With less than three weeks to go before the Presidential election, and polls showing a tightening of the race, some in the black religious community are advocating that their congregants stick with their Biblical beliefs and vote against President Obama.
“Our goal is not to campaign against President Obama or any individual candidate. We seek rather to call people to vote above their emotions, party affiliations, and even their personal opinions, and to vote God’s values,” said Dr. Alveda King (pictured), niece of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Executive Committee member of nonprofit group, God Said.
In the last election, it was reported that almost 95% of black people voted for Obama in 2008’s historic race. But this year, some are re-evaluating their position, given Obama’s declared “evolution” on the matter of same-sex marriage.
“We (African-Americans) are culturally a religious body of people. I think that for the most part, we understand what it says as far as where God stands on these very important issues. We felt it was necessary to speak out what God said,” said Dr. Day Gardner, co-founder of the God Said campaign.
But with black unemployment almost double the national rate and a Republican-leaning Supreme Court set to possibly end affirmative action, do churchgoing voters really feel that their best interests will be served under a Romney administration? For these single-issue voters the answer, much to Obama’s detriment, may very well be ‘yes.’