According to the following video, the “cat’s is out of the bag” in regards to a group of African-American pastors protesting President Obama’s and the NAACP’s supporting of marriage equality:
As it turns out, this is not a genuine protest of anger stemming from the African-American community, but rather an astroturfed effort by the National Organization for Marriage. The video is probably the first time NOM has attached its name to this protest, but to be honest, many of us lgbtq bloggers knew that NOM was involved from the beginning..
William Owens, the leader of the Coalition of African-American Pastors (CAAP) - the group pushing this protest, has been described by NOM as it’s “liaison to the Black Church.” This is significant for two reasons.
1. Remember that NOM got into trouble earlier this year when it was discovered that the organization planned to create a “wedge strategy” to divide the African-American and gay communities on the subject of marriage equality:
As you can read above, NOM planned to recruit black leaders to speak out in an effort to get the gay community so enraged that they verbally attack these leaders. Then the black community would respond hostilely to these attacks. The end goal is definitely cause confusion between two groups who support President Obama in wide numbers. And that has a lot to do with Reason 2.
2. NOM has endorsed Mitt Romney, President Obama’s challenger:
“We are proud to endorse Mitt Romney for president,” (NOM President Brian) Brown said. “Gov. Romney was an early signer of NOM’s presidential pledge which represents his commitment to the nation to take specific actions as president to preserve and protect marriage as the union of one man and one woman.”
In August, Romney was among the candidates who signed
This article originally appeared on: http://blogs.alternet.org/speakeasy/2012/07/16/anti-gay-group-exploiting-black-pastors-as-pawns-to-get-romney-elected/