October 8th, 2007
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Obama: GOP doesn't own faith and values

Obama told an evangelical church in South Carolina: "I am confident we can create a Kingdom right here on Earth."

GREENVILLE, South Carolina (CNN) - After speaking to an evangelical church on Sunday in this traditionally conservative South Carolina city, Sen. Barack Obama said that Republicans no longer have a firm grip on religion in political discourse.

"I think its important particularly for those of us in the Democratic Party to not cede values and faith to any one party," Obama told reporters outside the Redemption World Outreach Center where he attended services.

"I think that what you're seeing is a breaking down of the sharp divisions that existed maybe during the nineties, when at least in politics the perception was that the Democrats were fearful of talking about faith, and on the other hand you had the Republicans who had a particular brand of faith that often times seemed intolerant or pushed people away," he said.

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soundoff (976 Responses)

    Will you liberals just shut up already,he aint got no religion,damn you people are so gullible

    October 8, 2007 01:16 am at 1:16 am |
  2. Bradley Schaubs, Greeley, CO

    I will stand strong, no matter what Republicans say, and so will Obama (just Obama) and his Christian (as in, Christian) kingdom of man. I don't give a damn about Republicans.

    Aw, is the little Republican crybaby gonna get upset and throw a tantrum and cry to his momma?

    October 8, 2007 01:17 am at 1:17 am |
  3. Brand Washburn Loveland OH

    Barack Obama said he hoped to be "an instrument of God" and stated that he was "confident that we can create a Kingdom right here on earth"? Let's see how the fawning liberal media plays this! If George W. Bush had made those statements, he would be savaged by the press and leading Democrats for mixing religion and politics, and would be accused of wanting to create a religious State. And do you understand that the same words uttered by Obama (the man who trashed his American flag lapel pin so as to not offend his Muslim and radical anti-American base) are also preached by Iran's President Ahmadinejad? Americans had better wake up to the real Barack Obama, or we will live to regret our complacency.

    October 8, 2007 01:18 am at 1:18 am |
  4. Dave Simon Chicago Illinois

    Isn't this guy a Muslim? He went to a Muslim school. His dad is a Muslim. He grew up in a Muslim country. If it smells like a Muslim, and looks like a Muslim, I'd say he's Muslim.

    October 8, 2007 01:18 am at 1:18 am |
  5. Jack Meoffe

    barack is church praiisng God!!!!!! What will God tell him about abortion – go ahead barack I don't give a damn about babies!!!!!!!! You go girl!!!!!! Another pie-eater in the flesh!!!!!!! What a bunch of nonsense – real tolerant for other opinions too!!!!!!

    October 8, 2007 01:19 am at 1:19 am |
  6. Edward

    Bill from San Francisco: very interesting comment about Moses Hess gave me something to look up, thanks : )

    October 8, 2007 01:20 am at 1:20 am |
  7. ROTFL, somewhere, any state

    Must be getting close to election time. Osama will say anything to get elected. Oh well, if not for him and the Dems there would be no comedy relief.

    October 8, 2007 01:20 am at 1:20 am |
  8. Olson Johnson; Rock Ridge

    Wow, it is unbelievable how so many people are attacking Obama over this stuff. Barack's positive Christian values are quite normal and it is hard to understand why talking about religion in a church environment would be objectionable.

    For the people who are focused on the public policy issues related to abortion, I wish the energy on this issue that is currently directed towards politics could be redirected towards helping to prevent unwanted pregnancies and convincing women to not have abortions.

    Barack’s commitment to helping people on the lower end of the socio-economic scale from the very beginning of his adult life helps illustrate that he is true to Christian values. If you want Barack to be perfect, you will be disappointed as no human being can ever live up to that standard. Although not perfect, Barack does have the judgment, leadership skills, character and integrity to be a great president and he is far and away the best candidate out there.

    October 8, 2007 01:20 am at 1:20 am |
  9. Midge

    Obama will help the Islam radicals take over easily if he is crowned king. These Liberals are dangerous. They will be the down fall of America if they win the White House. Obama is not Evangelical....he went to Muslim Radical school.....wake up!!!!!

    October 8, 2007 01:21 am at 1:21 am |
  10. Ron, Cottondale, FL

    Will Senator Obama's kingdom continue to condone birth control abortion, inventing rights not provided for in the constitution, and extorting money from productive citizens and giving it to the non-productive ones?

    October 8, 2007 01:23 am at 1:23 am |
  11. PNP, Santa Monica, CA

    Yes, we see where the evangelicals like Jakes and Warren have moved "left" on social justice issues, but is the "religious left" ever going to move right on gay marriage and abortion. As usual, with Obama, it sounds kumbaya, but don't cross him.

    October 8, 2007 01:25 am at 1:25 am |
  12. Daniel, Louisville KY

    Christians vote for the end of the Nazi-like slaughter of innocent babies.

    He his delusional to think republicans no longer have a firm grip on the religious vote.

    If Obama was adamant about ending abortion, he would have the religious vote. He will never be an instrument of God so long as he supports the killing of American children.

    October 8, 2007 01:25 am at 1:25 am |
  13. cyndi, Tulsa Ok

    I really don't think Obama knows what he's talking about. Its obvious he doesn't read the Bible. Kingdom on earth? I think he's confusing himself with Jesus.

    October 8, 2007 01:26 am at 1:26 am |
  14. Mauricio

    Hmmm lets examine his 'intent'-
    cater to the religious and minorities to seal that vote. Speak in ambigous psudo-Judeo/Christian new-ageish diatribe that supposedly caters to social injustice. Like William with the big black stage Bible walking across the White House lawn. Bad mouth republicans so people bit into that Democrat/good/Republican/bad nonsense. So, in my eyes, his intent is to be a lying piece of politician. Whats he gonna do.. lead the House and Senate in prayer before they extend the Globalist vision? Any of you clowns know anything about Globalist?

    October 8, 2007 01:37 am at 1:37 am |
  15. Jordan Orosz

    It appears that the Mahdi has arrived. If you do not know what Mahdi means, look it up. Halleluiah, or is there no depth to scraping the bottom of the barrel for attention? What once a curious acceptance for me has turned into my shame for Obama. I recall Billy Clinton outside the church holding a Bible with paper book-marks sticking out to show for the Press. That did it for me then, and it does it for me now. Shame on Hypocrites. If you do not know what Hypocrites means, look it up. Jordan Orosz, The Old Sailor, San Diego Ca.

    October 8, 2007 01:45 am at 1:45 am |
  16. Thomas Lakeland FL

    What faith is Barack Hussein Obama who went to a madrasa talking about?

    October 8, 2007 01:45 am at 1:45 am |
  17. Mike, Coarsegold, cal

    Please, just go away Obama. You are a joke.

    October 8, 2007 01:46 am at 1:46 am |
  18. Cliff, Nagaoka, Japan

    Wow! Another politician to worship. Promises of a greater government to adore. Thank god...and Obama that I won't need to manage my own life anymore

    October 8, 2007 01:46 am at 1:46 am |
  19. Chris, Los Angeles, CA

    LOL. Obama is such a tool.

    October 8, 2007 01:47 am at 1:47 am |
  20. jake, deployed


    October 8, 2007 01:51 am at 1:51 am |
  21. Mike, San Jose, CA

    1. Recognize your condition.

    For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23).

    No one is good enough to go to Heaven on his own merit. No matter how much good we do, we still fall short.

    2. Realize the penalty for sin.

    For the wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23).

    Just as there are wages for good, there is punishment for wrong. The penalty for our sin is eternal death in a place called Hell.

    3. Recognize where sin came from.

    Wherefore as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin, and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned (Romans 5:12).

    We have been born with a sin nature, which passed down from Adam to every generation.

    4. Believe Christ died for you.

    But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8).

    Christ's great love for us was shown when He died on the cross to pay our sin debt

    5. Trust Christ alone as your Savior.

    But the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord (Romans 6:23). For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved (Romans 10:13).

    Everlasting life is a gift purchased by the blood of Jesus and offered freely to those who call upon Him by faith.

    6. Claim God's promise for salvation.

    That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. (Romans 10:9-10)

    Let us help you word a prayer. (Realize it's not mere words that save, but your faith in Jesus Christ.)

    "Dear Jesus, I know I'm a sinner. Please forgive me for my sins. Jesus, come into my heart and save my soul from Hell. I'm trusting you, and you alone, to take me to Heaven when I die. Thank you for saving me, Jesus. Amen."

    October 8, 2007 01:55 am at 1:55 am |
  22. Peter,Tuxedo,NY

    John from Overland Park,Kansas articulately hit the nail right on the head:
    "I find it telling that an atheist like Lioness is comfortable with Obama's statements because she knows it is only political rhetoric.
    I recall how it scared the living hell out of liberals during Bush's first campaign when he spoke about his faith in God. I thought it funny then that the fear came from the fact that he actually meant what he was saying.
    I find it tragic now that so many will find comfort in the fact that Obama is only campaigning and doesn't actually believe what he is feeding these crowds.
    God help us."

    Amen!My sentiments exactly.

    October 8, 2007 01:57 am at 1:57 am |
  23. Ken Pittman, New Bedford Massachusetts

    Someone should tell Obama that Republicans didn't "hijack" religion but the Democrats walked away from it. Liberals who prefer dominion over life by offering the "choice" to kill off the unborn at will and the liberal who ushers God into the closet and Gays onto the altar are the ones who abandoned the one true authority over life and death as well as right from wrong. Well 'said' over well 'done' may be good enough for the left Barack, but many of us see through it.

    October 8, 2007 01:58 am at 1:58 am |
  24. Carrie, Minneapolis, MN

    Wow he is good at playing politics. Thats pretty much all it is. He has his own agenda and its not to bring the "kingdom" to earth....B.S. Nice try getting the reglious vote Obama.

    October 8, 2007 01:59 am at 1:59 am |
  25. Scott - Los Angeles CA

    Funny, he wants to be Jesus, and he wants everyone to pray that God takes the kingdom from his son and gives it to him.

    October 8, 2007 02:01 am at 2:01 am |
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