NEWARK, NJ, August 19, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The 45 pastors who endorsed pro-abortion Senate candidate Cory Booker are “bringing confusion and doubt to their congregants about the priority of God's Word,” according to one of the state's leading black evangelical pro-life leaders.
“Corey Booker supports homosexual marriages,” Rev. Clenard Childress Jr., the founder of BlackGenocide.org, said. “Cory Booker supports abortion killing, or womb lynching.”
The Newark mayor's socially liberal policies did not stop 45 pastors from endorsing him on August 6 at the city's Metropolitan Baptist Church.
“People are returning to Newark because of the significant progress Mayor Booker and his team have made,” Dr. David Jefferson Sr., Booker's own spiritual advisor, told PolitickerNJ.com. “That’s the kind of person I want representing New Jersey in Washington.”
Spiritual leaders who put economic principles above the right to life have chosen “the ephemeral promise of politics” over their faith – not to mention the well-being of the black community – he said.
“This same Democrat Party endorses the slaughter of the innocent and fully supports the efforts of Black Genocide at the rate of 1,786 babies a day by the leading abortion provider, Planned Parenthood,” he said.
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He considered the Democratic Party's decision to strike God from its party platform in 2012, and then hastily reinsert Him, a decisive moment. When the party decided to add a reference to God back into the platform, “the quorum present in the hall riotously opposing with boos, but ignored by party officials, who had received their marching orders to force the modified passage.”
“After such madness, you would think God-fearing men of reasonable mind within the party would speak up and recognize the deterioration of the Democrat Party in general. Not a peep!” he said.
“The silence is deafening,” he said. “The reverence for the principles of faith and the church, non-existent.”
Bishop Thomas Tobin of Providence, Rhode Island, also cited the 2012 Democratic National Convention as the reason he changed his voting registration to Republican after 44 years.
At the convention, Mayor Booker gave a nine-minute speech to Planned Parenthood’s “2012: Yes We Plan” rally outside the NASCAR Hall of Fame. During the event – which featured women dressed as large vaginas and condoms imprinted with the message “Protect yourself from Romney & Ryan,” Booker boasted – “I was a co-chair of our DNC’s platform when we affirmed a woman’s right to choose.”
He added now is not the time, “by God, for a reduction in women’s rights.”
“I don’t understand how someone can say they love women when they are denying women access to health care,” he said.
In addition to the pastors' support, Booker enjoyed massive financial support from around the country and endorsements from stars like Oprah Winfrey and Eva Longoria. The unmarried 44-year-old won the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate last Tuesday handily.
Booker, a rising national star, is heavily favored to defeat Republican Steve Lonegan in the October special election to fill the seat vacated by the death of Frank Lautenberg.
Lonegan, the former mayor of the city of Bogota, led the effort to oppose state-funded embryonic stem cell research.
He challenged Chris Christie for the gubernatorial nomination in 2009, believing that Christie was not conservative enough to be governor.
“Christie and Booker have forged a strong relationship,” according to The Washington Post.
Lonegan has taken the fight to his popular opponent.
“This guy is an extremist,” Lonegan told the Daily Caller. “His three biggest issues are gay marriage, taxpayer-funded abortions and raising minimum wage to $10.15 an hour.”
Booker's decision to accept $100 million from Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg to change Newark's school system raised eyebrows on the far-Left. Booker turned over his e-mail communications with Facebook only after the ACLU successfully sued him for access.
So has the fact that Booker has made $1.3 million giving speeches since 2008.
The special election is scheduled for October 16.
According to PolitickerNJ.com, the following pastors endorsed Booker:
- Reverend Dr. David Jefferson, Sr., Metropolitan Baptist Church, Newark
- Bishop David Evans, Abundant Harvest Ministry, Lindenwold
- Revered Dr. Guy Campbell, Jr., President, General Baptist Convention of New Jersey
- Reverend Dr. Calvin McKinney, Calvary Baptist Church of North Jersey, Garfield
- Pastor Mark A. Broach, President, Concerned Pastors & Ministers of Trenton and Vicinity
- Bishop Donald Hilliard, Jr., Cathedral International, Perth Amboy
- Reverend Kenneth D.R. Clayton, St. Luke Baptist Church, Paterson
- Reverend Reginald Pitts, Solid Rock Baptist Church, Irvington
- Reverend Dr. Vernon C. Walton, Mount Calvary Baptist Church, Englewood
- Reverend Dr. Steven B. Davis, Calvary Gospel Church, Newark
- Pastor Brian Rawls, Good Samaritan Church, Newark
- Reverend Eric M. Beckham, Clear View Baptist Church, Newark
- Reverend Dr. George Blackwell, III, Good Neighbor Baptist Church, Newark
- Pastor Kevin Greenwood, Morning Star Baptist Church, Newark
- Pastor Joe A. Carter, New Hope Baptist Church, Newark
- Reverend Dr. Joe D. McClain, Greater Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, Newark
- Bishop Gregory A. Woods, Revival Temple Center of Deliverance, Newark
- Minister Toby Carson, Christian Love Baptist Church, Irvington
- Pastor Douglas Williams, Zion Hill Baptist Church, Newark
- Pastor Barbara Glanton, Love of Jesus Family Church, Newark
- Pastor Johnny M. Caldwell, New Born Baptist Church, Newark
- Pastor Frederick Q. Smith, Old Ship of Zion Missionary Baptist Church, Monroe
- Reverend Ralph M. Branch, Jr., Mount Calvary Missionary Baptist Church, Newark
- Pastor Gerard Hart, Emanuel Missionary Baptist Church, Newark
- Reverend Leslie L. Jones, Jr., Charity Baptist Church, Newark
- Pastor Robert L. Cole, Jr., Holy Temple Unified Freewill Baptist Church, Newark
- Reverend Darrell L. Armstrong, Shiloh Baptist Church, Trenton
- Bishop George C. Searight, Abundant Life Family Worship Church, New Brunswick
- Bishop Hilton Rawls, St. Paul Unified Free Will Baptist Church, Newark
- Reverend Alexander Brown, St. Paul Baptist Church, Red Bank
- Reverend Paul E. Holloway, Tru Vine Memorial Baptist Church, Browns Mills
- Reverend Dr. Malachi D. Rountree, Macedonia Ministries, Newark
- Reverend Robert L. Morrast, St. Peters Missionary Baptist Church, Newark
- Bishop Alvin J. Crone, Pilgrim Cathedral of New Jersey, Newark
- Minister Marlon Boykins, Pilgrim Cathedral of New Jersey, Newark
- Reverend Dr. Linda Rozier, United Chaplain International Director, Newark
- Reverend Dr. Ronald L. Owens, New Hope Baptist Church, Metuchen
- Pastor Harold Vaughn, Soldiers of the Cross International Outreach Ministries, Newark
- Reverend John T. Teabout, Greater Friendship Baptist, Newark
- Reverend Nicholas A. Johnson, Good Neighbor Baptist Church, Newark
- Reverend Wendell F. McGinnis, Jr., North Baptist Church, Woodbury
- Elder Leon Roberts, Independent Church of Gods & Saints in Christ, Newark
- Reverend Raphael Sanchez, House of Worship, West New York
- Reverend Curtis W. Smith, St. Mark Baptist Church, Browns Mills
- Reverend Dr. Forrest M. Pritchett, Seton Hall University