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NOM affiliate group to give Roy Moore a 'Letter from Birmingham Jail Award'

by Jeremy Hooper

"Letter From Birmingham Jail" is of course a reference to Martin Luther King and his nonviolent resistance to the brute racism in America of the mid twentieth century. But how, and to whom, does the Coalition of African-American Pastors, an affiliate group of the National Organization For Marriage, misapply that sentiment? See for yourself:

Coalition of African-American Pastors (CAAP) Honors Justice Roy Moore for His Principled Stand for Marriage

Coalition of African American Pastors Will Present Moore with the Inaugural “Letter from Birmingham Jail Award”

Memphis, TN – Today, the Coalition of African American Pastors (CAAP) announced that Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore would receive their first ever “Letter from Birmingham Jail Courage Award” in recognition of Justice Moore’s principled stand in defense of traditional marriage.

The group was moved to honor Chief Justice Moore following his defense of Alabama’s statutory and constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. Moore’s actions were based on the fact that the federal court does not have the power to redefine marriage in direct opposition to legal tradition and the clearly expressed will of the people. His courage and conviction persuaded CAAP that Chief Moore was the ideal honoree for the inaugural presentation of an award inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous letter.

“Chief Justice Moore is an example for all of us,” stated Rev. William Owens, President of CAAP. “By making a principled and persuasive stand for marriage, Chief Justice Moore has singled himself out as someone who is ready to defend our most cherished values and help lead this new civil rights movement. By his words and courageous actions, he has helped preserve marriage, the family, justice, and the spirit of democracy. This is what it means to be a ‘Letter from Birmingham Jail Courage Award’ recipient. We hope that his example inspires others to take similar action to defend marriage in their own communities.”

The group announced that they plan to present the Letter from Birmingham Jail Courage Award to Justice Moore in a special ceremony in April.
Coalition of African-American Pastors (CAAP) Honors Justice Roy Moore for His Principled Stand for Marriage [CAAP]

Wow. What did civil rights history ever do to you to deserve such a unjust face-slap, CAAP?

Not that it's ever surprising to me to see CAAP taking the wrong approach to things. After all, this is the same Willie Owens, NOM's named religious liaison, who routinely links homosexuality to bestiality and sexual abuse, and who insists that gay people have "abnormal lifestyles." Frankly, I'd be scared if they were condemning Roy Moore, not applauding him.

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