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. Michigan Mike

    This is Bush's fault too!

    July 31, 2012 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  2. rudy depaolis

    Amen, brothers and sisters!

    July 31, 2012 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  3. WC

    Will Rahm's spokesman say again, "we don't want them here"?

    July 31, 2012 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  4. Michael Miller

    Do not strengthen the hand of the wicked

    July 31, 2012 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  5. Craig Eliot

    Shame on them! SHAME on them!

    July 31, 2012 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  6. micoz

    Black voters ought to vote like most other people...for candidates whom they agree with opn issues. Not based on race.

    July 31, 2012 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  7. PatTheRat

    God bless these pastors! It's wonderful to see they are putting Biblical teachings above race.

    July 31, 2012 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  8. Pat

    Really, does anyone think the black community will vote less than 95% as they did in 2008? It does not matter that the Black unemployment is higher then the average, it does not matter that the Chicago Way is wrong. What matter's is his skin color.

    July 31, 2012 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  9. Pat

    Prove me wrong, don't call me a racist or anything else without facts. November will prove I am right and white.

    July 31, 2012 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  10. BluClw

    Its beyond time for the government to cease and desist its activities in the realm of marriage. We have a separation of Church and State in this country and Marriage is a religious ritual, and as such the government should be forbidden from involving its self in any way. They should be forbidden from granting any benefits to a couple that a single person would not receive.

    The only benefit a married couple should receive are the blessings of God, which is something a clerk at city hall was never really empowered to grant you anyway, so we might as well prevent them from committing further fraud. Its not till we deal with the government and its peddling of phony and worthless marriage licenses that we will really be able to move on and set up a system that provides equality of secular benefits. A system that says "We can't marry you, only a church can do that, but we can assign 1 person to be your proxy, and collector of your benefits."

    July 31, 2012 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  11. longerthoughts

    I wonder how people who argue that gay rights are the civil rights struggle of our day deal with the fact that, as a demographic, African-Americans are some of the staunchest gay marriage opponents in America.

    July 31, 2012 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  12. Anita Roberts

    Amen Duke. and each one of you....Proud of these people and we're standing behind the 100%./..God Bless each of you.

    July 31, 2012 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  13. horniron

    "Gays" are abnormal, unnatural and perverted. Pray for them.

    July 31, 2012 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  14. Vg

    What do you know! Someone finally who is unwilling to suffer Obama's serial abuse.

    July 31, 2012 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  15. PDK

    This is a surprise, black people of faith taking a stand in opposition to this President. Wait till they are summoned to the White House and see if they are still singing their tune when they come out.

    July 31, 2012 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  16. Joan

    This pastor is correct Biblcally and he understands the importance of the family to civilization. He is standing tall for his beliefs. Thank you, sir.

    July 31, 2012 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  17. sharpenmycleats

    Hey DominicanMama 4 Obama, your comments seem to be extremely hypocritical. You seem to be ripping on every minority segment of society for their associated law breakers. If you looked at a statistical chart unfortunately for you, you would see that the Catholic Church has no higher ratio of perverts than most other segments of society. Furthermore it appears you are making the arguement of higher moral standards which would figure into the debate that the family unit needs to be protected. So which is it? Or do you just like to close your sliding door of your glass house and throw stones at the neighorhood.

    The reason so many things are screwed up is leftthinking people like you that want to speculate about the bad things the messenger may have done and divert the topic away versus listening to their message and then throwing yourself at the problem to try and fix it. Fix it meaning debating the pros and cons of the gay marriage issue not the priests personal short comings, if he has any.

    July 31, 2012 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  18. lordflin

    The problem is not the left...they are not what is wrong with the country. The problem is the monied interests that have control of the media, a goodly portion of the political machinery, and an iron grip on monetary policy. They move a collectivist's agenda through the left, and a police state through the right, and a large majority of the supposed thinking class of the country go to one source or the other to find out what to think... You folks end up debating that which is not necessarily unimportant, but rather a distraction from the central point... Both the left and the right are robbing you blind... Through social programs, pointless wars, funding for all manner of radical groups... All paid for by cheap money printed by the fed... We are soon reaching a point where the only thing you folks will be thinking about is where your next meal is coming from. At that point your political power will be gone. Neither the left or the right will care what you think. Just what will you do then?p

    July 31, 2012 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  19. bob the builder

    I look forward to near future when the left actually eats itself!

    Contradictions can not exist in nature. When you stumble upon one, stop and look for the false premise.

    July 31, 2012 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  20. mark foster

    Thank God the black religious community is standing up to this debauchery. One thing I will say is, Carlton Pearson needs to quit operating under the disguise of preacher. Quit associating yourself with the ministry and go to the altar where God can straighten your thinking out. You have lost a listener to your music until you renounce your belief in this moral corruption. God help you.

    July 31, 2012 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  21. vuduchld

    The funnny thing is that most of these pastors flock are gay! These people are bottom feeders so why is this news?

    July 31, 2012 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  22. JNH

    Very pleased they are voting the principles. Rare in the "chruch".

    Let these pastors be an example for all who follow Scripture.

    July 31, 2012 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  23. Gas Passer

    I think Obama's real church was a bathhouse in the slums of Chicago called "Man's Country." Glad the black pastors are standing up against Chicago's down-low bro.

    July 31, 2012 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  24. bob

    racists. oh, wait.

    July 31, 2012 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  25. truthseeker

    God bless these Pastors who stood up against the tide of popular opinion and stood their ground as Righteous men of valor.

    July 31, 2012 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
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