October 8th, 2007
08:45 AM ET
11 years ago

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)
  1. buford t justice

    Right On Obama! We should make the USA the Christian Kingdom and you can lead us! You should start by rounding up all of the homosexuals and getting rid of them. Anyone that has an abortion is murdering and should be killed (eye for eye)and we need to build up our military to destroy all of those Muslim Countries and Infidels!

    October 8, 2007 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  2. mike murphy, santee, ca

    Obama's people stole court ordered sealed divorce documents to destroy his opponent in his Senate race. Why has this not come up. He had no opponent, except a last minute entry.
    Jesse Jackson is behind Obama in the shadows..waiting for his pay off. McD

    October 8, 2007 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  3. Edward, Rock Island, IL

    Incredible. "Values" doesn't seem to include killing babies or preserving families. But then what does "values" mean to a Democrat other than a word to lure vacuum minded liberals into his camp.

    October 8, 2007 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  4. Mia, Stafford, VA

    Rev. William Parks – catch up
    In the most recent debate he said he would try to have all troops out by 2013. He would start withdrawing immediately, but not all would be out by March 2008. That sounds more like what Gov. Richardson is saying.

    October 8, 2007 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  5. Darrell Grob, St. Louis MO

    With their new-found "come to Jesus" and "We represent Christian values" rhetoric, there is one question that all of the candidates need to answer. Jesus himself asked this of His apostles:

    "But what about you?" he asked. "Who do you say I am?" Simon Peter answered, "You are the Christ,[b] the Son of the living God."

    Look it up. Matthew 16: 15,16

    This is the test for everyone.

    BTW, what is your answer?

    October 8, 2007 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  6. John, Chatsworth, GA

    Will the unborn be any safer in Obama's kingdom of God than they are now in the United States?

    October 8, 2007 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  7. Disgusted, Haiku, Hi.

    As a Christian, I'm totally disgusted with the hate and bile I see spewed out through the comments. Is he really responsible for his middle name being Hussein? I don't think so. There's a big world out there and many people have different names than anglo-saxon surnames. If Heaven is going to be populated with people like you, I don't want to be there.

    October 8, 2007 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  8. Dave, Scottsdale, AZ

    Hey, give Obama a chance. I think it is wonderful that he has fairly recently become a Christian and now proclaims that faith. As a new Christian, he must indeed come to terms with his past stance on pro-abortion, and must renounce the abuse of the innocent. This will drive his Kossack base wild.

    If he continues to support unlimited abortion, he will soon prove that he is not a Christian, and was just playing politics as usual. God be with you in your decision, Mr. Obama.

    October 8, 2007 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  9. Jack Kinch--Midwest City,Ok.

    Does he explain away homosexuality and abortion?

    October 8, 2007 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  10. Scott, Annapolis, MD

    HALELEUIAH! – Pass the collection basket....the changing colors of the Obama chamelion adapt to nealy any environment....

    October 8, 2007 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |


    October 8, 2007 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  12. Dookie, Falls Church, VA

    Are we really going to fall for the Democrats new found religion?

    Obama is no doubt a "nice guy", but you can be sure he will be "owned" by the same people running things now.

    The best thing to do would be that nobody votes, we reset the field of candidates with qualified people (not just people who have already pledged allegiance to the "empire") and get someone in office who will actually be in a position to change things (from the top down).

    October 8, 2007 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  13. John Plick Andover, NJ

    2Cr 11:13 For such [are] false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.

    2Cr 11:14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.

    2Cr 11:15 Therefore [it is] no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.

    Could this have anything to do with Obama???

    October 8, 2007 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  14. kris grapevine tx

    I do not believe that God or religion need to have any part in our election process. The moral decay in our nation does not come from from not attending church. I do not attend church but I still know right form wrong, and I still do my best to be the best example of decency for my two children. I am looking for a leader who is willing to embrace the growing number of people who do not believe, not just focusing on those that do.

    October 8, 2007 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  15. AJB, New Jersey

    Amazing the praise he receives in the name of God...Let the butchered children speak volumes for what he stands for. He purports to believe in the Lord...watch the wolf in the cloth of the sheep. A special man? Ordinary, but great at painting the picture of deception.

    October 8, 2007 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  16. Ryan Indianapolis

    The republicans carry the religous cause they actually believe in Christ and have morals...Most democrats are either scared to speak about religion or they are athesist..Democrats are morally bankrupt, Obama is a fraud,,go to his church website,,is church is racially driven, his preacher is a racist that does not allow whites in his church, people do your research..

    October 8, 2007 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  17. John - Bronx, Ny

    He's a good man, but I would like to see him finish is term in the Senate first – before becoming president. He may not do it in 2008 – but Barack Obama will be President of the US one day.

    October 8, 2007 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  18. C herron Odessa, Texas

    Give me a break people! Do you really want a President Named Obama? His name says it all. You better check his past real close instead of just listing to his words.

    October 8, 2007 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  19. Scott, Orlando FL

    Obama is a socialist and a liberal from Chicago. The CONSTITUTION demands that religion has no place in politics. Whatever he says about religion, it will never translate into policy. He will still want to "cure" poverty and social "injustice". Progressive values are NOT American values when they want them codified into law.

    October 8, 2007 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  20. Cayla, Austin, TX

    Obama the Pharisee scores points with the political left for extolling the virtues of faith in public. What absolute hypocrites they all are. There are no issues for these people, just labels. If you have the "correct" label, you can do whatever you want and the left will praise it as a virtue. If you aren't part of their herd, everything you do and say is evil and all the world's problems are your fault. The left is all about "this group is superior to this group." It doesn't matter what people do or say, because liberals don't judge people as individuals, they judge the label they've given you. They're just nasty little people who are most interested in laying blame on some group they're not a part of in order to feel better about themselves. In other words, they are the world's worst bigots.

    October 8, 2007 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  21. Jim, Redford, MI

    Why is it that when a Conservative speaks at a church, the church gets threatened to loose its tax exempt status by the IRS and the Liberals can do it without any consequence whatsoever?

    October 8, 2007 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  22. Joe, Gaithersburg MD

    "I am confident we can create a Kingdom right here on Earth."


    Barack (I AM THE LORD, YOUR GOD!) Obama

    October 8, 2007 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  23. Mia, Stafford, VA

    Each person will be held accountable for their actions.

    Those who choose to have abortions, have to answer for that – not Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, George Bush or anyone else. ONLY THE PERSON WHO CHOOSEs TO HAVE AN ABORTION – and guess what – If that person ask for forgiveness God has promised to give it – So your point is what?

    Not only will God forgive you, but he will forget, and give you new mercies! How awesome is that.

    I am so glad all you so called Christians writing these hate filled comments are not God!

    October 8, 2007 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  24. Jared, Decatur, GA

    How many cronies does Obama have telling him what to say, how to look, and what to think? Another politician, but the same old crap.

    October 8, 2007 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  25. Steve

    go back home obama!

    October 8, 2007 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
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