Are Black Churches Hypocritical on Gay Marriage?

Some are asking if black churches arguing against gay marriage are using the same literal approach to Scripture used to enslave their ancestors.

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Pro-slavery advocates cited the Bible as part of their argument to enslave blacks in America, and CNN reporter John Blake explores whether black churches are using similar tactics by citing literal biblical texts to support their stance against gay marriage:

Why would the black church cite scripture to exclude gays when a similar approach to the Bible was used to enslave their ancestors? “It’s so unfortunate,” says James Cone, one the nation’s most influential black theologians and author of “The Cross and the Lynching Tree.”

“The literal approach to scripture was used to enslave black people,” he says. “I’ve said many times in black churches that the black church is on the wrong side of history on this. It’s so sad because they were on the right side of history in their own struggle.” ...

Black churches also embrace a literal reading of the scripture because of its unique history, says Blum, author of “W.E.B. DuBois, American Prophet.”

During slavery and segregation, many blacks saw the Bible as the one document they could trust. The Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, state and local laws -- all found some way to ignore their humanity, Blum says. The Bible, though, was one book that told them that they weren’t slaves or three-fifths of a person, Blum says. It said they were children of God.

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