October 8th, 2007
08:45 AM ET
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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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soundoff (976 Responses)
  1. Dan, Mountain View, CA

    Nice strategy from Obama to get some votes from Evangelical Christians. He knows there are at least 54 millions evangelical christian votes (those who voted for Bush in 2004 election), what a huge number!

    Don't get fooled! Once he owns the White House, he will stab from the back and kill all of us the Christians. Because Obama's true faith is Islam and not Christian. Once he becomes the President, he will use this country not only to promote Islam but also to eliminate Christianity slowly but sure. That's his main agenda.

    October 8, 2007 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  2. Bob N - Massachusetts

    Just what we need, another religious fanatic in the White House!
    This man is a disgrace to the senate and the United States of America!

    October 8, 2007 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  3. Jeff Carroll, Winona Lake, In

    As long as you atheistic Dems keep religiously taking the human lives of unborn children, and keep demanding that we accept SODOMITES, the GOP will have a lock on the Evangelical vote. It is just that simple-Jeff Carroll

    October 8, 2007 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  4. JC, NC

    First let me point out, of what faith is he exactly? He is playing the voters, leaning one way but going another way. Telling people what they want to hear. That is a politician. Look at President Bush, I know everyone hates him and for what? Doing what he feels is best for the country. Keeping to his morals and principals. President Bush is a very religous man. If you ever met him in person, you can sense this. Let us keep in mind what our for fathers thought when building this country. They were thinking of God first above all else as it says on US Currency "In God We Trust" If it is in God We Trust, listen to him and he will guide you in who to vote for. As for me? I will not vote for someone who talks a talk just for a vote but someone of action and conviction because he knows it is right in his heart that is led by God.

    October 8, 2007 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  5. Megan, Atlanta, GA

    733 comments on this one topic. What's the deal?

    October 8, 2007 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  6. Richard R, Austin, Texas

    This obama is a whack job from the word go. Does he think he is a messiah?
    A false one more like who belongs to a racist cultish church (black centric, how racist is that?) and had a muslim education.
    People are so easily fooled its sad.

    October 8, 2007 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  7. Warrior07, Mililani, HI

    Poor America, If all we have to look forward to is the Evil Goddess Hillary or Barac al Obama we are really heading into the end-of-days. Who is riding the Pale Horse?

    October 8, 2007 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  8. Robert, Kansas City, Mo

    Our founding fathers would be appalled that a presidential candidate is talking about creating a kingdom.

    Remember, he is a Democrat and when a Democrat talks about building a kingdom, regardless of where he says it, he is never refering to religion.

    Socialism sucks!

    October 8, 2007 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  9. DR SLC UT

    Another good reason Obama wont win!

    I will not be a part of a party that has Evangelicals!

    October 8, 2007 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  10. Chuck Sakach, Farmington, MI

    The "Great Deceiver"...

    WAKE UP! Obama is Muslim. Satan's kingdom is here on earth. Don't be fooled!

    October 8, 2007 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  11. Dave, Ephrata PA

    Setting up a kingdom on Earth is what Jesus will do, not Obama. Merely going to the church of "W'as happnin' now" does not make Obama a man of faith. Typically, black churches vote Democrat. How is he reaching out beyond his usual constituency? Ever try speaking to a mostly white congregation Obama? Thought so.

    October 8, 2007 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  12. Bill T, Brandon, FL

    Same old politician stink... just a different party (pile) this time. When will naive Americans wake up and face the world as it is... not as we wish it to be ?

    October 8, 2007 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  13. gp burdell, alpharetta, ga

    Is anyone voting for the half of Obama that is white?

    October 8, 2007 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  14. Chris, Atlanta, Ga

    If some republican were to say this, bedwetting libs would be calling for his withdrawal from the race.

    What a bunch of two faced hypocrites!!!!

    October 8, 2007 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  15. Jo Mell

    Obama is getting a little too EXTREME for me and a lot of other Americans.

    He is starting to sound like a Nut Bag.

    October 8, 2007 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  16. R. Lying

    Libavenger – Funny how he couldn't tell me that himself. Typical neo-COMMIE coward.

    October 8, 2007 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  17. Rev William Parks, Jacksonville FL

    The man who wants to be the first black US president has pledged to withdraw US troops from Iraq by March 2008, a timetable I believe is dangerous.

    I think that would just encourage those who wanted completely to destabilise and destroy Iraq, and create chaos and victory for the terrorists to hang on and hope for (an) Obama victory,” Mr Howard told the Nine Network.

    If I was running al-Qaeda in Iraq, I would put a circle around March 2008, and pray, as many times as possible, for a victory not only for Obama, but also for the Democrats.

    He also said that 10,000 people died in the Kansas tornado?

    Really

    How many did he claim died when Katrina hit New Orleans?

    10 million

    This guy is a fool who refuses to wear the Flag as apin. He has no chance.

    You live by the sword, you die by the sword.

    Obama has been running for Red-Cross-Chairman-In-Chief , showing up at disaster sites, making ridiculous claims, and blaming everything on Bush.

    He doesn't know the difference between ten victims and ten thousand victims. It all sounds like political opportunity to him.

    I am starting to like the sound of a Gore/Obama ticket. Gore can scream "global warming" and Obama can scream "Katrina".

    October 8, 2007 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  18. Spencer, Pittsburgh, PA

    I have a very difficult time supporting a candidate on moral grounds that is trying to win over the Religious "right" while simultaneously remaining pro-choice. Killing babies is the current American atrocity and human rights violation that needs to be remedied.

    October 8, 2007 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  19. Steve, Las Vegas Nevada

    How come it's okay for Obama to speak at a church; yet, every time a Republican does it, Democrats whine about separation of church and state?

    Maybe they ought to revoke this evangelical church's tax-free status.

    October 8, 2007 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  20. Eric, Denver Co

    I hope the christians aren't falling for this sales job. Regardless of his faith, the type of socialistic reforms he and Hillary will try to institute will destroy our economy, our freedom, and our nation. Our excessive gov.t spending and intrusion into our lives is the real threat, not that the christian community won't be allowed to practice its faith. Well, at least be able to practice it in private. I am aware libs are trying to get out of schools. The obvious solution is to dismantle the public school system and create a private voucher system one. Again, the republicans having the superior position.

    October 8, 2007 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  21. Phillip Summers, Lebanon, TN

    NEWSFLASH...There is NOTHING Christian or moral about killing unborn babies.

    Obama, Hillary, & Rudi are all sickening.

    October 8, 2007 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  22. Paul R. Pine Ridge, SD

    How odd that a Democrat who wants out of the war in Iraq to stop the senseless killing of our soldiers, supports the senseless killing of babies. Then has the gall to tell us that we have no values. Someone should tell him that Abortion has killed more people than WWII, Korea, Veitnam, Gulf, and Iraq...

    October 8, 2007 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  23. wilma

    in reply too this :It is rare to see a politician who is more than just an "in-name-only" Christian. Obama seems to really understand what following Christ is all about. Having a man who seeks to implement the genuine ways of Christ, which are found in most other religions as well, would do much for our country.

    Kudos to Obama for standing for God and country with more sincerity than is

    umm isnt he islamic ,should'nt he be in a mosque what does obama even remotely have to do with christian regilion

    October 8, 2007 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  24. Edmund, Fallbrook, CA

    Republican or Democrat, a religious wacko is a religious wacko.

    October 8, 2007 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  25. Lee, Sterling, Va

    What exactly is Mr. Obama's faith. That information has been glaringly absent from his campaign rhetoric. Now that he has challenged the GOP on issues of faith, maybe he will expand on his own faith. I have read that he was educated in both Islamic (some fundamentalist) and Catholic schools.

    October 8, 2007 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
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