From Rev. McClurkin to Prop. 8
by kosnomore, Sat Nov 08, 2008 at 07:55:55 AM EST
I'm not looking to re-fight the primary. But, history is prequel.
Hillary had an apparent early lock on the old school liberal, civil rights, women's rights and gay rights establishments in N.Y., L.A. and D.C. So, Obama went around them.
The Obama campaign took off in South Carolina, with the Obama campaign's "Embrace the Change" gospel concert series, featuring Rev. Donnie McClurkin. He's the guy who headlined the final show, declaring, "God delivered me from homosexuality."
Obama's path to the White House took him to hundreds of campus "student activity centers", "hubs" and "haus-es". And, into the homes of thousands of "Whole Foods shoppers". But, the main road went through hundreds if not thousands of dusty, forgotten, backroads churches.
Many of the "new" voters were registered in those churches. The African Methodist Episcopal Church of Zion. The Living Word Fellowship. The Independent Bible Baptist Church. And, hundreds of independent churches so poor and so small and so local that their preachers work 9 to 5 as bus drivers and barbers.
People from those churches are against gay mariage because it's inconsistent with their Christian beliefs. People like the church ladies who made Obama in South Carolina are simply, unalterably "against such foolishness".
As a conservative Democrat, who supports gay marriage on libertarian and states rights' grounds, I'm otherwise far from disappointed by this influx of socially conservative voters into my party. The current hub-bub on the issue simply shows how little liberal progressives really know about the black church and the black community.
CROSS POSTED AT FAR RIGHT DEMOCRAT