The Coalition of African-American Pastors is responding to an ad
in Maryland promoting homosexual "marriage" among
African-Americans, which will be an issue presented for a vote on
the Tuesday ballot.
William Owens, founder and president of the Coalition of
African-American Pastors, is calling on President Barack Obama
and the NAACP to repudiate the ad.
"We are against same-sex
marriage. We stand against it very firmly and we want the people to
know," he declares. "It doesn't matter who endorsed it, whether
it's the president or the NAACP. It is wrong, and we stand against
it; the Coalition of African-American pastors stands against
But Owens says what is especially disturbing about the ad is
that it urges black Christians to ignore their own pastors'
teachings and vote for same-sex marriage.
"And it's sad. That is a sad situation. Anytime anybody tells
you to go against scripture -- whether it is a pastor, a layman, a
politician -- then you know that person is wrong," he emphasizes.
"You don't have to question whether that person is wrong or not.
You know that person is wrong."
Owens calls the ad "the worst attempt at pandering and
manipulating the black community to ignore their own pastors," who
are simply preaching and teaching what the Bible says on the