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.
Separation of church and state ....anyone???
I think McCain had a chance, till he decided to go for the ultra-christian sector.
Shame on you, John Sydney McCain The Turd!
And now the republican campaign is going to try to connect Obama to the Muslim faith ... and then connect him to a terrorist ... and say he is a radical Muslim. How desperate are they now???
Barak Obama: a good Christian man running for President.
Stop using fear to try to get into the White House. If your policies are not good enough to get you there, you shouldn't be there!
Are you freakin kidding me? When is McCain gonna get control over these nutcases that are following him around? Racist, delusional haters are his new base.
I hope that our Prayers would be ones that would NOT get political.
There are those of us that want Senator Obama to be President.
I find your Prayer to be NON Christian. This election is in God's hand. I ask Him for HIS WILL TO BE DONE. I am just a humble Chaplain that
works with those in addiction. That is my calling. My Personal
opinion, is to go with Obama, a CHRISTIAN. I chosse that over
the NON Christiian act's of Richard Cheney and George Bush.
I was tsught that we should turn our swords into "Plow Shears."
You seem to be so in the pocket of the right wing Militia and not
one in the main stream of "what is right for America."
May He Bless us and May his Face Shine upon us.
An Instrument of His Peace.
Moronic McCain supporter...invoking God as a strategy...and asking 'HIM' to guard his own 'reputation'...
Republicans must be proud... and no wonder McCain is trailing..with supporters like these, who would need Carl Rove and his tactics...
I am a Christian and I support Brack Obama... !!!
That ONE '08
Some things are simply a matter of interpretation. Could it be that peoples of other lands and faiths see our younger Presidential candidate as hopeful and looking forward because they fear another Republican Administration? Could it be that they are watching the media coverage and see the Republican candidate as inconsistent and possibly even frightening given his immediate bluster after the Georgia incident (as he did not even wait to see what the current Administration's position on it was). McCain reacted in a threatening manner without any apparent thought to what results it may trigger. That response in addition to his statements that he would continue the occupation of Iraq indefinately and considers that we should implement the same policies in dealing with Afganistan. Maybe the peoples of the world do not see the Republican candidate as inclined to work with other countries in moving forward with energy alternatives and ecological issues affecting the world. Maybe they see Obama as a leader that will work toward the re-establishment of world diplomacy and treat other soveriegn nations respectfully. And, maybe they want to be able to respect the United States again and look to us for world leadership and a positive future, and not have to fear a demagogue and despot.
"Hindu" is not a god. Buddhists do not pray to Buddha or any other god. (I'm a Buddhist.) If he is so obviously ignorant of world religions, how can he purport to know what their members pray for?
I bet there are more Christians in the United States praying for an Obama win than there are haet-filled hypocrite republiCON 'christians' praying for a McCain win.
LOL. These folks don't learn! They prayed for rain on Obama’s speech at the DNC convention and the sky was clear and the evening was beautiful while at the RNC a hurricane hit and they were out of sorts. LOL. Hey idiots wake up!!! All that you are "praying" for is not going to happen!!! Your type of BS is a joke and only serves the type of people who follow a destructive, nasty bunch of folks who will lie, and cheat their way in public office!!! Enough of you!
As a Christian, I find this injection of faith into politics degrading to my religion, and the appeal to fear on the part of people supporting the McCain campaign as dangerous to our democracy.
That's just weak. I'm a devout Chrisitan, and I'm praying to God that Obama WINS!!!!!
Former pastor of Grace Evangelical Free Church in Davenport Arnold Conrad, I have a little news for you. I am a Christian, and a Roman Catholic white male at that. Why don't you try and tell me i'm not a Christian either. I am even more of a Christian than what you are Sir. l. You are no Christian in the eyes of God Sir, not even close to one. Christians do not hate the way you do and out and out lie about someone when you know in your heart you are guilty of doing wrong. It doesn't matter what you do against Mr Obama at the moment Mr Conrad,he will win anyway, but in the end, you know that your sin is against God himself, not Obama and your guilt and sentence will come the day you meet your true Christian Maker. Christians live amongst and love their fellow man Mr Conrad. They do not accuse them falsely or mistort facts about them. Chistianty Mr Conrad is something that I believe eludes you completely. I suggest you sit down and have a good look at your faith Mr Conrad and believe me when I say this., You have a lot to learn about loving thy neighbor, and bearing false witness as I have heard from some of your Christian ????supporters in the McCain and Palin rally. You probably have noticed that I have been calling you Mr Conrad instead of Pastor Conrad. When you learn to act like one Sir, I will gladly bestow that respected title on you, not till then.
This is beyond un-American. It should be offensive to anyone of any nationality, creed, and race. Earlier, McCain denounced comparisons between his rallys and George Wallace racism of the past. THIS IS WORSE. McCain needs to withdraw his call for Obama to denounce the Wallace comparison and look in the mirror. McCain and the GOP are dividing this country and if they have their way, we'll break down into warring factions as we had during the civil rights movement of the 60's. It's unconscionable.
Some one please tell the minister that Obama is a Christian and prays to the same God "he" prays to, if we are in fact praying to the one true living God. Now if Obama folk are praying for him and you are asking people to pray for McCain, since we are all believing bible reading Christians, let's just see who prayer the God answers.
This is just ridiculous. This outright discrimination towards other faiths (which are a big part of America's diversity, incidentally), not to mention their completely ridiculous focus on his middle name, not only insults Americans by implying they're stupid enough to believe this crud, it only stands to heighten the negative image America has on the world stage. You know why the other religions are praying for Obama to win? Because they know it's the ONLY CHANCE FOR WORLD PEACE. They know that if Palin and McCain take over (let's list her first because we all know she'll take over), more wars will follow and more enemies will be realized. Electing Obama will neutralize so much frustration towards America and help the country to prosper globally.
EXCUSE ME??????? I AM CHRISTIAN... SPEAK FOR YOUSELF, BIGGOT
It's a good thing Churches across this country get our tax dollars, especially when they get all political and stuff.
This is so sad. What is wrong with these people. the GOP should hang it's head in shame.
man there are a lot of quacks out there!!!
Oh Dear! This is really getting weird! I am ready for this to end and have Barack Obama as our President.
You know, idiots like this are one of the reasons McCain is losing this election. This is not ignorance on their part. Ignorance implies that you don't know. They are downright stupid.
Don't worry, God won't get to vote for his candidate McCain because he can't prove his place of residence.
Whatever happened to separation of church and state? Can't people, for once, think for themselves? This is when religion becomes dangerous.