An African-American Pastor in Dallas, Texas preaches to his congregation that President Obama supports same-sex marriage because he is the President of the United States, not the Pastor of the United States. In this amazing and inspiring video, for six minutes Pastor Frederick Haynes III of the Friendship-West Baptist Church attacks the ignorance and hatred he has seen in his flock and from his fellow pastors, angered by President Obama’s May 9 declaration of support for same-sex marriage.
Saying that President Obama raised the nation by raising his hand and swearing to uphold and protect the Constitution, Pastor Haynes reminds his followers that the Declaration of Independence says all men are created equal:
“Notice that it does not say that all straight men are created equal. Notice it does not say that all men unless you are gay and lesbian are created equal. He swore and oath to uphold and defend the Constitution not the Bible.”
“He is not the Pastor of the United States he is the President of the United States.”
Just two weeks ago, a new poll found that after President Obama’s announcement of support for same-sex marriage, African-American support for marriage equality jumped dramatically.
Calling it “our must-watch video of the day,” Towleroad, who first reported the story, adds this transcript:
“You should have seen preachers just scurrying and hurrying to call a conference call to call out the President for what he had declared as a personal opinion. He said it was a personal opinion. But whatever you like to ostracize other people it’s because there’s a fear that you have yourself, and the fear that you have finds itself rooted in an ignorance of other people. Or in a projection of your issues. Either there’s ignorance or there is a projection of your issues…It really blows my mind how outraged you are. You are so outraged over what the President said. First of all, take a chill pill. Take a deep breath, everything’s gonna be all right.”
“Have you ever read the Gospel and heard Jesus say anything about homosexuality?…Black folk can’t even deal with homosexuality because we got issues with sexuality. And because we got issues with sexuality we can’t have a healthy discussion about homosexuality. Why, why do you get so upset?”
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