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Prominent Black Leaders Move Away from Abortion & Gay Rights Issues
June 27, 2006, 3:46 pm
Filed under: gay and lesbian

As reported in the NYTimes, prominent black leaders are moving their congregations away from divisive issues such as gay marriage and abortion, issues which are central to the Repubican dominated Christian Conservative movement, and towards social issues such a poverty, education and crime.

The Revs. Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson and Joseph Lowery and hundreds of black leaders from around the country are focusing on mobilizing black voters for the fall elections. They kicked off a three-day black clergy conference Monday in Dallas.

”There are no gay people coming to our churches asking to get married,” Sharpton said. ”But there are plenty of people coming with problems voting or their sons in jail.”

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