by Patricia L. Dickson 10/13/15
It appears that Hillary Clinton may not have the black vote in the bag. Breitbart is reporting that The Church of God in Christ, a historically black Christian denomination with over 12,000 churches in the United States, has turned down multiple speaking requests from Mrs. Clinton. Church leaders have discussed whether to allow Mrs. Clinton to speak on three separate occasions. According to a source within the church, Clinton representatives have even requested to have her speak at the church’s annual women’s conference. When asked by Breitbart News for comment, a Clinton spokesman said that it was simply not true. However, Boston pastor Eugene F. Rivers III confirmed in an interview with Breitbart that the conversation did take place, but that COGIC leadership ultimately decided against allowing her to speak.
One reason for the church’s decision cited by Pastor Rivers is that the black church has grown weary of Democrats and sense that they are being taken for granted. Other reasons stem from Mrs. Clinton’s stance on same-sex marriage and abortion – particularly her recent comments that religious organizations should change their beliefs about abortion. The question that I have for these church leaders is, when did the Democratic Party not support same-sex marriage and abortion? Democrats have never concealed their support for these issues that the black churches are now claiming goes in opposition to their beliefs. In addition, I was struck by Pastor Rivers calling out Mrs. Clinton on these issues, while he did not include President Obama for having the exact same stances.
He made it clear that the church is not interested in supporting a Republican in 2016 either:
“Republicans have no interest in social justice for the poor and Democrats don’t believe that the unborn have rights and refuse to respect our beliefs on our understanding on marriage,” Rivers explained.
Again, I ask: has the Democratic Party not always believed in the killing of unborn babies? Has the Democratic Party not always disrespected the church’s views on marriage? It is hypocritical for this pastor to cite these reasons for not supporting Democrats when he and those like him have been supporting Democrats for years under the same platform. What is one to believe as the real reason the black church has decided not to support Mrs. Clinton? Is it because she is not black enough?
Patricia Dickson blogs at Patricia’s Corner.
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