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Will Gay Marriage Force Black Churches to Reconsider Democratic Party?

NMRancher Wrote: May 18, 2012 12:46 PM
Baby steps. They followed their preachers, the one's that brought them civil rights. The preachers bought on to the social justice crap and that is slowly being repudiated. I think this election you are going to see far more subdued support for Obama from Blacks in general but more importantly from Black church leaders.
Scott853 Wrote: May 18, 2012 4:17 PM
Let's see: A Republican freed (mostly black) slaves. Republicans helped pass the the Civil Rights Act in the 60s, over the objections of Democrats. Democrats gave blacks welfare that has destroyed the black family. And they continue to vote Democrat in overwhelming numbers. There is no reasoning with anyone who can't see how Republicans have helped blacks, and how Democrats have harmed blacks. The real irony here IMO is that blacks are such a large voting block, and Democrats have been taking them for granted for so long, that they would have more political influence if they were more fickle with their vote! At least the 40% of the electorate that almost always vote Republican would start to care what they think!

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...