As we all know, there has been a sad attempt to sabotage President Obama’s support in the African-American community because of his support of marriage equality.
First, there was the Coalition of African-American Pastors, an group of pastors who was encouraging African-Americans to withhold their votes in the upcoming election. Not vote for Romney, mind you, but withhold their votes, period.
At first, this group seemed to have been getting a lot of attention until it was discovered that it was receiving monies from religious right groups and also its leader, William Owens, may have misled folks with regards to his alleged participation in the civil rights movement.
Therefore, CAAP seems to have faded a bit into the background. That doesn’t mean, however, that the attempt to sabotage Obama’s African-American support is itself disappearing. Where CAAP seems to have left, Minister Harry Jackson seems to be taking up the slack:
On another occasion, Jackson has said that African-Americans must “leave the “ideological plantation” and “vote their Biblical values.”
So we have gone from the hard sell of CAAP of Owens to the soft cell of Jackson.
Now much has been written about Jackson. People for the American Way has called him the point man for the religious right’s attempt to exploit the black community.
But here is something which you may not be aware of.
That designation certainly pays well.
According to Mother Jones magazine, Jackson has received $20,000 from the National Organization for Marriage’s “education fund” for his efforts to exploit the opinions of those in the black community who do not agree with marriage equality.
In addition, in 2010, Jackson attempted to get a measure on the ballot opposing marriage equality in D.C. In pursuit of that effort, he led the group Stand for Marriage DC. According to documents attained by Mother Jones magazine, NOM gave $60,000 for that effort.
Seeing that Stand For Marriage DC was unsuccessful in its efforts, one wonders how much of that $60,000 went into Jackson’s back pocket.
Whatever the case, it certainly beats depending on cake sales and tithing, doesn’t it?