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Letter to the Editor: Voting for marriage amendment is ‘religious and political hypocrisy’


Many profound teachings were given to all of us from an evolved, merciful God during the life of his son, Jesus. Early on, Jesus said, “Judge not, lest you be judged.” Matthew 7: 1-6. The Sadducees and Pharisees, early versions of conservative Republicans and Libertarians, kept trying to trap Jesus. The Pharisees questioned whether it was “lawful for a man to put away his wife for every cause?”Jesus said, “Moses because of the hardness of your heart suffered you to put away your wives: but from the beginning it was not so.” Matthew 19: 3-8. The Sadducees, who did not believe in life after death, also tested Jesus when they asked whom a wife would be with in heaven if she married seven brothers in turn after each brother’s death. Continue Reading →

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Traditional marriage and voter IDs at issue


Traditional marriage is a very important proposed state constitutional amendment in the company of voter IDs. Secretary of State Mark Ritchie got a lesson in civics when our Minnesota court tossed out his legal attempts to delay both amendments being on the November ballot (see my last column). I predict both the voter ID and traditional marriage amendments shall pass. Let me advise you that as quiet as it is kept, many Blacks, mainly Christian Blacks, will vote in favor of marriage between a man and woman despite Obama, football players, entertainers and others jumping out in favor of gay marriage. Why? Continue Reading →

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Marriage amendment divides Black Christians

Local Black clergy on opposite sides express their views


By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

The issue of same-sex marriage has been a controversial one for Black people, especially after President Barack Obama expressed his opinion on it last spring. The MSRspoke with two local Black ministers, one feels that the amendment represents “the Bible’s way,” while the other says it defines the GLBT community as the “other.”

Rev. Jerry McAfee pastors New Salem Baptist Church in Minneapolis. He admits that the president’s announcement in May disturbed him, believing that it was ill-timed. “I’ve been quite vocal on what the president did, not because he made the statement but at the timing of the statement. What I did not like was [that] he made the statement without talking to his African American constituents first — at least we could have helped him couch this thing in such a way that it would have been palatable. Continue Reading →

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