July 31st, 2012
04:29 PM ET
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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. Case In Point

    d24u wrote: 'Politics and religion should not mix. Look what happened to Jesus Christ. These religious leaders are political opportunist.'

    Uh, have you broken all that to the Rev. Jesse Jackson or the Rev. Al Sharpton yet, kiddo? They've been mixing those two for decades, now. Have you also informed every Democrat candidate who's spoken at churches for the past 50 years of that?

    July 31, 2012 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  2. Basil

    To Wire Palladin and d24u: It sounds like you're talking about Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson. Oh wait, it's okay as long as you're a liberal or a Democrat.

    July 31, 2012 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  3. Rahm Emanuel

    Black Pastors are not welcome in Chicago

    July 31, 2012 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  4. Bob

    Wire Palladin, S. F. : Just another coward.

    July 31, 2012 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  5. Dunce Biden

    Too bad they don't also point out that Obama is the biggest liar, and worst president we've ever had. He is a monster and will be fired in November.

    July 31, 2012 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  6. hugolast

    Good for Pastor Owens and the Coalition of African-Americans Pastors!
    Throw off them liberal/progressive chains.

    You been sold out by the half-white in the all-White House.

    July 31, 2012 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  7. ckainredstateusa

    d24u @ July 31, 2012 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
    Politics and religion should not mix. Look what happened to Jesus Christ. These religious leaders are political opportunist.

    - – - – - – -

    Whoever you are, you haven't a clue about Christ Jesus and what happened. And it had nothing to do with politics. Things are not what they appear to be, you know?

    July 31, 2012 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  8. tasercrimes

    Good to see a little humility... is it too little, too late?

    July 31, 2012 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  9. Mamzer

    I think Obama and his reelection staff did their math and did it well. They are betting the black church is more loyal to the DNC and its principles and platform than to Scripture and Christ's principles.

    "Want to control the peasants, give them a pension" Otto Von Bismark

    July 31, 2012 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  10. Orville

    If more people of faith regardless of race were to vote according Biblical principles and not on political party lines, I think more people of all races would vote for someone other than the President and his very liberal agenda. I commend the black pastors, the Catholic church and others for standing up for their religious beliefs.

    July 31, 2012 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  11. john swanson

    So why stop with the president my fellow Baptists,,,why not go after the Congressional Black Caucus as well. They are voting the legislation, they are the ones making the laws. Dip cob obama just signs the bills.

    July 31, 2012 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  12. Anti-matter

    Good for the pastors. The left has no problem throwing punches and striking cheeks. It's time to stop the cheek turning and strike back hard. Man is a free spirit and can choose his free will unlike liberals who follow lock step anything moronic even when offered proof to the contrary. It's time to move forward and leave liberals behind as their way of thinking is outdated just as modern day welfare slavery.

    July 31, 2012 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  13. Steve

    Time for the O to go. He has disrespect his race, the US of A and the American family.

    July 31, 2012 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  14. jpj

    It makes for a good headline, but the truth is they will vote for BHO because they are black and they perceive him to
    be black also.What have the democrats done in the last 40 years to improve their lot? Nothing but made them slaves to this government system. So sad.

    July 31, 2012 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  15. w l jones

    If they spent more time using all that space after school hours tutering in theirs church area and less durn other thing Said enough.

    July 31, 2012 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  16. Name Freddy swan

    As a Methodist , white, conservative,
    Christian, I salute him. This had to tough
    On him to do this. Doing the right thing is not always easy. Satan will try to use this to divide
    His people and aim hate and resentment towards him

    July 31, 2012 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  17. John in Brooklyn

    As a good Christian gay person I, for one will continue to listen to the lessons of both Jesus Christ and Martin Luther King. So, I WILL come to the rescue of these black ministers' churches when bigots burn crosses, lynch their children, or deny African Americans jobs or housing....even though they continue to work tireless to break up my family. I guess these men have joined the 21st century "I got mine..the others can suffer" rhetoric of the Republican Party.

    July 31, 2012 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  18. pattieb

    God for them! It is near impossible to be quite when you are being attacked on a daily basis by Americans that have more hate for anyone that does not agree with them, than they do, possibly, Islamic Terrorists. That's the way it seems and it is so disgusting and vile. Thanks Obama for bringing America together, you have done as good a job at this as you have destroying the country. What a fraud.

    July 31, 2012 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  19. Tim

    Thank God.

    July 31, 2012 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  20. Vinny Joy

    As a Christian and pastor myself I am so glad to hear about this movement to stand up for biblical, traditional marriage and opposing President Obama based on this issue. God bless you.

    July 31, 2012 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  21. JustAGuy

    I'm kindof in shock that members of the Black Church would choose Jesus Christ over Barack Obama. This is good!

    July 31, 2012 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  22. Rocky

    I know a lot of Blacks/American Africans that hve been called Uncle Tom's, Racists, Turn coats and various other names because they roll with their agenda and not the It' a Black Thing Agenda. It seems to scare the Socialist Nazi/Fascist Left that some American Africans do not wish to be slaves to the Democrats, Repblicans or the Sharpton/Jackson Rascist Black Agenda.
    This is the opinion and feelings of the Pastors and should be respected.
    By the way, Atheism has been ruled a religion in a court of law in the US and is part of Communism.
    All you lefty's can print this out, roll it up and stuff it where the sun don't shine in hopes to rattle your brain.
    The Left is acting like Hitler's Brown Shirts and Benito's Black Shirts.

    July 31, 2012 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  23. Derrick

    If he didn't march for gay people to have the same rights as everyone else then he didn't march for civil rights at all and he was there for the wrong reasons. Coming from a straight black man who would've been more militant than a march

    July 31, 2012 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  24. catie

    jduff, that being said. With the debt the way it is going we need to triple our population to pay for everything

    July 31, 2012 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  25. denver

    Why don't we take a different approach. Church leaders have been divided between political and spiritual believfs and convictions. Many on the "left" want to manufacture what the present day "Jesus" would have done. And many on the "right" would manufacture "Jesus" for conservative principles. It is MY principal that Jesus is much bigger than the left or right AND not concerned about finding middle ground. We as the “believers” have a calling to unite, principles be damned! What is the truly bedrock of faith? Jesus is Lord, champion of our faith, only pathway to our father in Heaven. In my utmost humble opinion is that all else is doctrinal dissemination. I’m reminded that there are 2 kingdoms…not 10 thousand!

    July 31, 2012 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
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