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.
Conservatives warned, often with glee, that President Barack Obama's support for same-sex marriage would spark an African-American backlash. But guess what? Polls show black voters dramatically swinging closer to Obama's view.
Black voters, for reasons heavily related to religious views, have in the past been more conservative about same-sex marriage than national averages. New polls indicate that Obama's gay-marriage support may do more to help the cause than hurt his popularity.
Originally posted by TheOneElectric
The ignorant can stay home, it won't affect the willing and those looking forward for social progress.
Originally posted by Kastogere
Ok....I'll bite.....what social progress do you speak of?
Social progress is the idea that societies can or do improve in terms of their social, political, and economic structures. This may happen as a result of direct human action, as in social enterprise or through social activism, or as a natural part of sociocultural evolution.
better yet....where has that social progress been for the last 8 years?
IMO everyone should stay home on election day....votes dont count anyway..money pays for it..or didn't you know that?
Originally posted by Benevolent Heretic
One thing I have trouble understanding is how a previously oppressed people can be against equal rights for a portion of society.
A Washington Post/ABC poll also showed that black public opinion shifted after Obama's announcement, with 59 percent of blacks saying they backed same-sex marriage, an 18-point shift compared to polls leading up to the survey. PPP also released a poll showing an 11-point jump in North Carolina in favor of gay marriage among black voters following the passage of Amendment One, which banned gay marriage, domestic partnerships and civil unions
Originally posted by Stormdancer777
You think they would have been appalled over his stance on abortion the first time around considering more black women than any other get abortions,
Originally posted by Benevolent Heretic
One thing I have trouble understanding is how a previously oppressed people can be against equal rights for a portion of society. It seems highly hypocritical to me. It just shows how much of a "hold" religion can have in people's lives... To outweigh the equality that people have fought so hard to gain... I don't get it.
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.
On Election Day, McKissic said, "I plan to go fishing."
Originally posted by FlyersFan
Obama is pro abortion
The freedom to marry has long been recognized as one of the vital personal rights essential to the orderly pursuit of happiness by free men
While the U.S. Supreme Court has not yet ruled on same-sex marriage, it is unlikely that it would overturn the foundational premise that marriage is a civil right. Lower courts, even when relying on disparate state-level constitutional language, have consistently acknowledged the right to marry.