According to an article by Paul Stanley of The Christian Post, The Coalition of African American Pastors, led by Rev. Bill Owens, is demanding a meeting with President Obama to discuss his position on same-sex marriage. They are asking Blacks to withhold support for the President until the meeting takes place.
The group says it plans to “turn up the heat” by asking Black church-goers to “sit on the sidelines” until the issue is addressed according to The Post.
“We have requested a meeting with President Obama and until he meets with us, we are going to ask Black Christians to withhold their support until he personally hears our concerns,” said Rev. Owens to The Christian Post.
“More than anything, this is an issue of biblical principles and President Obama is carrying our nation down a dangerous road. Many African Americans were once proud of our president but now many are ashamed of his actions … We can’t compete with the Hollywood folks who are raising the big bucks for the President … But it was Black folks who rallied around him in 2008 and for him to ignore our request with a group of clergy who represents tens of thousands of black Christians of many denominations is an insult,” Owens is quoted in the paper as saying.
President Obama announced on May 9 that he supported gay marriage. He had previously been against it, saying in 2004 he believed marriage was “between a man and a woman.” At the time of the May 9th announcement, many complained they were not informed beforehand. Several pastors were uncomfortable with the decision.
Owens had requested a meeting on the issue a month ago. Owens renewed his request at a press conference in Memphis, Tenn., a few miles from the African Methodist Episcopal Church General Conference. The White House did not respond to questions regarding whether the request would be honored or what the status of Owens’ request was.
Owens told reporters he was surprised the White House has ignored the group’s request to meet, saying the White House has recently hosted other receptions, such as one for gay activists on June 22.
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