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If Barack Obama is counting on the 96 percent of African-American voters who supported him in 2008 to do the same in November, he has reason to worry.
“It is time for black Christians to have the faith and courage to refuse to associate with the Democratic Party that has become anti-Christian, anti-Israel, anti-Church, anti-Bible, anti-life, anti-family and anti-God,” said Bishop E. W. Jackson Sr., president of the group STAND, Staying True to America’s National Destiny.
Jackson is leading an effort, called Exodus Now, that is heralded as the first time a nationally prominent black pastor has called on African-Americans to leave the Democratic Party since the black community’s political realignment with Democrats in the 1960s.
In a message posted on YouTube, Jackson calls on black Christians to end “the slavish devotion to the Democratic Party.”
A report released in July by the National Urban League, “The Hidden Swing Voters: Impact of African-Americans in 2012,” concluded that if the national turnout rate of African-American voters went back to the 2004 rate of 60 percent, instead of the 65 percent who turned out in 2008, Obama could lose the election.
The study concluded African-American voters were a deciding factor in Obama’s 2008 victories in North Carolina, Virginia, Indiana and Florida.
In what Jackson hopes will be a historical re-alignment of African-American voters away from the Democratic Party, black Christian ministers have begun resisting Obama’s recently expressed support for same-sex marriage and the administration’s determination to advance an LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) agenda that WND has reported includes the State Department under Secretary Hillary Clinton aggressive recruiting LGBT individuals for foreign service assignments in nations where homosexuality is illegal.
“We are not here to endorse Mitt Romney,” Jackson told a press conference held at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 10.
“We are not here to say that Christians and Jews must join the Republican Party or any other party. What we are here to say is that the Democratic Party has shown itself to be so inimical to the biblical values of Christians and Jews that it is time for a mass exodus. The Democratic Party has turned its back on us, it’s time to turn our back on them.”
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Jackson said that by making same-sex marriage an official part of its platform, the Democratic Party “has brought the conflict between liberal progressives and Bible believers to the point of irreconcilability.”
He took exception to Chai Feldblum, the LGBT activist Obama appointed to head the Equal Opportunity Commission, who contended that she had a hard time coming up with a case in which religious liberty should win when there is a conflict between religious liberty and sexual liberty.
“Clearly, she, along with many of her Democratic elite colleagues, believe that their radical agenda of ‘sexual liberty’ – that is never mentioned in the Constitution – trumps the institution of marriage and supersedes the First Amendment rights of Americans’ freedoms of religion as guaranteed by the Constitution,” Jackson argued.
Jackson also objected that sexual progressives compare LGBT rights with the fight against racial discrimination undertaken by the civil rights movement.
“As a black Christian, I am particularly incensed that the Democratic Party has co-opted the civil rights struggle,” he said.
“They have created an unholy alliance with Planned Parenthood and the abortion industry, which has killed unborn black babies by the tens of millions,” said Jackson. “Margaret Sanger, Planned Parenthood founder, has been far more lethal to black lives than the KKK ever was.”