ever walk this earth, and therefore the best person to judge us for our sins....

    I will leave you something else to think about: Love is the greatest commandment. It is greater than Faith. If you gentlemen could stop a person from sinning through legislation, that still would not save them. So why place your energies and efforts in a fruitless undertaking (trying to stop people from sinning)? What saves is Faith, and Love (one of the ways Faith is manifested). Why not concentrate on those two things (Faith and Love), and leave the judgment to Christ. Your judgment cannot save a single soul. And their ability to avoid sin will not save them either. Two things will: Faith and Love.

    God bless,

    I would enjoy a discussion on this matter....

    August 1, 2012 at 10:42 am |
    • Dyslexic Dog

      In order to justify its aberrant theology, Mormonism has undermined the authority and trustworthiness of the Bible. The 8th article of faith from the Mormon Church states, "We believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly." This means that when the Bible contradicts Mormonism, the Bible isn't trustworthy.

      The interesting thing is that Joseph Smith allegedly corrected the Bible in what is called The Inspired Version, though it is not used by the LDS church. Though they claim they trust the Bible, in reality they do not. They use Mormon presuppositions to interpret it instead of letting it speak for itself. For example, where the Bible says there are no other gods in the universe (Isaiah 43:10; 44:6,8), they interpret it to mean "no other gods of this world" – which is not what those verses say. They do not trust the Bible and they often state that the Bible is not translated correctly.

      August 1, 2012 at 11:15 am |
  9. heathergirl1234

    They must be racist!

    August 1, 2012 at 10:40 am |
  10. Reality

    Some 21st century nitty gritty for the pastors to contemplate:

    (Some words hyphenated to get past the moderators "secret" word filter.)

    o "Abrahamics" believe that their god created all of us and of course that includes the gay members of the human race. Also, those who have studied ho-mo-se-xuality have determined that there is no choice involved therefore gays are gay because god made them that way.

    To wit:

    1. The Royal College of Psy-chiatrists stated in 2007:

    “ Despite almost a century of psy-choanalytic and psy-chological speculation, there is no substantive evidence to support the suggestion that the nature of parenting or early childhood experiences play any role in the formation of a person’s fundamental heteros-exual or hom-ose-xual orientation. It would appear that s-exual orientation is biological in nature, determined by a complex interplay of ge-netic factors and the early ut-erine environment. Se-xual orientation is therefore not a choice.[60] "

    2. "Garcia-Falgueras and Swaab state in the abstract of their 2010 study, "The fe-tal brain develops during the intraut-erine period in the male direction through a direct action of tes-tosterone on the developing nerve cells, or in the female direction through the absence of this hor-mone surge. In this way, our gender identi-ty (the conviction of belonging to the male or female gender) and s-exual orientation are programmed or organized into our brain structures when we are still in the womb. There is no indication that social environment after birth has an effect on gender ident–ity or s-exual orientation."[8

    3. See also the Philadelphia Inquirer review “Gay Gene, Deconstructed”, 12/12/2011. Said review addresses the following “How do genes associated with ho-mose-xuality avoid being weeded out by Darwinian evolution?”

    Of course, those gays who belong to Abrahamic religions supposedly abide by the rules of no adu-ltery or for-nication allowed.

    And because of basic biology differences said monogamous ventures should always be called same-se-x unions not same-se-x marriages.
    To wit:

    From below, on top, backwards, forwards, from this side of the Moon and from the other side too, ga-y s-exual activity is still mutual mas-turbation caused by one or more complex s-exual differences. Some differences are visually obvious in for example the complex maleness of DeGeneres, Billy Jean King and Rosie O'Donnell.
    Yes, heteros-exuals practice many of the same "moves" but there is never a doubt who is the female and who is the male.

    As noted, there are basic biological differences in gay unions vs. heterose-xual marriage. Government benefits are the same in both but making the distinction is important for census data and for social responses with respect to potential issues with disease, divorce and family interactions.
    =========================================================================================

    _____________________________________________________________________________________________

    August 1, 2012 at 10:34 am |
    • rAmen

      if only xtians would read what the scientists say, we wouldn't have so many stupid creationists

      August 1, 2012 at 10:38 am |
  11. twinelm

    If Rev. Owens can just make a push for many folks to STAY HOME on election day to avoid doing harm, then this will be a good thing.

    August 1, 2012 at 10:29 am |
    • Alan J

      You wished WE won't stay home, Sorry dude

      August 1, 2012 at 10:34 am |
    • *facepalm*

      It would probably just offset the Republican xtians that will stay home because they believe their version of their mythology is better than Romney's version of their mythology.

      August 1, 2012 at 10:34 am |
  12. *facepalm*

    Brilliant work, pastors. Convince your sheeple to vote for someone who's religion considered your race to be second class until only a few decades ago. Winning!

    August 1, 2012 at 10:29 am |
    • sam stone

      apparently, everyone needs a ni**er

      August 1, 2012 at 10:30 am |
    • *facepalm*

      Ain't that the truth. Everyone seems to have a need to look down on someone else.

      August 1, 2012 at 10:33 am |
    • Leonard W. Giddens Jr.

      If you want to talk about a religion that barred blacks, lets talk about the muslim religion that hates all Americans. People you can come up with the dumbest reason to justify your licking the boots of democrats that are making complete fools of the black, shall we say, rank and file. Ignorance on parade as usual. Will you ever get smart? You will for ever be behind the 8ball as long as you wait for democrats to pull you up. The blacks in the democrat party live very well because they keep you stupid and thinking the democrat party cares for blacks. The democrat party only care for mexicans, perverts, muslims, plan parenthood, and unions, all other are foot stools. This is not the democrat party I once knew, these are commies and they hate the American way.

      August 1, 2012 at 11:17 am |
    • Mark from Middle River

      Well since the Civil Rights act was only passed a little over 40 years ago..., does that mean that the Black Panthers were right and we who are African American should not do things such as serve in the Military or Government of the United States because its only been a few decades since they just started reconizing us as full citizens?

      August 1, 2012 at 11:27 am |
  13. Dyslexic Dog

    the upcoming election will prove two points.
    (a) that christians are believers according to convenience, and
    (b) that republican christians are republicans first and christians second

    Romney is a mormon which is a religion that, as well as co-optingsome parts and characters from the bible word for word, also contradicts and makes a mockery of so many key christian religious beliefs that it should be a bigger issue to
    christians than gay marriage and abortion. But ... the same way as christians always pick and choose which parts of the bible to loudly proclaim and which parts of the bible to pretend don't exist ... they will ignore all these issues and vote for Romney anyway.

    What do you think God/Jesus will think of you if you give your vote to a man who truly believes that he will one day be a God? Or a man who truly believes that Joseph Smith, a 19th century reknowned con-man, is an equal of Jesus?

    Go on christans, pretend you never read this post. Find some obscure bible quote that will justify you supporting a cult. What a joke!

    August 1, 2012 at 10:26 am |
    • Which God??

      D Dog. Thanks for this post. Directly underscores the point.

      August 1, 2012 at 10:31 am |
  14. Dyslexic Dog

    and yet you would have people vote for a man who's core belief (mormonism) denies one or more of the essential doctrines of Christianity. Of the essential doctrines (that there is only one God in all existence, Jesus is divine, God in flesh, forgiveness of sins is by grace alone (Eph. 2:8-9; Rom. 4:1-5), and Jesus rose from the dead physically (1 John 2:19; Luke 24:39), the gospel being the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus, 1 Cor. 15:1-4), Mormonism denies three of them: how many gods there are, the God of Christianity, and His work of salvation.

    Hypocrite much?!?!

    August 1, 2012 at 10:22 am |
    • Which God??

      D Dog, they just don't want to see that. It's called willful ignorance. It's just like holding on to a belief that lets you sin your a.s.s off, and still be saved by a god-fairy.

      August 1, 2012 at 10:29 am |
    • Leonard W. Giddens Jr.

      The fraud in the white house is a muslim and that's OK because he is a person of color. I don't care what a President's beliefs are because his religion has nothing to do with him doing a good job, JFK proved that to be a fact. If we had a president now and we don't this country would still have it's AAA rating. What we have is a man that hasn't been identified yet and he makes sure he isn't. He has a SS# for 32 years that belongs to a dead man. He is guilty of treason for taking sides with our enemies, files lawsuits against America and it citizens in favor of illegals, muslims, and mexicans. We are being told what we can or can not say about any of the low life the democrats supports. The fraud has open the border so anyone and any group can come in and murder, assault, and take jobs from citizens of this country. That is treason. I know you are so hungry for a person of color to have the presidency, you don't care what he does as long as he make the same old tired promises the democrats have been making to you for 60 years. You are a sad 99%. You don't understand the ramification of the dumb stuff this fraud is doing to this country to destroy it and you don't care. This man would not make a door mat for a real President and dumb people thinks he is the second coming.

      August 1, 2012 at 11:35 am |
    • Dyslexic Dog

      oh Leonard, you must positively twitch with anticipation when the ads come on FOX News and there is an interruption to your constant stream of misinformation. You just can't wait to get back to their lies to make you feel that all your deranged ideas are actually true. Keep watching ... keep watching ...

      August 1, 2012 at 12:09 pm |
  15. 2cents

    The NAACP has passed a resolution endorsing same-sex marriage as a civil right, putting it stamp on an issue that has divided the black community.

    The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People's board voted at a leadership retreat in Miami on Saturday to back a resolution supporting marriage equality, calling the position consistent with the equal protection provision of the US constitution.

    "The mission of the NAACP has always been to ensure political, social and economic equality of all people," board chairwoman Roslyn M Brock said in a statement. "We have and will oppose efforts to codify discrimination into law."

    Same-sex marriage is legal in six states and the District of Columbia, but 31 states have passed amendments to ban it.

    The NAACP vote came about two weeks after President Barack Obama announced his support for gay marriage, setting off a flurry of political activity in a number of states. Obama's announcement followed vice-president Joe Biden's declaration in a television interview that he was "absolutely comfortable" with gay couples marrying.

    "Civil marriage is a civil right and a matter of civil law. The NAACP's support for marriage equality is deeply rooted in the fourteenth amendment of the United States constitution and equal protection of all people" said NAACP president Benjamin Todd Jealous, a strong backer of gay rights.

    Gay marriage has divided the black community, with many religious leaders opposing it. In California, exit polls showed about 70% of black people opposed same-sex marriage in 2008. In Maryland, black religious leaders helped derail a gay marriage bill last year. But state lawmakers passed a gay marriage bill this year.

    Pew Research Center polls have found that African Americans have become more supportive of same-sex marriage in recent years, but remain less supportive than other groups. A poll conducted in April showed 39% of African-Americans favor gay marriage, compared with 47% of white people. The poll showed 49% of black people and 43% of white people are opposed.

    The Human Rights Campaign, a leading gay rights advocacy group, applauded the NAACP's step.

    "We could not be more pleased with the NAACP's history-making vote – which is yet another example of the traction marriage equality continues to gain in every community," HRC president Joe Solmonese said in a statement.

    August 1, 2012 at 10:22 am |
  16. charles

    Interesting item. First Owens states that he was 'ashamed that the first Black president chose this road...." In the end he states that Obama is "half Black and half-White." That would suggest to me that Owens is following the 'one drop rule' in the first instance and something else in the second. According to DiversityInc, Obama is the sixth American president to be Black via the one drop rule.

    What I would offer is that Owens and other hare saddened that Barack Obama has risen to the level he has without their support. Voting and sending a pittance to the campaign is not what gets individuals elected. There are public dialogues that must be entertained, letters to the editor and various forums to attend, battles to be fought in the public arena. I suspect that Owens did not miss a meal or a car payment in 2008 to help elect Barack Obama. He sounds much like the person recently elected as president of the Southern Baptist's, Fred Luter, Jr., who does not even know that race, as a social construct, does not exist. It was discredited nearly 100 years ago. Obama might be a failed president but it is not because he failed Black Americans, he failed Americans, essentially the world.

    August 1, 2012 at 10:16 am |
    • Alan J

      President Obama failed No One sir! That's a sad commentary you state. More importantly a LIE! He's done more as President than most of the 43 before him, FACT!

      August 1, 2012 at 10:28 am |
    • wolfpackbob

      Well said.

      August 1, 2012 at 10:38 am |
  17. jimmer

    By traditional family, do these black preachers mean illegitimate children, rampant violence, exceptionally high teen pregnancy rates, exceptionally high illiteracy rates, the highest race on race crime rates in the US, highest murder rates, and the lowest number of "traditional families" in the industrialized world?

    Oh, I see, opposing gay marriage will surely cure the black community of all those ills.

    August 1, 2012 at 10:13 am |
    • Which God??

      jimmer, you hit the nail squarely. The truth hurts, and they cannot admit all of what you said. They 'know it,' but perfer to blame in on the 'man' for keeping them down. They are now raised to be scammers of the system, to get those free handouts. Don'cha know, they are 'enti.tled' to them. What bullsh!t.

      August 1, 2012 at 10:25 am |
    • GrowUp

      You left out crack babies, domestic violence, no respect for education, no respect for private property and blaming everyone else for their problems. I guess that pretty much sums up the "family values" of the black community lead by their can't keep their pants on pastors.

      August 1, 2012 at 10:31 am |
  18. GRIZZ MANN

    The story should read all Pastors, Ministers, etc. oppose the abnormal, anti christian, anti natural marriage values.

    August 1, 2012 at 10:10 am |
    • rAmen

      there's nothing "natural" about marriage. it's man-made

      August 1, 2012 at 10:12 am |
  19. rAmen

    New rule: if you whip the LGBTs using the same obsolete fairy tale the white slave masters used to whip your ancestors, you are a hypocrite.

    August 1, 2012 at 10:09 am |
  20. Ratt

    Hate to inform you Rev. Owens, but ain't no praying gona save Obama. He had an agenda when you dofuses elected him, he rode you like a rented mule and now that your all sweaty, hungry and pushed to the side, maybe, just maybe you will help us send this sob to the binds of history..

    August 1, 2012 at 10:08 am |
    • Carolyn

      " . . . rode you like a rented mule . . . " I shot coffee out of my nose . . . I'm borrowing that line.

      August 1, 2012 at 10:33 am |
    • Alan J

      You and s Carolyn are sick! Obama 2012

      August 1, 2012 at 10:37 am |
    • wolfpackbob

      Yeah, the "mule" line did it for me, too.

      August 1, 2012 at 10:42 am |
    • Which God??

      true that, Ratt, but I'm not going for Mittens and his god of kolob complex either.

      August 1, 2012 at 10:59 am |
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