Will black Christians stay home on Election Day?

The church and the family are vital African-American institutions. Are Obama's policies undermining their support for him?

BY: Rob Kerby, Senior Editor


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believes the Bible “clearly states about homosexuality.”

Dr, Otis Moss III

“President Obama did not exercise good judgment” when he made the endorsement of same-sex marriage, said Whyte. The church should “love all people who are engaged in any sin, including the abomination of homosexuality, but should not abandon God’s word and endorse their sin.”

“You accuse these preachers who say they cannot support President Obama of hiding ‘from true dialogue,’” says Whyte in an open letter to Moss. “No ‘dialogue’ is really necessary on this matter. As you know, and as many Bible scholars and seminary professors will tell you, the best way of studying and understanding Scripture is through plain, literal interpretation of the text. There is no need to have any ‘dialogue’ about the plain, clear teaching of what God said. There is no need to complicate something that the Bible makes plain. Yes, there are some prophetic passages in the Bible that are clearly meant to be taken symbolically, but the issue at hand is not one of those. The issue of homosexuality, not to mention homosexual marriage, is something on which the Bible speaks very clearly.”

Black religious leaders ”love President Barack Obama,” writes William Douglas for the McClatchy news service. “But when it comes to his support for same-sex marriage, some of the nation’s leading African-American clergy are divided, sometimes passionately.”

Black pastors worry that their church members will stay home on Election Day

“I love all homosexual brothers and sisters, but my discipline says I can’t marry them,” said Bishop John Adams, an African Methodist Episcopal minister and former chairman of the Conference of National Black Churches. “Same-sex marriages are not being approved by the Christian community because it is a contradiction of creation. The species continues by the procreation of male and female.”

The nine denominations of the conference, which reach 10 million people, all oppose gay marriage, said the Rev. Dr. Franklyn Richardson, the group’s chairman.

FROM CNN’s Jack Cafferty:

“While President Obama’s support for gay marriage is sure to fire up parts of the liberal base, it could alienate others — including black voters,” observed CNN’s Jack Cafferty. “In other words, backing same-sex marriage might be a risky position for the president in an election year when it comes to one of his core voting blocs.

“In 2008, African-Americans were crucial in making Mr. Obama the nation’s first black president. Exit polls showed 96% of black voters supported him and they made up 13% of the electorate.”

“Fast forward four years: While polls suggest America on the whole is moving toward support of same-sex marriage, ABC/Washington Post polling shows 55 percent of black voters are still against it. That compares to 43% of whites.”

This opposition from blacks could hurt the president — particularly in the South, noted Cafferty. “Just this week in North Carolina, blacks voted two-to-one in favor of the constitutional amendment banning gay marriage. North Carolina is a swing state where near-unanimous black support for Mr. Obama secured his 2008 victory.

“While it’s unlikely blacks will suddenly decide to vote for Mitt Romney over this, if some of them decide to stay home, it could make a difference in the outcome of the election.”

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