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A group of conservative Black pastors are working hard to kick Attorney General Eric Holder out of the White House after his recent remarks on same-sex marriage laws.

Having condemned Holder for trying “to coerce states to fall in line with the same-sex ‘marriage’ agenda,” the Coalition of African American Pastors (CAAP) announced earlier this week a campaign to gather 1 million signatures to impeach the Attorney General.

The coalition believes that Holder has abandoned the oath he swore in taking office and his duty to defend the common good by “pushing” a radical agenda on top state lawmakers.

This criticism came shortly after Holder informed his state counterparts that they are not obligated to defend laws–particularly legislation banning same-sex marriage–if they believe them to be discriminatory and unconstitutional.

“We must be suspicious of legal classifications based solely on sexual orientation,” he said at Tuesday’s National Association of Attorney General meeting, adding that any decision to refuse state laws must not be considered lightly or frequently.

“What we have in Attorney General Holder is a man so political in his zeal to redefine marriage that he is willing to run roughshod over the rulings of the Supreme Court, binging federal law, and the United States Constitution along with the constitutions of a majority of states,” the Rev. Bill Owens, founder and president of CAAP, said in a press release.

The online petition, which has 7456 signatures as of publication, blasts elected leaders for attempting to destroy marriage and also calls out the White House for its involvement.

“President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder have turned their backs on the values the American people hold dear, values particularly cherished in the black community: values like marriage, which should be strengthened and promoted, rather than weakened and undermined,” reads the petition.

The D.C blog The Hill reports that while the group believes the Obama administration has “sold out,” they are specifically targeting Holder because “going after the nation’s first black president would be a losing battle.”

“If Obama was a white man, he would be impeached,” Rev. William Owens, the group’s founder and president, reportedly told The Hill.

“Obama has been given a free pass to do what he pleases, but I don’t give him a pass. I’m very black, been black all my life. He doesn’t get a pass. I don’t give him a pass.”

According to the CAAP website, the coalition is a grassroots movement of Christians who believe in traditional family values such as supporting the role of religion in American public life, protecting the lives of unborn and defending the sacred institution of marriage.

The group also claims not to be affiliated with any political party of religious denomination.

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11 thoughts on “Black Pastors Team Up To Impeach Attorney General Eric Holder For “Pushing” Gay Marriage

  1. HoneyDare on said:

    What? Our community could use them to help bring our people together. Why they are so concerned about Gay people? Religion. Ha! Humbug! I have no use for their kind of religion.

    • Virilis Africanum on said:

      Our community, like every community, is not a monolith, no group of people are. To assume that we are, or have ever been singing from the same page would be a fallacy. The history books are full of intra-group conflicts and the problems they posed to a unity of effort amongst and within a group. Probably the closest black have ever come to being of one mind, was at the height of the civil rights movement; even then there was serious divisions and disagreements about the best way to address oppression. The Malcolm X approach was different from that of MLKs. Nevertheless, the “their kind of religion” statement appears to imply that there is an alternate religion that embraces that “lifestyle”. Christians don’t hate LGBTs, they Love people, but all of their actions. It may be uncomfortable but, the 2 are spiritually, incompatible. If people want to be irreligious, it’s their choice (same for the LBGT thing), but the reality is, their is no happy median, because one lifestyle contaminates the other. It is unlikely that you’ll find, the type of vitriol from Pastors, that we’ve observed from the LGBT community directed towards the religious community. Yep, a lot of people will make their choice, and everyone will be accountable for their own life choices and only God will judge each of us. Of course, one would have to believe in God, in the first place in order to believe that.

  2. You spanish descendants are next! on said:

    Okay let me get this straight you want the President to impeach Attorney General Holder because of his pushing of Gay Marriage!
    Hold on a minute lets park your Lexus’s, Mercedes Benz S Classes and Cadillac’s for minute and lets get out and take a walk lets look around our neighborhoods for a minute. Why are we killing each other? (Blacks) Why are people shooting our kids and get away with it? Why don’t we have jobs? Why do we beat out spouses? Why don’t we pay our child support and rent? Why do we purchase 24’ inch rims and can’t pay our rent? Why are we building these Mega Churches and the sister or the brother giving his last dollar to the church and can’t pay his light bill?
    I don’t like the pushing of Gay Marriage either. But you can stay busy in your own neighborhoods. I bet I can find at the very least 50 families that can use some assistance at your own churches. Stop preaching the Holy Ghost every Sunday and collecting the building funds and preach on Morals, Values, and Ethics then maybe we won’t have the Gay issues.
    Its not about impeaching him its our legacy the first Black President and the first Black Attorney General. Okay get back in your vehicles and go the other way before some sees you and thinks that you are there to help somebody.

    • Virilis Africanum on said:

      In my opinion, the intent of these Pastors are more symbolic; the likelihood of the man being impeached is, in a word, impossible. Nevertheless, I think the aim of the good Reverend and his cohorts may be to raise awareness about their displeasure the gentleman’s priorities, many of which you eloquently expressed in your post. I think WE are all in agreement here; we can agree on the significance of having the first black man in both of those positions, so not too much of an argument there. Having said that, let’s look at the great points you’ve made. I could be mistaken, but it seems as if what you’re saying is that WE have bigger fish to fry. If so, I agree with you. I like your reference to the materialistic, showboat, Prosperity Gospel Preacher-type. Those folks are doing more harm than good to people who have a spiritual thirst – personally, I think a relationship with God is a personal experience. As you recall P.L. Dunbar, had a cold opinion about Preachers of his day too. Anyway, there are many folks on the front lines fighting the good fight in their own neighborhoods; even some from faith-based community. However they need help, the help that should have started 4 years ago, not only now that the Congressional election are coming up. The young men of color a target, exploited, and maligned quite frequently. Media execs make millions off them, so do colleges, and the prison industrial complex. I could go on, but at the end of the day, we sure could have used attention from these 2 powerful positions 4 yrs ago. However we can still benefit from more focus now, if they decide to give it a higher priority. You really do have some good points, thanks.

      • You spanish descendants are next! on said:

        I agree with you Virilis Africanum I feel we have bigger fish to fry. Actually the help should have come at the very least 30 years ago when I was starving in Louisiana. Realizing only until I join the Army that we were supposed to eat three meals a day when I was only getting one and a half! Its funny now but it wasn’t back then. All I want to say to the preachers let God take care of the Gay Marriage issues he knows how to just read about Lot his wife and the sons. We need to stop everyone coming between our issues and stay focus. Because you blink your eye to fast and Travon and Jordan Davis will only be a memory and they will continue to kill our children. Well, let me change that everyone else kids my kids are aware of the situations around the country and they are prepared to protect themselves.

  3. Virilis Africanum on said:

    I, for one, do fall for this nonsense about it being a civil rights issue, nor do I view them as being an oppressed minority, nor do I buy the “it’s about love argument”. As is the case with these folks, they must viciously attack their Natural enemy- Religion. Preachers will fail, church members will fail, but God has never failed us. The majority of blacks know this, that why the LGBT community can’t crack into massive black support. I support the petition wholeheartedly.

      • Virilis Africanum on said:

        Indeed, I get your petition opinion…cool. Nevertheless, thanks for doing two good things for this great nation of ours. First, for your military service; second, for raising your kids to be productive contributors in society. Unfortunately we have a tendency in “our” community to give military service the brush-off, and many confused folks, some who have never served, harbor an internal (unwarranted and uninformed) bias against military service. In some neighborhoods a person getting out of prison gets a Hero’s welcome when released, whereas the service member is treated like the “fool who went into the ‘man’s military” or “because they couldn’t do anything else”. What they don’t think about is how service has benefited our community. Ironically, they take pride in the Buffalo Soldiers, Tuskegee Airmen, Colin Powell,…etcetera. We can also point to military parents that raised kids such as RG III, Tiger Woods, Shaquille O’Neal, and so on.
        There are many parents who are fighting to raise their kids in a world that is increasingly materialistic and dismissive of them. Admittedly, as in every generation, there are some really crappy parents out there that are clueless. Just turn on YouTube and you’ll see it. Anyway, like you, there are many folks who actually know what our kids are up against. Some however, think that just because institutional racism, codified by law, was done away with n ’64 & ‘65, that personal/ individual racism and bias magically disappeared. I tell young folks, “guess what happened to many of those angry youngsters throwing rocks, beating, and protesting Against civil rights in the 1960s. They are now grandparents collecting Social Security. They’ll be with us for a while, continuing to poison the minds of their kids and grandkids with their twisted way of thinking. I wish you and yours the best of luck my friend and thanks for the dialogue.

  4. For all Pastor and any other religious factions that take issue with the Lesbian and Gay communities right to marry. I say this ” Help those who come to you for help and guidance.” You ask your followers to believe in your teachings (From The Bible) with BLIND faith and thats your belief. Let the gay communities be as happy or miserable as heterosexual couples that marry. I dont think its religious communty right to oppress one group or another due to their Race, Sex, or their religious affiliation.

  5. These pastors are willing to gather names to “impeach” Eric Holder for “pushing” gay marriage. They could better use their efforts to “push” people to salvation, Just be true to your purpose and mission .

  6. Good luck with that; you do not have the numbers necessary even if EVERY black person (and some of them are gay & pastors) in the country voted.

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