The founder and president of the Coalition of African American Pastors (CAAP) says he was “shocked” at some of the ideas presented in Politico’s recent magazine piece by Randall Balmer entitled “The Real Origins of the Religious Right.”
Rev. William Owens, who marched with Dr. Martin Luther King at the height of the civil rights movement, questioned some of the statements made by Balmer, a professor at Dartmouth College and author of Redeemer: The Life of Jimmy Carter.
“I’m shocked at that depiction of Paul Weyrich,” Owens told Breitbart News. “Paul became a close ally of mine who supported me when other whites didn’t. He was a dear friend who defended me many times when I was at odds with others and said he continually found that what I said and thought was on target.”
In fact, in 2005, Weyrich, who coined the term “moral majority,” himself wrote at RenewAmerica, a grassroots organization that supports the principles of the Declaration of Independence and faithful upholding of the U.S. Constitution, of his attempts to join with members of the black community, an effort that led to a solid relationship with Owens:
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