If 'God Said' Don't Vote For Obama, Would You Listen?
New group of black preachers want African Americans to take their votes elsewhere
Remember this photo?
Sure you do; this photo of a group of the black faithful literally laying hands on Barack Obama is probably hanging in one of your family member's homes right now.
Four years ago, it seemed like members of the Black Church had all but crowned Obama their political messiah. The man who was running to become the first black president was on the receiving end of every prayer and holy ghost dance at the time.
But that time seems so long ago.
In 2012, some members of the Black Church are taking the bottoms of their Jesus pieces and drawing one big line in the sand this election season.
Ever since President Obama allowed his stance on gay marriage to "evolve" into full support of it, a declaration he made on ABC's "Good Morning America," some black preachers have been acting like women scorned.
"We are disappointed in our president," the Rev. William Owens, founder of the Coalition of African American Pastors, said at a September rally denouncing Obama and the Democratic Party. "We love our president and we pray for our president.... [but black pastors] are drinking his Kool-Aid and it's more poisonous than [cult leader] Jim Jones's was."
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Last month, the Rev. A.R. Bernard, pastor of the Christian Cultural Center in New York, made headlines when he led a charge encouraging black preachers to discourage African Americans from voting at all on Election Day because of the president's stance on gay marriage.
"When President Obama made the public statement on gay marriage, I think it put a question in our minds as to what direction he's taking the nation," Bernard said in an interview.
While black preachers aren't coming out and encouraging their congregations to go out and vote for Mormon Mitt Romney, they are letting it be known that their support for the president will not come as easily as it did in 2008 when 95 percent of blacks voted for Obama. And if one group of black preachers has anything to do with it, a quarter of those who voted for Obama four years ago will change their votes this year and decide based on what the group contends the Bible says.
This newly formed group calls itself "God Said."
According to verbiage on its website:
Our goal is to switch 25% of African American voters from voting their political party to voting their biblical values.
Our vision is to impact the social and cultural climate; to bring about a notable, non-partisan support of natural marriage and natural family life in the African American community and society as a whole.