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Under conviction

"Under conviction" Continued...

Issue: "Going it alone," Nov. 2, 2013

Like Jesus being asked whether a man’s blindness comes from his sin or his parents’ sin—and He says neither. You’d hope reporters would be theologically literate. Forty or 50 years ago it probably would have been there, but it’s not today.

You’re trying to get African-Americans to leave the Democratic Party. I’m not against Democrats or for Republicans, but I’m for the truth. I pray for President Obama. I think about him sometimes and feel badly for him because I think he needs a powerful God impact in his life.

You wrote in 2010 that President Obama has Muslim sensibilities. What did you mean by that? He’s the first president I can think of (I don’t think Jimmy Carter went this far) who treats Israel and the Palestinians as equivalent. Many would argue that he treats the Palestinians as if they were the oppressed group and Israel is the abuser. I think his willingness to talk to Iran even after having been disrespected and basically used is because he believes he has a special connection to these folks that will eventually be recognized. He said as much in Cairo in his speech. 

Does it bother you when folks equate the gay rights movement with the civil rights movement? It troubles me deeply. Just think about the speciousness of that analogy. Black folks were enslaved in this country until 1865. Then you have Jim Crow for another 100 years. A black person could simply walk into a room and because of skin color be unaccepted. That is so different than what we are facing with the homosexual rights movement. Nobody is interested in persecuting homosexuals. Most Americans don’t care. It’s none of our business. 

Since Planned Parenthood is killing so many black babies, what do you think of the alliance between many African-American leaders and Planned Parenthood? Our civil rights leaders, certainly Jesse Jackson, used to be pro-life. I wonder what converted them. Now if you oppose homosexual marriage, you can never expect to hold any kind of position in the Democrat Party. You must embrace that fully. I don’t see any way of resolving that issue, other than some major movement in the country that settles the issue once and for all. 

Watch Marvin Olasky's complete interview with E.W. Jackson:

Marvin Olasky
Marvin Olasky

Marvin is editor in chief of WORLD News Group and the author of more than 20 books, including The Tragedy of American Compassion. Follow Marvin on Twitter @MarvinOlasky.


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