This weekend, an all-star group of anti-LGBT activists gathered in Houston for the “Stand 4 Truth Conference” that promised to expose “the politically incorrect truth about sexuality and gender.” One of the speakers was Bill Owens, head of the Coalition of African-American Pastors, a front group for the National Organization for Marriage, who declared that President Obama “spit on the graves of all those people who died for civil rights” by supporting marriage equality and LGBT equality policies that he said “brainwash” children.
Owens declared, in remarks broadcast by conference organizers through a Facebook Live stream, that “nobody but a black president could have gotten away with” his LGBT rights agenda, claiming that Obama was able to advance LGBT equality because white people “were afraid to be called racist, so you gave him a pass.”
In his support for marriage equality, Owens said, Obama “sold out” and “spit on the graves of all those people who died for civil rights.”
Discussing LGBT-inclusive nondiscrimination policies, Owens warned that children will soon be “brainwashed from birth,” something that he blamed on “our white brothers who will allow men to go in the restroom with your wife and your children.”
“I don’t care about President Obama being black,” Owens continued, “he’s half-black. As far as I’m concerned, he’s not black because he doesn’t understand the black experience.”
“So they’re going to brainwash our children from pre-school, telling them it’s alright to feel a certain way. That is terrible. Do you know what that’s doing to a tender mind, to a tender child?” he asked.