When Barack Obama flipped on his gay-marriage position last week, many black pastors flipped their position on Barack Obama.
Some say they won't support Obama's re-election. That may have been the cause for Obama's reverse in fortune in opinion polls as Mitt Romney edged ahead.
Al Sharpton, himself the bearer of the "Reverend" title, though no one seems to know how or why that title got attached to his name, spent his radio show Tuesday sermonizing black pastors on their unpardonable sin of following Jesus rather than Obama.
Black pastors should overlook the sins of Obama and support him anyway, he says.
Many black pastors disagree with Romney but, like Sharpton's 'reverend' title, they don't actually know why they disagree with him. Most black pastors actually agree with Romney on social issues but blacks disagree with Republicans and Romney is a Republican. Don't look for the logic. There is none.
More illogical considerations:
Sharpton recalled black pastors overlooked the sins of Bill Clinton when he engaged in an Oval Office tryst with Monica Lewinsky. Sharpton imagined black pastors rolling on the floor praying aloud in behalf of Clinton while retaining their support for him. They should do the same for Obama.
Some black pastors will, of course, fall for Sharpton's 'logic.'
I, for one, can't recall any news reports of black pastors or churches engaged in prayer vigils for Clinton. Sharpton may have some insider information, or maybe I just don't recall; but one would think that such events would have drawn at least minimal media attention. The events as I recall them were that Clinton was caught and liberals ignored it.
Sharpton's sermon seems to have this moral: It's okay to support perceived sin providing you offer prayers for the sinner. You don't have to totally forget your religious convictions, just make them secondary to political opinions.
The Sharpton doctrine follows this logic: It's fine to support a candidate with whom you disagree providing you pray for him.
If that be true, then isn't Sharpton releasing black Christians to vote for Romney?
Sharpton called black pastors hypocrites. He fails to see his own hypocrisy.
Here's the transcript from Sharpton's show:
When I start hearing people say I disagree with his [Obama] position I’m all right with that, I respect that there are things we can disagree with. But when I hear them say they’re not going to vote cause we prayed for him, I saw black ministers, the same one you naming get around and lay hands and pray for Bill Clinton, when Bill Clinton we know committed a sin and we still voted for him and prayed for him.
So what is the difference in this man [Obama] taking a position and an opinion, not committing the act, just saying I’m all right with the legal right for people to do this and people that have committed acts, we didn’t do that to. That’s why I say a lot of these guys are hypocrites. They had prayer meetings for Bill Clinton! Some of the same ones you talking about. Prayer meetings! Got on their knees slobbered and rolling down the floor to keep him on office, when they were trying to impeach him.
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