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Phrases like “vote or die,” “rock the vote,” and “get out the vote” permeate our consciences around election season. But this year, “don’t vote” is a new admonition being introduced into the equation by some black pastors who are telling their congregants that neither presidential candidate is fit for them to cast their ballot in his favor.
In 2008, President Barack Obama won 95 percent of the black vote. But, according to New York Daily News, that might not happen again, especially because some black pastors see no good presidential choice between a Mormon candidate and one who supports gay marriage, so they are telling their flocks to stay home on Election Day.
Though many less conservative political pundits and citizens don’t understand this logic, there is a group of devoted Christians who believe siding with men who defy God is to defy God Himself—something they are unwilling to do.
When it comes to matters of same-sex marriage, many black Christians will readily tell you the Bible speaks clearly against homosexuality.
Thus, those who fall into this ultra conservative category, find it very difficult to throw their support behind a president who endorses what they believe God says is abominable, as President Barack Obama did in May.
"When President Obama made the public statement on gay marriage, I think it put a question in our minds as to what direction he's taking the nation," the Rev. A.R. Bernard, founder of the predominantly African-American Christian Cultural Center in New York, told the NY Daily News.
Though he voted for Obama in 2008, he now says he is unsure how he will vote in this election.
As for Republican Mitt Romney, some congregants are questioning the theology of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and its former ban on men of African descent in the priesthood. Plus, a Romney's controversial comments about "the 47 percent" added to the knocks already against him among many black voters.
This week, a video surfaced of Romney describing 47 percent of Americans as Obama supporters who rely on the government and see themselves as victims. He made his remarks during a private event in May that was secretly taped.
Whoever does or does not vote, the fact still remains that either Barack Obama or Mitt Romney will lead this country for the next four years. The question is, will you be a part of the process that determines which or do you believe that, at this point, neither candidate deserves your support?
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