Rev. William Owens, founder of the Coalition of African-Americans Pastors, on Tuesday, compared President Barack Obama to Judas, who betrayed Jesus for thirty pieces of silver (video below).
Rev. Owens said at the National Press Club: "The President is in the White House because of the civil rights movement, and I was a leader in that movement, and I didn't march one inch, one foot, one yard for a man to marry a man or a woman to marry a woman."
"So the President has forgotten the price that was paid. People died or they suffered or they gave their blood to have equal rights in the United States. And for the homosexual community and for the President to bow to the money, as Judas did with Jesus Christ, is a disgrace and we are ashamed. We will not take it back. We will not back down. We are going to take action across this country to change the course that this President has us in."
Rev. Owens, who consults with the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) as a liaison to black churches, has launched a national campaign urging African-American voters to oppose the reelection of Obama.
Documents released in March, revealed that NOM planned to "drive a wedge between gays and blacks" to prevent same sex marriage from becoming legal.
SOURCE: Opposing Views
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A group of conservative black pastors are responding to President Barack Obama's support of same-sex marriage with what they say will be a national campaign aimed at rallying black Americans to rethink their overwhelming support of the President, though the group's leader is offering few specifics about the effort.
The Rev. Williams Owens, who is president and founder of the Coalition of African-Americans Pastors and the leader of the campaign, has highlighted opposition to same-sex marriage among African-Americans. He calls this campaign "an effort to save the family."
"The time has come for a broad-based assault against the powers that be that want to change our culture to one of men marrying men and women marrying women," said Owens, in an interview Tuesday after the launch event at the National Press Club. "I am ashamed that the first black president chose this road, a disgraceful road."
At the press conference, Owens was joined by five other black regional pastors and said there were 3,742 African-American pastors on board for the anti-Obama campaign.
When asked at the press conference for specifics about the campaign - funding, planned events and goals - Owens said only that the group's first fundraiser will be on August 16 in Memphis, Tennessee. But Owens insisted that "we are going to go nationwide with our agenda just like the president has gone to Hollywood."
In May, Obama announced on ABC News that he thought "same sex couples should be able to get married." The president had previously said that he opposed gay marriage, but said in May that his views were personal and did not represent a policy change.
In a fiery Tuesday press conference at the press club, Owens said Obama was taking the black vote for granted and decried the idea of similarities between the gay rights movement and the civil rights movement, an assertion made by the NAACP following Obama's same-sex marriage support.
Owens has long been an opponent of gay marriage and consults with the National Organization for Marriage as a liaison to the black churches.
At the press conference, Owens said that Obama's support of same-sex marriage tantamount to supporting child molestation.
"If you watch the men who have been caught having sex with little boys, you will note that all of them will say that they were molested as a child..." Owens said. "For the president to condone this type of thing is irresponsible."
Owens later walked about those comments back, saying he didn't think the president was condoning molestation.
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