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African-American Pastors Join Fight Against Marriage Equality In Michigan: VIDEO


A group of conservative African-American Christian ministers filed legal briefs on Wednesday in support of Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriage, joining an even larger coalition of Christians who have also taken legal action to keep bigotry alive in the Great Lakes State, according to USA Today:

Representing potentially millions of worshippers in the state, the Michigan Catholic Conference, the Thomas More Law Center in Ann Arbor, Mich., and a national coalition of Baptists, Lutherans, Mormons and evangelicals led by Catholic bishops filed three separate briefs Wednesday in the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati. The briefs back Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette in his efforts to defend the state's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage, which was overturned earlier this year by a federal judge in Detroit.

Michigan's constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage was passed in 2004 but struck down in March of this year by Federal Judge Bernard Friedman (a Reagan appointee). 

At a rally held on Wednesday by by African-American ministers at First Baptist World Changers International Church in Detroit, Pastor Roland Caldwell of the Burnette Inspiration Baptist Church of Detroit issued a call to action to opponents of gay marriage:

“We’ve got to tell the preachers that are standing up for homosexuality that either you are with God are you are against Him. And if you are against God you are against me. We cannot promote any more preachers that are promoting sin. We cannot promote any more pastors that are allowing homosexuals to run their church…we must step back and tell them like my cousin told a preacher, ‘You are my enemy!’…and now the fight is on!”

The legal brief filed by the black ministers on Wednesday took issue with comparisons between the battle for LGBT rights and the civil rights movement of the 1960s, in particular comparisons that have been made by judges between the 1967 case of Loving v. Virginia that legalized interracial marriage and the question of marriage equality:

Comparing the gay rights movement to black civil rights is "ignorant and myopic," said Richard Thompson, president of the Thomas More Law center, who attended the rally in Detroit to show support.

Hateful comments were liberally on display at the rally in Detroit, with gay marriage being broadly denounced by the assembled group of ministers:

Gay marriage would "destroy the backbone of our society," said the Rev. Stacey Swimp of Flint, Mich. 

"We love everybody, but we don't love the (gay) lifestyle," said the Rev. Rex Evans, pastor of Free Will Baptist Church in Ypsilanti, Mich. He said there's a "small group of people trying to destroy the foundation" of the U.S. "It's time to take our nation back."

You can watch a video of the rally and Pastor Caldwell's speech, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. This only furthers our cause by showing the level of animosity being directed at us. The LGBT community needs heightened scrutiny to be protected against this coordinated, wide-spread and well funded effort to deny us our civil rights based on nothing more than their religious beliefs and personal animosity.

    Posted by: TampaZeke | May 15, 2014 8:21:16 PM

  2. Their community murders itself daily, and somehow we're the problem...

    I love how "Christians" use us to avoid taking any social responsibility for their own crapulence.

    Posted by: Buckie | May 15, 2014 8:22:21 PM

  3. I wonder if any of them are in interracial marriages?

    Posted by: Ryan | May 15, 2014 8:22:22 PM

  4. We don't actually need any heightened scrutiny at all, as the last couple of marriage decisions have said -- that we're discriminated against because of irrational hate is readily apparent.

    But, yes, the crazier they act, the better we look.

    And, boy howdy, are all these people going to be really, really, really unhappy very soon.

    Posted by: oncemorewithfeeling | May 15, 2014 8:23:12 PM

  5. the bible they use to attack gays supports slavery how do they separate the two?

    Posted by: walter | May 15, 2014 8:28:17 PM

  6. Dude is wearing a yellow suit. Enough said.

    Posted by: Boston | May 15, 2014 8:44:10 PM

  7. The fight is on, is it? The difference between my army, and his army, is that his is imaginary.

    Posted by: Randy | May 15, 2014 8:48:06 PM

  8. Wait. Black pastors of churches with five names are conservative, freakishly so. Surprised?

    Posted by: chevytexas | May 15, 2014 8:54:51 PM

  9. I am an African American Pastor. Please don't hold that against me.

    My questions to these "preachers" in Detroit:
    - What are you doing to address the systemic inequities occurring in your city?
    - What are you doing to address the crime rate in your city?
    - Why is there such poverty in your city?
    - There are 50-11 churches in Detroit. Why is there still such "sin and iniquity" in the city?
    - Why must y'all wear fluorescent polyester suits?

    Posted by: Rev. Dr. Verdon Coleman | May 15, 2014 9:02:51 PM

  10. Congressman John Lewis and Desmond Tutu should rebuke their absurd statement they have the monopoly of the Christian God, let alone God.

    Posted by: simon | May 15, 2014 9:03:38 PM

  11. We should cancel out these African-Americans' rights.

    Posted by: petey | May 15, 2014 9:04:24 PM

  12. Detroit, enough said.

    On the other hand I just read an amazing bit of history on the role of black ministers for one hundred years after the Civil War until the civil rights movement of the sixties. For the most part they were often cofacilators of Jim Crow, trading on their position for favors and money with the establishment. Somehow I suspect that in fifty years no one will remember these charlatans any more than people remember the ones from the past.

    Posted by: Paulo | May 15, 2014 9:05:43 PM

  13. I'm still waiting for the lead "White conservative ((add anything here)). Would the story not be as powerful if the word African-American Pastors wasn't added.

    Pastors were not enough. How is this not race bating?

    Posted by: Rion | May 15, 2014 9:31:47 PM

  14. It is so ironic that "taking our country back" is often used by racist against minorities, including the Black community. Now they're using it. WOW! Maybe when their fellow "take back the country" compatriots do take back the country, maybe they can take it back from these pastors as well.

    Posted by: Reggie777 | May 15, 2014 9:35:14 PM

  15. Who couldn't anticipate this type of reaction? You deserve this for your stupidity.

    Posted by: Arrow | May 15, 2014 9:38:36 PM

  16. Whenever white evangelical Christians do this type of stuff they aren't compartmentalized as white Christians, they are just Christians. Why is it different when it's black Christians? I'm so tired of the blatant double standard. White people know about slavery, especially considering the part their ancestors played in it but we don't tell white Christians or white people in general they should know better. If anyone should be more mindful about oppression it should be white people since they are still doing it in 2014.

    Posted by: Derrick | May 15, 2014 9:54:10 PM

  17. So I guess this meta-mob has adopted the Sci-Fi philosophies of the Sith from Star Wars. - “... either you are with [me] or you are against [me]. We cannot allow [them] to run… 'You are my enemy!' …and now the fight is on!”

    I don't like how this group, like others, posture themselves like they are the 'true' Christians, and the 'true' African American mentality. It's their fault that in their prejudice against gays, they failed to see the parallels between their group's striving for equality and gays striving for equality. Calling comparisons "ignorant and myopic" is ironic as it reveals their own ignorance and myopia. What breathtaking projection. Speaking of projection... how about them saying that gays are destroying the 'backbone of society' and the 'foundation of the US.' Duh - Hello!

    I'm sick of these so-called Christians saying they 'love' 'everybody' while simultaneously trying to suppress gay people. It's sick.

    I take small solace in the fact that at least because the internet never forgets, gay struggles will not be whitewashed or rendered forgettable due to inaccessibility. The actions of these bigots will be reviewable, and they won't live it down by sweeping it under the carpet.

    Posted by: Transformations | May 15, 2014 9:55:34 PM

  18. Beasts of the Northern Wild

    Posted by: goony goo goo | May 15, 2014 10:05:40 PM

  19. So according to these people we are destroying the backbone of society and we must be stopped. Sounds like the want to lynch us. We’re not going away so I guess you’ll have to kill us, right?

    Posted by: Rich | May 15, 2014 10:06:08 PM

  20. Sure, let's take the country back. I vote for taking it back to the '50s. How's that sound guys? No? African-Americans weren't respected? Were treated badly? Didn't have any rights? That sounds vaguely familiar to me.

    Posted by: Lee | May 15, 2014 10:18:51 PM

  21. I used to be all about fighting economic disparity and such. After I started seeing just how much the black community hates gay people (proportionally), I have lost all interest I'm helping them. Same with affirmative action, etc.

    Posted by: Yup | May 15, 2014 10:21:41 PM

  22. The reason these people are referred to as blacks or Afro-Americans is because they, themselves, use these terms in their letter-heads etc.

    Posted by: petey | May 15, 2014 10:24:40 PM

  23. Disgusting. How quickly they forget what it was like at the back of the bus.

    Posted by: NotSafeForWork | May 15, 2014 10:27:48 PM

  24. @YUP I'm going to give you the benefit of the doubt and approach you as if you're not trolling.

    Don't be fooled, this group does not speak for all blacks or all African Americans. They act like they do, but they don't.

    What is happening here is just NOM's wet dream:

    Posted by: Anon | May 15, 2014 10:31:28 PM

  25. These pastors ought to realize that the same Bible chapters preaching against homosexuality are also preaching for slavery.

    Posted by: Aquarian35 | May 15, 2014 10:35:01 PM

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