(CBN) – African-American Christians are torn over who to vote for in this year’s presidential election. Some black pastors see no good choice between GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, who is a Mormon, and President Obama, who supports gay marriage.
The pastors said their congregants question how a true Christian can vote for a candidate who supports same-sex marriage. “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,” said the Rev. A.R. Bernard, founder of the predominantly African-American Christian Cultural Center in New York.
Rev. Dwight McKissic, a prominent Southern Baptist and black preacher, agreed, saying the president’s backing of gay marriage “betrayed the Bible and the black church.” Meanwhile, many black congregants question the theology of the Mormon Church and its former ban of black men in the priesthood. “To say you have a value for human life and exclude African-American human life, that’s problematic,” Bernard said of the priesthood ban.
“How can I judge the degree to which candidate Romney is going to allow his Mormonism to influence his policies? I don’t know. I can’t.” Obama won 95 percent of the black vote in 2008.