October 11th, 2008
09:30 PM ET
3 years ago

Speaker at McCain rally says non-Christians want an Obama win

A pastor at a McCain rally said non-Christians are hoping for an Obama win.
A pastor at a McCain rally said non-Christians are hoping for an Obama win.

DAVENPORT, Iowa (CNN) – A minister delivering the invocation at John McCain’s rally in Davenport, Iowa Saturday told the crowd non-Christian religions around the world were praying for Barack Obama to win the U.S. presidential election.

“There are millions of people around this world praying to their god—whether it’s Hindu, Buddha, Allah—that his opponent wins, for a variety of reasons. And Lord, I pray that you will guard your own reputation, because they’re going to think that their God is bigger than you, if that happens,” said Arnold Conrad, the former pastor of Grace Evangelical Free Church in Davenport.

The remark was made before McCain arrived at the rally but the Republican nominee's campaign quickly put out a statement distancing itself from the remarks.

“While we understand the important role that faith plays in informing the votes of Iowans, questions about the religious background of the candidates only serve to distract from the real questions in this race about Barack Obama's judgment, policies and readiness to lead as commander in chief,” said McCain campaign spokesperson Wendy Riemann.

This incident comes a day after a Minnesota voter asked Senator McCain if Barack Obama was an Arab at a town hall in Lakeville, Minnesota and just three days after Lehigh GOP County Chairman Bill Platt made a speech at a McCain rally in Pennsylvania where he refered to the Democrat nominee for president as Barack Hussein Obama.


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  1. THE 2008 REPTILIAN TICKET IS MCKEATING5 WHO TOOK 112K IN OFFICE AND AN ALASKAN GOV. THAT ABUSES THE POWER OF OFFICE. DOES AMERICA REALLY NEED TWO MORE CROOKED REPTILES IN THE HIGHEST OFFICES IN THE LAND? YOU DECIDE

    The polls will continue to fall until the reptilian rallies stop sounding like a KKK rally.

    We have heard shouts from the crowd of “kill him” and “terrorist”.

    Joe McCain, McCrypt;s brother calls northern Virginia voters “ communist!

    Miss Alaskan Anal Sphincter for 2008 covers the bad beehive with a stylish white hood!

    October 11, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  2. jason

    so let me get this straight ... if obama wins "they" are going to think their god is bigger than "you?" ... isn't that the whole point of god? that he's bigger than us?

    perhaps he meant "they" will think "their" god is bigger than "yours." but, "you" think your god can overcome "their" god's apparent will that obama win ... so, "you" think "your" god is bigger than "theirs?"

    so, it's ok for "you" to say "your" god is bigger than "theirs," but "they" can't?

    CNN, post this

    October 11, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  3. Jay

    As an agnostic (raised Catholic, weaned off of organized religion through common sense and disgust), I am tired of the fundamentalists in this country using fear and xenophobia to push their agenda.

    Ask yourself, who is left in this country (or world, for that matter) that is actually praying for a McCain/Palin victory?

    Evangelical wing-nuts and Chicken Hawks. Plus anyone who has stood to profit from the mis-management of our country by the Bush administration the last eight years.

    This late in the election, there is only one hope Republicans have left, and that is for Bin Laden to produce another video attempting to trick Joe Six-Pack into voting out fear for McCain. That's one Non-Christian who is secretly praying for a McCain victory, and we all know why... (hums Beach Boys tune to self)

    October 11, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  4. Hopeful in TN

    Wow! I am a born again believer in JESUS CHRIST! I know American citizens are smarter than this minister is hoping. If this minister truly believes what he said, I pray he seeks counseling and guidance and respectfully ask for forgiveness for judging a group of people so unfairly.

    October 11, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  5. Deborah

    This really needs to STOP!!

    The country needs to UNITE and come together in this economic climate, not be torn asunder by bigotry and religious intolerance.

    October 11, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  6. Ex-mod-GOP for Obama

    Well, this Christian is praying that whoever wins this election, be it Sen. McCain or Sen. Obama, leads this country with wisdom.

    October 11, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  7. wg

    court them then run away...

    October 11, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  8. ginny

    Be careful. Remember what happened during the conventions when they asked everyone to pray for rain?

    October 11, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  9. rosy

    Are these really true christians? This minister obviously does not know the meaning of being a christian.

    It is becoming outrageous that McCain and Palin has allowed or have promoted such activities in their campaign.

    Listening to McCain, Palin and their supporters who tend to promote them as children of God or Christians, I am really disgusted at them. Especially Sarah Palin, she promotes herself as a christian but she does not act like one with her lies. God said that "Thou shall not lie" this one commandment she has broken several times.

    I know that God that we served as christians does not promote such behaiviour. This minister is a fake minister, a wolf in sheep garment.

    You are so ignorant that you as a minister does not even know that Allah means God in arabic language.

    Whoever this minister is, God will definitely judge you for condemning others.

    October 11, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  10. Scott Nadel

    It seems McCain has lost control of his campaign and rein in the dangerous people who are taking this country back 50 years. I'm amazed at the hatred that is brought out in the people at these rallies.

    October 11, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  11. Moral Conservative

    One more reason I left the Republican party... Party is filled with fruitloops like this nut. What a moron... and a biggot! Republicans have no shame. Neither does Carabou Barbie she really needs to shut up before she destroys the party brand beyond repair.

    OBAMA-BIDEN 08 and if it goes well im voting in 12 for them as well

    October 11, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  12. Mekeritrig

    Right after McCain calls John Lewis's comments about his divisive and scurrilous campaign "shocking", he has this clown come to his rally to stoke the flames of religious hatred and bigotry... Mouth meet foot.

    October 11, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  13. Paul

    I'm sorry to see McCain,s campain degenerate into racism and religious bigotry, I thought he might try to keep his campaign above such sleaze. it is apparent to everyone in the US and the workl that McCain and Palin have attracted the lowest common deniminator in America-the red-necks, the bigoted, the uneducated, the Holy Rollers, those who want to run every ones else's lives (e.g., abortion) – I can now begin to see how Nazi Germany arose, it is the same type of white trash that supported Hitler. His supporters include the fearful, the desperate, the freeloaders, the losers, the prejudiced, the ignorant and the superstitious. McCain and Palin will lose badly, and I hope we never hear from them again. McCain and Palin have sold their souls to the devil, and they will get their just reward. McCain is causing a schism in the US voters that will not be healed soon, long after the election is over.These demogogues need to be reined in soon, or it will get a lot worse.

    October 11, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  14. Mia

    It's time to eliminate the tax exceptions the church now enjoy,
    as they are no longer preachers of the word of God, but politicians.

    October 11, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  15. Melly

    WHO ARE THESE PEOPLE? WHO ARE THESE MINISTERS?
    ARE THEY REAL OR ARE THEY ABUSING THEIR ROLE?

    GOD SAVE US ALL FROM PEOPLE WHO TRY TO DIVIDE US INSTEAD OF UNITE US.

    SHAME ON SUCH PEOPLE WHO CALL THEMSELVES CHRISTIANS.

    October 11, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  16. Lori Schwilling

    I respectfully submit that millions of Christians, myself included, will be voting for Barack Obama. To imply that if one is a Christian,one must vote Republican is vile.

    October 11, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  17. l.

    MOST WARS ARE STARTED BY RELIGION,GREED AND BIGGOTERY....PEOPLE NEVER LEARN....

    October 11, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  18. gbolee

    Shameful......absolutely....Is this America or what????

    October 11, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  19. ken

    well today they have tryed everything from a child to god , they are so ,so broken ,they are doing thing to just worsen there campain . in there greed to win there caused , it's caused them there own loss. now they say it's god that favors them ,is about what thehere saying now, and sarah is playing the baby card , don"t go after there familys they saqy but now in there hour of need guess who they now bring out. im sorry sarah but there are women who take the last few rights they have left to heart, you can't convence them that becuase of your belife that its one they must have also , perhaps sarah maybe just maybe as a christian god might be saying sarah six pack a true christians like most christians would not be caught with one beer no sooner six beers in there fridge. talk of god in one breath while downing a beer with another, you need to repent not give lectures. ken

    October 11, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  20. Real-Eyes

    Another thing,anyone who knows the Bible,knows that God said a liar will not tarry in his sight. Well,Palin and McCain have been lying continuously,so at judgement,they will sweep on by,whereas a person w/an abortion could at least stand before the judgement seat and plead their case. This is nothing but cloaked racism and it is a shame.

    October 11, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  21. I Saw OJ

    “There are millions of people around this world praying to their god—whether it’s Hindu, Buddha, Allah—that his opponent wins, for a variety of reasons. And Lord, I pray that you will guard your own reputation, because they’re going to think that their God is bigger than you, if that happens,”

    Isn't Allah and the Christian God the same guy? Or am I missing something here.

    October 11, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  22. Dealt

    Well, there certainly are a lot of people around the world and in America hoping that Obama will win. And it's quite likely they are from a variety of religions. Because Obama's a unifier.

    McCain's supporters, these days, seem to be mainly of a single variety: extremist so-called "christian". The kind that shames America and makes people around the world shudder in distaste whichever their god may be.

    Christ said all men are born equal. He didnt' ever say the kingdom of heaven would be only for christians. He only said it'd be for the just and meek.

    Every true christian is probably ashamed of this kind of hateful talk. And McCain either can't control his troops or he's inciting them to behave just like that (by secret action or public inaction).

    October 11, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  23. shaiiwn hoover

    wit regard and respect to the Colone, i will simply say Conrad, to me is non a pastor..
    he not an religious person
    Coz when we all as Humans are God
    no human kind can deny the power of Glory, and Merciful Lord
    Conrad is ..simply fachiste who pretend to be a believer
    Satan is in Him
    world Trust me in that
    thanx

    October 11, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  24. s.positive

    As a christian, I am not only ashamed of how these folks are insulting God but the hate in their heart especially as Obam is more a Christian than Mcbush. Men I just pray that thw wrath of God is light on these folks. God cannot be mocked.

    October 11, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  25. Abigail

    Yes, make a statement denouncing this type of rhetoric, but it's already been said and sadly, remembered by those in attendance. This candidates campaign is wallowing in the gutter. How low can they sink?

    October 11, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
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