A group that calls itself the Coalition of African-American Pastors has finally found a freedom fighter worthy of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s legacy, and it is the holistically bigoted Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore, he who has been heroically standing in the gay courthouse door, for freedom, pretty much this entire year, and whose court buddies on Tuesday decided to set up camp in their own courthouse doors to protect Alabama from gay marriage, at least until SCOTUS crams it down all their throats for good in June.


The CAAP announced in a press release that Big White Roy will be getting their FIRST EVER Dr. King Freedom award, because obviously he is doing more to advance the cause of civil rights of Americans than anyone, due to he hates gays THE MOST:

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Today, the Coalition of African American Pastors (CAAP) announced that Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore would receive their first ever “Letter from Birmingham Jail Courage Award” in recognition of Justice Moore’s principled stand in defense of traditional marriage.

The group was moved to honor Chief Justice Moore following his defense of Alabama’s statutory and constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. Moore’s actions were based on the fact that the federal court does not have the power to redefine marriage in direct opposition to legal tradition and the clearly expressed will of the people. His courage and conviction persuaded CAAP that Chief Moore was the ideal honoree for the inaugural presentation of an award inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous letter.

Federal courts are not aware of all legal traditions! Also, they have NEVER thwarted the clearly expressed will of the people, certainly not the times, for instance, the Supreme Court ruled that black pastors were entitled to full equality under the Civil Rights Act or allowed to own property or to marry whatever woman they love. These newfangled activist federal courts are out of control, what with the way they prevent the majority from unduly discriminating against minorities. More dribble:

“Chief Justice Moore is an example for all of us,” stated Rev. William Owens, President of CAAP. “By making a principled and persuasive stand for marriage, Chief Justice Moore has singled himself out as someone who is ready to defend our most cherished values and help lead this new civil rights movement. By his words and courageous actions, he has helped preserve marriage, the family, justice, and the spirit of democracy. This is what it means to be a ‘Letter from Birmingham Jail Courage Award’ recipient. We hope that his example inspires others to take similar action to defend marriage in their own communities.”

So, if you are out there thinking, HUNH, I wonder if this Coalition of African-American pastors is even a real thing or if it's a front group designed to make it look like equality for LGBT people is somehow in direct opposition to the black community, you would be wondering right, because you are S-M-R-T!

In point of fact, CAAP is a direct affiliate of the nastily dishonest National Organization for Marriage! You are shocked, pick yourself up off the floor right now, we are not done. So what is the deal with this group that NOM has put on the front lines? Let Jeremy Hooper tell you a lil' bit about their leader, William Owens:

William Owens is the National Organization For Marriage's religious liaison. He's also a proudly anti-LGBT man (but I repeat myself?).

In recent years, Mr. Owens has proudly claimed that homosexuality is not natural. He also once insisted that President Obama is a Judas for supporting marriage equality and claimed that those who follow him "lose all of their allegiance to God and country." He praised Russia's anti-gay laws. Oh, and Mr. Owens also has a truly unfortunate penchant for linking homosexuality to pedophilia. To name just a few of Owens' recent slights.

Owens' last cause, working in tandem with NOM, is his call to impeach U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder for the apparent high crime and/or misdemeanor of being too pro-equality. Owens is now beating this drum all around town with a fresh batch of anti-gay rhetoric to couple with his call.

USA Today also reports that CAAP has borrowed money from the Family Research Council and the American Family Association, two of the most passionate groups working for the full enfranchisement of black folks in America today most biggest, most bigoted, and WHITEST groups on the Southern Poverty Law Center's Hate Map.

So, it's almost like they're just a front group or something, huh!

I wonder if this was part of a greater strategy by the National Organization for Marriage, oh yes, it was, your Wonkette has been reading the internet about #gaystuff for a long-ass time. Buzzfeed from two years ago, tell us about NOM's secret strategy to "drive a wedge between gays and blacks," that sounds interesting:

The leading opponents of same-sex marriage planned to defeat campaigns for gay marriage by “fanning the hostility” between black voters from gay voters and by casting President Obama as a radical foe of marriage, according to confidential documents made public in a Maine court today.

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“The strategic goal of this project is to drive a wedge between gays and blacks—two key Democratic constituencies,” says an internal report on 2008 and 2009 campaigns, in a section titled the “Not A Civil Right Project.”

“Find, equip, energize and connect African American spokespeople for marriage, develop a media campaign around their objections to gay marriage as a civil right; provoke the gay marriage base into responding by denouncing these spokesmen and women as bigots,” advises the document...

WAIT A MINUTE, that sounds like this Coalition of African-American Pastors might be the ones they found, equipped and energized, unless we are pulling our own leg here!

Well done, energized, equipped and found black pastors, you are, um, again, giving a Martin Luther King, Jr. award to a guy who said that the difference between himself and George Wallace is that Wallace eventually moved out of the way.

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Far be it from your white Wonkette typer to suggest that perhaps these African-American pastors have lost sight of the true ideals of Dr. King, so we asked Alvin McEwen, who is both our Black Friend AND our Gay Friend, and who runs the excellent Holy Bullies And Headless Monsters blog, for a comment, and he simply replied, "FIX IT, JESUS!", so that settles that, we think.

[Joe.My.God]

Evan Hurst

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