Friday, June 02, 2006

Black Pastors Support Marriage Amendment; Minority Coalition Prepares for June Amendment Debate

WASHINGTON, June 2 /U.S. Newswire/ -- On Monday, June 5, at the National Press Club from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. EDT, pastors from around the nation, including Maryland's Bishop Harry Jackson, chairman of the High Impact Leadership Coalition, will join with Rev. William Owens, founder and president of the Coalition of African American Pastors; Bishop George D. McKinney, Ph.D., senior pastor of the St. Stephens Cathedral COGIC in San Diego, Calif., and jurisdictional prelate and general board member; and Star Parker, founder of the Coalition on Urban Renewal and Education, to lead a group of 100 key black pastors to rally support in Congress for the Marriage Protection Amendment and to discuss critical issues facing black America.

"The civil rights movement reached deeply into our nation's soul, where society had to think hard about clarifying the principles of our corporate social conduct. The homosexual rights movement turns the civil rights movement on its head. Dr. King appealed to religious truths to make his point: homosexual activists are attempting to re-write these truths," said Parker, also a nationally syndicated columnist.

Introduced by Sen. Wayne Allard (R-Colo.), S.J. Res.1 (Marriage Protection Amendment) is scheduled to be debated the first week in June in the Senate, followed by a complimenting bill in the House being introduced and debated the next month.

"We want America to know that as black leaders we are standing on our faith and not with a political party," exclaimed Owens. According to Owens, despite a historic association with the Democratic Party, the black community has always been conservative about family values.
The visit to Washington by both Republican and Democrat black pastors will underscore the fact that righteousness and justice should be more important to black Americans than party affiliation.

"Throughout America, the institution of marriage is suffering. As a leader in our nation's religious community, I cannot sit idly by," said Jackson, a registered Democrat. "The faith community cannot play it safe anymore. We must act. Black Christian leaders need to understand that they have a voice."

In my opinion I feel that people who practice gay and lesbian lifestyles are practicing a high level of sexual immorality. It's true that the breakdown of marriage in the Black Community is due to out-of wedlock births, STDs, divorce and the lack of communication. The chief root of all of this is sexual immorality.

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