GOP Candidates Back Off From Signing Pledge That Praises Slavery

The GOP's Rick Santorum and Michele Bachmann are under fire again. (Getty)
The GOP's Rick Santorum and Michele Bachmann are under fire again. (Getty)

Fresh from our "Are you kidding us?" file, News One is reporting that two of the top Republican presidential contenders have backtracked from signing a pledge against gay marriage that also suggested black families were stronger under slavery.


First Leader, an Iowa Christian conservative group, released a pledge called "The Marriage Vow" that equates homosexuality with polygamy and adultery and calls for the banning of all porn. The most shocking part of the document is when the group says that black children were better off under slavery because there were more two-parent households.

"Slavery had a disastrous impact on African-American families, yet sadly a child born into slavery in 1860 was more likely to be raised by his mother and father in a two-parent household than was an African-American baby born after the election of the USA‘s first African-American President," reads the pledge.

The group has since removed that passage from the document and apologized for it. Bachmann said that she is against the slavery passage in the document, and Santorum claims he was taken aback by it. Really

This from the woman who thinks the founding fathers ended slavery.

It simply amazes us when racist zealots pretend to care about black folks, usually when trying to oppress another group. During slavery, slave owners didn't give a damn about black families, breaking them up at will for the purposes of punishment, labor distribution and financial gain. We find it infuriating that not only would this group lie about "the black family" under the oppressive system of slavery, but they would use this lie to support another lie: that gay couples should not be married because it goes against the Bible. 

If we're all God's children, then how exactly is that? 

Further, the fact that Santorum and Bachmann, two people who think they are worthy of running the country, would agree to sign such a document without fully reading it first is ridiculous. The slavery passage repulses them? Their failed attempt at decency and continuous quest to oppress others through their proposed legislation and zealous behavior repulse us. Is this really the best that the GOP has to offer?


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