Ballot losses create delicious racial schadenfreude mess for religious right
Some people just can’t handle losing.
The recent ballot losses over marriage equality in Maryland, Maine, Washington state, and Minnesota seems to have caused chaos in the circles of religious right groups and spokespeople.
Words have been said that can’t be taken back as some religious right spokespeople have begun to voice their true feelings about African-Americans.
Linda Harvey of Mission America – Ninety-three percent of African Americans voted for Obama in this election. Where are the Christians? Where are those who choose candidates based on the content of his or her character? Is it safe to conclude that ninety-three percent of African Americans are now in favor of homosexuality as marriage, late-term and sex-selection abortions, and they love the idea of limiting opportunity be penalizing success in this country? Do all this ninety-three percent agree that people of faith should be forced to pay for other people’s abortion-causing drugs? These are drugs that kill unborn babies. This is a human rights issue of the first magnitude and I am guessing there are plenty of black women and men who would have a problem with this if they chose to open their eyes about these policies aggressively supported by Obama and his administration, and now America has signed on for four more years of this.
Michael Brown – I simply do not understand how my black evangelical friends who so staunchly oppose same-sex marriage and who stand against abortion could cast their vote for the most radically pro-abortion, pro-gay-activist president in our history. Was there no moral compromise involved in voting for him? Are there no issues that could disqualify him in your eyes? And must Barack Obama be elected and then reelected in order to make up for past injustices, as one black evangelical woman claimed?
And if that’s not enough to make you smile, then the following item should.
There is now an ugly verbal feud between anti-gay Washington state pastor Ken Hutcherson and the National Organization for Marriage regarding the organization’s tactics in those ballot initiatives, particularly the one in Washington state.
At first, Hutcherson, in an interview with the right-wing One News Now, criticized NOM for being too timid in their tactics and excluding him. However, in a later interview with The Christian Post, Hutcherson dropped the big “r” on the heads of not only NOM but Focus on the Family.
In layman’s terms, he accused the organizations of excluding him because of alleged racism on their part:
“When I knew my involvement was going to generate controversy, I offered to step back and suggested others who were on the frontlines do so as well for the sake of unity. They refused, leaving me as the odd man out. If you look at them, they were all the same color with the same moderate views. It just didn’t make sense why they would not include a person of color who was willing to fight.”
“I believe there are conservatives of all colors, but the leadership from NOM, Focus and Mission Public Affairs, wanted to run being a moderate campaign where everyone felt warm and fuzzy. But we know that sin is never satisfied and always wants more. These guys just looked and acted too much like the GOP – old and white.”
Both Brian Brown of NOM and Tom Minnery of Focus on the Family both vehemently denied Hutcherson’s accusation. They also expressed a wish that Hutcherson would not have been so quick to publicize any possible disagreement.
Though Hutcherson has a point when it comes to the small number or lack of African-American in leadership positions in these organizations, those familiar with the pastor’s past antics – myself included – should probably chalk up his accusations of racism to sour grapes that he wasn’t given a larger role in the fight against marriage equality.
Still, the fact that Minnery and Brown made a point to tell Hutcherson to keep disagreements “in house” definitely proves that he struck a nerve.
And I think that’s what Hutcherson wanted. Don’t be surprised if he attempts to strike more nerves.