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Black Pastor Tells CNN His Church Won’t Support Obama, Plans to Stay Home

Some black churchgoers are planning to stay home amid President Obama’s support of gay marriage, reports CNN.

Although some pastors, such as Ebenezer Baptist Church pastor Raphael Warnock, are telling their flock that Obama is “President of the U.S. and not Pastor of the U.S.”, some black pastors are strongly opposed to President Obama’s announcement, so much so that they’re willing to sit out the 2012 election. 

Pastor Emmett Burns (also a state legislator) of Baltimore  is so upset about President Obama’s announcement that he publicly withdrew his support. Burns said that although he doesn’t plan to switch to Romney, he’s not voting for President Obama either. He’s staying home.

“People have come up to me, are saying they don’t support this, they don’t like this,” he argued. “They are disappointed with the President, and they plan to stay home.”


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  1. Ruby from NJ

    May 15, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    Note to Thickheaded Pastor: Staying home will help to ensure that Romney is elected. Being a pastor does not mean you have good sense or know anything about the election process. Good grief, man!


    May 15, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    Please learn some sense. You just want an excuse not to vote.

  3. SimplyTIREDofDUMBpeople

    May 15, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    I’m more afraid of dictators, oops I meant, clergy of any ethnicity “encouraging” those in their congregation to vote one way or the other.. In my opinion, they have way too much (negative) influence and POWER as it is!! African Americans of all people need to wake up and think for themselves..I disagree with the President on a lot of policy and OPINION, but staying home and not exercising YOUR hard earned right to vote is just utter stupidity pure and simple..Stay home if you want to and reap dire consequences as a result..

  4. Kim

    May 15, 2012 at 4:26 pm

    Amen! I am with YOU Pastor. I ain’ votng for NONE! When the EEOC nver exist which dismantled my family life tht is when I will go back to vot again. It’s not about Oboma or Romney! THey going to have a roof and meals, but wha this FEDERAL crooked agency done to me I have had NEITHER! The hell with POLITICS. Jsus is my provider. Not Obama, Romney, the Clintons, The Bidens, None of them fascinate me, or take care of me.

    • Dr. Lorraine Mayes-Buckley

      May 30, 2012 at 3:21 am

      No disrespect but I suggest you go back to school and learn how to write and spell. Also, it would be imperative if you would learn your history. we fought too long and hard to JUST STAY AT HOME!

  5. michael wade

    May 15, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    Sorry to hear that! But now they are saying black pastor’s! He is not speaking for all pastors, but he was speaking for himself! It is his right to do so! As for me, being a pastor too, will be voting for Obama because there are too many other issues that must be addressed! I applaud the pastor on his stand, but eventually we will have to face this issue any way! Mr. Obama shared his personal opinion, not mine! Nor did he say that he was taking any actions but just what he believed it to be the right of every citizen! Remember when Rosa Parks got tired of being treated as a sub-citizen because of her skin tone? It was her right that she protested for!! I don’t support same sex anything, but I still should have the right to choose!

  6. Gcole

    May 15, 2012 at 10:14 pm

    Most of them pastors are on the down low, but these statements helps them try to fool the public.

  7. Woodley

    May 16, 2012 at 9:22 am

    If Black church goers vote fro Romney because of Obama’s PERSONAL opinion, so be it. Just don’t complain when what little we have be taken away from us by the Republicans because of some self-righteous non-inforemed Blacks who want their names in the headlines.

  8. rockee

    May 16, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    Stay at home. And when and If Romney gets it, and the republicans do things to hurt your congregation, remember you stayed at home!!!! You can’t have it both ways!!!!!

  9. CSmith

    May 16, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    Stay at home then. The members of your church should also stay at home along with their thithes and offerings.

  10. kenneth collins

    May 16, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    He is speaking for himself not that congregation. How do we know that he voted for Obama last time anyway?Like Alan Keys and Michael Steel there are also a few who look like us that are willing to stand against us.

  11. ErnestineWilson

    May 16, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    Every election has something in it to distract the ” righteous” Black folks from attending to their own best interest. “They took prayer out of schools ” which is and was a barefaced lie I was in schools through the whole controversey and their was prayer in schools daily and has been to my knowledge for the past 350 years.

    Now it’s gay marriage. Get a grip clergy! People are only asking for a chance to llive their lives as autonomous, free, and thinking human beings with the rights of the so called straight people. We force people to live subdued lives with our rightness.

    Ignorance would tell people to stay home and not vote after all the precious blood was shed for the right to do so.
    Deliver me from ignorant people in the puylpit 1

  12. Sylvia Blue

    May 16, 2012 at 9:06 pm

    It is indeed a blessing to know that this gentleman does not speak for all Black pastors or all Blacks as a whole. A pastor from Chicago stated: “It should be noted the President offered no legislation, or executive order, or present an argument before the Supreme Court. He simply stated his personal conviction.” We are all entitled to our own personal convictions and opinions, and respect the rights of others to agree or disagree. We should all be entitled to equal civil rights and protections under the law; regardless of race, creed, color, or sexual orientation. We are all God’s children. Judge not, lest ye be Judged Pastor and legislator!

  13. BC

    May 17, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    People died for our right to vote. The pastor says he will stay home and advises his parishoner to do the same. Not only will President Obama lose votes, but there are many other political races that we (black folk) need to vote on. Why do we continue to play into the hands of the establishment? When will we learn. Everyone get registered and vote.

    • Barbara Grice

      May 18, 2012 at 11:33 pm

      @BC….. you said a mouth full! If black people stay home and not vote at all just set them back a 100 years; after all ours ancestors when through to have the right to vote. We get a black president and he tell how he feel about gays and the black pastors go CRAZY!!!!!! playing right into the white man hands. All the white presidents been lying, some committing adulteries and other sins but now want to turn their backs on President Obama(OUR FIRST BLACK PRESIDENT) wake up! wake up! black peoples!!!!!!! If you stay home Romney will win and ALL HELL BREAK LOOSE AND MAY GOD HAVE MERCY ON US!!!!!!

  14. Toppergem

    May 17, 2012 at 7:30 pm

    This minister and those who think like him and try to encourage the members of their congregations to stay at home and not vote for Obama are just as wrong for their behavior as they claim gays are for their behavior. Wrong is wrong on so many levels! Standing in judgement of another is his right but what is not his right is to try to encourage those that he is suppose to be providing service and enlightenment to to be judgemental is not practicing Godlike behavior.

  15. truthserum101

    May 18, 2012 at 3:14 am

    Many of these recycled pulpit pimps have a lot of nerve. They were quiet as a mouse pissing on cotton when it came to the catholic church molesting children or “Bishop” Eddie Long’s greasy pedophiled ass hurting our babies. He is still over at new birth (no caps intentional) spewing his double talk from the pulpits.

    If people don’t stop following these self-appointed deified ignorant fools, they are going to have a lot more to worry about than the lives of gay people. Many of these so-called preachers are on the down low (DL) anyway.

  16. Reuben

    May 19, 2012 at 5:13 am

    Many talk of staying home for election. It turns out that many blacks are still as ignorant as their former slave masters intended. The simple thought of it indicates how “uninformed” they are about today’s issues.

    e.g. The delicate nature of the economic recovery, the end of the middle class is happening right now, supreme court justices to be appointed next term, unbridled Big business dominating our very lives and leaving impoverished continents in their wake. These corporations, granted citizenship by the supreme court, support Mitt Romney. We know what evil they do.

    Sooner or later it will all fall… will those blacks who pointed to the master and told them where da bad niggzs is… try to act like they didn’t sell us all out.

    If you stay home you spit in the face of the millions that came before us that died to give us the right to stand on your own feet and be counted as an equal… as a MAN.

    Get off Obama’s back… and stand by our president before they steal whats left from us. 30+ years of legislation gone over night, hundreds of years of killings and assassinations of the best and brightest of us, 400+ years of racism, rape, violence, families broken, religion stolen, land stripped from our hands like the clothes from off our women, resources plundered, generations and generations of our beautiful children wiped off the face of the earth forever. To satisfy their GREED… ENOUGH!!!

    My vote is for the tears off all of the unborn children of our land, of our people, for the pain and suffering that goes on to this very day.

    If your pastor tells you to stay home. He is not a man of God… nor anyone you should follow… he is a fool… there is too much at stake to base your decision on a simple opinion.

    Stand Up for your President, they are not attacking him they are attacking US… stand up… STAND UP… STAND STRONG… OBAMA

  17. bdsista

    May 25, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    Glad to know where Emmett Burns is coming from since as an elected official, he is not doing due diligence to his constituents by encouraging them not to vote. I will make sure to encourage one of my friends from law school to run against Burns in the next election and get him out, since he is so easily derailed from the big issues by a relatively minor one in his church.

  18. Miranda

    May 27, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    This is not ignorance this is stupidity! Ignorance is when you don’t know better, stupidity is when you do and you choose not to do. For clarity’s sake, this is STUPID. You have, obviously, forgotten history Pastor and for your age you should remember it better than most! You are adding insult to injury! Remember, so many of us DIED for the rights we have today (like voting, reading, bathrooms, equality, etc) just like JESUS died so that we too can have the RIGHT to eternity and heavern right here on earth. DON’T BE STUPID!! A mind is a terrible thing to waste, even if it is Yours

    President Obama did not say he agreed with gay marriages! He is indicating EQUALITY for all. Yes, the Bible clearly states gay and lesbianism is a SIN! I agree with the Bible and I can bet the President does also but as PRESIDENT OF THESE UNITED STATES, he is indicating equality for all of us not just with regard to gay marriages but with respect to healthcare for all, standing of living for all, etc. For you to stay home and not VOTE would be a SIN and a shame…. for misconstruing and mis-interpreting the President’s words!
    As an African American woman Minister of the gospel, I support the President, trying to do what is right for all! After people have been informed of God’s Words and all he frowns upon, we cannot be responsible for the actions of others, we cannot make others believe what we believe. What we can do is PRAY for them and be responsible for our own beliefs and actions. As a whole, just because others are gay does not make me gay. God loves them, I love gays although God and me may not like their choices or behaviors. They will have to answer to God not man. Understand the whole picture. President Obama is doing what politicians do, leave politics out of the Churches, there is too much of that going on now!

    • goodgiant

      June 10, 2012 at 4:33 am

      I disagree with you wholeheartedly because you are totally confused! First you say the Bible says what it says and you profess that people should live in accordance to those words. Then you turn right around and say that the prez has a responsibility to support the human species that have intimate feelings for others of the same gender. Something is wrong with how you interpret the TRUTH! You are wrong! This is a “values call” and a man stands up for his values so stop trying to protect or lead others into supporting someone that doesn’t represent their values! You are wrong and a pure example of why Black churches are weak!

  19. Joyce

    May 30, 2012 at 2:26 am

    I agree with you Miranda.

  20. Know the Truth

    May 30, 2012 at 3:05 am

  21. eft

    June 10, 2012 at 12:09 am

    Wow, whatever happen to “pray for our leaders.” Alot of pastors are by-passing God and his word and making their own judgement on folks. I attend a Baptist Church but that does not mean my pastor thinks for me and he knows that. I have great respect for him but I have faith in God for the choices I make. That is why I have a personal relationship with Christ Jesus and that is who I have turned President Obama over to is God. I am still gonna vote for him because I am def not gonna vote for an occult leader for president. and I am praying for all these pastors doing all this silly stuff that is not biblical (at all) black and white. Many have hell to pay and God has already started cleaning out some closets. That is the difference in being called to preach and a self made Preacher you know when to go to your word and fall on your knees and should be encoraging your congragation to do so by asking God’s will be done and allow him to have the final say in this vote. I am gonna trust God on this, he has the final say not your pastor. Where is your faith in GOD? Read KJV Jeremiah 23: 1-4. Jesus never fails. You can always tell when people think too highly of man. When the President don’t react like you expect and you want to kick him to the curb and get all rawled up, maybe you should check yourself, because you can’t handle being let down by man. God is in control. I’m still gonna vote for President Barrack Hussein Obama in Nov 2012.

  22. Jacqueline

    June 10, 2012 at 2:53 am

    This coon must to be getting paid to say this? I’m not saying a person has to agree on everything President Obama says/does but come on he not going to vote for him because of this one thing. The people that made it possible for us vote are turning over in their graves!!!! Romney gets in there he will really see plenty of changes and not for the best.

  23. goodgiant

    June 10, 2012 at 4:22 am

    I totally agree with the pastor! Why should people of African descent waste their time voting for someone that doesn’t have any power, whatsoever, to change the circumstances in their lives? This prez has “no” backing from a congressional body of all out “racist” and that’s the bottom line! Further, his primary interest is to insure everyone gets what they want except Black people! So people need to wake up and smell the roses! Don’t waste your time on political matters that don’t apply to you. You need to get on track with challenging all of the mistreatment and lynchings/killings of our ancestors which played a significant role in making America what it is today! In fact we need to challenge the fact that the forgoing is still happening, but in a different toned down, inconspicuous way. This prez has shown that he’s more concerned about the well being of his “gay” staff members, than he is for the future of Black children! So don’t waste your time!

    Until we have our own communities, nothing will change for us, in this part of the globe! Let’s quit going along to get along as if all of this is normal! Wake up ol mighty people, wake up!!!!

  24. etonia

    June 10, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    if you stay home your vote wil go to willard

  25. lois

    June 10, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    its more things going on in the world and you’re going to stay home over a gay statement how dumb can you be every vote counts

  26. james

    June 10, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    these black preachers are hypocrites when eddie long was outed they all said don’t judge him

  27. heloris

    June 10, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    this is why i don’t go to church these preachers play god/judge/and jury

  28. ANA

    June 10, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    The black church is a black sell out. If they can’t show solidarity they should at least keep their mouths shut. What they do in the privacy of the voting booth is clearly between them and their God. However Rev Pastor Sir. not to vote is a vote in itself.

  29. coast cooker

    June 17, 2012 at 9:16 pm

    Give Pastor emmett Burns one dollar and he will change his mind and vote for president Obama.He would vote for the devil for two dollars..

  30. kmad

    June 21, 2012 at 4:05 am

    Well “Pastor” and I use that term loosely, my ancestors fought too hard for me to sit my black #@ home and not vote. What kind of idiot is this man and if his congregation follows his lead their damn fools as well!.

  31. Victoria Burton

    June 26, 2012 at 5:53 pm

    People yall had better WAKE UP! Whether you believe in or support gay rights is illrelavent. We are talking about OUR FUTURE as a country. And if YOU DO NOT vote in November YOU ARE SUPPORTING ROMNEY. If your Pastor told you to jump off the bridge would you do it? These so called BLACK CHURCHES with these so called BLACK MINISTERS or these so called BLACK PREACHERS are killing me. Who died & made them GOD,JUDGE & JURY? You mean to tell me ,that, all that we have learned about what our ancestors have sacrificed for us was for nothing? It will be if WE DO NOT VOTE! If you thought Reagan & the Bush’s were bad, it will be even worse with ROMNEY & his S—!

  32. R.g.

    June 27, 2012 at 12:09 am

    wOW! This is awful that a Black minister would say stay home do not vote! He needs to look at some of the media footage when the dogs were put on the marchers (Alabama)and the water hose. They were wanted was to vote and have equal rights. If you do not vote and sstay homr that is a vote for the republicans

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