July 31st, 2012
04:29 PM ET
10 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. amos

    wow. . I was beginning to think that blacks loved the color black more than the righteousness of God. Hope this rev. walks his talk.

    August 1, 2012 03:43 am at 3:43 am |
  2. Antwan

    Nice to see some of my black brothers n sisters not do the Obama swallow.

    August 1, 2012 03:50 am at 3:50 am |
  3. NameLarry Smith

    I stand and applaud. Thank God for these Godly people.

    August 1, 2012 03:59 am at 3:59 am |
  4. Lesley

    The worrying thing here is, that people don't have a mind of their own, are told who to vote for and, they obey. All people should vote for whomever they think is best suited for their political leanings and beliefs. To simply vote for someone because of colour, any colour, is a mindless exercise and, doesn't bode well for America or, for one's own best interests.

    August 1, 2012 04:01 am at 4:01 am |
  5. Bob Vedari

    The pastors must be racist. Oh wait... Oh – they must be racist against Obama's white half. No – that's not right. Blacks can't be racist against whites. It's physically impossible. Hmm... maybe they just don't like Obama. But how can that be? Don't they realize that he's more important than Jesus H. Christ? Don't they realize that he's more important than George Washington, Abe Lincoln, Louis Pasteur, Thomas Edison, MLK, and Superman combined? How can anyone possibly dislike Barak Hussein Obama – a man who teachers make up songs about, mmm mmm mmm. A man who tells us all about teachable moments and stupid police departments. A man who comes to the defense of women like Carrie Prejean – wait – he didn't do that, but never mind – he came to the defense of the victims of the Fort Hood Massacre... oh wait – he didn't do that... Well, I'm sure Obama did something good – and these pastors are racists for not realizing it and bowing down way down deep to His Magnificence.

    August 1, 2012 04:24 am at 4:24 am |
  6. Cecil

    Obama is not black as other African-Americans are... he has no slave blood. What do African American have in common with him? Nothing except they both luvs them some food stamps.

    August 1, 2012 04:48 am at 4:48 am |
  7. God's voice

    Open your eyes and see ooh world! Jesus is coming. Obama & others are preparing way 4 the antichrist.MAY GOD HELP US!

    August 1, 2012 05:10 am at 5:10 am |
  8. Anonymous

    QWhen did Obama turn from God and His Holy Unfallible Word and take an unscriptural position. It might better to follow an unbiblical way but the way thereof is death and distruction. Jesus says, "I am the way the truth and the life, no man comes to the Father but by Me."

    August 1, 2012 05:23 am at 5:23 am |
  9. JP

    There's plenty of things to disagree with Obama on, but whether you agree with the act or not banning these folks from getting married is just stupid.

    Govt has no right to tell you who you can or can't marry. Period.

    August 1, 2012 06:06 am at 6:06 am |
  10. Mike

    And there is no surprise this isn't on the Front Page......good job editing though, give CNN credit for controlling the message. YES Fox does too you Neo-Libs

    August 1, 2012 06:28 am at 6:28 am |
  11. Shepherd

    I applaud their effort, but I also hope the black community will wake up to the larger issue of eroded family values and the way the left keeps them in their place.

    August 1, 2012 06:41 am at 6:41 am |
  12. Keli

    Amen, the only hope we have for this country is a return to God and traditional values, not just for the black community but for all of us. I can't believe, in America today, "Jesus" has become a dirty word and believing in the power of "traditional family values" makes you a bigot. I have always been tolerant of other people and believe what adults do in the privacy of their own home is none of my business, but the gay community doesn't want 'tolerance' and 'acceptance' anymore. They want me to embrace and applaud their lifestyle choice and they want to make it a crime if I don't! The thought police are out in full force, just look at what they tried to do to chick-fil-a! What has happened to this country?

    August 1, 2012 06:57 am at 6:57 am |
  13. blocher

    It is about time that some in the black community realize that diversity of thought within its own community is a good thing. Not surprising that a few of their pastors finally chose God and 5000 years of history. Must have been a damn tough choice for them though.

    August 1, 2012 07:00 am at 7:00 am |
  14. snapboy

    At last! A group of blacks with traditional values willing to stand up to the anything-goes culture. Thank you!

    August 1, 2012 07:11 am at 7:11 am |
  15. Geno

    Kudos to these courageous men and women of God.

    August 1, 2012 07:12 am at 7:12 am |
  16. FmrMar

    Wire Palladin, SF
    Nothing but lies and hollow accusations inspired by hatred of truth

    August 1, 2012 07:15 am at 7:15 am |
  17. Marry

    @Namemike –
    This is not a colour issue, it is a moral issue. America needs to unite under God and renew our commitment to Jesus Chist, following His standards.
    There are many things America has to do to move forward. But I do not believe it has to become a theocracy to do so. We have seen enough about how “moral” those states are. And, remember the little thing about FREEDOM not only “to” practice (any) religion but also „not to” practice it?
    BTW, “following His standards” as interpreted by whom?

    August 1, 2012 07:19 am at 7:19 am |
  18. alien5

    Who cares what they say,
    They will vote for the fraud even if he burned their churches down

    August 1, 2012 07:29 am at 7:29 am |
  19. William

    Considering the abortion rate, divorce rate, drop out rate and incarceration rates and murder rate I would have to agree that saving families is something they should be focusing on.

    August 1, 2012 07:36 am at 7:36 am |
  20. Jim

    YES! Some black pastors with a conscience. This is great to see.

    August 1, 2012 07:36 am at 7:36 am |
  21. Name Rican Pappa

    Our 1st African-Muslim President and his cheeerleaders the treacherous Antique Lame Stream Media are running out of suckers to bamboozle. They promised us a Messiah, but all we got was a mess! (Rush L.) NOPE2012......
    P. S. Hit The Road Barack & Don't You Come Back No More....(And take Billary, Soros, Oprah, Farrakhan,, Madcow, Geraldo and Co. with you....

    August 1, 2012 07:39 am at 7:39 am |
  22. JH

    So gay marriage is the issue, but the fact that over 1/3 of all black babies are killed in the womb is not? (according to CDC) In NYC, more babies are killed than are born. (Check the New York Times Jan 6, 2011.) Does that send a chill down anyone else's spine? I agree that these guys should unite against OBama, but genocide is a much more important issue to band together over.

    August 1, 2012 07:41 am at 7:41 am |
  23. Markadams3455

    Even some of the libs are FINALLY waking up to this commie prez.

    August 1, 2012 07:44 am at 7:44 am |
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