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In one way, we don’t blame the president. Though he does call this situation a moral outrage, he doesn’t do so with much passion, maybe because marriage depends on love, and you don’t go to government for love. You go to it for justice.

Though it is the epitome of justice to a child that his parents love each other and stay married, it is a justice that rests on love. The biggest problem for black children is not that the president does not lead on marriage, but that not many of their pastors do.

Though blacks are the most church-attending ethnic group, too often too many of their pastors don’t teach what Christ taught on marriage and sex.

Can we instead expect Mr. Obama to become the nation’s chief black pastor? He calls for evaluation of the best programs for children, but it will do the country much greater good to call for an identification of the best black churches for marrying young couples and avoiding out-of-wedlock birth.

We know that when you remove marriage as a factor, there is virtually no difference between whites and blacks on graduation, employment and staying out of jail.

The president said what is happening to young minority boys is a national outrage, but he showed no outrage, and instead proposed tried and failed nonsolutions — more programs.

What a pity. The situation calls not only for a great speech, but for a great awakening, great pastors and even a great president.

Ken Blackwell, senior fellow for family empowerment at the Family Research Council, is a former mayor of Cincinnati. Pat Fagan is the director of the Marriage and Religion Research Institute.