Friday, September 7, 2012

Is is possible that black minister are being paid for the positions they take?

I almost ran my car off the road when I heard the ad,” Farad Ali told me during a recent conversation. “Everyone I spoke with said the same thing.”
It was the topic of heated discussion on Urban Radio in the Raleigh/Durham area.  Patrick Wooden, pastor of the Upper Room Church of God in Christ, challenged listeners to say no to Barrack Obama.  His pitch to kick Obama to the proverbial curb was enough to force the station to bring Wooden in studio to soothe the pain.
It’s not the first time Wooden has made comments that left folks saying “No he didn’t!” Back in June he said most gay men, when they get older, will be in diapers and using a “butt plug” to stop uncontrollable bowels caused by damage from anal sex. In another interview he said many gay men were going to the emergency room to have objects removed from their anuses.  He listed cell phones and baseball bats.
Wooden shared his insight into the sexual lives of gay men with references to “glory holes” and “fisting all way up to the armpit” He stated that God “made the human sperm, the God of the Bible designed it, and it was not designed to be emptied into an area that is filled with feces.”
In that same interview, Wooden contradicts himself by defending oral and anal sex for heterosexual.  He went on to say women are prone to have anal sex less due to having a vagina. 
Wooden has positioned himself as North Carolina’s poster boy against gay rights.  He fought against gay benefits for city workers in Raleigh, North Carolina.  He stood with other black ministers in support of Amendment One.  His radio ad took his mission to another level.  It exposed a truth that listeners were forced to face.  Wooden, and others like him, have become the champion for the Republican agenda.
In the ad heard on numerous Urban Radio stations, Wooden asked voters to say no to Barack Obama after the President supported gay marriage.  Many of those listening may have voted for the amendment that changed North Carolina’s constitution to define marriage as a union between a man and a woman.  Wooden won that fight, but pressing to end the reign of Obama was more than black folks can take.
The ad was paid for by the National Organization for Marriage. NOM gains its support from a small number of large anonymous donors.  In 2009, three donations of $2.4 million, $1.2 million and $1.1 million made up 68% of Now’s contributions of 7.1 million.  In 2010, five donations made up 75% of what was raised.
The Washington Independent reported that NOM received a $1.4 million donation from the Knights of Columbus that was not reported to the IRS. The Knights of Columbus is a charitable organization of the Catholic Church.
Fred S. Karger, candidate for the 2012 Republican nomination for President, has expressed the opinion that NOM is connected to the Church of Latter Day Saints.  Karger, who is openly gay, has worked on nine presidential campaigns and served as senior consultant to the campaigns of Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush and Gerald Ford.  He is gay rights activist.
Karger has pressed to know who is funding NOM.  Given many of the donations are anonymous; it’s tricky to follow the money.  Getting at the source of funding is important in understanding the motivation and meaning behind Wooden’s obsession against gay rights.  Not only is it important to address who is funding NOM, but even more important is uncovering if Wooden and other black minister are being funded for making a pitch against gay rights. If they are, who is behind that funding.
Is it possible that NOM is funded by the Koch Brothers? (see: If so, Wooden and others are being manipulated to support a mass movement to unseat Obama.  Wooden’s ad stated the case for removing Obama.  Gay marriage was used to make that case.  Knowing who funded the ad is an important question that needs to be answered by those who show up at Wooden’s church and pay tithes and offerings to support his anti-gay agenda.
No one can prove that black ministers are being paid.  We do know who paid for the ad featuring Wooden’s rant against gays.  Maybe the members at the Upper Room C.O.G.I.C don'tt care about the connection between Wooden and NOM.  If not, it’s a sad day for the black church.
Cuba Gooding said it best. “Show me the money!”


  1. It is amazing that Wooden wants to nail President Obama yet ignore everything he knows about Mitt and his gang. What about speaking against all of the corrupt fellow pastors in his sermons? Why does he not use his own considerable funds to finance his assault if he feels so strongly about this one difference of opinion? Is this the only sin in his world? Who gave him the right to decide who is fit and unfit? Why doesn't he reveal to the public all of his dirty laundry or is he perfect? Just who is he really working for?

  2. Great article I found the comment below on face book the other day, it look as if Wooden is trying to walk the ad back. I don't think his church is in support of him.

    "However, it’s amazing how God works. I was up in the wee hours in the morning, flipping the channels. To my surprise I seen Pastor Wooten on TV speaking about "his actions/beliefs." Prior to starting his Sunday sermon. He admitted that he had gotten ahead of himself and did "THE AD" without informing his congregation prior to doing so. Members of his church, including his brother was slapped with …caught off guard by people in the community about this ad. THEY HAD NO IDEA! You mean to tell me YOU(WOOTEN) was sooooo caught up and angry that you just forgot to inform your flock?? YEAH RIGHT! He didn’t care. Did you inform your wife?? Hmmm…

  3. Methinks he doth protest too much. Baseball bats...cell phones...butt plugs? Hmmmm...could there be a gerbil somewhere in his closet? I'm just sayin'....

    1. I can't believe this man said these awful things.

  4. Okay, Wooden's an idiot, but in the pay of the Koch brothers? Consider the following .

    Koch is the bogeyman for the left, just like Soros is the bogeyman for the right. True, both of these rich men want to buy spread of their views beyond what the rest of us can afford, but how can you seriously believe Wooden is part of such a conspiracy? Perhaps he's just dumb or trying to manipulate his flock. Won't be the first time a preacher has done so.

  5. Although I do not support Rev Wooden's position, objecting to his statement because he is a black minister is wrong. We should expect a better argument from you than that, just as we should expect better arguments from Blacks who support the president and from Whites to oppose him because of his color.

    You've heard it before: judge and be judged based on the character of the person and not on the color of his skin.


  6. Mr. Wooten needs to apologize to Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, and every other African American for his ignorance on telling his congregation as well as other African Americans not to vote. It is no longer about Obama. It is about this preacher like whites have done for years attempting to take the voting rights away from African Americans, and it is happening right now in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Iowa, and even North Carolina Does this man realize the blood that was shed that we African Americans could vote? Mr. Wooten is nowreaping the benefits of African Americans being able to vote--his church--freedom of religion along with all his worldy goods--house and cars. By telling his congregation not to vote has made his church more cultlike than Christlike--what a shame! He is there pastor, not their Savior or even their Holy Spirit. Does he not trust his congregation to be led by God?