August 16th, 2008
03:45 PM ET
14 years ago

Evangelicals gather in the nation's capital

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Evangelicals from across the country gathered by the
thousands on the National Mall in Washington Saturday in support of returning to core Evangelical issues - but also addressing some political ones.

The event was organized by a religious group known as "The Call." It was described as a time for prayer and fasting. But some participants talked politics as well.

"Those issues have historically not been political, they have been made political. When court imposed abortion, it became a political issue. When courts impose same sex marriage, it becomes a political issue, but those were issues within the realm of the church for years. They become political issues only in terms of how they are being discussed today," Tony Perkins, head of the
Family Research Council, told CNN.

The organization is opposed to abortion rights and same-sex marriage.

Many attendees were young, and sang along with bands playing contemporary Christian music as the lyrics were displayed on giant television screens.

Mike Huckabee, former GOP presidential candidate, former Arkansas governor and an ordained Baptist minister, made an appearance, telling the crowd he was appearing as a pastor, not a politician.

"It is easy to point fingers at the people who work and serve in this place, and to blame them for the problems that we face in this country, but the problems that this country has are with us, who claim we know the Lord but have not lived it, and we've not been as faithful," Huckabee told the crowd. "So, repentance and revival cannot start in the building behind me until it starts in the temple inside me," he said referring to the U.S. Capitol.

Jim Hester, a pastor from Alabama, watched from a lawn chair. Hester, who said he'll vote in November but is "not a registered anything" said abortion was one of his top issues.

"I believe it speaks to character," he said. "I believe that someone who's willing to stand up for life period - there's a character definition in that."

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soundoff (35 Responses)
  1. Michael, Lorain, Ohio

    The article should be titled "Christian Taliban..." Our country won't be a democracy anymore if these people have their way.

    Roe/Wade debate has been going on for years and if you don't like it, move to another country that bans the practice. If you want to stop abortion, you have to stop the demand for it and making it illegal isn't going to stop the practice of it.

    August 16, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  2. SRM

    There's more to this country than abortion rights and same sex marriage.

    Hate to say it, but the evangelical vote is what has put this country in the economic and foreign relations mess.

    If the evangelicals are voting for McCain, that's a sign McCain is a problem for this country.

    August 16, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  3. Alightbu

    I am so tired of hearing reports that there are still many voters who believe Obama is a muslim. When your programs have shown video of questions asked of voters around the country it is only white people who have offered this poor excuse for their racism. in my opinion they are too cowardly to say on camera that they don't want to vote for a black man as president so they hide behind the lie that has been refuted over and over again. The reality is that we still have a long way to go. Maybe once the country sees how competent the first African-American can behind the past eight years of disgrace, we'll be closer to the vision of the true vision of America that was penned in our constitution.

    August 16, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  4. DR. YES

    religion should have no place in politics or government.just an opinion.

    August 16, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  5. Jesse Tyler

    Obama should not have to prove anything to Rev.Warren. Rev Warren is not God. Obama is a man of the people. The good lord bless him to be here for the American people and he should be thankful and not try to prove anything to this so called man of God. The people of American should want change(just look at what we have now). Mr. Mccain has been in office for over twenty years and produce nothing but a bunch of talk. Barack Obama will be President of the United States.

    August 16, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  6. agnes

    I am so glad that Jim Hester supports life. Does he also oppose the death penalty? Evangelicals are so busy saving babies on one hand, and then flicking the switch to on on the electric chair with the other hand. They have lost all moral authority. As a gay Christian, I am deeply disturbed that Evangelicals are returning to "core" values. Homophobia is not a Christ-like value. Again, no moral authority, right up there with the Pope in the face of the priests/molesters.

    August 16, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  7. tim, mississippi

    huckabee's right about the fact that the PEOPLE themselves suck!

    August 16, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  8. California Gold

    Do ya'll find life after birth and the issues crippling Americans as important as life before birth?

    August 16, 2008 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  9. M. Brooks

    Is anyone for equal opportunity and equal protection for American citizens without resorting to supernatural references? As for famiy values, other than Mary and Joseph, please provide the names of another married couple in the New Testament.

    August 16, 2008 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  10. Vig

    They should walk the talk – go out into crime infested Washington DC and do some good works instead of hearing yourselves reinforce your own belief systems.

    August 16, 2008 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
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