September 30th, 2007
12:37 PM ET
13 years ago

Obama goes to church in South Carolina ... twice

Obama is working hard to win over black voters in South Carolina.

COLUMBIA, South Carolina (CNN) - Sen. Barack Obama, who has been emphasizing his faith as a way to reach out to black voters in South Carolina, attended two Baptist churches here on Sunday morning, one predominantly black and one predominantly white. Obama attended both services, but did not speak.

At 8 a.m., Obama was in West Columbia attending services at Brookland, which has one of the largest African-American congregations in the state. His wife Michelle Obama has previously spoken at the church. At 10:30 a.m., Obama took a more unexpected turn and headed downtown accompanied by his Secret Service entourage to visit First Baptist Church in Columbia, which is mostly white and conservative.

His campaign said the church visits were "an opportunity for the Senator to have a morning of fellowship with South Carolinians."

Obama's staff in South Carolina is in the midst of a grassroots effort called "40 Days of Faith and Family," which is promoting the candidate's faith through Bible study groups, house meetings and Gospel concerts across the state.

- CNN South Carolina Producer Peter Hamby

soundoff (55 Responses)
  1. Ryan Indianapolis


    If you are using George W. Bush as your example I can see why you are so hostile towards Christianity. However, to completely write off ANYONE of faith as irrational or unintelligent seems to be quite the stereotype. Trust me, there are millions of Christians who are put off by W's "Christian Presidency". Everyone is entitled to their beliefs and you may be put off by Obama because of this, but this is not news. His book, "The Audacity of Hope" has an entire chapter devoted to faith and he has been a speaker at several left leaning Christian groups such as Sojourners for years. You may not be happy with Sen. Obama for his church attendance, but he did not suddenly "go to the dark side", he has been a churchgoer for quite some time.

    I have a hard time believing an Obama presidency would even somewhat resemble anything close to George Bush's last seven years of troubles. To base your thoughts of faith on the horrendous Bush presidency and his politicizing Christianity may be easy but is not representative of what the real message is. Not every Christian is one of these crazy fundamentalists you see in the media, those are just the ones that get all the attention.

    Posted By Ed : October 1, 2007 9:59 am

    Sorry Ed but you do not speak for me or my family. George W Bush is a man of character,intergrity and a Godly man. Sorry your hate for Bush makes you blind but Bush is fine christian man that has had to make tough decisions that neither you or your pantywaste kind could ever imagine making. GW keep up the good work and dont let these idiots get you down.

    October 1, 2007 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  2. Ed,Ellenville,New York

    Val-can you name one openly religious leader under the former USSR? We know why and you aren't making a valid point. Look around at your fellow religious friends and see if they could support an atheist. We're not even given a break from the oath of office. Supporting the question of religion in politics is discriminatory to everyone of different faiths as well as no faith. Your viewpoint is flawed by your religion,though your experience of being denied should make you understand. Atheists are the most discriminated group in America. We don't interfere in your religion,why do you religious people interfere in our lack of it? Aren't you being the same as the communists? Your view is very narrow.

    October 1, 2007 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  3. Ed


    My point was that Christians all think differently and to try to lump them all together is completely illogical.

    While you may be a Christian who is very happy with the job George Bush is doing, I happen to be a Christian who is disgusted with the job he has done. We both profess the same faith and are very different politically, which is fine. Christianity is not synonymous with being a republican or a democrat. It is also not productive to base your views on something as big as a religion on a politician, who will ultimately mess up and distort your views.

    If you are interested in Christianity look at Christian texts, go to churches, pray, etc. Don't learn it from a politician. The mixing of church and state can ultimately cheapen both and is a very dangerous thing.

    October 1, 2007 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  4. Val Davydov, Agawam, MA

    To Still thinking in wpb, fl:

    Thank you very much. America is beautiful because of people like you. I wish Americans would come to appreciate this country more and realized how blessed they are to live here. Thanks again.

    To Ed,Ellenville,New York:

    Yours is a very shallow argument at best. You've failed to present any evidence that atheists are the most discriminated group in America.

    October 1, 2007 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  5. Ed,Ellenville,New York

    Val-shallow is a good description of your understanding.

    October 1, 2007 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
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