Black Pastors Say ‘Stay Home’ Election Day

Newsmax, September 17, 2012

Some black clergy see no good presidential choice between a Mormon candidate and one who supports gay marriage, so they are telling their flocks to stay home on Election Day. That’s a worrisome message for the nation’s first African-American president, who can’t afford to lose any voters from his base in a tight race.

The pastors say their congregants are asking how a true Christian could back same-sex marriage, as President Barack Obama did in May. As for Republican Mitt Romney, the first Mormon nominee from a major party, congregants are questioning the theology of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and its former ban on men of African descent in the priesthood.

In 2008, Obama won 95 percent of black voters and is likely to get an overwhelming majority again. But any loss of votes would sting.

“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,” said the Rev. A.R. Bernard, founder of the predominantly African-American Christian Cultural Center in New York. Bernard, whose endorsement is much sought-after in New York and beyond, voted for Obama in 2008. He said he’s unsure how he’ll vote this year.

It’s unclear just how widespread the sentiment is that African-American Christians would be better off not voting at all. Many pastors have said that despite their misgivings about the candidates, blacks have fought too hard for the vote to ever stay away from the polls.

Black church leaders have begun get-out-the-vote efforts on a wide range of issues, including the proliferation of state voter identification laws, which critics say discriminate against minorities. Last Easter Sunday, a month before Obama’s gay marriage announcement, the Rev. Jamal-Harrison Bryant of Baltimore formed the Empowerment Network, a national coalition of about 30 denominations working to register congregants and provide them with background on health care, the economy, education and other policy issues.

Yet, Bryant last month told The Washington Informer, an African-American newsweekly, “This is the first time in black church history that I’m aware of that black pastors have encouraged their parishioners not to vote.” Bryant, who opposes gay marriage, said the president’s position on marriage is “at the heart” of the problem.

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The Rev. Dwight McKissic, a prominent Southern Baptist and black preacher, describes himself as a political independent who didn’t support Obama in 2008 because of his position on social issues. McKissic said

Obama’s support for same-gender marriage “betrayed the Bible and the black church.” Around the same time, McKissic was researching Mormonism for a sermon and decided to propose a resolution to the annual Southern Baptist Convention that would have condemned Mormon “racist teachings.”

McKissic’s Mormon resolution failed.

On Election Day, McKissic said, “I plan to go fishing.”

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  • Puggg

    Honestly, I think this black frustration over this issue will only manifest itself at the polls (or lack thereof) microscopically.  The position that blacks shouldn’t turn out to vote Obama over this issue I think is an extremely fringe position among blacks.  Notice that Newsmax, which, in spite of Chris Ruddy striking up a friendship with Bill Clinton as of late, is still somewhat conservative, is running this story.  This story is far more conservative wishful hoping than actual reality.

  • jedsrael

    It’s a fundraising stunt.  These black pastors will vote more than once for their black privilege Diversity BRA Obama.

  • WmarkW

    Although Puggg is right that gay marriage is a trivial issue among Obama’s core, this points out that “diversity” cannot be a sustainable core philosophy, because of the incompatible interests of competing groups.  The effect of illegal immigration on black employment has been minor, due to geographic separation.  But the disparity between “limousine”-type liberalism and minority benefaction, cannot survive the coming debt crisis as Baby Boomers transition from their prime earning years into retirement.

    • The Democrat/Left coalition is one kept together by the duck tape and spit of their having a common enemy:  Us.  If they are successful in disposing of us, then their common enemy is gone, and it will fall apart.  What will replace it will be similar to what can be found in a lot of inner cities like St. Louis:  One party in theory (Democrat), two parties in reality (white liberal, black).  Except a post-American America with us disposed of will be different in that there will be more than just white liberals and blacks.  It will basically break down on race (though nobody will grok the irony of that), with various race-based coalitions forming temporary and fleeting alliances to win one election or another based on whatever issues are hot and whatever pebbles are grinding in people’s shoes.

  • Most of these people will still vote for Obama. They could care less about gay marriage. The issues they care about is the economy stupid.

  • Puggg

    Yeah, these black preachers might huff and puff and bluster and mouth off now, but when November 6 looms, and the choice is between a black President and a white President, their tribal instincts will kick back in; gay “marriage” will become just another frontal lobe abstraction.

    So will my tribal instincts, come to think of it.

  • Oil Can Harry

    I applaud the black community’s commitment to strong morals and family values.
    http://tinyurl.com/8v326wj

    • IstvanIN

       I have always wondered if one of the reasons they seem to devolve is because they are all so closely related.  Every black seems to be cousins with some other black.  Most of them seem to be half-siblings.  Multiple women share multiple “baby daddies”.  How the heck do they really know their blood lines?  They mate like cats for pities sake.

      • Oil Can Harry

        Well, that would explain why they call each other brotha, sista and cousin…

    • Well, that’s a least one black person who knows who their father was!

  • JackKrak

    If we could just get them to “stay home” every day…..

  • KevinPhillipsBong

    Just because blacks are anti-Republican does not make them liberal. 

  • Defiant White

    Many blacks will abandon Obongo this time around. 

    The religious one will abandon him over the homosexuality issue.

    The (few) smart ones will abandon him because they understand that having a Pimp Daddy in the White House hurts gibbs me in the long run.

    That leaves the dumb one who will vote for him hoping to continue the gibbs me short-term.

    Unfortunately, when you talk about negroes, “dumb ones” are the overwhelmingly majority.

  • IstvanIN

    Why do they care?  They do not get married that much.  Over  70% of their children are illegitimate.  They suffer disproportionately from every preventable social ill.  They are violent criminals. Yet they are upset over a “moral” issue?  Their opinion should count for squat.

  • These preachers put their blackness first four years ago, telling their congregations to go out and vote for a man who was pro choice, a position which to the best of my knowledge does not jive with Christian teachings. They damn well want Obama to get re-elected, but they have to appear to be disappointed in his stance on gay marriage. Don’t want to piss off the congregation, dat mean less money fo’ da’ buildin’ fund, gnomesayin?

  • That was the whole point – if you can change the definition of marriage from between one man and one woman to between two people, what’s to stop if from being further defined? This is why the left supports gay marriage – they want to do whatever they can to undermine the traditional family structure. It is a lot easier to control people if you slowly erode the support bases they traditionally turned to. This is in part why blacks overwhelmingly vote Democratic – their family structure has already been destroyed. Whites are next.

  • jerryomega

    These Black Pastors don’t seem to understand that for Blacks and true left wingers race and ideology triumphs everything including God. Within that statement lyes the reason why Blacks have been monolithically voting for Democrats for the last 65 years and have absolutely nothing to show for it. For Blacks its Race, Obama, Bill Clinton,and maybe God in that order. And they wonder why nothing ever changes. At least Hispanics are smart enough to use their political leverage to get what they want.

  • 1) This might be the start of an ice floe  towards voting Republican among blacks.  It could take 20 or 30 years to complete, but it could happen, just as surely as there was a slow thaw in the blacks voting for Republicans up until the 1940s.  

    Don’t forget, at their root, liberals don’t understand blacks any better than we do.  As a matter of fact, we understand them better than liberals do.  That’s why we are race realists.  Anyway, liberals wrongly assume that blacks share the exact agenda that they do.  And in the case of homosexual marriage at least, they’re wrong.

    These pastors are all well-informed elites.  But to get more than a few blacks to vote GOP solely based on that issue, Romney needs to run on it, which he won’t do.  He won’t say a peep about gay marriage, the entire election, you watch. It’s not “polite” in the circles in which he runs.    To do it right, he needs to go into the ghetto and say, “These white queers are coming for your sons.  And they want to introduce disease into your community, too”.  But he won’t.  If I were a black Romney surrogate, I’d also add: “Obama is a queer-loving, miscegenating, Muslim, and you know it, black folks”.   That would get a few black votes.  You can’t do any worse than the 0% that Romney’s getting now.

    2) I went to a crowded Starbucks today and was looking around at all the hipster whites and thinking, “There is more integration at a Clan rally than here.”  All the white people in there acting *very* white. With their laptop computers,  their headphones listening to indie rock,  their Sunday New York Times.  Blacks are in church on Sunday, of course.  Every one of these Starbucks  denizens is voting for Obama, I can guarantee you, and is antiracist, anti-homophobe, etc. etc.    But do they have anything to do with blacks in their daily life?  Other than watching some rap videos on YouTube, no.    They’re completely isolated in their white cocoons.  They see blacks pretty much the same way my grandfather saw them:  people up on the stage dancing good and smiling a lot.

    3) Another thing Republicans could capitalize on to get some black votes, is to become “pro-business” in the sense that blacks think about it, i.e. small business.  I never met a black that wasn’t trying to start a “bidness”, whether it was a rap label, a “clothing line”  or a soul food restaurant.    I bet you they would trade the whole welfare system for a guaranteed $20,000 to start their own business.  Hell, 35 million  handouts of “40 acres and a mule” would be cheaper than welfare.

  • jedsrael

    Because decent Whites never give black “preachers” the benefit of the doubt.