Wow. Rev. Dr. Emmett Burns, a prominent black pastor at the Rising Sun Baptist Church in Baltimore, spoke out publicly against Obama’s decision to support same-sex marriage. In an interview with CNN, he stated that his congregation not only does not support Obama, but they will stay home on November 6th. And, Reverend Burns is not the only one. Many other pastors across the country are, also, speaking out against the president during their Sunday sermons. Even Obama’s own pastor is disappointed, saying his decision to support gay marriage “may hurt the African American community’s support of the president”.
Obama’s controversial decision may have garnered him favor with the gay community, but at the expense of his support from the black community, an important part of his base. In his interview, Rev. Burns predicted this would cost Obama the election.
President Obama’s headline-grabbing flip-flop on gay marriage may cost him dearly in the more religious parts of the black community, reports CNN today, as pastors tell their congregations the president is wrong in stepping in. In a report on the divide over social issues in the black community, Athena Jones speaks to Rev. Dr. Emmett Burns, who insists that, while he and his peregrines won’t support Mitt Romney, they have no interest in going to the polls.
Jones reports that, while some pastors, like Rev. Wallace Charles Smith, support the President with the caveat that “we preferred that he had not weighed in on the issue,” Rev. Burns (also a state legislator) has no interest in voting this year. “People have come up to me, are saying they don’t support this, they don’t like this,” he argued. “They are disappointed with the President, and they plan to stay home.”