COMMENTARY: Owens’ Past Comes to Light

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  • Rev. William Owens is a long-standing, die-hard Republican who has been supporting the GOP and its racially-divisive policies for years.

    Now it’s out here. Now we know.

    Owens, leader of the conservative Coalition of African American pastors, created a firestorm last week when he called President Barack Obama a “Judas” for supporting gay marriage and suggested that Obama’s re-election bid is now in jeopardy because black voters will abandon the president.

    “He has not done a smart thing and it might cost him the election,” Owens told reporters last week.  "Mr. President, I'm not going to stand with you, and we have thousands of others across this country that are not going to stand with you in this foolishness."

    “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,” Owens said. “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.”

    Here’s the problem: Owens tried to hide his Republican affiliation. He’s a so-called Christian leader who lied by omission. When asked by a reporter if he was a Republican, Owens sidestepped the question saying the issue wasn’t about either party, it’s about family values.

    But now we learn that Owens has been a staunch supporter of the Republican Party who has worked aggressively in Tennessee to recruit African-Americans to the GOP.

    “We have to work on it,’ Owens said in 2006, according to the Nashville Tennessean.

    Here are a few of Owens’ more high-profile Republican offerings:

    • In 2006, Owens attended a George W. Bush Event and praised Bush's speech at the Grand Ole Opry House.
    • He once proclaimed that “Blacks Are More Conservative Than White People Pray To Be,” and dismissed any political party affiliation.  “‘I'm not interested in the right wing or the left wing. I'm not interested in political parties. I'm interested in what we can do to bring people together on the things we agree on.”
    • In 2006, Owens endorsed Republican Ken Blackwell for Governor Of Ohio.
    • He addressed a Republican women’s event in Memphis six year ago.

    In 2008, Owens endorsed Mike Huckabee for President on Martin Luther King Day. “He has actually done what he talks about when it comes to the African-American community, rather than just pandering,” Owens told the Associated Press.

    But last week during an appearance on CNN, Owens was asked if he supported Mitt Romney, Obama’s Republican opponent for the White House.

    “No, I don't,” Owens said. “We do not get in politics, we don't support any party.”

    Really?

    So Owens wants black Americans to believe that his criticism of Obama, some 90 days before the presidential election has nothing to do with politics?

    I’m reminded of the old adage: “I was born at night – but not last night.”

    Owens insists that many black Americans won't vote for Obama in November, which is absolutely ludicrous. Obama won 95 percent of the black vote in 2008 and support for America’s first black president remains high among African-Americans.

    Owens is blowing smoke. Most major polls suggest that African-Americans are concerned about jobs, paying their bills, keeping their homes out of foreclosure, putting their kids through college, and being able to afford quality health care.

    “I would place the odds of African-Americans defecting the president as about the same as the odds of an asteroid hitting the Earth and wiping out all human life,” David Bositis at the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, told The New York Times. “It’s not going to happen.”

    Bositis is right. And Owens knows it, too.

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    11 thoughts on “COMMENTARY: Owens’ Past Comes to Light

    1. And yet he is silent on Romney’s so-called religious beliefs. Last I checked Mormonism – faith, doctrine, practices – is very much Anti-Christ. But Owens and other evangelicals will swear up and down they’re voting theology come November. I guess if you repeat a lie often enough, it becomes the truth. Hypocrites all!!

    2. He must be the Brother to Satin Cain.So it is ok ! These are the Blacks who work for” no good”.to anyone but themselves. When blacks talk like this I say follow the money and their bedding habits. The answer will be clear and found on the tip of Mitt’s Pinocchio nose.

    3. You also have to understand the ploy thats going on since the laws are changing as to how and who can vote from different states President Barack Obama has stepped up his game by getting votes from other areas of the US.Think about if you cut out 18% of the voters then you have to make it up from somewhere and thats what President Barack Obama’s team is doing and doing it well..what we are going to let them steal another one…We may
      Not agree with the lifestyle.But he has to listen to the citizens and they will vote for him that where he makes up the differance

    4. Remember folks, the president may or may not agree with the lifestyles of some
      Citizens,and if those same citizens argue that their right to marry or sleep with who they want is being violated,then the president has to listen just like Kennedy
      Had to listen to our protests and concerns.Mr Owens wants us to believe the
      President is promoting homosexuality.That’s a lie.He is listening to the concerns of citizens black,white,Republican,Democrat.And everybody in between..We may
      Not agree with the lifestyle.But he has to listen to the citizens…

    5. Remember folks, the president may or may not agree with the lifestyles of some
      Citizens,and if those same citizens argue that their right to marry or sleep with who they want is being violated,then the president has to listen just like Kennedy
      Had to listen to our protests and concerns.Mr Owens wants us to believe the
      President is promoting homosexuality.That’s a lie.He is listening to the concerns of citizens black,white,Republican,Democrat.And everybody in between..We may
      Not agree with the lifestyle.But he has to listen to the citizens…

    6. The Lord says plain…beware of wolves in sheep’s clothing! KJV Matthew 7:15. I feel nothing but remorse for his congregation. You are supposed to follow your pastor but you put your trust in Almighty God and He also said that you have no gods before Him. You do not put a man on a pedestal! I feel sorry for these weak-willed and weak-minded people.

    7. DAMN THIS IS A SHAME HE’S BLOWING SMOKE OUT HIS EARS,MOUTH AND AZZZZ. WHAT A HYPOCRITE I HOPE YOU MEMBERS RUN OUT OF HIS CHURCH

    8. Yes. Sir John Hawkins had the dubious distinction of becoming the first slave-ship captain to bring Africans to the Americas. Hawkins was a religious gentleman who insisted that his crew “serve God daily” and “love another”. His ship, ironically called “the good ship Jesus,” left the shores of his native England for Africa in October 1562. He arrived at Sierra Leone, and in a short time he had three hundred blacks in his possession. Hawkins claimed to have acquired them “partly by sword and partly by other means.”
      The Good Ship Jesus | The Beginning of the British Slave Trade
      He’s one of these type Christians just in black skin. Sit down bro we know you.

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