WASHINGTON, D.C., June 27, 2012, (LifeSiteNews.com) – The Center for American Progress (CAP), a D.C.-based liberal think tank, posted a headline on its website on Monday that proclaimed American “blacks are rapidly evolving” on redefining the institution of marriage.
The organization – founded in 2003 by John Podesta, who served as Bill Clinton’s last chief of staff – is one of Washington’s most influential think tanks, dubbed “Obama’s idea factory” by Time magazine. CAP has received $7.3 million from billionaire George Soros’ tax-exempt foundations.
“I believe if one of our conservative news outlet would print a headline like this, Jackson and Sharpton would collide racing to the mic to denounce this type of headline as racist,” Elder Levon Yuille, a national pro-life leader and pastor of The Bible Church in Ypsilanti, Michigan, wrote in an e-mail sent to LifeSiteNews.com.
“Regrettably, these two men have been appointed spokespersons for the black race without every running for this distinction in the black community,” Dr. Yuille wrote. “They are puppets who are well paid to misrepresent the values of their community.”
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The CAP blog entry, which is unsigned, claims support for same-sex “marriage” among blacks is “now solidly above 55 percent.” However, the Public Policy Polling survey, which questioned blacks who live in North Carolina, found 55 percent of blacks support marriages or “civil unions.” Only 27 percent of respondents supported same-sex nuptials. More than twice as many, 59 percent, opposed homosexual weddings.
A Washington Post/ABC News poll conducted shortly after President Obama’s announcement that he supported marriage redefinition found that 59 percent of black respondents supported the president – but the Post called this “a tentative result because of the relatively small sample of black voters in the poll.”
Rev. Johnny Hunter, a pro-life leader who led the fight to preserve marriage in North Carolina, told LifeSiteNews.com, black pastors and churchgoers remain firmly committed to the Biblical definition of marriage.
“The majority of black pastors have said that they would go to jail before being forced to marry two men or two women,” he told LifeSiteNews.
Dr. Yuille agreed. “I believe that the under fifty group is not as conservative as the over fifty group, but I believe they still have slightly more against same sex marriages as for it,” he wrote. “The NAACP, Jacksons, and Sharptons do not represent this group in their pronouncements regarding these moral issues.”
Dr. Hunter said, while the overwhelming majority of blacks will vote for Obama in November, some have “stayed true to their core Christian values over skin color.”
Supporting marriage redefinition is already impacting Christian churches and sanctuaries. “In Hawaii and New Jersey pastors have learned that in a state that recognizes same-sex unions, though pastors are exempted from performing them, the church facilities are not exempt,” Dr. Hunter wrote. “Therefore, if a homosexual wanted to use church property to hold their wedding, the church cannot deny them without being hit with a discrimination lawsuit.”
Earlier this week, the Atlanta BlackStar noted that, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll, overall American support for same-sex “marriage” has not changed since Obama’s announcement.