May 11th, 2008
09:48 AM ET
10 years ago

Religious right leaning toward Democrats?


Watch how evangelicals are reaching out.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - For decades, evangelicals have been seen as solid supporters of the Republican Party. That could be changing.
The religious right, a cornerstone of the so-called Reagan revolution - the battle over abortion law, and gay marriage - wants a change.

At least some evangelicals do.

A group of influential Christian leaders are declaring they are tired of divisive politics, tired of watching fights over some issues trump all the good they could be doing.

"Our proposal in [our] manifesto is to join forces with all those who support a civil public square. ... a vision of public life in which people of all faiths - which, of course, means no faith - are free to enter and engage public life on the basis of their faith," said evangelical leader Os Guinness.

For Democrats, the timing is good. The party has been pushing to overcome the "faith gap," that many feel has hurt them with church-going voters.

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  1. LT for Obama

    What I find funny is that so many of you who don't support Obama say that we supporters are mean and nasty, yet I see name calling and negative comments about Obama spewing from your keyboards.

    To ask Sen Clinton to run as an Independent would cause so many to use the one word you have used for super delegates who defected, Judas.

    She will be seen as a sore loser and a traitor which could cause her even more damage for the rest of her career and completely destroy any hopes of running in the future.

    Instead, we should all unite and fight the cause of repairing this country's serious problems because I can guarantee you that even more of us, myself included, will be clinging even more to our religion or whatever gets us through the tough times.

    May 11, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  2. Mike

    In an above post, Harry says Hillary should run as an Independant. I agree completly. If Hillary goes Independant, then all the whiner punk Hitlery youth that keep thrreatening to vote McBush, can all leave the Dems. Then the Democrats will be purged of the race hatred that has surfaced in these primaries. Lets gather all the trash in one pile and be well rid of it.

    May 11, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  3. Charlotte

    I will write in Hillary Clinton in November. I urge all her supporters to do the same. We are capable of winning the presidency in November. We can do it, yes we can. FDR won as a write in and he did not have the internet to help out. Blog it big time... we can do it. The Obama-bots want to call us names, lets show them how much they managed to lose for their guy. They are vile and disgusting and think they are better then all us who support Hillary. They call us low lifes, stupid, hillbillies and everything else they can think of. I say, lets show them a thing or two. Hillary all the way...

    May 11, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  4. K

    Obama is the least experienced candidate to ever run for President. He won both his state and US Senate seats by default. He hasn't done a thing in his 2 years except plot to run for President. We've had 7 1/2 years of an unexperienced President who didn't have a clue and I'm sick of it. Most of all, I'm sick of the Obamaniacs saying if you don't vote for him, you're a racist. That is just another avenue of fear-mongering along racial lines and is frankly, pathetic. In addition, attacking Hillary and her supporters only pushes them further away from Obama and the arrogrance that he can win without them will be the reason John McCain will win in the fall.

    May 11, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  5. Chris from Michigan (yeah THAT state)

    Evangelicals are the Bane of our society and bring nothing but negative growth in the political spectrum that is American Society. Look what faith hath brought us! Bush has based a lot of his doings by hearkening the name God in his radio addresses, speeches, and state of the union addresses. Don't people realize that one of the solid reasons some nations hate us is because we have such a large amount of Faith Based politics (namely our president and the republican party). Look at all the progress we could make if we were to set aside faith for once and look with our minds cleared of any ill notion. We find that we could progress in the middle east much better, we could finally end the battles of Life vs. Choice, we could end the oppressive nature against Homosexuality, we could become more prosperous in both the economy, and yes even Faith itself can be progressed by depressing the amount being used in politics; for this is why most people are turned off; the shear amount of faith based politics is stifling and quite frankly, against what this nation should stand for.

    May 11, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  6. Nick - Arlington, VA

    Carmen Irizarry -> his donations are coming from people like me...regular conspiracy, no lobbyists, no special interests, no giant companies..just regular I'll give you a hint on where the republicans get most of their money is the exact opposite of where Barack gets most of his money from.

    Obama '08

    May 11, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  7. mark

    I am also a white evangelical and who is supporting Barack Obama...

    May 11, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  8. bob

    hillary folks, stop whining. It was a close, hard fought battle, but it's over now. I'm sorry your horse lost. It could have gone either way. The reason it was so close is that obama and hillary essentially have the same views and plans to move the country forward. The sooner we all admit that the dem. candidates were very similar, the sooner we can feel at peace with the results of the primary look towards november.

    May 11, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  9. susie

    Obama said it would be a punishment if his daughter ever gets pregnant.

    May 11, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  10. fred

    You are right on greenfun!!

    Run as an independent Hillary!! DNC is screwing you and the democrats!!!

    If not Hillary...then McCain!!

    Run as an Independent Hillary ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

    Happy Mother's Day Senator Clinton.

    May 11, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  11. Neutral

    Obama will lose BIG TIME, fortunately Hillary will be the nominee when everything is said and done. EAT IT UP OBAMA CULT FOLLOWERS!!!!!!

    May 11, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  12. Sheila WA

    I have to laugh at all the comments Hillary supporters are making, and they say that Obama and his supporters have been vicious? Obama never held a real job in his life? Obama is a militiant? Obama is black therefore can't win the white hard working uneducated american vote? Of course Obama would win SC, after all, Jesse Jackson won there. Those words came from either Hillary, Bill or her campaign, not the Obama campaign. When Hillary was interviewed by CBS and asked if she thought Obama was a muslim, she hesitated like she had to think about it knowing her words would cause people to shiver in fear at the thought of a muslim in the WH.. This is how dumb she thinks her supporters are. Since 92, I have supported the Clintons through thick and thin, voting twice for Bill with no regrets. Today, I find Barack Obama the best choice and by looking at the numbers, it seems that many folks do as well.

    May 11, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  13. Chris from NY

    Extremism is darn right hurtful and I am glad the religious right is begining to see that. We have much more in common than we do that which divide us. It will be wise if we to view life that way than to think your way is always the best of doing things. God is for all humanity but deals with us as individuals. To force me to comform to your way of relating to God is arrogance. Just preach the word and God will do the work. Preach the word and God will do the conving and convicting. Don't try to do your work and God's at the same time. Jesus said none of us has the power to judge another servant. We are all His servant. Do your work and I will do mine. But there comes a time when we all should work as a team and I am glad the people on the right are extending their hands for such joint effort.

    May 11, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  14. bigben

    Ok people goto Obama's web page and go to Hillary Clinton's web page. People on Hillary web page are nice and really no bad mouthing of BO.
    Now go to Obamas , people there are nasty and the things said about Hillary was just plain mean. I have seen like the Philly that got put to sleep , them saying the same should be done to Hillary.
    I will not join with them . They are full of to much hate.

    May 11, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  15. JRC

    Harry – In case no one told you, Bill isn't running for office. If you think you are going to get a repeat of Bill Clinton's presidency, think again.

    May 11, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  16. Michael, an indepedent


    Obama has kept the high road and has shown respect to his opponent. Do not judge Obama by his supporters (especially for the small minority that are not as civil as they should be). It is sad when opponents to a candidate try to latch onto anything they can to try to discredit that candidate. Judge the person for who they are and not those who support him. Do we judge McCain badly because of Rush Limbaugh? Of course not.

    May 11, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  17. John

    Brian,this hyperbole twang of yours does not hunt.Reason being it is toothless and spineless as well.First you denigrate the Obama supporters to the core,then turn around to despise Hillary.You fairly acknowledge your party affliation!! Just go ahead and vote for your candidate.The detours takes you nowhere.

    May 11, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  18. Charles

    How is it that every post on here turns to Obama versus Clinton? That has nothing to do with what this article is about! Both sides...GET A LIFE!! This is the way it is: Clinton supporters. The Obama supporters get slightly ugly on here because they are generally a younger bunch who are used to blogging with venom on the internet. To tie him in with what his supporters are saying is slightly foolish of you.
    Obama supporters. The Clinton supporters are a loyal bunch. No matter what you say, it's hard to rattle such loyalty. And you're not making it any easier to get things on a straight and steady course by attacking them and Hillary so harshly.
    Media. You are the biggest problem with all of this so far. In you race to get the best headline and keep the most people reading your news (granted, this is your job) you have effectively turned an entire party against each other. You have to be a little more responsible in your reporting.
    Everyone on here. This is not a game! This is the presidency of the United States we're talking about here. I'll admit I'm an Obama supporter but what I want more than anything is to make sure we get our country back on track after the past 8 years of destruction. This article on the evangelicals is a perfect example of how so much of the rest of America feels the same way. It really is time to get past the ways of old. George Bush played the old ways for the past 8 years and John McCain, as much as I liked him 8 years ago, is now following the same line of thought. Put differences aside and think about your own futures. Get yourself out there and do what is int he best interest of yourselves and your families. Obama is not out to start a race war. He's not out to send us in to a radical tailspin. If that were the case, he would not have the support he has from so many different places. Use your heads and your hearts and think about your children and the future. Vote for the policies you believe in. Let's all make this a better country and one the rest of the world will once again love and respect.

    May 11, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  19. walter

    This just shows that even those on the religious right are coming to realize that a Democrat is going to win the White House in November and they don't want to be frozen out.

    I only hope that our nominee, who ever it is, will be a bit more gracious to these wayward souls than his or her supporters have been to their opponents within the party.

    May 11, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  20. Obama #1

    I knew that HRC was a polarizing figure bet. Dem & Rep, but I never that she would be so within her own party. I have no hard feeling towards her supporters, but hope to GOD she does not end up on the Obama ticket.

    Welcome RR, but remember that separation of church and state is in effect.

    May 11, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  21. Kevin in MO

    It's great to see the democrats and the religious right coming closer together and recognizing what they have in common. We all benefit when we can work together for our common goals.

    May 11, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  22. H


    May 11, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  23. Kevin in MO

    It's great to see the democrats and the religious right coming closer together and recognizing what they have in common. We all benefit when we can work together for our common goals.

    May 11, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  24. Al

    Anybody welcome to believe in Santa or in other miracles, just as long as this is a private business. Shame that candidates of this race must say publicly something about religion at all. That is not what founding fathers wanted – if anybody cares to know history. They were enlightened and by all standards leaning to atheism or at least they were agnostics.

    Now we have half of US population believing that somebody created Earth 10,000 years ago... what a shame. Don't forget also that frequent church goes / low educated supported Bush and Iraq war at most. In famous words of one of greatest physicists, Steven Weinberg, "Good people do good things, and bad people do bad things, but it takes a religion to make good people do bad things." Ironically, same state Taxes can have opposite ends of humanity spectrum: Bush and Weinberg.

    May 11, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  25. Franky

    You know, I agree. I'm not going to lie, but I really do believe we are going to talk about this more. Like I said, the "playoffs" have not started already....

    May 11, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
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