August 12th, 2008
01:00 PM ET
6 years ago

Focus on the Family gets stormy response to Web video

Does focus want the Almighty to rain on the Democrats’ parade?
Does focus want the Almighty to rain on the Democrats’ parade?

(CNN) - Last month, Colorado Springs-based Focus on the Family posted a video on its Web site calling on Christians to “pray for rain” to disrupt Barack Obama’s acceptance speech at the upcoming Democratic convention in nearby Denver. Weeks later, their efforts did result in a deluge – the flood of criticism and news coverage that accompanied their decision to take down the video.

Focus officials insist the video - narrated by the man in charge of Web operations for the group’s political wing - was intended as a joke, and not a request for any divinely-inspired weather patterns.


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  1. INDEPENDENT NYC

    AND THESE ARE CHRISTIANS THAT THINK SO BADLY OF ALL OTHER RELIGIONS.

    Just one of those things that make you go hummmmmmmmmm.....

    August 12, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  2. DR. YES

    right-wingers will try anything.how dumb.

    August 12, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  3. Jim

    THESE SO CALLED EVANGELICALS ARE BEHAVING LIKE THE PHARASEES OF THE DAYS OF JESUS. THEY WANT NOTHING GOOD BUT TO ENJOY THEIR STATUS QUO.

    August 12, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  4. E.C.Coleman

    IN MY OPINION.........IT WAS A GREAT IDEA!!! THE AD WAS A WONDERFUL COUNTERPOINT TO OBAMA'S EGO ABOUT HIMSELF...THAT HE'S 'THE CHOSEN ONE!' OBAMA IS A JOKE ANYWAY AND SHOULDN'T EVEN BE IN THE CAMPAIGN. OBAMA IS TOTALLY UNPREPARED AND TOTALLY INEXPERIENCED. PEOPLE HAVE BEEN TAKE BY A FRAUD WHO BELIEVES THAT HE IS A DIVINELY INSPIRED QUASI-RELIGIOUS-POLITICAL FIGURE. PLEASE..........WE HAVE HAD ENOUGH OF THIS NONSENSE!

    August 12, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  5. Butch Dillon

    The video answers that age old question: WWJD? And after it rained torrents forever, they'd probably hold his head under water until he drowned........just for fun, mind you.

    August 12, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  6. Susan

    So much for being a Christian! There are places that need rain so badly! Waht is the matter with you? You use God for something as stupid as raining on Denver during the convention?? You, Sir, are a complete and total IDIOT! This shows the types of followers McCain has. Everything is me,me,me!!

    August 12, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  7. Debby

    How lame if anything will rain on the Obama parade it will be himself. LOL

    August 12, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  8. Pick Me! Pick Me!

    These are the same people who think it is perfectly fine to vote for a man who has commited adultery, then throw his wife and kids to the curb to marry his rich mistress. Now THAT's "family values."
    Disgusting

    August 12, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  9. Christian Against FOF

    This unfortunately is a bad representation of Christians across the world. I am a Christian and am often disappointed by the actions of these 'so-called' Christian groups that are nothing more than right wing rhetoric. As written in the Bilble, this is definitely not how Christ intended us to represent ourselves.

    August 12, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  10. DD, New York

    What ever happened to Freedom of Speech? Seriously. Obama has become an untouchable and his supports are such whiners. Scares me more than any foreign country's threat to us.

    August 12, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  11. Don

    Its sad how these self serving people destroy the name of our Great King

    August 12, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  12. pro-choice wins

    The bizzare new coalition of anti-woman anti-gay right-wingers and the bitter whacko "PUMA" Clintonistas are trying in vain to defeat Senator Obama's movement but they keep on making themselves look like fools.

    August 12, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  13. judy, Wisconsin

    How sick and how stupid! Why aren't these groups paying taxes since they are political groups?

    August 12, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  14. Franky

    You know, not all people living in the United States is upset. Whether you might be a Christian or not, we do have people happy living in the United States...

    August 12, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  15. James From Chicago

    I think their are alot of people praying for rain, Obama is running his
    campaign as if he was a Rock Star on a world tour.

    August 12, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  16. Chad, Wisco

    I love that something like this gets a huge uproar. Its like if you see the two animals fighting it must be the result of a neocon induced war. This country has become too politically correct. Seriously everyone watch The Cobert Report and get a grip.

    August 12, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  17. Tired of W, OH

    Further example why you need separation of church and state.

    While the Government tries to keep its distance from the church (as well it should), you have religious nut-jobs like this that will try anything to try to weasle their way into the political process. Pathetic.

    August 12, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  18. Carrie Goodeagle Hayden, Idaho

    What do you expect from the right wing born-again nut cases, Hypocrits, Hypocrits, and more Hypocrits.

    August 12, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  19. D-MI

    Yup,

    That's about where the christian right is these days...

    So bankrupt of values, ideas and solutions that the have resorted to praying for rain to prevent people from articulating or hearing an alternative to their message of hate, intolerance and elective ignorance.

    While you people are doing this whole praying thing, why don't you sacrifice some goats or chickens or something. Perhaps that will please the great boogeyman in the sky...

    A joke? No, I believe that's about exactly what they would consider a political strategy.

    -Proudly Liberal and Atheist-

    August 12, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  20. Skippy the Flying Tree

    The part that gets me about this is that if a group supporting Obama tried this exact same tactic, Focus on the Family would probably go out of their minds on how the liberal left was attempting to use an evil pagan rain dance to squash their hero of choice. When they do it, though, they're just asking for divine intervention.

    August 12, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  21. SGJ, Chicago, IL

    enjoy your time in the politcal wilderness and I "pray" that its more than 40 years and with no rain.

    August 12, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  22. Tony

    WHAT WOULD YOU EXPECT FROM A BUNCH OF RIGHT-WING, ULTRA-CONSERVATIVE, EVANGELICAL REPUBLICAN WHACK JOBS?

    THIS ISN'T NEWS.! YAWN!

    August 12, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  23. Bill Charlotte, NC

    The man is a disgrace to the church and to the faith he pretends to take serious.

    August 12, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  24. Laura Walker

    It just goes to show that UNITEDLY we can do ANYTHING.

    August 12, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  25. Atheist

    Seriously. Do they think that their almighty heavenly God, who they say created the heavens and the earth, will be bothered, or will focus specifically on one petty event? Seriously. Nevermind that, doesn't Barack Obama pray to the same God as well?

    August 12, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
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