July 31st, 2012
04:29 PM ET
2 years ago

Black pastors group launches anti-Obama campaign around gay marriage

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.”

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  1. bob

    Everyday the left show its hypocrisy. They had no problem listening to Rev Wright bash America and tell blacks how to vote. But when the shoe is on the other foot call black conservatives bigots because they tell people how to vote. The left IS what's wrong with this country.

    July 31, 2012 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  2. Jduff

    To American -Our population doubles every 25 years, not having the ability to produce a child because of being in a samegendered relationship is not a negative to our society. Having the want to adopt a child (because there are millions of orphans-famine, wars, disease ect.) because of reproduction inability is a plus to our society.

    July 31, 2012 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  3. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    What a hoot!
    Conservative Black Pastors blah blah against President Obama blah blah gays blah blah.
    Here's another one from this Catholic mama: Catholic Bishops blah blah against President Obama's blah blah gays blah blah, oh and don't forget abortion blah blah.
    Many of these so-called priests and pastors have BIGGER "internal" issues they need to deal with.
    Victimized little boys, and using the pulpit for personal pimping purposes comes immediately to mind.
    And last but certainly not least is the question of who is really funding, er, asking these questions?

    July 31, 2012 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  4. deric

    Obama is a trash president and shouldn't be elected to serve another 4 year term but, his stance on gay marriage is correct.

    July 31, 2012 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  5. Obama is a criminal

    The only 4 year term Obama should be serving is in a prison.

    July 31, 2012 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  6. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Mittenns is a money launderer, tax evader, class divider, elitist lying plutocrat.

    July 31, 2012 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  7. Duke One

    I'm happy to see the Black community stand up for their beliefs. God bless them !

    July 31, 2012 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  8. d24u

    Politics and religion should not mix. Look what happened to Jesus Christ. These religious leaders are political opportunist.

    July 31, 2012 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  9. Sniffit

    "America needs to unite under God and renew our commitment to Jesus Chist, following His standards."

    Please point to where it says that in the First Amendment.

    July 31, 2012 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  10. Duke One

    The gay community is quick to call Christians bigots and haters when in essence they are the ones that are spreading the hate and are intolerant of Christian beliefs ! Love the sinner, hate the sin.

    July 31, 2012 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  11. David

    Some black pastors allow small political ploys to cloud the big picture! More people have kids out of wedlock in blck churches then in any other church.why dont they worry about that!

    July 31, 2012 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  12. Steve

    "Because it takes a man and a woman to make a child." -Jesus

    July 31, 2012 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  13. Duke One

    Romans 1:16-32

    July 31, 2012 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  14. nikos

    @ Wire- Whatever you are smoking I want some-

    Mitt is a money launderer- Chicago Thug Obama would never do that- LOL.
    Tax Evader- Take a look at the cabinet and congress- and prove he evaded taxes with something other then MSNBC reports. ( for you liberals that means facts)
    Class divider- This proves you are beyond help- NO PRESIDENT has ever divided a country along racial and economic lines as this clown in office.
    Elitist Lying – Do you read at all or simply watch the liberal news all day?

    July 31, 2012 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  15. Sniffit

    "The gay community is quick to call Christians bigots and haters when in essence they are the ones that are spreading the hate and are intolerant of Christian beliefs !"

    Nobody is asking for laws that restrict Christians' rights. NOBODY. It in no way restricts your right to be Christian ro believe and worship as you do for the government to recognize a private marital contract between two gay people and grant them the same tax breaks and legal rights as a married couple. There's absolutely no argument that it does that holds any water.

    July 31, 2012 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  16. Sniffit

    "More people have kids out of wedlock in blck churches then in any other church.why dont they worry about that!"

    Because it's easier to invent a boogeyman and blame it than it is to admit there's a problem and take responsibility for fixing it. It's why Mittens is running around yammering about Iran and "the Soviets" and the Teatrolls blame everything on underwear gnomes...or something...fake birth certificates and what not.

    July 31, 2012 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  17. Gotta Be Kiddin

    When are these black pastors going to get control of the unwed mothers in the black communities? What are they doing about that to preserve the family? If they think that Romney would be a better choice for them then all I can say is God bless 'em. Because if Romney gets elected they'll need all the blessings they can get!

    July 31, 2012 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  18. Wake up people

    Ok fellow black people. We as blacks have been discriminated against since the beginning of time and we still are and you are going to side with the party that still despises us just because you don't believe in gay marriage? What do you think about all the pedophile choir directors that are molesting the young boys and turning them out? Oh that's ok, but you discriminate against people that are different. You sicken me. Being a black woman that has been discriminated against repeatedly I can never do it to anyone else. Maybe you should ask yourselves WWJD?

    OBAMA 2012!

    July 31, 2012 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  19. Keeping it Real

    Duke One

    The gay community is quick to call Christians bigots and haters when in essence they are the ones that are spreading the hate and are intolerant of Christian beliefs ! Love the sinner, hate the sin.
    --
    Exactly what hate are they spreading here? Because I dont see it. Liberals are so quick to throw out the word "hate" when they disagree with a lifestyle that they consider a sin. I think you have a lot to learn of Christian beliefs.

    July 31, 2012 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  20. Claire

    The black community is struggling through the impact of the Great Recession, African American children face unsafe communities where sometimes just walking to school is life threatening, once arriving at school black children are fighting against the impact of low expectations, schools are unsafe and crumbling, teachers are unqualified, AIDS/HIV is an increasing threat to the black community, large numbers of black Americans do not have health care, too many black children are being raised in single parent homes.... the list of needs within the black community could go on and on .... and gay marriage is what a few black pastors have decided should be their focus. Incredible, pathetic, and heartbreaking.

    July 31, 2012 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  21. Jane

    I wish I could be a fly on the celestial wall when all these people purporting to be 'religious' and "Christian' show up at the Heavenly Gates for their 'reward'. Boy, are they in for a shock! God doesn't like ugly....

    July 31, 2012 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  22. SparkyVA

    Obama – the worst thing that ever happened to the Democratic Party!

    July 31, 2012 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  23. Fred Lopez

    I love it when Americans stand for their beliefs in the American way, not the far left extremist way
    will the gays now attack these churches?

    July 31, 2012 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  24. billnorris

    God bless the pastors and church members My Brothels and sisters in the Lord. > I am white and a fundamentalist.

    July 31, 2012 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  25. Steve L. Reid

    Where do we donate?

    July 31, 2012 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
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