William Owens struggling to get to five

In response to the Supreme Court ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges (and, yes, this is getting very tedious) the Coalition of African American Pastors has released a statement calling for protest. We cannot discern their agenda. Do they think that Justice Kennedy will change his mind? Exactly what are they trying to accomplish?

We are calling on Christians and people of faith in all areas of
society, especially those in leadership positions, to refuse to obey
unjust laws that have legalized same-sex unions, and to join our
movement that will take back our Constitution and our rights.

The Coalition of African American Pastors was created and is funded by National Organization for Marriage. It was part of NOM’s strategy to “drive a wedge” between the African-American and gay communities. CAAP does not seem to be independently incorporated as a not-for-profit organization.

CAAP’s titular head, William Owens, does not explain what laws people are supposed to disobey. Other than wedding vendors and a few civil servants precisely who is in a position to effect civil disobedience? Most wedding vendors welcome the additional business and most civil servants want to keep their jobs but this is NOM so nothing has to make sense.

Whenever I hear a group demanding to take back some part of civil society it’s usually something that they haven’t lost in the first place. That observation prevails. Just because Mr. Owens and his handlers at NOM don’t like a decision of the Supreme Court doesn’t mean that they have lost either their rights or the Constitution.

They also make what has become the proforma argument, comparing Obergefell to Dred Scott. Dred Scott was overturned by the 14th Amendment which provides the equal protection and due process protections on which the decision in Obergefell was based. The only thing that these folks might accomplish is to diminish how horrible and racist the Dred Scott decision was.

By David Cary Hart

Retired CEO. Formerly a W.E. Deming-trained quality-management consultant. Now just a cranky Jewish queer. Gay cis. He/Him/His.