October 8th, 2007
08:45 AM ET
3 years ago

Obama: GOP doesn't own faith and values

Obama told an evangelical church in South Carolina: "I am confident we can create a Kingdom right here on Earth."

GREENVILLE, South Carolina (CNN) - After speaking to an evangelical church on Sunday in this traditionally conservative South Carolina city, Sen. Barack Obama said that Republicans no longer have a firm grip on religion in political discourse.

"I think its important particularly for those of us in the Democratic Party to not cede values and faith to any one party," Obama told reporters outside the Redemption World Outreach Center where he attended services.

"I think that what you're seeing is a breaking down of the sharp divisions that existed maybe during the nineties, when at least in politics the perception was that the Democrats were fearful of talking about faith, and on the other hand you had the Republicans who had a particular brand of faith that often times seemed intolerant or pushed people away," he said.

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  1. J Turner

    Obama: First he drops his middle name of Hussein. Then he goes to a Christian Church in South Carolina and acts like he is a Christian. How dumb does he think the people of South Carolina are.

    He is a Muslim. He is hiding this from the American people, just as he is hiding his middle name. If he would do this, what would he hide or do if elected President.

    January 20, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
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