High on the list of stories the liberal establishment media won’t cover this election season is the dissension and disappointment President Barack Obama’s support for same-sex marriage has caused in the African-American faith community.
President Obama’s election was understandably a great source of ethnic pride for African-Americans. However his policies have come increasingly into conflict with one of the great foundations of the African-American community: its evangelical churches.
And nowhere is this conflict more evident than in Obama’s endorsement and increasingly vocal advocacy of same-sex marriage.
Now the conflict has broken into the open as several groups of African-American church leaders have announced anti-Obama ad campaigns focused on his support for same-sex marriage.
The new non-profit group God Said, and the longer-established Coalition of African-American Pastors have the announced goal of stripping President Obama of 25% of the African-American vote he garnered in 2008.
And God Said has committed $1 million for grassroots political activities and a radio and television campaign in Ohio, Virginia, North Carolina, Wisconsin and Florida.
Dr. Alveda King, niece of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., defined the groups’ goals by telling The Daily Caller, “We fully intend to shift 25 percent of the black vote from the 2008 election by charging every voter to examine each candidate and vote for the one that supports their core belief in natural marriage.”
King said the campaign was premised on the fact that “During the 2008 elections, 70 percent of African-Americans voted to ban same-sex marriage in California while they also voted for Barack Obama for president.”
The president won 95 percent of the black vote in 2008, and a shift of 25% of that vote would almost certainly throw key swing states -- such as Ohio, Virginia, North Carolina, Wisconsin and Florida -- to Mitt Romney.