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“Do not think that I have come to bring peace upon the earth. I have come to bring not peace but the sword. For I have come to set a man ‘against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; and one’s enemies will be those of his household.’ “Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me;and whoever does not take up his cross and follow after me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. Matthew 10:34-39

One of the more interesting aspects of American Politics is the role of the Black Church. Tax law and the left mantra of “separation of church and state” not withstanding the Black Church has frankly been the political center for the black community. If you don’t have the ministers you don’t have the black vote.

I’ve written several times about the president’s need to keep the left hand from knowing what the right hand is doing. I suspect that a lot of the congregations in black churches around the country were unaware of the president’s position but I also suspect their pastors were but as long as the president’s position was not explicit they were able to deny this both to their congregations and to themselves.

Now with all the press about the announcement and the Newsweek cover that their congregations will see on every newsstand for those pastors denial is an untenable position.

In the hours following Mr. Obama’s politically charged announcement on Wednesday, the president and his team embarked on a quiet campaign to contain the possible damage among religious leaders and voters. He also reached out to one or more of the five spiritual leaders he calls regularly for religious guidance, and his aides contacted other religious figures who have been supportive in the past.

The damage-control effort underscored the anxiety among Mr. Obama’s advisers about the consequences of the president’s revised position just months before what is expected to be a tight re-election vote.

These Pastors whether contacted by the White House or not have a decision to make: How do they define themselves? Are they Pastors who happen to be black or does race trump what they have preached for years?

Then many of his disciples who were listening said, “This saying is hard; who can accept it?”

Since Jesus knew that his disciples were murmuring about this, he said to them, “Does this shock you? What if you were to see the Son of Man ascending to where he was before? It is the spirit that gives life, while the flesh is of no avail. The words I have spoken to you are spirit and life. But there are some of you who do not believe.” Jesus knew from the beginning the ones who would not believe and the one who would betray him.

And he said, “For this reason I have told you that no one can come to me unless it is granted him by my Father.”

As a result of this, many (of) his disciples returned to their former way of life and no longer accompanied him. Jesus then said to the Twelve, “Do you also want to leave?”

Simon Peter answered him, “Master, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. John 6:60-68

Where do the pastors stand? With those who went home, or with the twelve who stayed?

At least one pastor in Maryland has made his choice:

Rev. Dr. Emmett Burns, who insists that, while he and his peregrines won’t support Mitt Romney, they have no interest in going to the polls.

And where one pastor, even in a state as blue as Maryland is willing to stand up and be counted others will follow all over the country with the potential of disaster for the left up and down the ticket.

Two final thoughts: I’ve talked about the Barber Shop election saying the following:

the Peggy Josephs and the “Obama Money” crowd in Detroit expected great things for themselves; instead got a president who has kept his distance from the community that provided his most loyal support.

The result? That’s the question. We are seeing only slight glimpses of discontent, but what is it that we aren’t seeing?

Let’s say it aloud: If Barack Obama had Jimmy Carter’s pigmentation there would be democrats lining up to primary him with slogans like: “We can do better” and “Let’s nominate a fighter for the working man“. Those potential candidates are discouraged by the party because if even 10% of the black community abandons them, democrats become unelectable.

Forget the absurdity that a vote based on race to begin with and imagine you are a Black voter disgusted with the president’s record but getting pressure over racial solidarity. The Gay Marriage suddenly makes staying home a matter of sticking with your Pastor and your God.

But let’s say that enough Black voters and Black Pastors decided that Obama at the top of the ticket is reason to equivocate this year. What happens in 2016 if the Party decides to go all in for Gay Marriage in 2016? I submit it will be a lot easier for those same Black ministers to decide to stay home for Mrs. Clinton or Joe Biden that it is for a President Obama.

Update: And there is another one

A Texas pastor who once led the Southern Baptist Convention in introducing a resolution that recognized Obama’s historic achievement has voiced his displeasure with the president’s support and approval of gays, reports the Associated Baptist Press.
Dwight McKissic, pastor of Cornerstone Baptist Church in Arlington, wrote in a blog on May 9 that Obama’s statement is worthy of incurring wrath of biblical proportions. . . . “President Obama has betrayed the Bible and the Black Church with his endorsement of same-sex marriage

If 15% of the Black vote that would normally vote for Democrats go home 2012 is going to be a landslide of, dare I say it Biblical proportions.

Back in February I was standing in line to enter a blogger event in DC when I struck up a conversation with the fellow next to me. The line was held up for quite a while and we spoke at length.

His name was Larry Sinclair I was rather surprised to hear him claim to be a former lover of the president as we waited he talked of his encounters with Obama during his Chicago years and his subsequent treatment by the press and the president’s security over his claims.

I took it in, asked a question or two and filed it away with all the other odd tidbits that you hear when you do this kind of thing. I never bothered to write about it since:

1..I wasn’t in a position to verify it

2..Didn’t plan to follow it up

3..and frankly the topic really didn’t interest me.

But when I saw this week’s Newsweek cover the first thing I wondered was how Mr. Sinclair would react on his site:

Newsweek has published the above cover on its next issue proudly declaring Barack Obama as “The First Gay President.” Problem with openly gay, British writer Andrew Sullivan’s article is, he’s 3 years late as Sinclair News declared Barack Obama America’s “First Gay President” more than 3 years ago

Mr. Sinclar goes on to say he expect Mr. Obama to actually “come out” after this election.

My thoughts on Mr. Sinclar’s claims is they are just that, claims. Without overwhelming evidence to the contrary I’m not inclined to buy it, and even if true it’s totally irrelevant. The president could be a 4th degree Knight of Columbus with seventeen kids all brought up Catholic and it wouldn’t change the fact that he is pretty much an inexperienced machine pol from the Corrupt Chicago machine who has governed for three years with all the results you might expect from an inexperienced Chicago Machine pol.

I’ve further argued that any day when we are not talking about the record of this president, the economy, gas prices and unemployment is a good day for the White House.

But the bottom line is thanks to that Newsweek cover there is going to be a fair amount of people who will google “Obama is Gay” or “Is Obama gay” and they will find Mr. Sinclair’s site and other posts elsewhere with even more interesting claims. I doubt it will become the topic du jur in the media or make a splash on the web but it will be something filed in the back of people’s minds.

and that can’t be good news for the Obama campaign come November.

Life is nine tenths work, my boy, and a little play when you can get it. Same in the Greenwood as it is on the Lord’s manor or in Nottingham town.

Little John: The Adventures of Robin Hood 1955

if some adults, even a few, believed Gillian’s Island was real, just think of the effect other shows on television have–shows with much greater emphasis on reality.

Sherwood Schwartz Inside Gilligan’s Island 1988 p188

Andrew Sullivan’s Newsweek Cover story “The First Gay President” has been the talk of the town. Actually it’s not so much been the story as Tina Brown’s cover. It has been compared to Time’s sensational cover of last week and reproduced all over the net.

Glenn Reynolds had the best snark “If I were a GOP operative, I’d distribute thousands of those Newsweek issues to black barbershops in key precincts. . . .” but I think, snark aside, this cover is going to have a much bigger impact than anyone realizes.

One of the things you become conscious of when cover or write about news every day is how uninformed and/or disinterested the average person is concerning news.

This is in fact normal. Folks are busy living their own lives, worrying about their own problems and paying their bills. They may in passing notice something during the day but with hundreds of channels to choose and millions of choices on the world wide web they have little time or inclination to devote what free time they have toward topics they aren’t interested in.

Let’s look at this cover again

This cover is all over TV and as Jazz Shaw suggests it is almost certainly going to be on posters:

The poster that comes from this is going to sell millions. Take that to the bank.

I suspect we will see it on T-Shirts too. This image, in my opinion is going to be an iconic image of Obama.

Think about what that means for a second:

How many people are going to see this cover in passing? How many doctor’s offices, waiting rooms, barber shops, (Black and otherwise) and other places where free copies of Newsweek go to die will this cover sit for months, perhaps all the way to election day?

And How many of those people who are too busy to read the story inside will see this cover on a magazine called NEWSWEEK without reading Andrew Sullivan’s piece and think Obama has come out as Gay?

I’m betting an awful lot.

If you think that is going to have a positive net effect on the president’s re-election effort, then you just might live in the MSM media bubble.

Update: Charles from Left Bank of the Charles points out that if you had a poster like the Newsweek cover at a tea party in 2008 you would have been branded as a racist.

Update 2: While I was out beating the bushes for advertisers for the Radio Show (WCRM AM 830 Saturday 10 – Noon this weeks Guest Robert Spencer of Jihad Watch, Next Saturday Jack Mitchell author Fireside Chat) I was apparently linked by Hot Air. Welcome, take a peek around, discover what a Sarah Palin endorsement can do to a Nebraska Senate Candidates election chances, marvel at women deciding they like the good looking clean cut rich guy named Romney after all, and find out why I’ve been advising Republicans to “Ride right through them (Democrats), they’re Demoralized as hell” since last May.