Many African-American men and women of the cloth have declared the President Barack Obama a pariah ever since his controversial endorsement of same-sex marriage back in May.
The most vocal group, Coalition of Black Pastors or (CAAP), gathered a week ago in Washington for a nationally televised press conference helmed by CAAP President and Founder Rev. William Owens.
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The meeting was to announce the launching of a new campaign that seeks to change the entire course of the election and usurping the Black vote away from Obama.
Rev. Owens had pointed words for President Obama, stating he was “ashamed” about the current discourse involving same-sex marriage and the White House’s backing of it.
“All people make mistakes. He has made a bad mistake that will effect the history of this country. I am ashamed that the first Black President chose this road, a disgraceful road. It is a disgraceful road,” said Rev. Owens.
His sharp barbs continued, essentially urging African-American voters to withhold their support for the 44th President. Owens and a handful of CAAP leaders claim to have as many as 3,700 clergy members ready to help derail Obama’s re-election hopes in November. He is certainly passionate about his stance after railing against the NAACP last month for that organization’s support of same-sex marriage.
The question that should hang over the heads of African-Americans is this: Does the CAAP have a point?
CAAP does not claim any political affiliation. The group claims to only follow “scriptural” law and state that Judeo-Christian beliefs are at the core of American values. Would telling voters to not support the President because of this issue, which doesn’t harm any group or cause any strife in communities outside the union, make perfect sense when conservatives have not had the best of intentions for African-Americans of late?
True enough, conservative values were a hallmark in many Black communities in times past but, given the complexities of politics lately, the lines are blurred. Can Black people clearly say Mitt Romney understands and relates to their struggles and problems?
(His speech at the NAACP’s recent national convention further revealed his disconnect. Complementing the organist doesn’t win that many cool points!)
This isn’t to say that Obama’s record with Black voters is perfect.
Democrats certainly haven’t made things easy for themselves with constant infighting and largely ignoring a voting bloc they’ve somewhat taken for granted – this based on the grumblings of dissatisfied voters. However, it would be something of a pipe dream to believe African-American voters would miss their day at the ballot box on Nov. 3 because he supports same sex marriage.
A political research analyst told the Washington Post as much in a Aug. 2 article on whether Blacks will continue supporting Obama.
“I would place the odds of African Americans defecting the president as about the same as the odds of an asteroid hitting the Earth and wiping out all human life,” says David Bositis at the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies. “It’s not going to happen.”
And neither will Rev. Owens’ efforts to persuade African Americans church goers to give Obama the boot. Indeed, African-Americans may not support same-sex marriage, but that will hardly make them forget what he has done for them during his first term.
(Has Owens heard of the Affordable Healthcare Act and that no-joke Attorney General Eric Holder who has lead one of the most aggressive Justice Departments–especially when it comes to African-American issues–ever?)
Simply put: Africans Americans clutch their wallets as tightly as they hold their Bibles!
If Owens and his fellow clergymen are not careful, some of their own church members may “upsurge” themselves out their pews for more politically-attuned congregations–those that are praying for Obama to win.
Do you think the CAAP has a point in urging Black voters to not support Obama this November?