by Dr. Boyce Watkins
A group of black pastors is determined to derail the re-election efforts of President Barack Obama, or at least challenge his position on gay marriage. The Coalition of African American pastors, led by Rev. William Owens, believes that the views being espoused by President Obama on gay marriage are not supportive to the traditional American family.
Owens is pushing pastors to circulate a pledge to oppose both Obama and gay marriage, as well as save the traditional family.
“The time has come for a broad-based assault against the powers that be that want to change our culture to one of men marrying men and women marrying women,” said Owens at the National Press Club. “I am ashamed that the first black president chose this road, a disgraceful road.”
Owens claims to have over 3,700 pastors in his flock and is prepared to go nation-wide with his agenda. Owens also expresses disappointment in the NAACP’s decision to link the civil rights movement and gay marriage.
Believe it or not, Pastor Moss represents the views of millions of African Americans. While most are not so extreme as to link their concerns over gay marriage with a failure to support President Obama, there is a broad base within the black community that is not signed on entirely to the liberal agenda.
The subject of gay marriage is a sticky one, because one can readily point to the hypocrisy of condemning one kind of sin while overlooking so many others. The black church is full of God-loving people, but it is also full of people who spend their weeks engaged in all kinds of shameful and unethical behavior (sometimes with the pastor leading the pack). Also, the black church’s decision to turn a blind eye to the gay community and sexuality in general has led to the explosion of STD infections in the black community.
At the same time, the politics of gay marriage and African Americans puts the president in a messy political quagmire. Obama’s most loyal constituency consists of African American women. If there is anything that burns the blood of millions of church-going black women in America, it’s the thought of a handsome, eligible black man who would rather spend his time in the gay clubs than inside her bedroom.
President Obama was definitely playing with fire on the gay marriage issue. Also, his position on gay marriage put him in an effective chest-thumping contest with thousands of black preachers who are not accustomed to having another man take away the attention of their most loyal associates.
Finally, the NAACP’s decision to align civil rights with gay marriage was irresponsible. The move wasn’t problematic because they were necessary incorrect. Instead, it was wrong because they made the decision without asking for support from their constituents. The tail can’t wag the dog, but in this case, the Obama Administration is seeking to single-handedly shift the long-held value system of millions of people. The move won’t get black people to go vote for the Republicans, but it certainly makes them less enthusiastic about voting for anyone.
This could turn into a serious mess.
Dr. Boyce Watkins is the founder of the Your Black World Coalition. To have Dr. Boyce commentary delivered to your email, please click here. To check out Dr. Watkins in the Janks Morton Film, Hoodwinked, please visit this link.