The long held assumption that President Barack Obama has the African American vote in his pocket was shaken up this week when the president of the Coalition of African-American Pastors (CAAP) announced the launching of a campaign asking black voters to refrain from voting for the president unless he reverses his stance on same-sex marriage.
“The time has come for a broad-based assault against the power that be that wants to change our culture to one of men marrying men and women marrying women,” said CAAP President William Owens at a press conference held earlier this week to announce the Marriage Mandate campaign.
“Mr. President, I’m not going to stand with you, and there are thousands of others across this country that are not going to stand with you with this foolishness,” said Owens, who admitted to voting for Obama in 2008.
According to CNSNews, Owens urged black pastors and members of the black community to “withdraw their support for [Obama]” in a press release about the campaign.
“We will see that the black community is informed that the president is taking them for granted while pandering to the gay community,” Owens said.
Owens also expressed his disappointment in the President and Attorney General Eric Holder for refusing to respond to a letter written in May asking for a meeting to discuss the president’s newly announced support for same-sex marriage.
“We wrote the president and Mr. Holder May the second, requesting an audience with him to discuss this very issue,” Owens said. “He has not given us the courtesy of any reply.”
Owens went on to say that in spite of the fact that CAAP consists of 3,742 African American pastors, “he [the president] has totally ignored us.”
He went on to say that Obama is ignoring the black community “because he feels that he has us in his pocket.”
“Well, we are not in his pocket,” Owens said.
CAAP’s marriage pledge states that “homosexual practices of same-sex couples are in violation of religious and social norms and are aberrant” and that same-sex unions “are sinful and in direct violation of the law of God in that they are a deviation from the natural use and purpose of the body.”
It concludes: “We therefore declare our opposition to any deviation from traditional marriages of male and female, notwithstanding the rulings of the court systems of the land or acts of legislative bodies in support of same-sex ‘marriage’ and/or civil unions. And to call on Pres. Obama to repudiate his assertion that gay marriage is a civil right.”
Owens was also outspoken in his denouncement of those who attempted to discriminate against Chick-fil-A because of the views of owner Dan Cathy in support of traditional marriage.
“Some people are saying because of the position that Chick-fil-A has taken – they don’t want them in their cities,” Owens said. “It’s a disgrace. It’s the same thing that happened when I was marching for civil rights, when they didn’t want a black to come into their restaurant, they didn’t want us staying in their hotels. Now they’re saying, because we take a Christian position, they don’t want us in their cities.”
Owens continued, “Well, we won’t take it. We will stand up and they will learn, they will learn that they can’t do that to any people, by destroying religion, by destroying the family, we will stand up.”
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