October 8th, 2007
08:50 PM ET
13 years ago

Obama: 'Faith plays every role'

Watch Sen. Barack Obama discuss religion and values at a church in South Carolina.

(CNN) - Watch Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, as he addressed the congregation at the Redemption World Outreach Center in Greenville, South Carolina on Sunday.

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Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Faith • South Carolina
soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. Jerry, Charleston, SC

    You go Obama. Show 'em that the Republicans don't have a lock on the ignorant religious vote!

    October 8, 2007 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  2. LinnieFB, Corona, CA

    Finally....a candidate who understands the importance of faith in everyday living. Thank God!

    October 8, 2007 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  3. DK

    I think all of you on both sides of the fence can stick your faith you know where. It should play absolutely no role in the political process and if you're so darn narrow minded as to think that religion is the answer to all of our issues etc then you should probably convert and live in the Middle East. There is where you will get your religious just desserts.

    October 9, 2007 12:54 am at 12:54 am |
  4. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    If religion is the "opiate of the people", this guy is the most unabashed dealer in the 'hood. It won't work in SC or elsewhere though because he is unelectable for reasons both good and evil.

    October 9, 2007 05:57 am at 5:57 am |
  5. Thomas, St. Petersburg, FL

    I agree with Senator Obama's sentiment that the GOP does not "own the faith issue".

    However, which political party has all but banned religion from schools and government buildings?

    Which political party would gladly distribute condoms instead of bibles to our children?

    Which political party routinely bans baby Jesus from government Christmas decorations out of fear that "someone might be offended?"

    Which political party often calls Christian Conservatives "Bible thumpers" and "Jesus Freaks"?

    Puh-lease, spare me your phony attempt to redefine yourself. I was born in the morning, but not this morning.

    October 9, 2007 07:29 am at 7:29 am |
  6. Ayyub, Richmond, Va

    DK, He can't make it have a role in politics there's that seperation of church and state thing. He's saying he wants the government to play the same role as churches do in the community by helping out the poor and homeless. Plus just so you do know, a lot of our laws are based on faith. Faith has always played a role, just hasn't played such a role that we're a theocracy like Iran or claming one church for the entire nation and that church ruled the government and people like England once did. That law seperation of church and states stops that from happening. Obama just want the government to be more helpful to the community.

    October 9, 2007 07:47 am at 7:47 am |
  7. AJ; Montpelier, VT

    Another Bible banger heard from. If Democrats wanted to hear the rants from the religious zealots, we would become Republicans. This just shows how out of touch Obama is with his party. Religion has no place in our political dialogue.

    October 9, 2007 07:59 am at 7:59 am |
  8. ThirstyJon, Adelaide, SA, Australia

    Secular Humanism is a religion. Atheism is a religion.

    If you believe Religion is a myth one chooses to believe and live out once a week in private, keep it out of politics.

    However, if one actually believes there is a true God who created all things and is the judge of all mankind, there are implications on civil government that need to be included in the public debate and in the creation of policy!


    October 9, 2007 08:04 am at 8:04 am |
  9. Christian, Tampa FL

    I would like to respond to "DK."

    You ought to understand that there is a fundamental difference between religion and faith. It is the latter that is of extreme importance in the lives of all human beings in some way or another, regardless of religious beliefs.

    Obama's faith has obviously not hindered his ability to be a brilliant and intelligent man. Thus, we can conclude that his faith strengthens him and makes him a better person.

    October 9, 2007 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  10. Lance in Monrovia CA

    Obama is the most inspiring, most uniting, best chance we have to actually bring this country from the brink of ruin. I have never seen a leader like him in my lifetime. I do not say this lightly or jokingly. I say this because its true and if you actually ignore the soundbites and do the research yourself on youtube and on his own site, read his plans for this country, how he views us and our place in the world, I think you'll agree.

    October 9, 2007 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  11. Greg, Brattleboro, VT

    You can't be at the river beach and wash your hands with your saliva. Is it possible? Obama is water and Hillary and others are the saliva. Trust me!

    October 9, 2007 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  12. Christian, Tampa FL

    In watching the video, as a Christian I am very inspired by what Barack Obama has to say. He seems to understand what the faith is actually about, and seems like a man who follows it sincerely instead of just using it to gain prestige and power.

    I understand that many non-Christians might be upset that he talks as he does. However, it's about time that this country matures to the point where everyone can talk about their faith, whether they be Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Hindu, Buddhist, Atheist, or anything else. Faith is not a hindrance to the Senator, and it is obvious that he is not a religious fundamentalist.

    I am happy with Obama for being honest and talking about what he believes.

    October 9, 2007 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  13. Mia, Stafford, VA

    CNN you finally made me proud of you today. Adding this clip put's everything in perspective and maybe those 800+ comments that were mean spirited from yesterday will take time to look at this. And maybe they will see it for what is was in context, and it certainly was not EVIL, or BAD, or ASKING FOR VOTES!

    October 9, 2007 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  14. Ryan Indianapolis

    This guy is a fraud,,,,,Why hasnt he gone to a white church????Oh yea his churchs prohibits inter-racial churchs. People look up his church his preacher is a racist and Obama is no better. God does not see skin color , Obama does.

    October 9, 2007 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  15. juice juicy, littleton, ma

    We have faith in you too. Go Obama!

    October 9, 2007 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  16. proud2bliberal

    You just stated every reason that I proudly vote for Democrats!!!

    October 9, 2007 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  17. Tom Dedham, Mass

    For the record, on the stump and in front of "certain crowds" Shrillary discusses faith all the time.

    Of all the free sound bites that the all too wanton media shows in support of her, these ones are ommited from your nightly news cycle for obvious reasons.

    But as long as she can speak with a regional dialect, or use regional word groupings or "dumb it down" to "certain" groups, she get's the point across. Phony as hell.

    I have no problem with Obama speaking about his faith as long it doesn't become he SOLE reasoning for making any decision.

    But I would think that way about any candidate, if religion is your main "thought processor", you don't get this vote.

    And I am mainly a Republican, who happens to be Christian, but is not pigeonholed like the libbies like to do as a "bible thumper".

    October 9, 2007 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  18. Leila, Long Beach, CA

    Obama stays true to himself and to his country.

    Obama is inspiring!

    Obama '08

    October 10, 2007 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  19. Mandy Ford

    I don't think religeon will turn the election , I really wonder who Obamma will chose to be his vice-president. I don't think he will want Hillary , it would be like running on a ticket with his mother!!!

    December 31, 2007 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |