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Obama Hires New Religious Affairs Adviser

By Michelle Boorstein
Shaun Casey, who teaches religion and politics at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C., has been hired by the Obama campaign to focus on outreach to evangelical voters.

Casey, who has been informally advising the Obama campaign on faith issues for a year, next month will become a formal part of the faith outreach staff, Casey said today. His title will be senior adviser for religious affairs.

The Obama campaign plans a strong push to attract religious voters -- with small group "faith forums" held around the country, regular meetings with clergy of various faiths, frequent appearances in religious media and a faith outreach staff of a half-dozen that may grow as the general election nears. Expert observers, however, say they find the senator's outreach to white evangelicals the weakest part of the effort. It will be Casey's job, he explained, to get Barack Obama's story and policy positions out into the evangelical world.

Casey, who was raised an evangelical and received his undergraduate degree from Abilene Christian University before heading to Harvard Divinity School, has also informally advised Sen. John Kerry and Democratic Party chair Howard Dean in the past.

Casey teaches politics and elections at Wesley, a Methodist school where he is an associate professor of Christian ethics. He is about to come out with a book on the role of religion in the 1960 presidential campaign, which calls the beginning of the modern era of religion and politics.

In a recent interview, Casey said he tells his students these days that Democrats have been "downplaying" their faith while Republicans have tried to "gin theirs up." In the 2008 presidential race, he said, "those two things are being subverted. [Sen. John] McCain is uncomfortable talking about his faith and Obama is talking about it a lot."

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Christians do not believe in abortion, and especially partial birth abortion. God says, "it is better to tie a mill stone around your neck and jump in the sea, than it is to face the punishment for hurting one of my little ones." Think about that. I do. I read my Bible, apparently there are many who do not.

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Posted by: yourtrader | July 1, 2008 6:20 PM | Report abuse

Since Barack Obama has brought up the Bible several times in his campaign, and has quoted scriptures from the Bible to boot, Barack Obama needs to provide scriptures to support his contention that homosexuality is condoned by the Bible.

Why?

Because he ripped traditonal black churches for their satnd on the issue of homosexuality and praised Rev. Wright on this:

CNSNews.com

Obama Praised Wright, Criticized Traditional Black Churches on Homosexuality

Google it, you'll find it.

They quote Obama several times on this issue.

Posted by: Bob | July 1, 2008 9:09 AM | Report abuse

ZarDotZ, the term "born again" refers to the statement by Jesus to Nicodemus, "In reply Jesus declared, 'I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.'" (John 3:3).

Born again means that you were born once (your flesh and blood birth), but you must be born spiritually and become a new creation. This is too much to answer in the space provided here, but it is an essential requirement (Jesus was speaking in an imperative when he said, "You must be born again" -John 3: 7.0

Please find someone who can talk more fully with you about this. God bless you for seeking an answer to this.

Posted by: Ruths husband Ben | June 30, 2008 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Who are all of these Marxist know it alls, and antireligious gurus, who have all the inside scoop on the candidates, but resort to not learning how to spell their names,or respect for Americans? who are you? It appears that many also resort to foolishness rather than practicing wisdom. I respect the man who engages in higher learnimg and -`++++++++


Who are all of these marxist know it alls, and antireligious gurus who know so much about our candidates except how to spell their names? Who are they who have all the answers yet refuse to acknowledge that they really know naught? Are these angry folks? if so why? We know a lot of about many of you, by the way you address issues.
Thanks to the writer for sharing with us what is going on in this political arena. Its hard to think positive when so much hate and discontent is being showed toward our candidates. November will soon be here, and folks who wont care enough to learn the truth about our candidates, may not evem go to the polls and vote for good of America.They appear to constantly blurt comments of hate,regardless of what folks do to restore the beautiful in America. Lets vote on the candidate who will bring change to America not add 4 more yrs of the same ugliness. Folks get a life and stop trying to be such religious know it alls. We all cant be what you want us to be


Posted by: Mamamay | June 29, 2008 11:45 PM | Report abuse

I don't understand. What makes Obama think true heavenbound evangelicals would vote for him under any circumstances. The man believes in abortion on demand, and at taxpayer expense, and he believes in homosexual marriage. He doesn't believe that Jesus is the only way to salvation and he does not believe that one's faith should be used as a reason to support social policy. In other words, in my humble opinion backed up by scripture, Obama is not a Christian. He is also not a moral person. A moral person would not fratenize with Marxist terrorists or go to the church of a radical, anti-American, racist pastor for twenty years. Obama, save your money on pursuing the evangelical vote.

Posted by: Freddy | June 29, 2008 7:43 PM | Report abuse

Don't vote for either O'bama or McCain. They are lousy candidates. Vote for the Constitution Party Candidate, Chuck Baldwin. Bring back the Constitution of the U. S.

Posted by: Uglo | June 29, 2008 1:41 PM | Report abuse

Why all the discourse on Obama's religion when the historical facts are irrefutable. Obama is neither Christian nor Muslim. Unless he has had one of his frequent epiphanies in the last week or two, he is a disciple and practitioner of Black Liberation Theology whose tenants have been amply articulated by Jeremiah Wright and James Cone. For 20yrs. Obama, under the tutorial of the fanatical Reverend Wright, immersed himself and his family in Black Liberation Theology, a Marxist derivative which rejects Christianity; and, which professes that the White race is equivalent to the Devil. It's amazing that anyone would be shocked at Obama's perverted view of the Bible. Rev. Wright's mentor, Black Liberation theologian, James Cone, in his book "For My People" states: "The Christian faith does not possess in its nature the means for analyzing the structure of capitalism. Marxism, as a tool of social analysis, can disclose the gap between appearance and reality, and thereby help Christians to see how things really are." It is this logic, reinforced by his mother who was an avowed Marxist, which has schooled Obama to seek economic parity in America thru income redistribution; i.e. Marxist Socialism; and, is an overriding theme of his campaign. Further, noone should be surprised at Obama's proclamation that American is NOT a Christian Nation. Although the Obama campaign has repeatedly attempted to obfuscate the past religious associations of their candidate, hopefully a Christian America will send Obama an unmistakable message in November. It's what you get with an un-vetted candidate whose only skill is reciting a text from a teleprompter while he arrogantly looks down his nose at the audience. Greg Neubeck

Posted by: Greg Neubeck | June 29, 2008 1:06 PM | Report abuse

What is Obama's point in hiring a religious affairs advisor to reach out to evangelicals, when he believes in partial birth abortion, which evangelicals oppose? This is a useless move on his part and money spent in his campaign that will go down the drain. Obama is not going to win the election and he's sure not going to get the votes of Christians and evangelicals, no matter who he hires. Most of them realize he is nothing short of the Anti-Christ.

Posted by: Susie | June 29, 2008 11:57 AM | Report abuse

Obummer, by his own words in books and speeches, and by his close associations over many years, has made it clear that he is anti-Christian, anti-Semitic, anti-white, anti-capitalist, anti-2nd Amendment, pro-Muslim, pro-abortion, pro-homosexual, just to mention his more obvious stances. With beliefs such as these, he may find it a touch difficult to get Christians to support him, even black ones. I find is chilling that Democrats, who in the past, elected Roosevelt, Truman, and Kennedy, have degenerated to the point that the Klintons and Obummer are the best they can come up with. (Side note: McLame is no better)

Posted by: Michael Oberndorf | June 29, 2008 11:42 AM | Report abuse

Obama is a cameleon. He keeps changing because people are outraged by his thinking. He is who he is. No matter how much he changes himself and those around him, he thinks the same way.

Posted by: Eileen | June 29, 2008 11:26 AM | Report abuse

To Independent for Obama.
Let's for the sake of giving you and Obama the benefit of doubt and not argue about when life begins. When Obama was a legislator in the Illinois Senate he voted against the Induced Infant Born Alive Act which would have protected infants that were BORN and survived an abortion. He voted against the bill in the Senate and killed it in committe. Twice the bill came up in the Judiciary committee on which he served. The first readind he voted present and the second he voted no. This bill was not even opposed by the abortion rights group NARAL. Obama is not fit to be president for many reasons this is just one. All the liberals try to pretend they are there to protect the helpless yet since the Roe v Wade decision 30-40 MILLION abortions have been done in America. Don't think this will not be held against this nation. God judged ancient Isreal and He will judge us also.

Posted by: frank3108 | June 29, 2008 11:15 AM | Report abuse

Pure Religiosity without knowing Christ...

Posted by: John | June 29, 2008 11:11 AM | Report abuse

It is very frightening to hear Obama make his statements about the Bible, Jesus, faith... and most revealing is the fact that he raises his angst about "divisiveness!" it was Jesus himself who was dogmatic and divisive; yes, the same Jesus who said the poor we would always have with us because the good news is more than taking care of the poor; it involves a correct thinking about the question Jesus asked... "Who do you say that I am?" Obama is a fake... a pseudo-Christian; but so many Americans today have absolutely no idea what true Christianity entails, they are Biblically illiterate (and that includes the media and MANY leaders if not most), and we are headed for big trouble as a result. God will NOT be mocked.

Posted by: ginny murray | June 29, 2008 10:00 AM | Report abuse

I cannot see how anyone who supports abortion can truly call themselves a Christian. We are taught to look at the fruit of the vine to determine if the vine is actually what it appears to be. Obama has had a long standing stance on pro-abortion and has recently garnered the endorsement of NARAL.

Obama's stance.

http://www.ontheissues.org/Social/Barack_Obama_Abortion.htm

Posted by: GreyWolf | June 29, 2008 8:14 AM | Report abuse

Obama and the Cross

Barack Obama, the current incarnation of progressive, inclusive politics has made a conscience strategic decision to drape himself around the religious symbol of the cross in order to get elected president of a country whose Constitution specifically and unambiguously prohibits the federal government of that country from establishing a State Religion.

Looking for as many votes as he can garner, Obama has chosen to define himself, and wear that definition on his sleeve, as a christian. Coincidentally enough, the majority of United States citizens identify themselves as christians as well.

For three decades or so it has been the reactionary forces of the right-wing of the Republican Party that have added the cloak of christianity as a second layer of clothing to the cloak of the Flag in their political machinations. These have been tactics deplored by progressives, liberals, Democrats in general.

Al Gore didn't resort to co-opting this cynical--and very dangerous--tactic, but he lost the election; John Kerry avoided emulating the tactic: he lost the election too.
Barack, as intelligent and cynical a candidate we've seen in generations, perhaps rivaling Nixon himself in those categories, wasn't going to lose because voters thought him "unholy," lacking faith.

So his campaign flyers show him standing almost as if at a church pulpit with a seemingly glowing white cross behind him. "I am the candidate of Jesus," is the unspoken message. Even Reagan and Bush 2 were not as flagrant in their hypocrisy as this picture, surely worth a thousand words to its intended victims.

Some Obama stalwarts argue that this tactic was prompted and made necessary by the rumors being spread that Barack was some sort of closet Muslim. And the only way to counter those scurrilous rumors was by heavy-handedly proclaim his allegiance to christ.

That argument only says that it is more important that Obama win the election than that one of the pillars of the nation's Constitution be defended, win or lose. Barack has chosen the path of, "if you can't beat 'em, join 'em." And thereby he has lost his soul, and joined the ranks of Nixon, Reagan, Bush 2, HRC and the rest of the overly ambitious who run for the office of President of the United States.

[Note: Though these views may reflect a deep naivete on the writer's part, they much more reflect disappointment in a man who really had a chance to be a revolutionarily different candidate in an age dominated by the crassness of PR flacks and their ilk.]

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Posted by: FredrickBernanke | June 28, 2008 7:53 PM | Report abuse

It seems like a lot of People think that Obama is not the right choice for our country. They have themselves to blame if they don't vote in November. Complain but do nothing, you'll get what you deserve: Obama dictating your lives until 2016.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 28, 2008 7:42 PM | Report abuse

It's nice to know that we will have a religious man in Obama as our President. He already displays American values as many of us folks need to become united to do the right thing for America. I can hardly wait until he is elected and sworn in, many of us are tired of these Negative fast talking, swiftboating ugly painting Republicans,who railroad Democrats often.
We don't really know who JMcC really is. Is he religious? Is his an atheist? What is his faith? Is he 7 Day?Is he a JMchagee JMcBush?what?and What is JMcC's take on the issues of Healthcare? Economy? Global warming? Education? etc? What does JMcC do on Sat & Sun? I don't hear anything thathe does on weekends except grilling,bbq'ing. WUWT?Is he able to work beyond 5 days?HuH?

Posted by: mamamay | June 28, 2008 7:39 PM | Report abuse

HAS ANYBODY ASKED OBAMA WHETHER HE BELIEVES IN THE SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE? I can't believe this idiot is our Democratic candidate.

Posted by: Diane | June 28, 2008 7:12 PM | Report abuse

So,once again Preacher Barack Hussien Obama
thinks he is running for Preacher of the
USA and Chaplain in Chief of our US Military,coupled with head Head Mullah,
Chief Inman and Top Muslim Leader all rowed
into one here and that's why Pastor Obama
Hired A Religious Affairs Advisor,something
no other Presidential Candidate ever did
before now. Be Afraid! Be Very Afraid Of
Preacherman Barack Hussein Obama or you may
end up read the Koran yet people. NOBAMA!

Posted by: Sandy5274 | June 28, 2008 6:06 PM | Report abuse

Color Obama and all his former church white. He wouldn't stand a change getting public office. It's a double standard that is feeding off white guilt.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 28, 2008 5:46 PM | Report abuse

Well, if anyone needs a religious adviser, it's Obama. Someone needs to reprogram him from all that racist anti-American propaganda that was drilled into his head for 20 years.

Posted by: Ted | June 28, 2008 5:30 PM | Report abuse

Has anyone considered the absurdity of hiring somebody to advise them as to religious affairs? Perhaps it makes sense when you go to a foreign country and there are ceremonies that you will perform out of courtesy to the country you visit. But this guy is "supposed" to he an American and a "Christian". If he needs somebody to advise him on this topic it strikes me as being the case that he is neither and only wants to put up a good front on the liar behind the mask.

No one need advise me about religions affairs in America. Perhaps they need to advise be as to the right way to greet a Sikh, or something along that line. But as for here, I think not.

Posted by: Shr_Nfr | June 28, 2008 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Obama is a stage performer.

Posted by: Shakespear | June 28, 2008 4:07 PM | Report abuse

Rev. Wright will have his day of reckoning with the Lord, for he has used the Lord's name in vain and desecrated the Lord's temple by preaching hate and bigotry into his sermons. Rev. Wright is anything but a true preacher of the Word. He is a terribly flawed man, a wolf among sheeps.

Posted by: Mark | June 28, 2008 4:03 PM | Report abuse

I can under stand where people are comming fron in this day and age there isan't muuch hope for a futher with the politicans that we have. with a do nothing congreee and two candates that dosen't know whitch way he went.Congress and our president and all of the canadates will stand and argue right up till we all starve to death and then say it was someone elses fault but not theirs.What a joke we have for politicans in this united states and nancy P is the worst of the worst and Obama right on her heals.I guess you could say they are lost in the moment or stuck on stupid one or thr other.

Posted by: tigger211 | June 28, 2008 2:26 PM | Report abuse

Obama's hiring of a religious advisor is smart strategically. the hiring revals his intent to fool church folks like "Dubya" did. Hiring a professor of christian ethics is designed to make global warming (which I consider to be summertime)as vital to immature evangelicals as infantricide. Young evangelicals must remember that mature christians always swim upstream against the crowd (gutless politicans, hip-hop and hollywood). Anytime a christians find themselves agreeing with the likes of Will Smith, Puffy and Scarlett Johansen, they to check themselves.

Posted by: Larry | June 28, 2008 1:33 PM | Report abuse

The funny thing is, Obama is the only one in this race who I believe is actually a Christian. McCain just puts up with them.

Posted by: Luke | June 28, 2008 12:45 PM | Report abuse

Obama can hire as many religios advisors as he wants but it will not erase 20 YEARS of racism and Anti-American hatred that was spewed from his own friend and minister. The minister he loved as family and married he and his wife and baptised his children. If it walks like a duck and looks like a duck...

Posted by: DEM to IND | June 28, 2008 12:10 PM | Report abuse

Paul is right. The religion (and religious philosophy) of the candidates has nothing to do with politics.
What ever happened to the separation of church and state?

Posted by: rps | June 28, 2008 12:02 PM | Report abuse

Again this is why the Democratic Party is so naive: The game is over.

The critical issue in this campaign is not faith or Iraq War: It is Obama's identity and character that matter.

Voters, including reporters, will see that real face as time goes by.

Posted by: peace4world | June 28, 2008 11:52 AM | Report abuse

Can't we all just get along.......

Signed,

Rodney "I just can't get enough Respect out of the MSM" King

Posted by: 08voter | June 28, 2008 10:08 AM | Report abuse

I venture to ask just what is a "born again" christian, is it someone who has lost their faith or never had any in the first place. Having been raised in the church my belief in God and my deep faith has always remained constant. So this term has always left me puzzled

Posted by: ZarDotZ | June 28, 2008 9:25 AM | Report abuse

praise the lord
obama 2008!

Posted by: mike | June 28, 2008 9:07 AM | Report abuse

I stand corrected.

Posted by: I can be eloquent too | June 28, 2008 3:05 AM | Report abuse

I stand corrected.

Posted by: I can be eloquent too | June 28, 2008 3:05 AM | Report abuse

as a born again christian who believes in Jesus as ressurected son of God...yes Obama 08

Posted by: buzz lightyear | June 28, 2008 2:59 AM | Report abuse

Obama knows full well the power of Words. Words can inspire. But Words can also be used to deceive. A former Muslim turned Christian, whose moral compass into adulthood was navigated by Jeremy Wright, a man who preaches anything but the Word of God on the Seventh Day. Quite a description for a future U.S. president whose core values no one truly knows about, but blindly entrust theirs lives and livelihood.

Posted by: I can be eloquent too | June 28, 2008 2:54 AM | Report abuse

I'm sorry all you obama supporters but i can't vote for a black muslim. He couldn't run a mcdonalds much less the country. You people are gonna vote in a guy that listens to preachers bad mouth our country and is a racist bigget. This is a sad day in America. Go ahead vote for the antichrist someone you really know nothing about.

Posted by: Alan | June 28, 2008 1:51 AM | Report abuse

Obama's position to talk to our enemies in Iran without preconditions is creating headaches for the Europeans who have worked so hard to build up pressure to get Iran to stop its nuclear program. Obama is naive in international affairs. He did not foresee this problem. An Obama presidency will be a self-defeating presidency in international affairs, and it will bear witness to an emerging European superpower.

Posted by: Oracle | June 28, 2008 1:45 AM | Report abuse

Obama supports abortion. Obama is a baby killer.

Posted by: Susan | June 28, 2008 1:21 AM | Report abuse

Black power rules.

Posted by: Serve the O | June 28, 2008 1:18 AM | Report abuse

Independent for Obama:

Great post!!! The United Methodist Church would be the perfect new church for Obama.

The United Methodist Church sent George W Bush letters before the war in Iraq telling him not to start the war. While Bush was claiming that God told him to start the war. The church has continued to send him letters, telling him to get out of Iraq, United Methodist do not torture people, and do not cut funding for programs that help the less fortunate.

Iraq War 'Unjustifiable', says Bush's Church Head Oct, 2002 (Also Dick Cheney's church)

President George Bush's own Methodist church has launched a scathing attack on his preparations for war against Iraq, saying they are 'without any justification according to the teachings of Christ'.

http://www.commondreams.org/headlines02/1020-02.htm

Jim Winkler, head of social policy for United Methodists, added that all attempts at a 'dialogue' between the President and his own church over the war had fallen on deaf ears at the White House.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 28, 2008 1:10 AM | Report abuse

Katie:

McCain doesn't talk about religion because he does not want the Evangelicals to know he only started claiming to be a Baptist after Sept 2007.

McCain's church is North Phoenix Baptist Church located in Phoenix, Arizona. The 6,000 member North Phoenix is affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention and at the state level with the Arizona Southern Baptist Convention.

1. John McCain by his own admission has not been baptized.
2. John McCain says he's an "active member" of North Phoenix.
3. Baptism by immersion is a prerequisite for membership in Southern Baptist churches.

The Baptist Faith & Message 2000 states that {baptism} "is a prerequisite to the privileges of church membership and to the Lord's Supper."

Posted by: Jackie | June 28, 2008 12:15 AM | Report abuse

My father, a retired United Methodist minister, will be voting for Obama, as will I. There is a lot more to Christianity than opposing abortion. Most true Christians care equally for the other nine commandments or more, Jesus' statements on "loving your neighbor" or the morality of the "Good Samaritan." More, the murder of innocents regardless of age should be equally reprehensible. Good Christians, however, can differ on when life actually begins.

Any Christian who only votes for McCain because of his stance on abortion and forgets all the other commandments that he has broken himself...

True Christians can only vote for Obama and be true to their faith.

Posted by: Independent for Obama | June 27, 2008 11:23 PM | Report abuse

What, no Rev Wright?

Posted by: thinkwithyourbrain | June 27, 2008 11:08 PM | Report abuse

O, why waste your money on the Clintons. Why not help some old ladies have a better life and another opportunity to bless you and what God is about to do in this earth through you.(I volunteer to steer that committee) Show how God has brougt you through

Posted by: maryewalker2004@yahoo.com | June 27, 2008 9:43 PM | Report abuse

This message is for Barack Obama. O, this is your sister again,Paleease. What are you thinking? You might want to re-think Kennedy. It is the wrong time for Bill; and where the Hill is there will be Bill, and Monica. It is too soon
My advice, bro. get a group of well known Pastors who already know that Pastors were a mainstay of government at one time, and have them listen to you and then pray for you and this election I seriously advise those guys from Louisiana: Duplantis, J. Paul Morton, Jack Van Impe, Mark Charonna, Clem Clement. Please rember this is a spiritual battle, and you can win with God's choice. Don't be afraid the battle is not yours, its the Lords. marywalker

Posted by: maryewalker2004@yahoo.com | June 27, 2008 9:16 PM | Report abuse

Paul-IF, you knew the first thing about Buddhism, You would know it is a Philosophy, NOT, a Religion.

The "Buddha", Siddhattha Guatama, was a Hindu.

You know, the Religion with the "Monkey God" O'Bomba carries around! ;~)

Posted by: SAINT---The | June 27, 2008 8:42 PM | Report abuse

Do you think Bush cared about Christians? According to one of his staff people (Bush's) they would laugh at them after the weekly calls.

Posted by: Rozz | June 27, 2008 8:22 PM | Report abuse

I find it a sad commentary that he even have to justify his faith. That is the biggest hypocrisy of Christians, that anyone cares what your beliefs are. You do not see a Buddhist, Hindu, Muslim, Taoist or any other faith trying to get in the news and forcing their beliefs on the masses.

I do not care what Obama's faith is, it doesn't affect my opinion at all. We have had a supposed "Christian" in the W.H. for 7 years and look at the mess he has created with his smug arrogant view that he sits higher than Christ himself does more harm to your Christian cause than good.

Christians have no problem forcing their view on others while their leaders are caught in scandal after scandal. If a Christian can influence something they will lie or taint facts to suit their argument.

Leave Obama alone, his religion or lack of if that is the case is not relevant in being President. George is quote saying "God" told him to invade IRAQ. Really? God told him to go a slaughter thousands of innocent people? If that is a Christian God then I am glad I am a Buddhist.

Posted by: Paul | June 27, 2008 8:18 PM | Report abuse

Just what Obama needs; a "Religious Affairs Advisor" who is strong on politics but weak on spirituality. Anybody over 40 remembers that the 1978 campaign between Jimmy Carter and Gerald Ford was the beginning of the modern era of religion and politics. Casey is sure to advise Obama into some tight spots with evangelicals. It was most likely Casey who advised Obama to make his "clinging to their religion and guns" speech in front this anti-evangelical supporters in San Francisco.

Posted by: rpatoh | June 27, 2008 8:15 PM | Report abuse

O'Bomba-Nation carries a Token now, honoring the Hindu "Monkey God"!

LOL! :-D

THAT, is going to get some real Wings, and Fly! :-D

Posted by: SAINT---The | June 27, 2008 8:12 PM | Report abuse

FYI, John McCain was raised an Episcopalian and currently attends a Baptist church in Phoenix. He is reluctant to discuss religion in a political setting because he sees it as cheapening religion. This is why he rarely mentions religion on the campaign trail.

Posted by: Katie | June 27, 2008 7:18 PM | Report abuse

What a joke Obama is. After spending 20 years in supposedly a Christian church with Wright as his spiritual adviser, Obama uses a phrase like "clinging to religion and guns". This speaks volumes but I'm afraid most will not see it.

Posted by: Mike | June 27, 2008 6:42 PM | Report abuse

More "change" from Obama. This Harvard-based theologean has "worked for Kerry and Dean".
For a guy who keeps the drumbeat of change as his main theme, his campaign sure is full of current and former Democratic spinmiesters, and gets bigger everyday. (I love the picture of him sitting next to Madeline Albright the other day. Perhaps she was giving him advice on how to toast the leader of North Vietnam after giving him our nuclear technology!)

Posted by: Dan | June 27, 2008 6:31 PM | Report abuse

To: Christina | June 27, 2008 5:02 PM

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I hope you vote this election. You obviously care a great deal about this nation. Lets hope we all have a better nation whoever wins in november.

Posted by: Sally | June 27, 2008 6:24 PM | Report abuse

Anne, Obama cares deeply about Christian faith as he himself is Christian. He is the only candidate recognizing and speaking to the faith community.

Posted by: Shannon | June 27, 2008 6:08 PM | Report abuse

What negative attacks by Obama? They were answers to her attacks. Ayers got the weather underground pardons, Nafta got Nafta, bomb Pakistan got Al Libbi and Nasrullah dead, not a word about what you know the 527 would have gone to had Hillary won. They both got 18 million supporters in a race for delegates where giving Clinton a 60-40 win in MI and FL still leaves her short in delegates. Obama has ten times the record of McCain in supporting women's rights. Obama should thank Hillary for making him throw Wright and Farrakan under the bus. It makes him a much stronger candidate in the general election.

Posted by: Jimbo | June 27, 2008 5:55 PM | Report abuse

To Cristina~

Those attacks that you talk about coming from Obama were not one sided. Both campaigns attacked each other unless you decided to turn a blind eye. If you want to be honest and real, you have to admit that attacks came from both camps. It is what it is.

Posted by: Eros Wong | June 27, 2008 5:19 PM | Report abuse

To: Sally | June 27, 2008 3:47 PM

If my posting sounded mean or unreasonable, then I am sorry. Of course, I believe in Democratic ideals. It's just that Obama's constant negative attacks on Hillary during the primaries have somehow turned me off to the idea of supporting him at the moment.

Posted by: Christina | June 27, 2008 5:02 PM | Report abuse

Atleast Obama talks about his faith and we do know he goes to church. I never heard Mccain talk about faith or did I see a photo of him in church. What does Mccain really believe. Can we trust Mccain to do what he said. See what Mccain has admitted and what his fellow republicans think about him:

http://youtube.com/watch?v=Y395Tftgz0E

http://youtube.com/watch?v=u-R5Vh5tOWk

http://youtube.com/watch?v=GEtZlR3zp4c

Posted by: Jessie | June 27, 2008 4:38 PM | Report abuse

To: Christina | June 27, 2008 3:34 PM

I feel sorry for you. I hope in the future you can find a way to support someone, instead of focusing on tearing someone down.

If you believe in the democratic ideals, then Obama is your best bet.

If you believe in the republican ideals, then McCain is your best bet.

If you are voting for someone out of spite....you shouldn't be voting.

Posted by: Sally | June 27, 2008 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Democrats are a family. But not all family members deserve our votes. Obama does not deserve our votes. We will work tirelessly to make him lose in California.

Posted by: Christina | June 27, 2008 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Anne - Obama cares more about people than McBush. But you are partially correct - Obama doesn't care about Christians more than he cares for Muslims, Jews, B'Hai, Rosicrucians, Wiccans, Buddists,etc... he is from the people and for the people. McBush is an admitted adulterer who married his lover for her money and political connections. Now that smacks of political opportunism to me...where is his religious concern?

Posted by: Daddio on the Paddio | June 27, 2008 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Someone such as Casey who grew up an evangelical, took his undergraduate degree at what was then ACC, and teaches at a Methodist institution after studying at Harvard Divinity School certainly has the experience to advise on American Protestantism in its diversity. But it's to be noted that Obama also brings his own considerable personal experience to bear.

Posted by: FirstMouse | June 27, 2008 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Obama doesn't care about christians--He just wants their votes. In order to get favor with the Christians he needs to be pro-life and pro-traditonal marriage which he will not do. Good Luck Barack! Nice try-but it won't work.

Posted by: anne | June 27, 2008 2:24 PM | Report abuse

Obama doesn't care about christians--He just wants their votes.

Posted by: anne | June 27, 2008 2:23 PM | Report abuse

A person only needs an adviser when they have no experience in the matter. All the more reason to tell Osama that we don't want him! He's a fake and the only change that America will undergo is change for the worse. You can bank on that!

Posted by: Sherman | June 27, 2008 2:00 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if Fox news is going to be Casey news for the next few months?

Those Fox news terrorists will find a way to spread their hate and fear.

Posted by: Bill | June 27, 2008 12:45 PM | Report abuse

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