African American pastors continue their march against President Barack Obama’s gay marriage endorsement. Since May, when the president first announced his change of heart (read about his history on flip-flipping on same-sex marriage here), a plethora black faith leaders have struggled to understand why Obama has taken what they see as an anti-religious stance on the matter. Now, just months before the 2012 election, a group of black pastors is coming together to advance an anti-Obama campaign.
These conservative black pastors believe that a national campaign may be the answer to convincing African Americans that it is time to rethink their support for Obama. The Rev. Williams Owens, president and founder of the Coalition of African-American Pastors (CAAP), is heading the campaign.
“The time has come for a broad-based assault against the powers that be who want to change our culture to one of men marrying men and women marrying women,” Owens proclaimed at a press conference announcing the campaign at the National Press Club. “They have chosen to cater to the homosexual community, they have chosen to cater to Hollywood, to cater to big money and ignore the people who put the president where he is.”
While he’s said that it is an effort to save the family unit, Owens has given few details about what, exactly, the group will be doing. Earlier this month, we told you about his outspoken comments about the president’s views on gay marriage. And considering Owens’ past history, advocacy against same-sex unions is nothing new.
“I am ashamed that the first black president chose this road, a disgraceful road,” Owens proclaimed on Tuesday, according to CNN.
At the press conference announcing the initiative, Owens appeared with five other pastors and claimed to have more than 3,742 faith leaders on board with the initiative. He contended that Obama was taking the black vote for granted and denied any connection between the gay rights and civil rights movements.
Among the controversial comments was Owens insinuation that Obama’s support for gay marriage was similar to supporting child molestation — a comment he later walked back.
“If you watch the men who have been caught having sex with little boys, you will note that all of them will say that they were molested as a child…” he said during the press conference. “For the president to condone this type of thing is irresponsible.”
This is only the latest in the slew of African American responses to President Obama’s May announcement. Following Obama’s lead, the NAACP also endorsed gay marriage. As a result, The Rev. Keith Ratliff Sr. resigned from his national board post with the organization. Previously, Owens joined other faith leaders in writing a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder and Obama, asking for a meeting to discuss same-sex unions.