With a Mormon being the only alternative to the
incumbent president, who supports homosexual "marriage," some black
clergy feel there is no real choice for them this presidential
race. But one pastor still encourages them to vote.
Though Rev. William Owens of
The Coalition of
African-American Pastors (CAAP) does not agree with Mormon
theology, especially the church's past teachings on blacks, he does
not discourage people from voting this coming Election Day, because
he knows the price people paid for blacks to vote.
"People died. They were beaten. They were punished. They were
fired off of their jobs. It was a tragic situation," he recognizes.
"So, the price that blacks paid that we could vote -- I'd never
tell people not to vote, nor do I tell them how to vote. I
give them my position and tell them to decide how they should
In 2008, Barack Obama won 95 percent of black voters. An
Associated Press report points out that any loss of votes
could tip the election to Mitt Romney in a close race.
Owens asserts that the president's position on same-sex
"marriage" is very important to the CAAP, because it is contrary to
"I take it that most people are very intelligent. If we give our
position, and if our case is strong enough, I think that does it
all," the reverend suggests. "What we're going to do in the future,
we don't know. But at this point, we don't endorse anybody. But I
do think it's unfair to hold Mr. Romney's theology and the church
he's a member of against him."
The coalition is still collecting petition signatures supporting
marriage to present to President Obama, asking him to reconsider
his position on the issue.