To follow up on this strand:
Yeah, like I said, it wasn't going to go over well. The religion thing is really strong in black community, it's been such even when black were not liberated in this country. Religion was all that kept them alive, and it still permeates the subculture despite the various issues it might face.http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/OTUS/...ry?id=16342670
After making his historic remarks on same-sex unions last week, President Barack Obama led a conference call with black church pastors to explain his support for gay marriage, the New York Times reports. The call, which was held with "eight or so African-American ministers," occurred about two hours after the president's interview with ABC's Robin Roberts.
....According to the Times, Obama phoned "at least one [the Rev. Joel C. Hunter] of the five spiritual leaders he calls regularly for religious guidance, and his aides contacted other religious figures who have been supportive in the past."
Hunter, the pastor of a conservative megachurch, said he wasn't surprised Obama didn't ask him advice before the ABC interview because "I would have tried to talk him out of it."
At services on Sunday, black churches were conflicted about President Obama's support of gay marriage, according to the USA Today:
Some churches were silent on the issue. At others, pastors spoke against the president's decision Wednesday--but kindly of the man himself. A few blasted the president and his decision. A minority spoke in favor of the decision and expressed understanding of the president's change of heart.
It's just a matter of which is more important: Obama's stance on black rights/America or his stance on gay marriage.
They've still got some months to work it out before the election. Hopefully they will reach conclusions similar to Bishop Timothy Clark's, head of the First Church of God, a large African-American church with a television ministry in Columbus, Ohio.
As long as they continue to believe Obama is a "good man," then perhaps the fallout will not be severe.[Clark] felt compelled to address the president's comments at a Wednesday evening service and again Sunday morning. He was responding to an outpouring of calls, e-mails and text messages from members of his congregation after the president's remarks.
What did he hear from churchgoers? "No church or group is monolithic. Some were powerfully agitated and disappointed. Others were curious. 'Why now? To what end?' Others were hurt. And others, to be honest, told me it's not an issue and they don't have a problem with it."
What did the bishop tell his congregation? He opposes gay marriage. It is not just a social issue, he said, but a religious one for those who follow the Bible. "The spiritual issue is ground in the word of God." That said, "I believe the statement the president made and his decision was made in good faith. I am sure because the president is a good man. I know his decision was made after much thought and consideration and, I'm sure, even prayer."