He’s one of the foremost names in black media. Roland Martin, syndicated columnist and host of TV One’s "Washington Watch with Roland Martin" is also outspoken about his views on faith, politics, and issues related to the black community. Recently, he chatted with Christian Post about the upcoming election and why blacks will be supporting Obama, not Romney.
On political issues that divide Christians in general
Here's what's happening when we talk about politics and Christians. I'll put it this way. Look how many conservative pastors were blasting Mitt Romney during the primary because he is a Mormon. You had some pastors calling it a cult – "I can't give my vote to a cult." He gets the nomination then what happens? "OK, I know I called it a cult, but…" So, what they are saying is that they are not actually voting based upon their Christian faith. They are voting based on their political position.
Faith is huge in many people's lives, but when it comes to politics, a lot of times, people vote their political interest over their religious interest. I'm not speaking of individuals. I'm speaking as a collective. There is going to be pockets of people who don't take that position, but by and large folks are not going to vote based upon their faith. They are going to vote based on their personal political interest.
On his response to a group of faith leaders launching a campaign aimed at mobilizing 25 percent of African-American voters who backed Barack Obama to vote their biblical values.
Those pastors have clearly lost their mind. They are not even remotely going to be effective. I would be willing to bet you right now that come election day, the most Mitt Romney may end up getting is 5 percent of the Black vote nationally.
On being a preacher:
I had somebody come to me several years ago and say, "Man, you really need to be preaching.' I said that's not what I do. When I was in meditation, God began to speak to me and God said, "Roland, I have enough preachers. I need people where you are in your positions. When you are on radio, when you are on television, you speak into more people in the five minutes than some preachers speak to in an entire year."
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