Black Clergy Calling on Members to Stay Home Election Day Because They Dislike Mormon Candidate, Obama’s Gay Marriage Stance

What is the point of black clergy asking blacks to stay away from the polls on Election Day? They claim they “see no good presidential choice between a Mormon candidate and one who supports gay marriage.” Considering how blacks fought for civil rights in this country, it’s very hypocritical and disingenuous to suggest otherwise. These black clergy members are no different from the right wing extreme fringe in the Republican Party. Telling your members to stay away from the polls on election day is just wrong and is very worrisome for President Obama, since black voters are rooting for him to win and not Mitt Romney.

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.

“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. Source

I am more worried that the outpouring of black voters in this election will be lost to apathy with the way the economy is going at this juncture, not because they don’t agree with gay marriage.

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 Black Clergy Calling on Members to Stay Home Election Day Because They Dislike Mormon Candidate, Obamas Gay Marriage Stance
Janet Shan is a freelance journalist and managing editor of the Hinterland Gazette, who is working on her first novel, a mystery based in the hills on Montego Bay.