Some are saying that the Democratic National Committee (DNC) has been discriminating against Christians in favor of Muslims. Michael Brown of Chrarisma News says that he noticed that during the Democratic Convention, there was a DNC sanctioned prayer meeting for Muslims held in Charlotte. However, there was a much larger gathering of Christians that was not sanctioned, right as the DNC announced that it was taking the word “God” out of the party platform.
Brown says that the Charlotte 714 rally gathered Christians from 100 different churches at the Verizon Amphitheater, and the theater confirmed that 9,000 people were in attendance. This attendance was much greater than the gathering at the Muslim rally. One of the sticking points and issues that the DNC appears to have with Christian churches is the pro-life stance adopted by many members of church leadership:
“A few weeks before the DNC, the churches involved in the event made an effort to ‘adopt a delegation,’ offering to send welcome baskets with information about their churches and the city. But the ‘Democrats denied the evangelical group permission because of its pro-life stance.’
According to David Benham, the organizer of Charlotte 714, ‘The mayor’s office texted me and said, ‘We regret to inform but we ask that you not send those letters, and not engage in ‘Adopt a Delegation,’ because your views on women are contrary to the convention.’”
Brown makes some powerful points about the possible hypocrisy of the DNC position. The Christian faith might support a pro-life stance, but many Muslim countries are not strongly supportive of women’s rights and are certainly against same-s*x marriage. Brown also points out that the Coalition of African American Pastors was also shunned by the DNC.
Rev. Williams Owens, leader of the coalition, says that “By taking this grave and unnecessary step of endorsing gay marriage in the party platform, President Obama and the Democratic party are once again putting black Christians at the back of the bus.”
He also said, “Every other constituent of President Obama, every other key part of the party base—gays, Latinos, women—gets a hearing except black voters whose voices and values are ignored. This is more than a shame; it’s an outrage. We are here to warn the Democrats: Do not leave out black Christians, do not take our votes for granted.”
It appears that lines are being drawn in the sand. It’s unclear how this is going to end for the Democratic Party.