In what may go down as an important sermon, especially for Dallas, a prominent black megachurch pastor recently blasted fellow African-American religious leaders and members of his own flock who are angry at President Barack Obama for backing same-sex marriage.
The sermon, a portion of which was posted on YouTube and picked up today by the popular national gay blog Towleroad, was delivered by the Rev. Frederick Haynes III, senior pastor at Friendship-West Baptist Church, the week after Obama came out for marriage equality. The six-minute clip begins with Haynes saying that when Obama took the oath of office, he swore to uphold the Constitution, born out of the Declaration of Independence, which says that all men are created equal.
“Notice it does not say that all straight men are created equal,” Haynes told his congregation. “It does not say that all men unless you are gay or lesbian are created equal. He swore upon oath to uphold, protect and defend the Constitution, not the Bible, but the Constitution of the United States.
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