Editorial in this weeks issue
President Obama has opened a new chapter in American history involving human relations, equality, civil rights and human rights. There will be a long, contentious, and at times fierce debate over the equal rights of gays and lesbians. The president has chosen to stand at the forefront of this debate and firmly with the struggles of the Gay and Lesbian community.
President Obama states; “I respect the beliefs of others and the rights of religious institutions to act in accordance with their own doctrines.”
This portion of the president’s statement is being ignored, perhaps emotionally, ideologically and theologically. However, we live in a democracy, not a theocracy, and therefore cannot impose our religious views on the state, and neither can the "state impose or prohibit any religious view of its citizens." The citizen, including the president, has the constitutional right to follow his/her own faith tradition or no faith tradition at all.
While there are those who will disagree with the president on marriage based on religious principle, in a democracy one must also respect another's position through the freedom of conscience. With this in mind, those of us who support President Obama will do all within our power, morally, legally and in the spirit of fair elections to re-elect him to a second term. We will seek to register the un-registered, motivate the uninspired and mobilize our communities in significant numbers to cast their vote for President Barack Obama. We pledge to work twice to ten times as hard in 2012 as compared to 2008.
This issue will not divert us, but drive us toward the polls because we will not allow “one issue” to cause us to lose sight of the larger vision of justice, freedom, opportunity and prosperity set forth by our President, Mr. Barack Obama
The Reverend Dr. Otis Moss, Jr.,
Pastor Emeritus, Olivet Institutional Baptist Church