The Rev. Otis Moss III, the senior pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ, read a letter to his congregation on Sunday defending Obama and the quest for marriage equality. "November is incredibly important to our community," Moss said, reminding worshipers that he was encouraging them to engage in public debate, not telling them how to vote.
"The question I believe we should pose to our congregations is, ’Should all Americans have the same civil rights?’" Moss read from his letter. " ... There is difference between rights and rites. We should never misconstrue rights designed to protect diverse individuals in a pluralistic society versus religious rites designed by faith communities to communicate a theological or doctrinal perspective...
"The institution of marriage is not under attack as a result of the president’s words. Marriage was under attack years ago by men who viewed women as property and children as trophies of sexual prowess," he said, drawing applause from the audience. "Marriage is under attack by low wages, high incarceration, unfair tax policy, unemployment and lack of education..."President Obama was a member of Trinity United Church of Christ for many years, before leaving the church following contrived controversies involving Trinity's former senior pastor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright.
"Gay and lesbian citizens did not cause the economic crash, foreclosures and attack upon health care," Moss said. "Poor underfunded schools were not created because people desire equal protection under the law. We have much work to do as a community, and to claim the president of the United States must hold your theological position is absurd. He is president of the United States of America not the president of the Baptist convention or bishop of the sanctified or holiness church. He is called to protect the rights of Jew and Gentile, male and female, young and old, gay and straight, black and white, atheist and agnostic."