Will Gay Marriage Threaten Black Support for Obama?

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President Obama’s affirmation of gay marriage threatens to undermine the near-monolithic black support Obama enjoyed in 2008. Several members of the black clergy now say they intend to sit out the presidential election. One poll from last November found black opposition to gay marriage at 58 percent, higher than the rest of the country, which is about evenly split.

The real question is this: What took black church leaders so long to reconsider their near blind support for the Democratic Party?

The historical strength of black churches has been that of a moral and spiritual refuge in a once-hostile country of legalized slavery and Jim Crow. This explains why so many civil rights leaders came out of the church. The moral cause was just and clear: Equal rights mean equal rights — for everyone.

But equal rights and equal results are two very different things. The modern civil rights movement lost its way by failing to appreciate the difference. To achieve “equal results,” the Democratic Party, among other things, demands redistribution of wealth, a government response to the “gap” between the rich and poor, higher minimum wages and higher taxes on the so-called rich.

The Democratic Party opposes education vouchers, despite polls showing that black and Hispanic inner-city parents want them. The Democratic Party is the party of race-based preferences and also opposes privatization of Social Security.

The Democratic Party is the party of the welfare state — a neutron bomb dropped on the intact nuclear family. Author/editor/professor Marvin Olasky, in his book “The Tragedy of American Compassion,” traces the growth of welfare. During a mere three-year period in the 1960s, welfare rolls increased nearly 110 percent. President Johnson established “neighborhood centers” whose workers went door-to-door, apprising people of their welfare “rights and benefits.”

Until the so-called “War on Poverty,” the poverty rate declined steadily. At the turn of the century, nearly 70 percent of Americans were poor. But by the time of the “War on Poverty,” the rate stood at approximately 13 or 14 percent. What happened? Welfare created dependency and decreased the incentive of the welfare recipient.

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  • H&R_ Barack

    VOTE Obama! – It's Easier Than Working.

  • harrylies

    Obama thinks it's time for America, like South Africa and Canada, to move on and embrace equal rights for all its' citizens. Malcolm X is a prefect illustration that not all bigots are white. Ironically, he was killed by Black Muslems when he left their nuthouse.

    If black churches want to sound like the worst of the white churches and swim in hate, well, we know why so many young people reject churches. Win or lose, Obama is not on his knees to bigots.

    • Gary

      Surely, We Must Love All Mankind. But We Cannot Love Everything They Do. There Is A Difference Between Right-And-Wrong. Your Father Loved Cain. But Obviously, He Could Not Love What Cain Did. You Are Your Brother's Keeper. Therefore, You Must Be Prepared To Tell Your Brother (or sister) When They Are Doing Wrong. Homosexuality, Is Anti God & Humanity.

  • Ron

    The fact that black churches support the party of abortion,Hollywood,immorality, and anti-Christian bigotry is amazing. If I were a pro-traditional values black,I would not go to a black church.

  • guest

    He "forgot" many black people attend a church. He is running with a dangerous pack, and has a tin ear.
    The blacks call him a long legged Mac Daddy. Oh well, he has the communist, left and muslim vote.

    He is busy writing muslims into American history, himself into history as a great leader, and remember he received a Nobel peace prize for being the first black president. Should have been an America in pieces booby prize. The Saudis are still laughing about getting him elected. We are such a joke to these 7th century barbarians.

  • WilliamJamesWard

    America oh how great your fall, once a bastion of moral integrity and uprght people, now swimming
    in the malaise of degeneracy which predicated the decline and in some instances the obliteration
    of former societies in the history of man. Todays people laugh at the idea of spiritual evil and the
    embodiment of such beings as Lucifer and the fallen angels of Scripture, yet we see a malaise
    and disgusting devolution of life all about and the evaporation of Amerca as once known. All
    that is missing in our duplicitous ontology is Obama with horns, tail and red suit……….William

    • trueconservative

      Yes America was SUCH a bastion of moral integrity–enslavement of human beings, spousal and child abuse with impunity, exploitation of labor,rampant unchecked prostitution(even children) and mass drug addiction to opiates and cocaine,forced labor of poor people,disenfranchisement of un-propertied citizens,mass political corruption and ethnic cleansing of native population—–but I guess all that was OK since people knew their Bible and went to church………

      • WilliamJamesWard

        These things do happen but not in Church where people are called to not be as those who do
        evil. Don't you know that many are called but few are chosen and that means everyone has a
        chance to step up above the evil life contains. You skewer the truth of evil in America by
        presenting it as socially prevalent during all of its history, our laws prohibit what you depict
        and no one ever said man in America was perfect but personally I have lived in communities
        withouit crime, safely and where evil poked up it's head it was dealt with, not as today
        where it is in the ascendancy. In my career in law enforcement, my brothers, fathers,
        grandfathers on back to the Revolution we demanded better of people and Biblicle
        standards have been upheld as in the Ten Commandments as our founding guide.
        It is from Churches and Synogogues, the Judeo-Christian ethic that Amrica has been
        made great, tollerance of a little wrong here and there has brought about great defect
        in America as exemplified by you attitude…………………………..William

        • cjk

          Water off a ducks back my friend. These evil leftie hacks refuse to see and judge anything in context or fairness.
          What's so clear and true to us is invisible to their brainwashed minds devoid of historical truth.
          This in itself is more evidence of the sad moral and soon to be physical destruction of a once great culture.
          Brings tears to my soul.

      • cjk

        Yes it was in spite of it's faults, some of which you've listed without context. If you truly knew history of the entire world and of all fallen mankind, then even a leftie hack such as yourself would realize the truth, but you won't.

  • davarino

    There is plenty of ammo to use on O. I just hope the reason Mitt and the repubs arent pulling the trigger is because they are waiting to see the whites of their eyes, and not because they dont want to sink to their level. Screw that fairness crap and being nice, this is our country we are fighting for and we cannot give it to the marauding hordes.

  • Adheeb

    The influence of the church within the black community is way over-rated. Yes, the church serves as a focal point for black people but the influence it has with regard ethics and morality are minimal. That's why although the black population is about 15% of our soceity, far more than 50% of prison inmates are black.

    In the 2008 election more than 90% of black voters, voted for Mr. Obama. That isn't going to change in the next election. Obama knows he has the black vote locked in, so his focus is to win other specialty groups. The fact is blacks are the most racist group we have in America and as such are the most easily manipulated. Give 'em a bone and they'll come home.

  • lugnut

    Adheeb—I think your right!

  • marios

    Black leaders like Al Sharpton, Jessi Jackson … want their community remain violent, sitiing on welfare, depended on Goverment, be racists, etc. They make a living keep and maintain them in such state.
    Democraps use them playing racial card but don't predict that it could be one time go against them as just to be white. Dangerous game. Black churches are different. Unfortunately majority play the same racial game.
    Blach leaders don't want qual rights but only advantages and first of all for themselves. That game denegrate our country. This kind of game was played by communists in socialistic countries. Socialism failed everywhere. We should not make such a fatal mistake and allow to transform this country to socialistic one.
    BHO is one tern Pres. It is only solution.

  • Kendrick1

    “Even if Obama were in a crowd of people and he took a knife to a pregnant woman and cut the baby right out of her womb, most black Christians would blame the mother!”

  • cjk

    The Black Church at large has already sold it's soul to Satan over race. Obama backed letting abortion surviving infants being left to die alone while an Illinois state senator, yet just about all the Black Churches supported and support him fanatically.
    Now they're going to stand up against him over his embrace of sexual perversions?
    If they do that now then my heart tells me that there's something even more despicable at play.

  • g_jochnowitz

    Black churches are not uniform. Positions on gay marriage seem to be shifting. http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2012/04/16/i

  • wctaqiyya

    You answered your own question sir. Just like yesterday, it is the continuing expectation for free goodies that will ensure the near unanimity of black support for Obama. Obama keeps saying he wants to achieve equality of outcomes. Unfortunately, many people believe he can deliver it. It bothers the black community not a bit that equality of result means taking from the whites. The issue of gay marriage does nothing to disturb the far more powerful and appealing drumbeat against crackers the black community hears overtly from the pulpit, from OWS and scarcely between the lines from the Democrat party and dear leader Obama. It is a well entrenched certainty. Just ask the 'reverend' Sharpton how well the white devil theme feathers his nest. Surely, whether Obama is re-elected or loses, we will see fires in the cities come winter time.

  • jasper mcmillan

    It all comes down to the Word of God. Nothing else matters. Unfortunately, the Bible and its great truths have been twisted out of context in order to please Homosexuals. Politicians, Judges and even many so-called Preachers have been bullied and intimidated into supporting the Gay agenda including same sex marriage and it will be their downfall. Even though many will deny it, history has demonstrated that at some point, God simply says "enough" and turns his back on a society that is determined and hell-bent on doing whatever it wants to do regardless of his desires. America stands at the edge of the Abyss and there's a terrible price that will be paid if she doesn't turn back.

    • wctaqiyya

      Now that you mention it, there is something familiar about the LGBT political agenda. Just as the perverts today demand equal consideration under the law, in school, church and workplace; the denizens of Sodom felt it was their right to demand carnal hindquarter knowledge of Lot's guests. They have rights, they say. They want everybody to accept their lifestyle and they want the government to enforce compliance. Well, not unexpectedly, I think I recently caught the aroma of brimstone on the breeze.

  • lightshine

    all the white folks who have so much to say about the Black church and Black people can get bent.
    you racist, soulless people do not even know what morality is.
    why are you all so damned obsessed with what Black people do?
    Homosexuality is am abomination and men having sex with men is a Public Health NIGHTMARE.
    It is being pushed by white homosexuals –greco- roman perversion, targeted at the Black community. Abortion is being pushed by white "feminists" for(black) population control and to further degrade Black families.
    Obama is a zionist invention.
    I am a Black woman of faith and a Dem voter (40) yrs.. I wil lnot vote for him or any other candidate who supports the homosexual agenda.

    no exception,.

  • Gary

    A Black Woman Of What Faith. Please Realize, God Loves All His Children (although, not all that we do). Only Love & Understanding Can Destroy Evil. Remember, Young Lady, When You Spew Hatred You Increase Satan's Power.

    God Bless You!