Thursday, August 2, 2012

Tipping point? Obama, gay "marriage" and African American clergy.

The announcement a couple months ago by President Obama that his thinking on marriage had "evolved" to support for redefining marriage to encompass same sex persons is having an impact in the African American community.  African American clergy in Minnesota and nationally are rising up and speaking out against Obama's change of position on a critical moral and social issue.
The Rev. William Owens, Jr., head of the "Mandate for Marriage" initiative and son of the Rev. William Owens, Sr., the founder and president of the Coalition of African-American Pastors (CAAP), told The Christian Post about the growing importance of the issue at an event on Tuesday.

"It's only going to increase because the very core of America is founded upon Judeo-Christian beliefs. That's debatable to some people but you can't do away with history," said Owens, Jr.

"When you begin to take on those core values you begin to take on what's the core for America. So when more and more begin to realize what is getting ready to happen, it's going to have to become an issue if we want to save our country."

Owens, Jr., made these remarks while part of a press conference held by CAAP at the National Press Club in D.C. The Rev. Owens, Sr., gave the opening remarks and answered questions from the audience.

"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, Sr.

Other speakers at the event included Bishop Janice Hollis, presiding prelate for Covenant International Fellowship of Churches in Philadelphia; Bishop Charles G. Nauden of Holyway Church of God in Christ of Southern California; and the Reverend Dean Nelson, vice chairman of the Frederick Douglass Foundation.
I think this could have significance far beyond President Obama's change of heart.  Coupled with the Democrat party's office endorsement of same sex "marriage" these actions could impact Obama's re-election prospects but also the traditional political alignment of the African American community with the Democrat Party.

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