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. David Crow, Newark, NJ

    My baloney meter just red-lined. When is this man going to reveal who he really is?

    October 7, 2007 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  2. Jim Z, Somerset, NJ

    When a "conservative christian" church distributes voting record pamphlets to their congregations they are threatened with loss of their tax exempt status.
    When a "liberal church" turns their pulpits over to national candidates, it gets a yawn.

    Hopefully Barak's "Kingdom on this Earth" won't allow such unbeliveably hypocritical double standards.

    Of course based on Barak Hussain Obama's childhood, it wouldn't surprise me if the banner over Baraks "Kingdom on this Earth" reads "Allah Ak-bar"

    October 7, 2007 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  3. Loius, Phila, Pa

    I thought the Anti-Christ was the one that was supposed to create the Kingdom on Earth

    October 7, 2007 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  4. Joe Sixpack

    The hallmark of the Left is how intolerant they have become. The venom and hate for people of faith from these people is truly spooky. It reenforces the old saying "Conservatives disagree with Liberals, Liberals hate Conservatives"

    October 7, 2007 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  5. John Kempf, Melbourne, FL

    Typical Democratic Party hypocrisy; let a Republican Party candidate speak at a church and they’ll out screaming “separation of church and state.”

    October 7, 2007 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  6. Dr Michael Williams

    (John 18:36 KJV) Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence.

    (1 John 2:15-16 KJV) Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. {16} For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.

    October 7, 2007 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  7. Edward, Atlanta, GA

    Liberals are glad to hear Obama use religious language because they know that his approach isn't going to be incompatible with secular humanism – unlike conservatives who seem to come from a much more dogmatic, judgmental worldview when they invoke religion.

    October 7, 2007 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  8. Googie, Chicago

    This guy is a snake oil salesman and a cartoon character.

    October 7, 2007 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  9. Jeff lyons, Dalton, GA

    Barak is the devil incarate. You people are clueless.

    October 7, 2007 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  10. Frank, Raleigh NC

    Interesting that u never hear/see quoted Obama mention the name of Jesus, the center of Christianity.

    October 7, 2007 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  11. Jeff in the middle of the USA

    Praise be to Allah; Right Osama uh. I mean Obama?? Please save me from this type of tripe from these candidates... 😛

    October 7, 2007 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  12. Tim, Fort Lauderdale, FL

    Yet 1 in 4 pregnanacies in America end in abortion? What faith? What values?

    October 7, 2007 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  13. Tony, New York, NY

    So Senator Obama aspires to be God's instrument creating the Kingdom here on Earth? So is he claiming to be a politician or the Messiah? If President Bush had ever claimed to be God's instrument creating the Kingdom on Earth, the leftists now praising Obama's comments would be howling to the rafters about a theocracy and delusions of grandeur. But then again, it would be silly to expect leftists to make sense.

    October 7, 2007 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  14. Dr. K, Connellsvlle, PA

    If Obama can create a kingdom on earth, then who's going to be the king?

    October 7, 2007 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  15. Buckwheat

    This is AMAZING !! If a white (or black) Republican held a rally - AKA:hat-passing fundraiser, the Liberals in the media would be having a fit.
    The ONLY white politician that ever pretended to be black was Gore & Clinton.
    Gore jumped up and down in a black church and made a total ass of himself, yet I had only seen ONE clip of his stupid pandering - and it was on Fox News.
    ABC, NBC, CBS, et al: Half of the news all of the time.

    October 7, 2007 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  16. hahaha, chicago, il

    since when are socialists religious?

    this is hilarious.

    October 7, 2007 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  17. Chris, Middletown, CT

    I like Obama – I really do – as a Republican – I can see how stereotyping anyone based on race, creed, color...sexual orientation (and now political affiliation) can be a very dangerous thing to do. Not all of us are right wing (Christian minority) – as much as the Democrats are not all left wing (and socialists) – the true majority of this country is moderate...right now only one candidate speaks to that – social conservative....fiscal moderate – thats Giuliani....if the Republicans decide to run any of the other candidates (and Obama is the Dems candidate) – then he will get my vote...I will insist that he doesn't pander to the unions anymore...and drop this whole universal healthcare deal....and not take race relation advice from Sharpton or Jesse Jackson – but he seems like a sharp enough guy to work on these shortcomings – but....I truly believe Rudy will be elected in 2008....and I don't have to "change" him

    October 7, 2007 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  18. Matthew NYC,NY

    Obama is going to be an incredible President and he makes me proud to be an American.

    October 7, 2007 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  19. Holly Dilliplane, Fayetteville, AR

    Obama is speaking from his heart... Who are you people to judge him. Only GOD can judge. (True Christians are not so judgmental) Jesus was for tolerance, Love,grace, and mercy. Not WAR, profit, and everything else immoral about this administration. Being a conservative doesn't make you a republican, and being a republican doesn't make you a Christian. PEACE BE Still:)

    October 7, 2007 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  20. Billy, Moorestown NJ

    this is disgusting. i don't know any christians who vote for
    pro-death to democratic reformers in iraq

    October 7, 2007 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  21. Tommy Jefferson

    May God Almighty use Barak Hussien Osamas' righteous hand to eradicate all vestiges of personal freedom and deliver unto us the socialist yoke that is the kingdom of liberal heaven. So it has been written, so it shall be.

    October 7, 2007 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  22. booker, modesto, ca

    TD Jakes is antitrinitarian, clearly not evangelical; Warren is espousing Eastern mysticism–neither is orthodox.
    A "kingdom on earth"? This sounds more like what the ANTI-CHRIST would say. Obama is outside the pale of orthodoxy. "Evangelical" is meaningless and has been for years. Just more mumbo-jumbo from black theology.

    October 7, 2007 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  23. Paul Ambro, Pearland, TX

    Yeah, I believe in God, and killing unborn babies too!

    October 7, 2007 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  24. Ayinde Alakoye, Los Angeles, CA

    Barack Obama is the political manifestation of the Spiritual Movement happening all over the globe and right here in America. God bless. God speed.

    October 7, 2007 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  25. scooter Alton,IL

    To be in Washington DC and favor a socialist democrat wow how unique Lioness. DC is an example of why a 2 party system is better than the 1 party system that runs DC with its horrible schools and violent streets. But then your probably in a gated community...That does make it easier to praise a Democrat from a safe place...

    October 7, 2007 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
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