RNC Q&A with Rev. William Owens


Thursday, August 30, 2012 | 8:29 PM

RNC Report: Black Pastor Denounces Obama as a Hollywood Sellout

By Wendy Wilson

Assigned to cover both this year’s political conventions, ESSENCE News Editor Wendy L. Wilson has been on the scene at the RNC in Tampa, speaking with African Americans in attendance to find out exactly why they aren’t backing President Obama in 2012. Here, she catches up with the Rev. William Owens, founder of the Coalition of African American Pastors, who explains his reasons for seeking Republicans’ support to defend “marriage between a man and a woman.” (Next week, Wilson will report from the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C.) 
ESSENCE: Why are you attending the RNC, and what’s the message you want to send here?
REV. WILLIAM OWENS: We are here but we will also be at the Democratic National Convention next week. We want it to be known that the African American community is for marriage between a man and a woman.  I’m not dealing with any other issue here because as the Black family deteriorates none of the other issues will matter. The President has gone down the wrong road. He’s in the White House because of the Blacks who gave their lives during the civil rights movement. If it wasn’t for them he wouldn’t be there, and yet he caters to less than 3 percent of the population only because they can give him that Hollywood money. He is taking the Black vote for granted.

ESSENCE: Do you think President Obama was pressured into taking a stand on gay marriage?
REV. OWENS: No, he wasn’t pressured; he was bought. Hollywood has given him millions. He didn’t know that there would be a group of Black pastors who would stand up for what’s right and not be afraid of him.

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The Persecution of Mark Regnerus

A good account of Regnerus’ defamation by gay marriage activists.



U of T: “No scientific misconduct” in Regnerus parenting study

From the American Statesman:


A University of Texas faculty member did not commit scientific misconduct in connection with his study that raised doubts about gay parenting, the university has concluded.

As a result, no formal investigation of allegations against Mark Regnerus, an associate professor of sociology, is warranted, UT announced Wednesday.



“Marital Assets” Across the Pond

An interesting twist on the issue of spousal consent just appeared in the UK news:


A married woman whose husband donated sperm without her knowledge is calling for clinics to be forced to ask for a wife’s consent.

The unnamed mother-of-one from Surrey said she feared that children fathered with the sperm – who would be half-brothers or sisters of her son – may one day ‘disrupt’ the family by getting in touch.

She has written to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority calling for guidelines on sperm donation to include the spouse’s views – and says the sperm should be treated as a joint ‘marital asset’.

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What should the GOP Be? (Originally fromUSA Today)

What is America?  Chesterton said “a nation with the soul of a church.”

Why?  Because “America is the only nation in the world that is founded on creed.”


Republicans should be the party of American exceptionalism; our nation was founded on self-evident moral truth: that all men are created equal and are endowed—not by government but by their Creator—with certain inalienable rights.


This creed is the heart of limited government and of so-called “traditional values.” The effort to subdivide the party into economic and social conservatives (usually for the purpose of minimizing the latter) is a profound mistake.


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Enfield Man Admits Sending Threatening Letters To Family Institute

This is appalling, but no longer surprising.  Grateful the law finally stepped in to protect Peter Wolfgang and his family.

Hartford Courant:

Enfield Man Admits Sending Threatening Letters To Family Institute


— An Enfield man admitted in court Tuesday that he sent hundreds of threatening letters to the director of the socially conservative Family Institute of Connecticut, which is at the forefront of political opposition in Hartford to gay marriage.

The guilty plea in U.S. District Court by Daniel Sarno comes a week after an apparently similarly motivated event in which an armed man espousing opposition to social conservatism shot a security guard while trying to enter the offices of the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C., on Aug. 15.

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Posner Show Debate on Gay Marriage

E.J. Graff (The American Prospect, Brandeis University) and Maggie Gallagher (National Organization for Marriage) debate Gay Marriage.

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