On its blog, the National Organization for Marriage has the following:
Local TV Surveys Battle Lines in NC: Black Church vs NAACP
Now under this headline is a video which is talking about the anti-marriage equality amendment vote in North Carolina (the video is from NOM’s youtube site, thus the false headline):
The segment in question which NOM is using for its headline featured a reporter talking to only one pastor – Patrick Wooden of the Upper Room Church of God – who supports the amendment. He made a claim that the “average African-American on the street” supports the amendment. Wooten also claimed that African-Americans in NC overwhelmingly supports the amendment.
The report then points out that the North Carolina chapter of the NAACP put out a statement opposing the amendment.
That segment of the video starts at 30 seconds and ends at 1:05. There is nothing else in the video which talks about the black church, the NAACP, or the black community in general.
From that very brief segment of the video, NOM is trying to sow division between the NAACP and the NC black church community.
It is a sloppy attempt for a multitude of reasons. Aside from the fact that the video in question doesn’t even mention a division between the black church and the NAACP, one should also remember that the president of the NAACP, William Barber, is a minister himself.
In addition, hundreds of clergy in North Carolina have voiced a letter opposing the amendment. And how many of them are from black churches you ask? Quite a few. As a matter of fact, a wide variety of churches and denominations (Jewish, Catholic, Baptist, Methodist, etc.) have been very vocal in opposing the anti-gay amendment.
NOM is discovering that in NC it won’t necessarily corner the market on church support, so to speak.
And is probably the reason for the phony claim on NOM’s blog. I think the organization recognizes that the NAACP jumping into the situation is putting a dent in its usual game plan of exploiting the black church and the black community in general.
One more thing. Keep on eye on Wooden because I’m sure that NOM will be trotting him out in front of the cameras. Wooden has a history of nasty behavior towards the gay community (which I am sure he will say that was done in love), including saying the following in 2004:
“We have to block the use of euphemisms when we talk about homosexuals. They are not gay. We’ve got to use terms like ‘deviant’ and ‘abomination.’ “