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Obama’s Support For Gay Marriage, Romney’s Mormonism Dividing African American Churches

Certain pastors in African American churches are urging their congregations not to vote come election day over disillusionment with President Barack Obama’s support for marriage equality and Mitt Romney’s Mormon faith.

For some African American Christians, this election truly is a matter of choosing between the lesser of two evils. On the one hand is Barack Obama, who claimed 95% of the black vote in his 2008 election, but whose support of same-sex marriage earlier this year has estranged some of those voters. Pastors claim their congregants question how Obama can call himself a true Christian and back gay marriage.

On the other hand, there is Mitt Romney whose conservative values are more in line with black Christian voters’, but whose Mormon faith has a history of racism and leaves many voters feeling uncomfortable. During the 2008 primaries, the Southern Baptist Convention ran articles in its Baptist Press calling the Church of Latter-Day Saints a cult. Though the Southern Baptists are discouraging that kind of terminology this time around, the Mormon’s ban on African Americans in the priesthood until 1978 and lack of a formal apology for past discrimination still sits uneasily with black Christian voters.

While both Dems and Republicans argue that Romeny’s faith should be off-limits, others, such as Rev. Floyd James of the Greater Rock Missionary Baptist Church in Chicago, find this hypocritical. Speaking to the Associated Press, James said, ”Obama was supposed to answer for the things that Rev. Wright said. Yet here’s a guy (Romney) who was a leader in his own church that has that kind of history, and he isn’t held to some kind of account? I have a problem with that.”

Despite misgivings about Obama and Romney, many pastors are encouraging their congregations to vote and educating them on a number of issues, such as state voter identification laws, which critics claim discriminate against minorities. Black church leaders like Rev. George Nelson Jr., senior pastor of Grace Fellowship Baptist Church in Brenham, TX say that African Americans went through too much to earn the right to vote just to throw it away: ”Because of those that made sacrifices in days gone by and some greater than others with their lives. It would be totally foolish for me to mention staying away from the polls.”

By:           Les Fabian Brathwaite
On:           Sep 17, 2012
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  • 7 Comments
    • Dakotahgeo
      Dakotahgeo

      Oy, oy, oy! Wadda, sucha dilemma, lolol! Vote!

      Sep 17, 2012 at 12:44 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • jeff4justice
      jeff4justice

      Bush, Obama, Same Old Drama!
      http://stpeteforpeace.org/obama.html

      Obama the Conservative.
      http://www.obamatheconservative.com

      Obama 2012: The Lesser Evil?
      http://www.prx.org/pieces/78999-obama-2012-the-lesser-evil#description

      Sep 17, 2012 at 2:08 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • MikeE
      MikeE

      @jeff4justice: jeff4injustice: the lesser weevil.

      Sep 17, 2012 at 8:56 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • jeff4justice
      jeff4justice

      @MikeE: When you cannot refute deflect.

      Sep 17, 2012 at 10:41 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • MACDONALDBANK
      MACDONALDBANK

      Romney as President; would mean the darkest & meanest period in the United States of America’s history. Homophobic — witchcraft would rule the government from Rome & Salt Lake City …!

      Sep 18, 2012 at 3:41 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • MACDONALDBANK
      MACDONALDBANK

      Being black, left-handed or being gay is just as natural. It is a sometimes rare occurrence to fall in Love and to hold that person in your heart and be loved in return … it is something that should be celebrated! If it’s between two guys or two girls — all the better. It takes even more courage to defend that LOVE!

      The evil writings in Leviticus 18:22 … against gays – depict: “P” … “priestly rules” & expanded by the pope; homophobes and religious frauds … to attack the gay community and never meant to apply to the public — but to priests. Leviticus was written long after Moses — 600BC.

      There is no scientific evidence to prove any of the cross related bogus elements of christianity and other religions. Our early human ancestors; on this earth … go back more than 6 million years … 5,996,000 years before the Greeks, Romans and the Jews. Christianity is basically a 2012 year old fictional cult.
      In the year 300 AD when Emperor Constantine, who to some was the first pope; went on to fabricate & market Christianity!
      Christianity is a fantasy; which turned out to be one of the most hateful & evil concoctions ever perpetrated on the world.

      It is written; so therefore it shall be? We are the chosen people? Such a wicked fantasy. To see the religious lunatics manipulate government and our lives is shameful.

      The pope and churches fully aware that Leviticus 18:22 applies to priests only … refuse to remove this stigma … maliciously persecuting gays. Kids are being bullied into suicide …!

      Sep 18, 2012 at 3:42 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • KARUADAM
      KARUADAM

      The USA IS not! a fuxcking Christian country and will never going to be!!. Fuck you Kaafers! go support the IDIOT Mitt Shit.

      Sep 20, 2012 at 12:28 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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