LAS VEGAS, Nev. — Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, a vocal supporter of abortion and same-sex “marriage, was cheered enthusiastically during Sunday’s Stellar Awards in Las Vegas, which heralds itself as “the premier gospel event that recognizes and honors African American artists.”
While the event will not be televised until March 5, the show’s producers at TVOne posted footage of Clinton’s speech on YouTube following her appearance.
“Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton makes a surprise visit to the Stellar Awards!” the video description reads.
During her brief, one-minute talk, Clinton told those gathered that gospel music provides a source of encouragement to those who are experiencing difficult times.
“We all face troubles, don’t we,” she said. “And it’s easy to get discouraged. And then all of a sudden maybe you hear a song in church, you hear it on the radio, maybe a friend is singing it.”
Clinton then quoted from the hymn “His Eye Is on the Sparrow” as attendees cheered and clapped enthusiastically.
“I sing because I’m happy. I sing because I’m free. For His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He’s watching me,” Clinton recited.
“So I know this is not just about music. It truly is about the message,” she said. “It’s about the gospel and all that it means to so many of us.”
As the Democratic candidate concluded her speech, one woman yelled out “President Clinton!” and others again cheered loudly.
“I want to thank you. I wish all of you well—not just in these awards but in every day, in every way,” she said. “I am grateful that you are in our lives. A lot of people need to hear that message and you are helping to deliver it. Thank you and God bless you.”
In being interviewed following the event, Clinton told News One Now, “I am a person of faith, and I’m a person who finds inspiration and support and meaning in many different ways. But what’s better than raising your voices to God and being able to connect [in a way] that brings others along with you?”
As previously reported, last month, dozens of African American “pastors” from across the nation gathered at Philadelphia’s Mother Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church where they laid hands on Clinton to “decree and declare the favor of the Lord” on her for the presidency.
“Until He comes again, Secretary Clinton and President-to-be Clinton, we decree and declare from the crown of your head to the soles of your feet that the favor of the Lord will surround you like a shield, in Jesus’ name,” the clergy said, repeating after Kirbyjon Caldwell, who leads Windsor Village United Methodist Church in Houston.
However, some ministers nationwide have spoken out against Hillary Clinton, noting that her beliefs and policies run contrary to the word of God.
“If a church member asks in 2016 if I can support Hillary Clinton, I can unequivocally respond, ‘Not in this lifetime,’” writes Bryan Ridenour on his blog “America, Look Up.” “If we vote for leaders who support abortion on demand, then we essentially hold the surgical knife that strips life from the womb. If we vote for leaders who support and champion gay marriage, we in effect officiate at their ceremonies. God holds us accountable for what we do behind the voting booth curtain.”
“To those apathetic to the spiritual condition of America, we cannot expect God’s blessing if we kowtow to Hollywood’s mores and Washington’s track record of lies and deceit,” he said. “If we love America, we must bitterly cling to the Bible and our constitutional and God-given rights. Let’s not forget: ‘Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord…’ Psalm 33:12.”