The Black Church Must Stand Up For President Obama

Rev. Delmon Coates, Rev. Otis Moss II and Rev. Charles Jenkins

As African-American clergy deeply committed to the welfare of our communities and the future of our country, we are writing to offer our strong and enthusiastic endorsement of President Barack Obama. In the face of laws designed to limit democracy, and voices seeking to depress the participation of our community rather than to empower it, we will not be silent.  Too much blood was shed for us to remain on the sidelines. We must stand up once more, and we must keep marching on this November. We must reelect this President.

President Obama has a clear vision, and he offers bold leadership. We all know the hand he was dealt when he came into office. His predecessor handed him an economy that was shedding nearly 800,000 jobs a month; a financial sector that was headed toward global collapse, spared only by the support of America’s taxpayers; an opposition party determined to make Barack Obama a one-term president, despite the cost. Yet, he stepped into the gap with leadership for all Americans.

The President has led as he promised. Under his leadership, we have started to dig our way out of the economic hole. Under his watch we have seen 30 consecutive months of private sector job growth.  And, our President has put in place policies that will help to ensure our economy has a solid foundation that will make us less vulnerable to future economic catastrophes; in other words an economy built to last because it rests on the foundation of a strong middle class.

This President knows that for too many in our community a good education is the way into the middle class. And, in order to make sure that more children have a chance of getting there, he has taken action to ensure every child can get the education they need regardless of zip code so they can live up to their God-given potential.

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On the critical issue of health care, the President has kept his promise. After decades of politicians promising health reform, the President delivered with reforms that help families and uphold human dignity. Insurance companies can no longer deny care because of a pre-existing condition, and no one’s life will be threatened because they hit a lifetime cap on their insurance coverage.