July 27th, 2008
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Rabbi: Removal of Obama's purported prayer note 'sacrilegious'

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JERUSALEM (CNN) - The rabbi who supervises Jerusalem's Western Wall condemned the removal of a prayer note purportedly written by Sen. Barack Obama, saying the action was "sacrilegious."

The U.S. presidential candidate visited the holy site early Thursday and placed a note in the cracks of the wall - a custom of visitors.

It was subsequently removed from the wall, according to the Israeli newspaper, Ma'ariv, which printed what it said were the contents of the note.

Ma'ariv said a seminary student gave the note to the paper.

Obama's senior strategist Robert Gibbs told CNN, "We haven't confirmed nor denied" that the note is from the Illinois senator.

"This sacrilegious action deserves sharp condemnation and represents a desecration of the holy site," said Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz, who supervises the Western Wall, in a statement.

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  1. terry,va

    This is a political stunt to try to convince people he has Christian faith. It won't work BHO.

    July 27, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  2. Norm

    Kinda shows the right-wing fanatics that he's not a follower of Islam!

    Separation of Church-and-state? No chance! Religion is constantly politicized which is totally wrong!

    July 27, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  3. Michelle

    sacrilegious: campaign posters at the Wailing Wall

    July 27, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  4. Chong

    As a Principlist Believer, we directly address our prayer to Life Principle without using any kind of human channel. We all know that manmade has its limits. Thus the Western Wall, as manmade thing, demonstrates its limits. In a word, as Principlist Believer our Authority is only God, The Life Principle we trust and we directly speak to Him.

    July 27, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  5. Colin

    I do not understand why CNN has chosen to publish this deeply personal prayer on the web site. CNN Anchors on television boast that they will not show it in that medium when the website prominently shows it here.

    July 27, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  6. rachel

    this breaks my heart. even the candidates' prayers are no longer sacred.

    bad job, note-stealer. bad job.

    July 27, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  7. Anonymous

    "Nothing is sacred anymore."

    July 27, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  8. Jim CO

    Half way around the world in one of the most holy places on earth where you would hope your most private thoughts would be between you and your maker was betrayed by one individual and all the news medias that have reported on it's contents. Shame on all of you. Why not report on Mccains statement about going seismic on Obamas decision not to visit our wounded troops in Germany? Here is man running for president going seismic? I was part of the Veitnam era I got over it a long time ago.Mccain is obsessed with war . When you get angry you say things you really don't mean just to try and hurt that persons feelings. This man is a time bomb who should not be trusted to be elected as the leader of our great nation.

    July 27, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  9. Theo

    I am a Christian and I got to admit, that was pretty evil taking his note away. That being said.... there is no doubt about his faith now for me. i am purely voting for Obama now!

    July 27, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  10. Sebastian

    I thought Muslins referred to God as Allah not Lord ....oh that's right, they don't ... guess that puts to bed the rumor that he is not a Christian.

    July 27, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  11. Rob

    Hmm wonder what McWar would pray? Maybe, ok god, if there is one.
    Let me be elected so I can bomb bomb bomb bomb Iran.

    July 27, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  12. frank, las vegas

    perfect christian prayer!

    July 27, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  13. Ron Feuer

    The Illinois Senator seems to have a lot of good intentions in his life! f he becomes president, my hope is that he can stay on track and not turn out like the dunderhead we have now!

    July 27, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  14. Linda



    OBAMA 08!

    July 27, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  15. John McShame, Obama Is Going to Tax You & Cindy, but Not Me & 95% Americans Making < $250,000/Yr

    Heaven forbid that CNN should read them or use them in any way...which you guys did; just to make a buck or two.

    No other main stream media published the Obama Western Wall prayer; I hope you all in CNN pay the price for this sacrilegious sin!!!

    July 27, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  16. the_Voice_of_Reason

    This sounds like another attempt by the Obama camp to portray him as a victim. It's not like that was a real prayer – it is probably the most generic prayer ever placed in that holy wall. And I think it was removed and given to the paper by someone in the Obama camp.

    Non-story, let's move along please.

    July 27, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  17. Les from Hampton, va

    CNN Please stop running this story this is a very serious evasion of pivacy.

    July 27, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |

    I just wonder in fair play if the anti-defamation league will come down on the Israel. Or make a a request that the student be kicked out of reglious studies. This is a personal violation of what we all considered scared.

    July 27, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  19. Jeronimo!

    Try to spin this one folks... YOU CAN'T!

    The man loves God, his family and his country.

    Obama = Wisdom = Good Government!

    July 27, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  20. AB

    "sacrilegious?" LOL

    "Notes which are placed in the Western Wall are between the person and his Maker?"
    Shouldn't he have given the note to his mommy and daddy then.

    July 27, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  21. michelle

    Now that's a prayer that the so-call "Christian" right should be critical of. Here, you have a man not full of himself, but humble enough to ask God's guidance. But, I'm sure Dr. James Dobson can find some reason to tell his followers not to support Obama. Maybe they should be suspicious of his penmanship!! By the way, I wonder how McCain prays...
    Oh yeah, its never been seen.

    Obama 08 and forever!

    July 27, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  22. randyonwuakor@yahoo.cm

    His prayer is very torching and i can say it really moved me.barack obama God will always be with you.

    July 27, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  23. Harry C

    Guess they even have racists in Jerusalem! American's are not the only racists. Apparently the whole world has JERKS!

    July 27, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  24. JfromNC

    On CNN's Reliable Sources this morning, the host of the show admonishes the Israeli paper for publishing Obama's prayer. At the same time, he showed the written prayer on air and CNN posts the prayer on the website. CNN, you are disgusting.

    July 27, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  25. randy

    God will always guide you true all this presidential campaign.and noting will bring you down.

    July 27, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
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