A supposedly African-American-led group, God Said, working to siphon black support from Obama just released its first ad
It’s nothing particularly shocking, but one thing did catch my eye. See if you can stop the video at 17 seconds so you can see who is involved. I recognize four faces.
There is E.W. Jackson who has been attempting to lead an “exodus” of African-Americans from the Democratic Party, claimed that Obama has “affection” for Islam, and has made pointedly homophobic statements, including one about gays serving openly in the military:
“What of Christians who believe that homosexuality is sin? Are they to be silenced? Subjected to discipline or discharge? Will they live in close quarters with men or women attracted to the same sex? When homosexuality is given protected status, Christians are muzzled or persecuted for their beliefs, and their First Amendment Rights are trampled. This has happened in corporations all over America. The message is ‘be silent or lose your job.’ In the military, you cannot merely find another job. If keeping qualified people is the priority, what about the Christians who may be forced to leave the military because the environment is hostile to their faith? The message from Gates and Mullen is, ‘Get out.’ The repeal of the ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell’ law is a disaster of historic proportions and it must be reinstated. My organization and others will to fight to make sure that happens.
Bill Owens who is supposed to be leading another group, CAAP (the Coalition of African-American Pastors) whose purpose to ask African-Americans to withhold their votes from President Obama. CAAP’s momentum was broken earlier this year when it was discovered that Owens has basically served as a paid shill for religious right groups, such as the National Organization for Marriage (who has already endorsed Obama’s opponent Mitt Romney), and may have misled folks about his participation in the Civil Rights Movement.
Alveda King, who has made a career out of exploiting the fact that she is Martin Luther King, Jr.’s niece. However, while she has insulted King’s late wife, Coretta, on occasion, she is not as forthcoming as to what she herself accomplished in the Civil Rights Movement.
And last, but certainly not least, Harry Jackson, who People for the American Way calls the point man for the religious right’s attempt to exploit the black community.According to Mother Jones magazine, Jackson has received $20,000 from the National Organization for Marriage’s “education fund” for his efforts to exploit the opinions of those in the black community who do not agree with marriage equality. In addition, in 2010, Jackson attempted to get a measure on the ballot opposing marriage equality in D.C. In pursuit of that effort, he led the group Stand for Marriage DC. According to documents attained by Mother Jones magazine, NOM gave $60,000 for that effort.
So what it all comes down to is that this group is a phony concoction comprised of the same African-American sellouts who clutch their Bibles with one hand while having their other hand held out for that religious right and conservative money.