President Barack Obama didn’t earn any Holy points with America’s leading religious leaders yesterday when he announced via a pre-recorded interview with ABCs Robin Roberts that he supports gay marriage.
NewsOne got some reactions, gathered by our sister site Elev8, from pastors and religious leaders expressing their disappointment in Obama’s decision.
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The Rev. Al Sharpton is the only high-profile Black religious leader to come out and support Obama’s announcement. But the vast majority of Black pastors who run some of America’s largest churches are not happy with the President at all.
Here are some reactions from Black pastors and other religious leaders.
Bishop Harry Jackson, senior pastor of Hope Christian Church in MD, said “I think the president has been in this place for awhile and that he chose this time because he thought that it might shift the balance of power. The timing made me suspect the motives were political, coming out of the North Carolina victory for the traditional marriage groups and maybe have people kind of rally behind this pro same-sex marriage cause.”
Albert Mohler said, “Pres. Obama’s evolution ends. He publicly supports same-sex marriage (again). Even his friends knew his “evolving” position was dishonest. Why did Pres. Obama make his same-sex marriage statement now? Wash. Post. reports that 1 in 6 of his most generous fundraisers is openly gay.”
Pastor Jack Graham said, “At the source of the same sex marriage issue is the spiritual emptiness of a nation which has forgotten God and denied His Word. Let me appeal to all my pastor friends to clearly and unequivocally state your support of Biblical marriage. Don’t sit this one out.”
Bryant Wright,president of the Southern Baptist Convention, said, “A very sad day for America when the President comes out in support of same sex marriage. No surprise, but deeply troubling for our future!”
Pastor Michael Youssefsaid, “Obama affirms same sex marriage. Will it be long before his pastor friends affirm him in his decision???”
Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, said, “Obama’s comments are deeply saddening. I pray for the President every day, and will continue to pray that he and his Administration act justly to uphold and protect marriage as the union of one man and one woman.
Ralph Reed: “Obama’s announcement is a gift to the Romney campaign.”
Bob Vander Plaats, head of The Family Leader, said, “This will stoke a part of the religious base even more against Obama. They were already fired up to get rid of Obama. This will only make them more on fire to get rid of Obama.
Pastor Jentezen Franklin said, “Feel a real sadness for America with the announcement of Gay Marriage support from Pres. Obama. Bible is clear this is sin. PRAY!”
Gary Bauer, president of American Values, said, “The charade is finally up. We’ve always known that Barack Obama supports same-sex marriage. With every action he’s taken, from court appointments to his rhetoric, he’s been preparing the way to undermine traditional marriage. Obama’s finally made that support explicit.”
So, do you feel that Obama’s announcement will make Black folks reconsider voting for him in November? Or, will many just stay home?