A group of about 100 African American pastors in Michigan have denounced the comparison being made between civil rights and “gays rights.”
Holding a press conference Wednesday morning in Detroit, the group stated their intention of helping to defend Michigan’s marriage amendment, which was recently declared unconstitutional.
Pastor James Crowder of St. Galilee Baptist Church and president of the Westside Minister’s Alliance of Detroit, said in a statement that he took issue with the comparison.
“On stage are many actors who pretend that redefining traditional marriage is as valid as blacks fighting against the carnage of chattel slavery and the humiliation of Jim Crow,” said Crowder.
“Never have I been so insulted. The curtain must be pulled down on this play of disinformation.”
Minister Stacy Swimp, spokesperson for the pastors and founder of the Michigan-based Revive Alive Missional Ministry, told The Christian Post about why the press conference was held.
“We wanted to hold the press conference to help get the message out that God is not dead. Moreover that there is yet a remnant of God’s people who are willing to contend for the faith in the churches and in our local communities,” said Swimp.
“In this instance, we announced that we filed an amicus brief in the Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in support of Michigan’s 2004 voter approved Marriage Protection Act, and clearly in support of God’s rights.”
Swimp described the notion that gay rights are similar to civil rights as a “false narrative” often advanced by the LGBT activist media.